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Thursday, November 13, 2008

House stuff

The picture above was supposed to be last. These are our two dirt mountains, and I promise they are more than 8 feet high. They are quite sizable, and all the dirt came from digging out our house. This is the dirt that is going to require a front loader to fill in. See below.
One of the retaining walls. It's not pretty, but it doesn't have to be because it will be back-filled up to the top with the mountains of dirt. Our whole house needs about this much dirt moved. The cement truck backed into one part of the forms, and that caused some grief. But it all worked out in the end. It always does.
Top view of this area. This will be underground, and will house the outside portion of two dual-pack units (AC and heating). It's quite big- at least 8 by 12 feet. Our wrap around porch extends 12 feet, and this portion of the decking will probably be a big metal grate or something. Ryan probably knows for sure. There is also an access door into the crawl space.
The mini version on the opposite side of the house. This one is only for access into the crawl space. Again, like Ryan said, it isn't pretty, but it doesn't have to be. He built up some plywood forms and said that metal would have been better, but it all worked out. Because, say it with me, it always works out in the end.


  1. I'm so excited for you seeing all that progress. I will have to talk JC into taking me up there some time. Congrats to Kacie for her achievements!

  2. Wow, all the things that go into building a house that you would never think about. They never show those little details on Extreme Home Makeover! How exciting it will be to see the finished "product" after watching all the steps!

  3. It's awesome to see the progress on your house. We are so happy for you. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it's your very own home. Can you imagine going from you trailer into your new home? You will have a hard time finding each other. Can't wait for the "Our house is finished come see it and let's have a Barbeque". What will you call your blog when you are trailer free? Post trailer life? After trailer life? I am confused.

  4. Or "You got to be kidding, I'll never live in a trailer again life".