Saturday, August 22, 2009

Construction Part One

July 3, 2009
When we arrived for the weekend the excavating equipment was here. We had all ready cleared most of the big trees in early spring before they leafed out.

July 14, 2009
More heavy equipment and the septic system is being installed.
The stakes are out and the county approved the building site.
Art got quite the workout hauling big rocks out of the construction area for us to use later for landscaping.
A huge truck and trailer backed into the cleared line to drop the septic tank into the waiting hole.

I ran down the driveway to get a shot of the tank being lowered into the ground but missed it. The worker in the white shirt is standing on the concrete tank. The trench leading away from the tank is for the pipes which will lead on to the mound system.

The tank is in. It was a little tricky for the septic designer to plan the septic system keeping it all away from the creek. We actually bought our second 10 acres last year in order to have room for a septic system site that would meet all of the set-back requirements.

Tommy the septic/excavation guy uncovered some huge rocks during his work. I asked him to save them, explaining sheepishly that I really like rocks. It turns out that Tommy likes them too and he offered to set them aside and later move them to a scenic location.


It was so nice of Tommy to spend some extra time helping me find the right spot and then set the rocks so they'd look the best. This is the largest of them.

It's nearly as tall as me!

More rocks appeared as he worked to bring the grade down to prep the site for the slab.

Skimming just a few inches over a large site makes a lot of dirt.
Next visit: the slab!

22 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Wow, step by step! How exciting. Won't you enjoy it so much when it's all done! Very happy for you.

Linda in Erie said...

That's some major work! It's all going to look so beautiful when it's done.

Kerri said...

Such an exciting time for you! Love seeing the progress!

KGMom said...

Great photos telling a story.

Love the rocks--they really rock. ;-)

dAwN said...

Oh..this is getting exciting..Those are some big rocks..
cant wait to see more...♥♥...

Red said...

Woohoo! It's coming along :) I'm so happy for you.

ZeldaMom said...

Ooh Lynne, I'm jealous! But I'm very happy for you too. Gee, you'll have to have a Lab party when you're done, ha, ha.

Tina said...

How far along do you plan to be by the first snow? I am really excited to watch all the progress that is going to happen in the next few months!! Kinda like blogger hgtv!!Design on many dimes!!

zeladoniac said...

The rock part caught my eye: not only are you lucky having beautiful, huge rocks (we don't have any- just sand and clay) but what a nice, nice guy he was for setting them in place for you!

Kirk Mona said...

Wow, rock is an understatement. Those are big glacial erratics! Nice.

troutbirder said...

The rocks will give a permanent solid substantial sense to the whole enterprise. I love it.

Pablo said...

I'm soooo envious!

LostRoses said...

Ohmigosh, the rocks! Especially the one almost as tall as you. That's like buried treasure! Nice septic guy to help you get them in place.

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Jayne said...

It just seems UNreal that you all are finally building your dream home up there Lynne!! So exciting! Love how you were able to save the big rocks too. Whoo-hooo... can't wait to follow along!

Eve said...

This is so fun Lynne!

Mel said...

Hola Lynne :)
It's so excited to see this new adventure thru your pics!
It will all turn out ok, it will be AWESOME!
Besos,
Mel

Bird Girl said...

How exciting, Lynne!! I bet you can not wait! I have to say that the first few shots reminded me of the fire and I am so glad that got under control quickly and didn't cause any harm. Really neat to see this coming along!

Susan Gets Native said...

Squeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike and Lizette said...

Lot of progress Lynne.

RuthieJ said...

I can almost hear Art grunting with that boulder in the barrow. Isn't it amazing how much even those smaller rocks weigh?
I'm glad the project's moving along so well and no weather delays.

Mary said...

Wow, Linne. It's really true.