These are photos that we took on Monday, August 1st, the morning after we had returned from Chicago at nearly midnight the night before! We had to rush up to the lot because the plumber was there roughing in all of the water lines and I needed to pick out where the sink was going in my studio.
When we pulled up to the building site we were absolutely delighted to see that the basement's block walls had been completed while we were away! The house is actually taking form and we can see how the perimeter walls will fit into the landscape! The large narrow area at the front is going to be the front porch. David had the foresight to dig out & block the walls of the front porch instead of having a slab underneath it so that we can use it as a storm shelter. As many of you know, the tornados have been bad in this area of the country over the last few years. It will be very secure with 12" thick walls, floor & ceiling.
In case the layout looks a bit backwards compared to floor plans I showed earlier this year, we ended up "reversing" the whole house so the garage is on the other side. Speaking of garage, here David is, standing at the corner of it near the doors where we will pull in.
It appears that our carefully laid plans for house placement are paying off ten-fold. The house is facing the view of the hills perfectly, just like we wanted.
Here is the left side of the house where the garage entrance will be.
this is the view of the house from the new shaded clearing I spoke about in my last post. You can't see much yet, but thought it would be fun to document how the house "sprouts" into view from this vantage point.
This is the back of the house, where the plumber and his crew are busy at work laying the water lines. They are the last crew that needs to come in before they put the rest of the gravel down and pour the concrete floors for both the basement & garage.