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Barrel-Race7,022771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,164391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,963300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,3937862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,14818910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,070441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk490640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker362100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana437200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,8981033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,267200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,554440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,942270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,60927100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,4211504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,147341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,155100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,740483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,752100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,225213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,632520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,832300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,345320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,529100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,118300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,29830530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,526110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9263130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,703144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,639100
9/29/2012

sherman19,978221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,119380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,42635530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,587110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,2987190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,32323770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,264110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,063110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,766100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,553630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,782223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,281500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,24311150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,972810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,815310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,120320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,415200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,256480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,85334310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,040200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,2864140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,121200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,03720282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,23618291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,064562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,899392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,047100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,764100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,717650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,380200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2869130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,828100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,682200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,73320210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,105780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,14621660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,364601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,56322460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,840200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,718110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build8,996100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,860800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,91631740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,810200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0745110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,470300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,322430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,060900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,52212230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,89564850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,920100
9/2/2010

Commons10,135200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,537300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,083311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,808100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,375400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4152100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,159140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,88122100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,845343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,586100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,780330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,2922360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,034100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,76920270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,861130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,468100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,45721910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,862130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,75332950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,85019980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,517130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,029200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,073400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,495201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,949110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,215140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,273390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,182293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,961200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,554150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,943100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0355390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,61413200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,927970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,35411310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8034100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,412130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,472600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8391130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,175321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,180100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,360201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7631016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,558200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,016800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,247891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,937614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,177100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9627900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,807552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,619220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,359100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,012385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5121100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,258200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,047200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,300110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,390100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,202110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,851120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,821200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,459261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,73421590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,072220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,405610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,30810840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,925360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,230340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,313200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,195100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,647110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,105110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,163110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,80339880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,400111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,307211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,628120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0254100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,934100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1581130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,582100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,178100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,967301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,035260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,398100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,844136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,724311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,513120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1009160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,586200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,575260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6106320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,266334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,777460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,405100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,018670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,277110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH15,9931090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,548350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,158470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,596120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5713100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,626120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,231150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,700110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,041111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,713430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,52614350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,71714880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,860100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,282100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,67719380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,738320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,344240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6558100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,243400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,01011130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,13513520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,305600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,930360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,395600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,660100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,864110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4674140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,707200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,617100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8557140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,00812930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,815110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6329290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,531100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,061510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,570100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,421420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,717100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,340731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,211590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,909200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,946100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,743400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,188200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,241271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,173200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,28744830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,042100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,652100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,687100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,461900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,281300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,822310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,98320270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,187310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0495150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,377281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8568230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,537100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,277830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,380100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,831110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,366330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0041430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4775210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,314100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,33017510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,52617570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,920310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,270410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,682260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,953100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,941100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,200230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,742700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,343480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,428100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,550240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,34027560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,502210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,528100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,2938220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,586260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,758300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,242330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,126481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,813730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,291250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,885100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3866180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,762100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,852200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8035250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,4911750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,329200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,29822260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4493400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,730462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,741100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5516330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,143200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,756270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream10,993100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,68714250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,945220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,91911260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,239310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,446200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,500200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,479100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,462600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,551410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,328240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,917490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,351540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,870100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,656300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,776140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0436110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,190200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,038110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,119300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,958330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,970100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,596200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,351370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,674120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,870600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,86518150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5244140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,773471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1787110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,000200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,070100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,070241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,947200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,630120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0134140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,501110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,677220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,947100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,957100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,751100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse12,997300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,103100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,353310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,467200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,778100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,745100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,276100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,674200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,898250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,384300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7141020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,64011640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade11,988110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

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July 28/08

Posted by Andrew in Penetanguishene, ON on 7/27/2008 8:46:55 PM

   Well, it would seem that I have a lot in common with William Shakespeare, neither of us have written much lately.

    I should take a step back and start from the beginning. My wife, Rita and I began the search about ten years ago for a place to retire eventually and to build our own home. We were looking for a place near the water, but not necessarily on the water. We have a sailboat and being near a marina was a priority. We wanted to be in a quieter area, away from any large cities, but we also didn't want to be too far away from most amenities, so it took some time.

   We eventually found what we were looking for and purchased a two acre lot in a "country residential" subdivision close to the small town of Penetanguishene, Ont. It was a serviced lot with a paved road, streetlights, and underground services (gas, hydro, phone, and cable). Everything else was up to us.

   Like most, we had started a file of all the things we wanted in a new home. So the decision to hire an architect was made a couple of years ago to bring the ideas together. The plans, like most home building projects took a little longer than we expected but we were happy with the final result

    The home is going to be a single story craftsman style house with a walk out basement on a sloping lot. It will have a two and a half-car garage with an attached workshop, (my dream) and a loft sewing room, (Rita's' dream). There will be a small in-law suite in the walkout area of the basement. Total area of the home will be in the neighborhood of 2,300 sq. ft. with an additional 2,100 sq. ft of usable area in the basement.

    We were late getting started this spring mostly due to a contractor who was dragging his heels when it came to giving us an estimate for his portion of the work. We are going with an ICF construction for all of the foundation and above ground walls, He was one of the few builders in this area who does ICF. When we finally pinned him down to a price, it was almost double what he had given us as an initial ballpark figure! Time to move on;  I'm glad we stuck to our principles and refused to allow any work to commence until we had final figures in writing.

   We reassessed the project and decided to break it down into smaller pieces and do all of the subcontracting ourselves rather than allow a builder to give us an "envelope" as was the original plan.

    Once the architect and the structural engineer had signed off on the plans, the Township's approval was almost immediate (I think they like to see the liability spread around) all those stamps on the drawings gave them a warm fuzzy feeling). Sometimes it pays to go the path of least resistance.

   To end this journal on a positive note, we now have a hole in the ground, and I've spent the last couple of days in it with the footings guy that we hired, building the forming for the concrete footings. We hope to be pouring concrete in the middle of this coming week.

   I'll keep you posted,

Andy

  

Photos

The beginning of a really big hole in the ground.
Forming for the footings begins.







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