One of the builders today said I was taking too many pictures, I figure it’s all part of the journey.. but when I actually thought about it, I realised… ‘I’m learning how to build a house’. The reality of it though, is that if I had to do it myself, I wouldn’t have a clue where to start! These guys make it look easy! I am impressed by their care, attention and hard work and also by the fact that they are all such nice people. It really makes this all such a pleasure. Now in saying that, I also realise we’re only two weeks in and there is a whole lot more house to be built, in fact there IS a WHOLE house to be built!!
In short, the learning curve is steep and constant and I’m glad they’re doing it, not me!
Today was a challenge again for me, it always seems to coincide with the rain. The rain dampens everyone’s mood, but is causes working conditions to be a little or a lot more difficult, depending on the job, and it also causes delays! Another thing that causes delays is waiting for people to do what they are supposed to do, at the time they have said they’ll do it! (I was guilty of this yesterday) I’ve noticed also that having tired, wet, hungry men, all trying to achieve something, can be a soup for stress!
The other thing that made today difficult was that the engineers weren’t fully aware of the builder’s methods and right when the builder was about to start his next piece of work, the engineer questioned it and asked for changes. It’s frustrating… So I rush home, dive into the internet, so that when I’m sitting between the builder and the engineer on monday morning, I know what they’re talking about and how their suggestions could impact the quality of our home..
Today I was almost convinced that the house might actually slide off the foundations if we did what the engineer was saying, or would flood if we did what the builder was saying. Not knowing ALL the details and implications, makes it all a bit of an unknown, and I’m not comfortable with the unknown.
I have to trust that all involved have our best interests at heart… but I also can’t be naive. Can you see my challenge! Some things I decide, other things the engineer decides and other things the builder/heating contractor/ESB man etc! We each must know the implications of our choices and decisions, mostly the financial implications.. We have to get it right NOW!
Anyway, enough rambling!! Today the radon barrier was installed, concrete was poured and smoothed over the barrier (in the pouring rain!!) and the laying of the bricks was started in ernest. The bottom field where the geothermal collectors were laid yesterday was backfilled, fine job it was! And finally the builder did lots of running around trying to get ready for next week, ordering the WINDOWS!! (windows will take about 6 weeks to arrive, the frame will be up in less than 4 (most likely) so there is going to be a big delay… OUCH 😦
My only regret for today though, was that I didn’t stick Josh’s hands into the finished cement. Imagine seeing his tiny hand prints in 20 years time!!
Today in photos!