Second Floor Framing Started!

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Maine | One Comment

Floor 2

Things continue to move along. The second floor framing is well under way. Now we need stairs so I can go up and see as I am not a big fan of ladders!

floor 2 back

Progess in Maine – Framing, Foundation and Backfill

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Maine | No Comments
House September 20, 2014

House September 20, 2014

The house is now moving along.  I walked inside for the first time a few days ago, very exciting indeed! The hope, and promise from our builder, is that the roof will be on and insulation in, before snow flies, and that it will be completed by spring. Fingers and toes are crossed.

As of now, the ground floor is framed. We have a well. Granite facing from our land is being sized. Wood from our trees is at the kiln to be dried in order to  make our three outside doors, our kitchen and as much flooring as possible. Reclaimed wood is ready to be worked on for the rest of the flooring. Old doors are stacked and ready to choose and work on for inside doors.  We have a road, electricity and a septic plan. There are, oh so, many more decisions to make.

After much back and forth with Marc, our builder, I have chosen pine subfloors for the downstairs. They are natural (no glue). They may creak more then particle board or plywood. They will shrink. But, they are natural. I was convinced to use plywood for the upstairs (it is fir) as it is stronger  and we won’t see it. I was assured that it is safe.

We have the massive steel beam supporting our house in place. The framing of the second floor starts tomorrow, weather permitting.

In the meantime, the garden is winding down. The entire high school track team runs through our property twice daily, and Steve, the hunter we let hunt on our land, promised meat if he gets a deer or turkey. Fall is in the air and a finished house is on the horizon.

Below some of the steps leading up to where we are today . . .

September 20, 2014 - Steel Supporting Beam

September 20, 2014 – Steel Supporting Beam

Sept 19, 2014

Sept 19, 2014 – view to front of house

September 18, 2014 Framing going up

September 18, 2014 – Walls up. View from back of house.

September 16, 2014 - Walls to go up

September 16, 2014 – Walls to go up

September 13, 2014 - Basement Covered with Pine

September 13, 2014 – Basement Covered with Pine

September 12, 2014 - Framing Starts!

September 12, 2014 – Framing Continues!

 

September 11, 2014 - Framing starts!

September 11, 2014 – Framing starts!

September 10, 2014 - Looking in the Foundation

September 10, 2014 – Looking in the Foundation & Lots of Blasted Granite

September 10, 2014 - Foundation has been Backfilled

September 10, 2014 – Foundation has been backfilled

 

September 8, 2013 - Backfilling around the foundation

September 8, 2013 – Backfilling around the foundation

September 3, 2014 - Weather seal on our foundation

September 3, 2014 – Weather seal on our foundation

August 27, 2014 - Foundation going up & a big pile of granite

August 27, 2014 – Foundation going up & a big pile of blasted granite

August 15, 2014 - Blasted and working on the site

August 15, 2014 – Blasted and working on the site

August 15, 2014 - After the blast

August 15, 2014 – After the blast

August 5, 2014 - We need to blast as there is ledge everywhere

August 5, 2014 – We need to blast as there is ledge everywhere

August 5, 2014 - Getting ready to start digging our foundation

August 5, 2014 – Getting ready to start digging our foundation

Popham Beach, Sunflowers and Framing

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Maine | No Comments

Popham beach sunset Laborday

We recently discovered Popham beach. Long white sandy beach, long walks, little islands, sand dollars and tides ebbing and flowing. I am smitten.

Popham Beach empty

How could we have missed visiting here for so long?! I have made up for it by coming 4 times in the last two weeks.

Backfill

In the meantime, backfill is happening and framing to start, we hope, this week.  And the sunflowers keep growing taller and taller.

Me and sunflowers