Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Well-House

Here it is, our beautiful well-house. What do you think? Cliff and I are thrilled to have this structure near completion! It will be painted to match the house (green of course).

This is our copper louvre for ventilation, it's awfully pretty. We haven't gotten the bill for it yet so we'll see how pretty we think it is at that point! Of course, it won't be this shiny for long. The sea air will cause it to patina very quickly.

We've placed our generator inside the well-house. We'll need it fairly often because the storms wreak havoc on the power lines, what with trees falling and high winds. We've heard stories of the power being down for a week at a time. The generator will be set up to come on automatically when the electricity goes down.

We ordered our windows and doors yesterday. It was quite a process deciding what type of window to put where. Should it be operable, which way should it open, what type of opening (sliders, awning, casement)? After months of mulling it over it was finally time to just do it.

Jen, Ryan and the kids are visiting this week. We're having lots of fun. Cliff is giving motorcycle rides, Jake is shooting the pellet gun, Warren ran into a car down the street when he lost control of his bike and has a nice bruise on his head. All is well and very normal!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Framing has Started

I can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since my last post. So much has been going on. Cliff has been up to the property 3 times, I've been there twice. Two of the trips were quick, one overnight and the other just up and back the same day to drop off the generator.
I was also gone for 8 days at Quilt Camp/visiting with Jen and Ryan. Needless to say we've been busy!

Our framing has begun! We drove up on Friday (this time for the weekend) and saw the first of the framing, our bedroom, which is the downstairs portion of the house.

Here's the view out of the master bedroom french doors (you have to imagine the doors being on and walls around them).

This next photo is our inspector, Billy the Dober-dog, checking out the quality of the work. He seems to be pleased with the progress.

Our friend Alex drove up for the day to help Cliff finish the electrical work into the well-house. We're now ready to call PG&E to hook up power to our property.

The construction is moving faster than we imagined, which is wonderful. By the next time we get up there the upstairs framing will be in progress. I'll post more pictures this week, so check back. The well-house (or pump-house as they call it up there) is almost done and very impressive. You will want to see it!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Finished Foundation

WooHoo! Our foundation is finished. The slabs and retaining walls were placed last Friday and the forms were stripped on Monday, so that's it. A huge thank you goes to our neighbor on the bluff Charlotte for taking pictures and e-mailing them to us since we haven't gone up to see the foundation for ourselves.

The well-house is underway now, and framing of the house will be started soon. Check back in a few days to see what's happening.