Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The house bulletin

We stopped at the building site yesterday and the framing is about half done for the first floor. The second floor hasn't been done yet. The house is clipping along nicely.

The front of the house has taken shape now. They've poured the front porch and you can see the general lines of the first floor.

The garage is your basic two-car garage, although this architect's plans always are a little narrow in the garage. Oh, well, it'll work fine.

There's also a keyhole part of the garage on the right that would fit another car (no) or a storage area while we move and then ultimately a place for me to work on stained glass and things like that.

This is a shot looking across the kitchen towards the dining room. (I'm sure that this will all become clearer when we've got more walls and so on.)

The dining area has a great view out to the back yard. Figure on lots of flowering things like rock rose and lavender on the hill behind us.

Okay, now this shot is really going to be a lot clearer with more definition. You're seeing the fireplace area in the great room. I know, I know, it's a bunch of 2x4s and plywood at the moment; trust me, it'll look gorgeous.

We also had a chance to meet the folks who are building essentially the same house not far from us. We were looking at their house (which is about 6-8 weeks ahead of ours in the construction. They've got their drywall up now and it's really clear what the house will look like when it's done. It was veryexciting to see that. I mean, we'd been feeling really buoyed to look at our framing and get an idea of what's going where, but seeing the drywall and the rooms made it seem that much more real. It was hard to leave their house because it just felt so good. As it happened, as we were getting into the car, they drove up. We got back out of the car and hallooed and introduced ourselves.

We spent a couple hours talking to them about our houses, our housebuilding experiences to that point (pretty good), what we do, and all sorts of things. The time just flew by. They're wonderful people! I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

This week, we've picked lighting fixtures, carpet, and outside paint colors. It's a lot of work. Oy. With any kind of luck, I'll get writing done this weekend.

The new computer is up and running and 80% populated with software and files. There are pieces here and there that I need to duplicate from other systems, but it's mostly big file slurps and we're okay other than that. The old #1 computer dies with a blue-screen-of-death about once every 3-4 hours on average at this point, which makes sucking tens of gigs of info from its hard disks a slow process, but it's working well enough for me to complete this and then give it the brain transplant it's been deserving for so long (mwahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa!).


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