Friday, July 25, 2014

End of week one...

I'll post pics this weekend but I wanted to get some thoughts down before I forget.

Our house is down. The only thing remaining is the concrete foundation and the fireplace. 5 days. Amazing. Major props to Roderick and his team from ReBuild Green.  They are fantastic. I cannot say that enough. This deconstruction process has been a snap under his supervision. Every time I stop by (which is twice a day) more than I could ever imagine that could get done is completed.

I am also amazed at the care and attention to detail that is going on. Wires that ran through the house are neatly wrapped and stacked. Wood that will be reused is being cut, to identical lengths and on a palate. (Is that the right spelling?) There is a neat pile of copper pipes. Wood we are salvaging to use as an accent wall in the new house is against the fence waiting to be de-nailed. There is a stack of things that are tagged with stickers that will go to the ReUse People to process and send along to where they send it.

And as little as possible is being wasted. Even stuff that cannot be reused is being recycled. No one wants top nailed flooring, so that was being loaded into a truck yesterday to be recycled. Somewhere along the road I am sure it will become OSB (Oriented Strand Board-- that plywood like stuff that is not solid wood)

I know I am going on and on about this but every step of the way this week has just been a bit mind blowing.

And, let's not forget that there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scene in this house build too. I have spent hours reviewing and revising contracts for excavation/foundation, framing, and plumbing. I have met with our designer to update our electrical and AV plan (more on that later). OH and I reviewed interior elevations for the kitchen cabinets and other built ins. Plus research research research on additional vendors so I can begin to get estimate for things like stucco, patios, finish carpentry, flooring, etc. But I have to say, I am loving it. Tons of work but also tons of fun.

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