Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Kitchen Layout

I think we've made the final layout changes for the kitchen. Moved the refrigerator to the end wall, just down from the sink. And then moved the cooktop & hood to the right wall next to the double ovens. This should give me a nice cooking area, with plenty of counter space on either side of the cooktop. And I can use the island behind the cook space for prep work.

Here is a scan of the new layout. Any ideas or suggestions?

Snow Squall

We've had a couple of heavy snow squalls this morning. No wind, so it's really quiet and pretty. But the snow is piling up a bit.

And here are 2 more from last Thursday, when we had our first real snow fall where the snow stayed on the ramp instead of melting off right away.

These were all taken from my office window.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Finally some good news!

Well, it finally dried up enough to get my basement slab poured, and even the back fill done around the basement. Looks like the compacting is getting done so the footers for the crawlspace can be poured next....

Thanks Valda, for the pics.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

First Snow

Well, I woke up to snow on the ground today. It was fairly light snow at 5:30 am, but we had a couple of heavy snow showers between 8 am and 10 am. Then after lunch a short sun break so the snow melted off the ramp. But not off the tundra. Winter is setting in...YUCK!

This photo was taken about 7:30 this morning from my office window.

Rain, Rain, Rain

It just keeps raining so progress on my house is very slow. The guys have done some more excavating, they're trying to get the footers in so the can start the crawl space. But the whole area is ankle deep in mud. My poor driveways is a mess. I don't know when it will dry out enough to get the basement slab poured.

Valda took a couple of pictures for me last night.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

No Progress

Well, after 5 days of torrential rain, it cleared up for few hours mid morning. Penny & Virginia were here visiting, so we went up to the house site to look around. The guys were scheduled to start back filling and getting the basement ready so the slab could be poured, on Monday. Today is Wed and it was just way too wet to get started. And it was raining again by 3 pm. Looks like lots of rain for another week. YUCK, I'm sick of the rain.

This is Valda standing in front of the cistern tanks and Penny is taking a picture.

And Virginia is trying to stay out of the mud!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Basement Drain

It's really raining hard today, but the plumbing guys are up at the house site, digging a small trench and putting in the basement drain line. This rain is supposed to continue all weekend, but dry up a bit on Monday & Tuesday. I hope it dries up enough so they can get the basement area compacted and the slab poured.

Also, the 2 big cistern tanks were delivered.

And they cut away a bit of the Styrofoam to check the cement. This is where the crawl space footers will attach to the basement wall.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Basement Walls Are Poured

This morning the cement was poured inside the insulated foam panels, so the basement is getting done. 3 Trucks of cement, and about 1.5 hours. The guy operating the boom on the cement truck, ran it from a remote control he had strapped around his waist.

No rain yet today, but it's dark & cloudy. Had some fog this morning too.

And, as you can see, no tie offs for the crew once they were up over 6 feet. They seemed to be pretty sure of themselves up there, but I was a bit nervous.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Driveway Extension - Parking Area

Yesterday the guys extended my driveway, making a parking area. Hopefully this will keep their trucks out of the mud as they keep working on my basement.

And here is a picture of Darlene's house. She's my next door neighbor. Her house is about done. The outside is painted but still needs the deck put on and some landscaping. She has the heat turned on and is hoping to get the water hooked up this week.

Monday, September 08, 2008


The insulated foam panels are going up on top of the footers. They'll get filled with cement later this week to form the basement walls. Then the plumbing guys will come in to do some work and the ground will get compacted so that the slab can be poured.

And, we know the french drain is working, here is water running out of it. There was a lot of rain over the weekend, these photo's were taken on Sunday.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Footers and French Drain Installation

I'm back home, it's pouring rain today. But Patty took a few pictures for me when the drain was being installed and footers poured. This all took place last week.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Another Coast Guard Visit

The Coast Guard is back for a short visit today. Looks like they're just loading up some equipment to take back to Kodiak. Boy is that C-130 loud when it's parked outside my window. Even the APU is loud.

As you can see, it's pretty gray and cloudy today. Cold too.