Monday, September 13, 2010

A Rain Shortened Week 9/6 - 9/12 2010

The past week was a little disappointing for progress on the house.  Red and his gang worked Labor Day and Steph and I (and my parent's) fixed lunch for the gang.  We served hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and BBQ beans.  We would have had pics, but someone (ME) forgot to put the SD card back in the camera.  It rained Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and early Friday morning for a total rainfall of nearly 6 inches.  Red and his gang worked hard Friday and Saturday to get the house ready for the roofer to come next week.  The next four pictures show the front, the back from 2 angles, and the side with the garage and the master bedroom area.

The rain this week not only slowed us down, it (the rain) turned the inside of the house, both up and down, into a mess of water, sawdust, nails, and scrap lumber.  Steph and I decided we needed to be more proactive on cleaning up the place.  We now go down every night after the guys go home to sweep, pick up nails and sawdust, and any other trash that does not make it to the trash pile.  The next two pictures show me cleaning the upstairs family room and the deck.

The weather has finally changed from "Houston hot and humid" to Ozark cool mountain breeze.  The mornings are in the 50's and 60's and the high during the daytime is in the 80's.  Since the evenings are much cooler the local critters are coming out earlier.  We saw a total of 17 deer while riding around in the State Park next to the White River where we fish for trout (and even catch some).

Hope to post again soon as we see more progress.  This will be a very exciting week as we have David and Sharon Haynes, close friends from Houston, coming to visit.  They are due to arrive on Thursday afternnon, then Friday morning Dave and I are fishing for Striped Bass and Walleye on Lake Norfork, and then we head to Branson for the weekend.  Hope to have lots of exciting pictures to share with everyone.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Another Exciting Week 8/29 - 9/05 2010

Red and his crew were busy this week.  They completed framing the main floor and moved to the roof.  The house is really starting to resemble the finished product.  Note the height of the roof line.  The Cathedral Ceiling in the family room is 17 ft. high at the peak and the main roof is another 8 or 9 ft. above that.

This is a shot of the Kitchen and Breakfast room.  We can't wait for Fall to come and for the trees to drop their leaves.  We should be able to see our boat dock from the house.  A view of a portion of the deck is seen through the family room door.  The deck will extend in front of the Breakfast Room.

A view of the framed and roofed garage.

We were back on the lake today (Sunday 9/05) and snapped another picture from the main channel.

The large boat dock in the center of the picture is home for our boat.  We have the second stall from the left (the vacant stall).  As you can see, the water is still warm enough to swim (see the two heads just in front of the dock).

I have now graduated from cutting trees to the next step of splitting the logs.

A splitting team consists of three (3) people.  One to operate the lever to raise and lower the splitter (My Dad), one to move the logs under the splitter and toss the pieces to the wood pile (That's Me), and the third is:

The third person is the loader and unloader (That is Stephanie).  That's my team and we are splitting, hauling, and stacking  professionals.

Steph and I have been busy with the splitter all week, except for the 2 days of rain early in the week.  We had to dump the split logs (see right side of picture) until we can get more pallets.

Just a note to remind readers not familiar with the blog, you can double-click the photo and get a much larger and clearer view.

The next major milestone is to get the roof completed and shingled.  Target date is 9/15/2010.
Back soon with another update!!!