This past week really felt different to me for some reason. I actually was at the land beginning last Tuesday as I was housesitting for our next door neighbor (remember Jack and Gayle?) It worked out really well. I would spend most of the day over at the land watching the crew and then when they left for the day, I’d clean up the work site behind them so that they had a fresh start. You’d be surprised at the piles of sawdust and debris that accumulates from the log stacking! Then, I’d head over next door for the evening and watch some TV, catch up on our reality shows, play with the dogs, and eat dinner heading back over to the yurt for a good night’s rest. I brought up our new super-mondo power blender that Glenn found from Kitchenaid (this thing rocks!) to make my breakfast smoothies, so I was set!
But I digress. Yes, the week felt somewhat different and it didn’t hit me until I returned back to the city apartment that I am beginning to feel like it is less a piece of land and more like home! That hit me and I was like "Whoa!"
Glenn actually was able to join me on Friday. He tried the commute option for the second time getting a feel for what it would be like taking the bus from the city. According to him, it actually is not that bad. Both he and Tim are exploring all the potential options for commuting the 50 miles into the city. It will be nice when the business takes hold enough to support 3 people (and a myriad of animal mouths to feed) when we won’t need other outside income. Tim joined us out there on Saturday morning, his barn loft bedroom just gets a bit too hot during this summer heat for an extended stay, poor poor bear.
So here are the latest, then, of pictures from this past weekend. I’m excited to say you can actually see the first floor shell! That means the log stacking component of this project is near completion! They got only a few more logs to lay on the back corner, but it is pretty much done! Even more exciting was seeing one of the ridge beam pieces that go from the front wall up to the peak of the roof. You’ll see it in the photo sticking straight up. It gave us an idea of just how high up the roof will actually be.
With the first floor done, you’ll start to see a few different things occur.
First, over the course of this next week, they will work on grading the land around the house. They will move a bunch of dirt around the entire house filling in around the foundation so the concrete really won’t be that visible. This will change the lay of the land a bit from what you’ve seen in previous photos. During this time, we think they will also be filling back in those trenches that were dug for the utility lines between the house and barn as well as digging the hole for the underground propane tank and the septic system. The drain field for the septic system may come a bit later.
After the grading they can then begin the second floor. They can’t really start laying the second floor beams down until the grading is down because of the two turret sections that jut out from the corners. They are supported by log posts and need concrete pads poured for them.
Zev, our foreman, tells me that once they get going on the second floor, the framing will go very quickly and you’ll really see the shape of the house then. We can’t wait!
For now, this week, watch for some postings of a couple different "photo sequence shots" of our pasture to give you an idea of how far along we’ve actually come. Then, on Saturday the 12th, I head out of town down south to Bend, Oregon where I will be attending a 4 day hands-on workshop at the Camelid Dynamics Center (think "horse whisper" for llamas and alpacas). After that, I’m going to cruise on back by Cottage Grove, Oregon to visit Pacific Yurts where we’ll be purchasing our yurts. Then shoot on over to Sweet Home, Oregon where Quality Llama Products (QLP) is located. They are having their annual "Christmas in August" event where they open their warehouse to the public and sponsor a bunch of workshops and seminars, including one on packing with llamas. Perfect timing!
But don’t worry! I hope to hunting down some wireless hotspots along the way and will be blogging about my adventures as well as posting progess photos of the jobsite as they get emailed to me. So stay tuned!