There were lots of developments today!
It’s been a week since Art and his crew had been working on my project. I knew they would be there when I when I got home after school tonight. Art had called earlier to tell me they would be there. Imagine my surprise when I came home to not just one contractor truck but two contractor trucks in my yard!
I have three contractors currently involved with my project–the house movers, the building contractors, and the concrete contractors. I’m not counting the electric or hvac/plumbing contractors just yet because I honestly haven’t even hired any of those yet! These guys all met with me at the same time to discuss the project at our job site before we started to develop a plan of action.
I know just enough to be dangerous, but I do have a pretty decent grasp of what needs to be done. After all, we’ve been planning this for about 20 years. I was never made to feel as if I was asking a stupid question. They also took the time to explain to me what would need to be done. The most awesome thing about them is that they all worked together to make this project a reality.
They communicate with each other. I don’t have to be the go-between. I don’t know if this is common or not, but I very much appreciated each and every one of them. It made my life so much easier. I really feel that each one of them went above and beyond to make this all happen. They truly are a blessing.
When I got home Art and Ricky were each running a skid loader and bulldozer to work at removing the remaining pieces of the foundation out of the way. What a change from the day they left off!! And if you’ll notice, the house was jacked up today and I MISSED IT!!! I really wanted to be there to see it be lifted. I was told it wasn’t all that dramatic. It was a slow, deliberate process to jack it up. They started with one side at a time. The left side went up a little bit and then the right side went up. I was just bummed I wasn’t there to see it.
Art did tell me a couple of my “friends” fell out from under the house when they lifted the foundation. He said they saw a snake and a couple of mice. One snake didn’t make it. We saw him partially crushed between a beam and some block. Feel free to shudder a little bit as you read that. They don’t bother me as much as they used to, but they are not welcome around here.
These two guys move like synchronized swimmers. One is moving underneath the house, while one is out pushing a load of dirt and foundation pieces onto the pile. They never even came close to each other. You can tell they’ve been doing this a long time. It really was fun to watch.
I was surprised to see Cody and Jason from J&C Builders on the site. They had been there today to dig the footings for the addition and garage. I didn’t know they were coming but it was great to see the garage and addition taking shape. This means we are one day closer to concrete!!
Again, being a visual person, I appreciated being able to see the size of the garage and it is going to be A-MA-ZING!!. I suppose it’s very fitting that this chunk of gravel is where we always used to park our vehicles. I have never had an attached garage in MY LIFE–not growing up, not in any of the apartments I rented in college, nor in either of the two houses, my husband and I lived after we were married. This will be a real luxury to me and my family!! I cannot imagine the comfort and convenience of pulling into a garage when it’s raining, shutting the door and walking into the house without getting wet! I’ll bet those of you who have always had an attached garage have taken that for granted, haven’t you?
It seems so strange to see so much daylight under the house. We are getting close to the end of phase 1. I’m nervous and excited–mostly excited. It was another beautiful day for October. It was unbelievably warm with a high of 87 degrees! I know we are on borrowed time with the weather. Typically, a warm day is followed shortly thereafter by a really cold day and/or a lot of rain. I keep praying it will continue to stay warm so that concrete can be poured. I’m trusting in God to give us what we need just when we need it!
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Until next time…
Salvaging A Farmhouse is a series of blog posts that chronicle my experience of renovating and reclaiming our 1900 farmhouse. This is a project that is over a decade in the making. We were working towards some pretty serious renovations on the house until my husband became sick with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and died 9 weeks after his diagnosis. My kids and I have been left with the task of completing what we started all those years ago. Every house and every family have a story and this is the story of ours.