Things are happening fast over here. Rip-roaringly fast. Excitingly fast. Terrifyingly fast.
On Thursday, these two guys showed up and started moving giant rocks around like they were pebbles*:
It’s mesmerizing to watch. Like a dinosaur or giant creature has come to dig in our dirt. The backhoe moves so smoothly I can forget it’s a machine. The driveway work is now done. Maybe eventually I’ll upload some before and after pictures, but I’m finding my photography skills to be completely inadequate for showing what’s really going on at that scale. Also, a bulldozer came to join the party on Friday, but I don’t have a picture of that in action.
On Friday, our builder climbed down our well:
He spent several hours down there, cleaning out the muck. Lars helped, but Craig was way dirtier at the end of the day, so we all know who got the short end of that stick. Our lack of running water is not Craig’s problem. Making sure our house gets built is Craig’s problem. But he spent the day in the well anyway, and he was smiling whenever I looked down there. We are so glad to have found him. Let me know if you’re local and looking for a builder. I’ll send you his contact info…when we’re wrapping up our build.
On Tuesday, this happened:
That’s not even all of the insulation we’ll eventually need. But it should get us through the basement and up the outside of all the walls. I wasn’t home for the delivery, but it came on a full-size tractor trailer, and the driver didn’t want to try turning around. So he backed down our road (three quarters of a mile!). On his way down, he got stuck, pointed at a ditch, and unable to get traction to pull forward again because of all the rain we got that day. Lars ended up helping him get traction by pulling on him with the skid steer. I anticipate excitement like that for at least 50% of all future material deliveries. Next time, I plan to be around to watch.
And today, this happened:
That’s standing on the middle terrace…just imagine a basement there. This is where you’d walk right in.
It’s really hard to see the scale in these photos. Look for the chalk lines in the picture above. I think they trace out where the building will be. And the current hole is approximately 45′ long by 10′ wide.
Like I said, things are happening around here.
*Bonus video of the “pebble” moving, which I unfortunately can’t embed without upgrading our site to a paid version. This is Mike the excavator moving a gigantic rock (previously known as pump rock) out of his way.