Days 91 – 130: We’re back!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Siding | 5 comments

It’s certainly been a while since our last update – over two months.  Two months of steady but agonizingly slow progress on the house.  I’m going to go into more detail with each of the systems we’re on track to finishing, but I also want to get a general update out there for our long suffering fans.

The siding, near completion

The siding, near completion

The first (and most exciting!) update is the completion of the siding.  After several months of work, Ryan and his crew have wrapped up the last bits of siding and trim to go onto the house.  There are still important elements to be taken care of, notably the chimney and front entry, but it’s incredible to see our house actually start to look like a house.

We often get compliments on the siding color.  I’m not sure what to think of this – the color is the color of unprimed cement board.  Apparently people like this?  Or they’re just being nice.  In any case, the real color is will be going on in a few months.  Even with a freakishly warm winter, the overnight temperatures will not be high enough for paint until late spring.

The second (and third, forth and fifth) update is on the mechanicals.  We’re about a week from getting our rough-in inspections done for electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation.  We’ve been working very closely with the inspectors to make sure there are no surprises.  This, of course, means that there will be at least one surprise. :)  But we’re huge fans of incremental inspections, and thus far the city and state inspectors have been very supportive of our efforts.

I’ll be writing a post on each of the systems next week, with pictures and everything.  Just about everything we’re doing is at least slightly different from the norm, so it bears some reflection.  If you have anything you’d like me to write about in particular, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to accommodate.

Finally, we’re going to have a construction tour before the walls are closed.  Please refer to the Events page to secure a place on the tour.  I have no idea how many people will show up – our tours have drawn 10 to 100 people – so we’re just going to limit attendance to 50.  If we have more than than that, we’ll set up another time on the same day.  We’ll have light refreshments, and will likely take a half hour to an hour walking around and through the home.  Please note that this is a construction site, so dress accordingly and please be willing to keep any children close at hand.  Trust me, we spend a lot of time keeping our kids out of trouble at the house, so we know how much work it can be.

That’s it for now!  And again, if you have any questions you’d like addressed here, please leave a comment.


  1. Glad to get an update, I hope to see more in the near future! The more technical information available, the better as far as I’m concerned.

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