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post #391 of 1535
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Thanks guys!

You're right, RT. That first step is a bit of a doozy right now. Fortunately, our builder is planning to do a LOT of back filling along the front of the house. We're hoping to only have a couple of steps coming down off the front porch when they're done. That's partly to eliminate steps, and partly to make sure that there is a good slope away from the house for water to drain away. At the very least, there is going to be several feet of dirt added to the left side as that window can't be more than 6' above grade. I'd guess it's around 10' above grade now, so lots of dirt to add there.

As far as the steps go, I don't know what my wife has planned there, but I was envisioning them being made of brick. That's one of those things that my wife and our designer get to decide I'm more in charge of making sure the house doesn't leak, fall down, or catch on fire!

Am I wrong in saying that (1) the brick work goes all the way down to the current grade and (2) there are weep holes in the last (bottom) course of brick? I was under the impression that you shouldn't bury the brick veneer!
post #392 of 1535
J_P_A your home is in a really nice area with those beautiful trees! Great work so far, I am enjoying looking at all your pics. PLease go with quantity not quality if it keeps them coming!
post #393 of 1535
The stone work looks absolutely marvelous, simply marvelous!




Sorry could not resist!

Regards,

RTROSE
post #394 of 1535
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Am I wrong in saying that (1) the brick work goes all the way down to the current grade and (2) there are weep holes in the last (bottom) course of brick? I was under the impression that you shouldn't bury the brick veneer!

I burried at least 1 foot after I did my final grade cause in my development u can't show any unfinished foundation. My mason was my dads beat friend and said as long as it was done right u r fine. Have never had a problem in 6 years bow and it looks much better than showing foundation.
post #395 of 1535
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Am I wrong in saying that (1) the brick work goes all the way down to the current grade and (2) there are weep holes in the last (bottom) course of brick? I was under the impression that you shouldn't bury the brick veneer!

We didn't know where grade would be, and as jimim said, we didn't want the concrete footer to be above grade as it would expose the waterproofing and the drainage mat. However, I did call the waterproofing company, and they said that this was the standard installation. Grade will be below the concrete foundation all the way around (so no wood below grade), and grade will also be below the waterproofing membrane that's behind the brick. The weep holes will be just above grade.

I rationalized this to myself as the brick is now acting as a hydraulic break between the dirt and our waterproofing membrane similar to the two types of drainage mat we have installed below the brick line. If the brick wasn't porous, we wouldn't need the weep holes, so I figure the water can work it's way out of the brick and into our drainage mat below grade (I HOPE).

Thanks for all the compliments, guys. We're getting a little more excited about finishing this thing everyday!
post #396 of 1535
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post


We didn't know where grade would be, and as jimim said, we didn't want the concrete footer to be above grade as it would expose the waterproofing and the drainage mat. However, I did call the waterproofing company, and they said that this was the standard installation. Grade will be below the concrete foundation all the way around (so no wood below grade), and grade will also be below the waterproofing membrane that's behind the brick. The weep holes will be just above grade.

I rationalized this to myself as the brick is now acting as a hydraulic break between the dirt and our waterproofing membrane similar to the two types of drainage mat we have installed below the brick line. If the brick wasn't porous, we wouldn't need the weep holes, so I figure the water can work it's way out of the brick and into our drainage mat below grade (I HOPE).

Thanks for all the compliments, guys. We're getting a little more excited about finishing this thing everyday!

Oh ya I should clarify also. I have a brick ledge that varies around my whole home to have the brick below grade so nothing shows. When we poured I knew my exact elevations cause I was the contractor and my buddy was my excavator. We shot the house a Ron of times and gave all the brick ledge depths to the guy who poured my foundation so I knew how much would be burried and made sure the plate was deff above grade. A little planning ahead to a diff degree but it worked out awesome. My mason had us also put a 12inch wide foundation so we had alot of room for the ledge cause my brick was oversized and the whole house is brick so lots of corners that might have been out a bit. The extra two inches made it nice. I don't know around u guys but normal pour around here is 10 inch if poured concrete and brick. I just don't think it's enough room.

Anyway, te house is looking awesome. I really like all te diff surfaces for outside. Ur house would look awesome with carriage barn doors for garage doors btw with some custom straps to decorate it up.
post #397 of 1535
Any construction updates...........with pictures please . My wife and I are just finalizing our new house plans; on a much smaller scale though (1900 sq. ft. main floor). If all goes as planned the digging begins in early May. BTW your place looks fanatastic!!
post #398 of 1535
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Thanks again, everyone! We're really happy with the way everything has turned out so far.

There's been a lot of progress, but it's been dusty so I haven't ventured in with my camera much. They've got all of the sheetrock finished with the exception of final sanding in the basement, and they've got a coat of primer on everything else. Here's a poor picture of our dining room to show some of the drywall progress



They also started the hardwoods today. Here's a pick of the stair nosings they were laying this morning.



And finally, they finished the stone on the front as well. They're supposed to pour the porches in the next few days, and should start on the front steps soon as well.



The tile is supposed to get started soon, and we're hoping for cabinets sometime next week or the week after. We'll have to see about that, though. The trim is supposed to be dropped off in the next day or so, so the trim guys will be getting going as well. Our contractor is telling us we're really going to make a push over the next few weeks to get done so we should see a lot of progress pretty quickly.
post #399 of 1535
Wow that is some progress. The stone work looks fantastic. As it all is coming together I bet you and the Mrs. are starting to get really excited about the finishing touches.

Looking good, keep the progress pics coming.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #400 of 1535
A beautiful home that's going to be. I especially like the bit of flair to the roof curveature. Very nice.

Dale
post #401 of 1535
Love the color choices on the exterior! Dark brick and lighter stone.
post #402 of 1535
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We are really excited about finally getting to move in. After a year and a half of living with the vast majority of our stuff in storage, it will be nice to be able find everything again.

There are several nice touches that the architect included in the house design, but I think the curved roof is one of best. There is supposed to be some interesting design bits on the back porch as well, but we'll see how they turn out.

Thanks for the confirmation on the colors, Tony! My wife and I agonized over the color of the brick, stone, and shake for what seemed like months. We were originally against the dark brick, but after finding several other brick colors that were out of budget, we "settled" on this one. Now that it's on the house, I really can't imagine it any other way, and I'm even a little relieved that we didn't get to use the brick that we picked originally! I suppose everything works out for a reason

Stopped by today and the've got the hardwoods down, they dropped off all of the interior doors, and all of the interior molding. They're also pouring our porches and steps today. That's a lot of progress for two days. I LIKE IT!
post #403 of 1535
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They've got a good bit of the trim in. There are still some random bits that need to be done, but they've had a crew in there the past two days that's been filling nail holes and the like. Here's a few pictures showing the molding so far.



I really like the detail on the windows



I'm also impressed that they took the time to return all of the moldings as well.



Hopefully there will be a lot of progress over the next few days!
post #404 of 1535
Looking very nice. Yup, doing the proper "return" takes time skill and a little luck. That is how I did my chair rail and I really like the look of it. It appears they have a high level of attention to detail.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #405 of 1535
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They've got a good bit of the trim in. There are still some random bits that need to be done, but they've had a crew in there the past two days that's been filling nail holes and the like. Here's a few pictures showing the molding so far.



I really like the detail on the windows



I'm also impressed that they took the time to return all of the moldings as well.



Hopefully there will be a lot of progress over the next few days!

Looks awesome. I hate it when windows don't get trimmed out fully and returns aren't done cause they might not be very noticeable. Looks really really good! Like the larger base. I like that profile too. It's the same we used cause it takes ur eyes to the window trim but fills the space nicely.

Trim makes a house! Very nice!
post #406 of 1535
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As always, I appreciate the compliments. I've been very pleased with the quality of work that each of the subs have done. The painters are out now and they've been going over the molding with sanding sponges working out minor imperfections. That's something you don't see much anymore.

They've started laying tile, but it was too dark in the house this morning to get any pictures (We don't have the power hooked up yet), so hopefully in the next few days I'll be able to get some pictures up.

The brick masons finished up the front porch/steps yesterday, and I think it really made a difference on the front of the house. I can finally get an idea of the proportion of things once grading is done. Here's the pic



We're supposed to have cabinets next week, and they are supposed to do the final grading next week as well which I'm really excited about.
post #407 of 1535
Do you have a move-in date?
post #408 of 1535
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Not yet. Our builder said that once they set the cabinets and make granite patterns they could tell us to within a few days of when they'd be finished. So I'll probably start pressing for a day next week. We were really hoping to be in the house before the new baby gets here, but I don't think it's going to happen.
post #409 of 1535
Looking great! What a beautiful home. I remember how excited we were at about this stage. The interior will really start fleshing out. We're not too far from this thread turning attention to the theater!

New baby, new house....life is good!
post #410 of 1535
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.......New baby, new house....life is good!

Amen to that! We've had a lot of fun with building the house, but we are ready to move in! We've got a busy year ahead of us, for sure.

I'm officially NOT saying this, but if I'm lucky, I'll be able to squeeze a little bit of money out of our budget to at least get a start on the theater. We'll see
post #411 of 1535
Watch out for that first step, its a duzi.
post #412 of 1535
What are the PVC pipes exiting the wall under the window on the right of the steps? Just curious!
post #413 of 1535
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Watch out for that first step, its a duzi.

We figure that's a good way to keep the door-to-door salesmen away


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What are the PVC pipes exiting the wall under the window on the right of the steps? Just curious!

The one on the left is for the septic and the one on the right is the main water supply to the house...... Hmmmm. now that I think about it, I wish those weren't quite so close together

There's also another septic line exiting on the back of the house that will need to be run around to the front. With the way the LVL's were run in the house, they had to exit in two places.

Also, that gives a pretty good idea of how much final grade will come up.
post #414 of 1535
Coming along very nicely for sure. Your over all look is gorgeous I can't wait to see some more pictures of the interior as things take shape.

As Tony said new house, new baby, LIFE IS GOOD!

Hopefully you will have a little extra to throw at the theater when it is all said and done.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #415 of 1535
I was a little worried for you when I saw goldish stone with red brick, but it came out nice. Solid brick can look a bit monotonous. The stone really helps break it up. They did a nice job on it. I'm usually not a fan of white windows either, but I don't think any other color would have looked as good. It's very clean looking with good contrast and ties into the trim well. Not that I'm Martha Stuart or anything, but having agonized over every detail in my house, I am much more impressed by people that pull it all together well.

Once the house is done and you move on to researching, designing, or working on funding for the HT project have you given any more thought to how you're going to keep the basement space fresh?
post #416 of 1535
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Coming along very nicely for sure. Your over all look is gorgeous I can't wait to see some more pictures of the interior as things take shape.
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Thanks, RT. I'm looking forward to the interior coming together as well. Right now there seems to be a little bit of everything done, but all of nothing. Most of the hardwoods are down, some of the tile, most of the trim, some of the paint, etc., etc. Can't wait to see how everything is going to turn out.
post #417 of 1535
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I was a little worried for you when I saw goldish stone with red brick, but it came out nice. Solid brick can look a bit monotonous. The stone really helps break it up. They did a nice job on it. I'm usually not a fan of white windows either, but I don't think any other color would have looked as good. It's very clean looking with good contrast and ties into the trim well. Not that I'm Martha Stuart or anything, but having agonized over every detail in my house, I am much more impressed by people that pull it all together well.

Once the house is done and you move on to researching, designing, or working on funding for the HT project have you given any more thought to how you're going to keep the basement space fresh?

I was really concerned about how all of the different colors and textures would come together, too. When we discussed it with the designer, none of the individual pieces seemed to work together. Now that it's all on the house, I'm really happy with it! I never would have picked the brick and stone without our designer. Fortunately, our builder includes the designer with the contract. It's almost one of the fine print things, but it really keeps the quality of his homes up. I just can't imagine picking everything for a house without her help. There's been several times where I've asked, "are sure this is all going to work?" She hasn't let us down yet

As far as keeping the basement fresh goes, our basement is open to the first floor so I've put a lot of thought into it. The first thing is the waterproofing. Keep the water out to begin with and you eliminate the primary source of the problem. Next is keeping the humidity down. We decided to try to eliminate the need for a central dehumidifier by going with a two speed HVAC compressor. This lets the AC run longer at a lower capacity which gives the AC the opportunity to get the moisture out of the air. With a single speed compressor, the AC cant run as long without cooling the room off too much. Our basement is on a separate zone, so it can run just in the basement when the thermostat indicates the humidity is too high. I guess this also gives lots of air exchanges down there which is going to help as well.
post #418 of 1535
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Thanks, RT. I'm looking forward to the interior coming together as well. Right now there seems to be a little bit of everything done, but all of nothing. Most of the hardwoods are down, some of the tile, most of the trim, some of the paint, etc., etc. Can't wait to see how everything is going to turn out.


Some of that work sounds picture-worthy....just saying


Everything is looking great so far, you will have a beautiful house when all is said and done.
post #419 of 1535
This thing still happening?
post #420 of 1535
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Yep, we're still building a house! The new addition to the family got here a couple weeks earlier than we expected, so I haven't had time to take many pictures of the house. More importantly, though, we've got a healthy baby boy, 8 lbs 2 oz, and 21" long

As far as updates on the house go, this is the best I can do. This picture was taken the day after the baby was born, and it's the last picture I've got. It's amazing how much different the house looks now that they've done the grading. Depending on how you look at it, the house either looks like it was moved closer to the road, or the house just got bigger. This picture is a little deceiving, but the house sits back about 200' off the road. We've got about 2/3 of an acre of lawn in the front yard. Boy I can't wait for the kids to get old enough to cut the grass!



Since that picture was taken, they've installed most of the cabinets and they've been doing drywall touch-up. The rough grading is finished, and next week we're supposed to get downspouts piped in, final grading done, and the landscaping done. We're also supposed to be getting templates for the granite done soon, so there is a lot going on!
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