Work on the house continues between harvest and vineyard work. John has been working on the plumbing that exits the house to the septic tank. The PVC is measured, cut, glued, fit together and voilà! Since we live outside the city limits, the septic system is one of the few aspects of the house which must be inspected. After meeting with an installer, who did the equivalent of a perk test, John … [Read more...] about Plumbing in Progress
When it comes to paint color, for me there is no choice other than yellow. In most cases anyway. The outside of our house in Alabama was yellow. I enjoyed it, so why mess with a good thing? The natural choice for the new house was yellow. The problem is it is so difficult to tell the actual color from a little color chip. I know the tricks: take it outside in real daylight, take it to the place … [Read more...] about Painting the ICF Exterior
Once the first floor of our new house is added, this will be the view: That first dark green line, in the distance, is the vineyard. The house is positioned so as to overlook the vineyard. The plan is, Lord willing, to continue adding acreage to the vineyard and bring it closer to the house. Eventually, the vineyard will surround the house. … [Read more...] about A House With a View
Thermo Plastic Olefin (TPO) is a durable plastic roofing material used for flat roofs. Since our basement roof will be flat until we add the first floor and my brother-in-law was able to get a wonderful deal on it, we are using TPO for our temporary roof. We had several 10 ft wide pieces, as well as, several 3 foot wide sections. So, the first step was to roll out what we had and see how best to … [Read more...] about Thermo Plastic Olefin
Framing, TPO roofing, work, work and more work! If you remember, my brother-in-law leaves today, Monday. He has been here a bit over a week and we have had so much fun! While he came out to help build the new house, I think he may have worked harder than he anticipated! These guys have worked every day, all day, until 7:00 in the evening. Our goals for the week included framing the walls and … [Read more...] about Goals Almost Accomplished!
Once we hand harvested the Montepulciano, we were able to start work on the house again. Hopefully, we can get a lot done before next week's harvest. John's brother is visiting so, the goal is to get the roof on before he leaves! Since we used Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), the exterior walls went up very quickly. Now, we are working on framing the interior walls. Here are a few pictures: It … [Read more...] about Framing the Walls