Virginia Northern Neck
-- End of Week One --
Today is 14 February 2008 -- Thursday -- Valentine's Day. We broke
ground on Monday, 11 February and worked on the lot Monday and Tuesday.
Rain, snow, and generally nasty weather hit on Wednesday and continued through
most of the day today, so, nothing was done on the lot.
Monday, 11 February
- Put culvert in place in the ditch between the road and the house;
dumped gravel on the culvert and spread it, making a construction driveway;
- Cleared the turf and topsoil off the house site, garage site, shed
site, and driveway.
- Photos of Monday's work are at this link.
- Dropped off our construction loan application, plans, budget, and
draw schedule at the
Bank of Lancaster.
Tuesday, 12 February
We put in more gravel and spread sand on the sites for the house, garage, and
shed. Then, Chris and John drove their equipment over the sand to compact
it in preparation for foundation work. Here are some photos.
The large area of sand in front is the house site. To the
left rear, behind the pile of topsoil is another area of sand -- that's the
storage shed-woodwork shop site. Hidden behind the Cat is a pile of sand
that has not been spread -- that's the garage.
Looking up the driveway toward the garage site. At the end
of the driveway you see a pile of sand being spread by the Cat ( the Cat is
facing the camera ) -- that's the garage site.
Wednesday, 13 February
We drove the 90 miles from our rental house and the building
site into Fredericksburg, VA, where we spent most of the day at the Lowe's store
where our son is a manager. We got a lot done on Wednesday.
Ordered all windows. We originally
planned to use Pella Series 850 windows but after spending a lot of time
examining various windows, we went with
700 windows for the house and garage. The Peachtrees were
about 30 percent more expensive but after a lot of examination we determined
that the Peachtree is a better window.
Went over the door specifications with Chris,
our builder -- he will order all doors.
Worked with the Lowe's kitchen design specialist and
got most of our cabinets, kitchen island, and kitchen bar laid out.
Visited a fireplace shop and ordered a fireplace
and screen. We will install a
Lennox Colonial model pre-fab woodburning fireplace with herringbone
brick pattern inside.
Visited the mason and selected stone.
Our foundation will be either poured concrete or
concrete block with about 36 inches exposed. We will face this
with man-made stone -- dry-stack
We will surround the fireplace with a row of
stone on each side and a row across the top under the mantel using the
The fireplace is in the right center of the house
so we'll have only 2-3 feet of chimney. That will be faced with
the same stone and topped with a chimney pot -- have not yet
decided on the chimney pot -- either
glazed terra cotta, or,
And that was enough for one day.
Thursday, 14 February
This is a long story, but, I went to the county courthouse for
the third time and picked up all permits:
Building permit for house and garage
Mechanical permit ( HVAC )
Land disturbance permit
Building permit for shed
Electrical permit for shed
Faxed permits to bank. Loan should be approved in 30 days
Follow these links to see the construction progress.