I will be away until Saturday, January 3rd. Happy New Year!
This is the story of a family who built the first LEED "green" house in Holliston, Massachusetts. We were trying to spend no more than it would take to build an ordinary house,and maybe even succeeded. The dust is still settling.
What we got for Christmas is a giant melt. This was a gift because now the barn roof is clear of snow and the foundation interior is melting quickly. Hope you got what you wanted, too!
So it's pouring out, and I'm heading up to the site to meet the port-a-john guy to show him where it should go. Pulling up the street, I'm blocked by a Verizon truck. Verizon told us it would take 90 days to get our phone poles in (we need 2 so we can have electric service), so I'm thinking "this is not about me." But it seems the guy who got the work order used to work for Lloyd, saw his name and said "we'll do this one today." So be nice to your staff, your friends and your neighbors—someday maybe they'll put your phone pole in first.
The footings are wrapped up for yesterday's snow, and it's supposed to warm up some tomorrow--all the way to 39, I think. I think the forms will go in this PM, but we could be waiting for the weather until morning.
Today, John's checking his final marks prior to digging the foundation hole for the main house. Best practices mean no waste, so John's carefully stockpiling the topsoil and underlayers for use. And boy, we're going to need that fill, as you can see below.
Barn foundation is in, being backfilled and now that we have our permit, digging on the house foundation will begin shortly. We're putting the final team together now, tweaking the plans and moving forward. The engineer staked out where the house is going to be, plus 10 feet on each side for the backhoe's mobility. It looks huge to me, and now we can stay busy second-guessing ourselves as we move into spending Serious Money Really Fast.