April 25, 2017

It's New Years Day and the wind is howling.  The roofing felt is coming off the roof!  The framers were on holidays and we needed to do something.  Some ingenious ideas were circulating to figure how to keep it down.  Luckily, the side lifting was facing south, where t...

April 25, 2017

It is now December 24 and we have a roof on the way.  The weather is supposed to be snowy.  This is rare for us on the West Coast.  Last year it was balmy and we were concerned all the flowers would start blooming before April!  So - again we have our fingers crossed t...

April 25, 2017

Who would have thought it could take this long to build just 350 sq. feet "small house" (not a tiny house).

April 21, 2017

It's now December 6.  And, we wait, fingers crossed that it doesn't rain for at least 24 hours.  We're wondering if that smooth "perfect" finish will last out the various workmen's tools over the next few weeks.  I guess there will always be rugs - or, next year, epoxy...

April 21, 2017

It is now November 24, 2016.  The plumber has been in to lay in the plumbing vents, we've had sand delivered & we've spread & tamped...and tamped.  We've lost weight through the vibrations (thankfully!)  The water line is coiled up in yet another trench which will even...

April 21, 2017

It's December 1.  Has been raining but there is a window of opportunity.  The temperature is appropriate for the pour - but we added heat to the mixture just in case.  It looks beautiful.  The expansion joint should be right along the wall between the bedroom and the k...

April 21, 2017

This cottage is going to be on a finished concrete slab.  No crawl space.  Our task is to finish tie-ing in the rebar and setting the snap ties in place.  Work boots are a must in the pile of mud, muck and rocks that has been accumulating the last couple of weeks. Pipe...

April 21, 2017

Exciting.  Something is actually taking shape.  Smooth. Level and no concrete gushing out from below.  We're happy.

April 21, 2017

A huge rock pile, mud and cooler weather with rain introduced us to the next phase of the project.

The footings were framed forming a crib and we tied in the rebar.  Some of those rocks were put back into the crib to mitigate the need for copious amounts of expensive co...