September 2010

Automation System Phase 2: Parts Ordered

Okay folks… it’s now 7:46 PM.  Let’s see how much I can get written before I head into the next room to watch SURVIVOR. Automation!  This was a huge day for me!  There’s no way any of you could realize this, but over the last 6-8 weeks I put my automation
Read More

Interior Wall Framing, Garage Radiant Heat Tubing

The weather hasn’t really been our friend this week, but what else can you expect up here in Northern Maine!  We have a beautiful summer with scarcely a moment of bad weather and then we start building a house and the farmers start harvesting their potatoes and it’s
Read More

Garage Rebar, Interior Wall Framing, Radiant Heat

Finding it awfully challenging to concentrate on schoolwork with the house being built throughout the day.  Seems like I want to be right in the middle of everything throughout the day and seldom get what I wanted accomplished during the day.  Not like it’s going to change
Read More

Four Walls Up And Cutting A Few Trees

The carpenters finished most of the fourth wall on Thursday and then it rained all day on Friday, and we cut some trees this morning to clear out the view towards Big Rock and Aroostook State Park.  A big thank you to Steve Higgins for cutting most of the big stuff! Onto
Read More

Three Walls up, One Long One to Go

Missed a bit of the action this morning as mom and I drove to SW Collins in Caribou to pick out some more things for the kitchen and make our final decision on the siding/roof shingles.  We drove out with our mind set on a brown laminated siding that resembled natural cedar, but
Read More

The House Is Going up!

Day 2 of framing and the house is going up quickly!  It’s so amazing how at different points in this project the house has looked small, then it looked bigger, and small again, and I’m happy to say now that they’re raising the walls it’s looking awfully
Read More

69 Yards of Concrete

YAY!  CONCRETE WAS POURED TODAY!!! Woke up this morning around 6 AM  to drive up the street to watch seven and a half big trucks full of concrete, be dumped into Craig Gustofsen’s pump truck, and then splattered across our foundation.  Brrr… what a chilly start to the
Read More

Meeting with Bangor Daily News Columnist

Had a rather cool interview with Bangor Daily News columnist Emily Burnham about this awesome project, the blog, and everything that’s gone into getting  here.  Really felt after the interview that she is the perfect person to write a lifestyle piece about all this and am
Read More

Finished Radiant Heat Tubing and Covered Septic Tank

Well folks, was hoping to have some pictures/video of the concrete being poured today, but the concrete contractor wanted to wait until the warmer and sunnier day of Saturday.  Let’s hope that the forecast stays at high 60s with sun. Wanted to mention something special we
Read More

Concrete Forms, Radiant Heat, and Septic Tank

WOW!   Yesterday turned out to be a super busy day!   When I got up to the project site yesterday morning there was over six men up there.  Earthworks was moving dirt with an excavator, bulldozer, and hauling in fill with 2 dump trucks; the concrete men were reinforcing their
Read More
12