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Barrel-Race7,136791630
YesterdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...34100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,236391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,045300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,9437862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,21618910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,191441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk553640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker447100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana522200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,0851033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,329200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,637440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,016270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,70527100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,5951504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,284341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,206100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,888483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,799100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,342213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,715520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,901300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,403320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,582100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,186300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,45030530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,592110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff7,0123130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,866144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,698100
9/29/2012

sherman20,097221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,220380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,53735530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,667110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3627190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,45123770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,342110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,140110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,821100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,632630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,856223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,436500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,31711150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,036810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,882310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,187320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,470200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,347480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...21,01434310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,117200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3634140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,208200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,12820282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,38418291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,257562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,959392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,216100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,838100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,788650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,455200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3609130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,907100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,781200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,90020210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,205780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,22621660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,515601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,69522460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,913200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,791110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,055100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,909800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,04631740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,870200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1345110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,547300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,378430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,122900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,61312230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead36,00364850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,986100
9/2/2010

Commons10,205200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,598300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,156311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,880100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,444400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4852100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,239140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,96822100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,950343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,656100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,858330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4252360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,095100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,89720270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,932130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,527100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,52921910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,936130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,88432950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,93019980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,572130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,080200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,132400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,595201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,063110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,280140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,340390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,264293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,023200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,624150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,024100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0985390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,67413200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,991970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,46111310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8674100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,484130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,567600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,9051130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,264321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,292100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,444201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner73,0071016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,628200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,081800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,366891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,050614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,241100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0367900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,926552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,675220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,425100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,129385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5801100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,336200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,121200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,377110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,460100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,266110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,916120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,887200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,537261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,80621590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,142220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,480610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,39310840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,046360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,306340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,370200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,314100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,720110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,167110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,238110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,94039880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,462111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,381211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,696120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0934100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,992100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,2091130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,655100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,253100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,058301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,099260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,468100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,999136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,818311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,573120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1829160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,653200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,667260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6756320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,352334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,835460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,466100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,121670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,343110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0841090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,612350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,222470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,669120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6443100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,695120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,321150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,774110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,110111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,776430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,61714350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,82014880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,941100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,340100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,78419380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,814320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,426240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7108100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,313400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,08711130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,21413520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,369600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman11,004360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,454600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,753100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,938110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5284140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,780200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,689100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9497140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,09412930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,888110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6979290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,608100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,138510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,631100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,482420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,770100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,446731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,273590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,984200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,999100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,867400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,247200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,315271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,242200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,36544830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,095100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,706100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,774100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,534900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,374300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,999310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,04520270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,240310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1275150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,443281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9338230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,607100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,353830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,437100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,897110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,447330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0651430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5465210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,386100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,41517510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,58217570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,993310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,331410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,755260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,023100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,997100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,264230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,805700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,414480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,493100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,615240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,46327560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,578210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,588100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3628220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,657260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,819300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,307330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,218481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,885730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,368250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,951100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4426180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,821100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,922200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8735250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5971750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,396200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,38722260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5253400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,852462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,798100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6126330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,216200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,836270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,061100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,75014250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,012220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,99611260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,305310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,523200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,561200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,542100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,528600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,619410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,394240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,975490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,420540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,931100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,712300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,841140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,1006110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,246200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,108110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,186300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,015330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,033100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,694200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,415370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,743120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,938600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,92818150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5744140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,865471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2257110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,076200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,137100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,164241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa12,006200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,685120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0684140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,561110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,749220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,011100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,034100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,804100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,067300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,185100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,415310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,522200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,845100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,814100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,360100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,745200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,981250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,464300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8261020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,74011640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

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Posted to South-Dakota-Lake-House by Ben in Sioux Falls, SD on 5/23/2007

    Well, it has been two weeks since my last entry.  The roof trusses are suppose to be done by the end of the week.  We did take advantage of the down time to get a few other things rolling.  The geothermal loops have all been drilled and stubbed into the basement.  We ended up with a total of 10 loops rather than five.  This was due the the large amount of gravel the driller ran into at about 100 feet.  We were suppose to have 5 loops at 180' each.  But, the extra loops are not as deep and are needed to effeciently handle the heat pump.  Also the plumber roughed in the basement floor plumbing and the electrician is install electric radiant heat panels in the garage floor today.  The basement and garage floors will be poured tomorrow.  So, come Monday,  the carpenters can go to town and finish drying this house in.
All of our subs have been great to work with so far!  The only problem we have had was with the excavator.  The weather ended up making his job very difficult. And with the travel time to get to our house he ended up burning up alot of fuel and more gravel on our driveway than he intended.  I believe we have our differences ironed out.
We did get more rain(like we need that!) last night. But, hopefully it wasn't enough to slow us down anymore.  I've included some pictures from yesterday below. Not much new but slow progress is better than no progress.

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Tornados and other things

Posted to South-Dakota-Lake-House by Ben in Sioux Falls, SD on 5/10/2007

    Well, we are trying to keep a positive outlook.  Mother nature struck again.  We had severe weather last weekend which included about 3 inches of rain and high winds.  Luckily, the carpenters did not install the wall sheathing.  We do not have a roof either.  Knowing we had some bad weather coming, Chad made sure our walls were well braced.  A tornado hit over the weekend 5 miles from our house.  The tornado hit a farm right by Spencer, SD.  10 years ago Spencer was wiped out by a Tornado.  We luckily had no damage!  I am so glad we didn't sheath the house or we would have lost our walls.
    That said, no one has been working on our house this week.  The rain made things to muddy for heavy equipment and as I wrote previously, our roof trusses are on back order.  The plumber is supposed to start on our basement rough in and septic system today.  If he can get this done quickly, we can pour the basement and garage floors next week and continue framing while we wait for our roof trusses.  I figure we are about a month behind now with weather amd material delays.  However, we gave ourselves enough time on our schedule that we should be able to make some time up once the house is dried in.
    We have decided not to sheath the house until we know what day the roof trusses will be delivered. Then we will sheath the day before.  No knowing what the weather will do in the next two weeks. 


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Challenges Persist

Posted to South-Dakota-Lake-House by Ben in Sioux Falls, SD on 5/3/2007

    Okay,  nothing every goes perfectly.  We do have our exterior walls all framed. Yeah!  However,  some of the rough openings for the windows had to be redone.  It is so important to be on the jobsite daily. It has been tough for us being 45 miles from the site.  Chad, our builder called me yesterday and asked if I was sitting down.  Not what I wanted to hear.  Apparently, the roof trusses have not been ordered.  We ordered the floor trusses and the engineer decided he needed to wait and discuss the trusses with Chad before ordering.  He failed to inform us of this.  Now he is saying it would be three weeks before they would be ready!  We will be ready to start the roof on Monday.  Needless to say we had a pow wow this morning.  Some other minor issues had come up with footings and the location of LVL's.  Once solved, the engineer assured me we would have the trusses sooner than three weeks.  I'm crossing my fingers.  Therefore, we are rounding up the troops and will try to pour the basement floor sooner, so we don't get behind schedule. 
    I have to say, with all the management challenges that seemed to occur daily,  I am loving this process. And finally the house is really taking shape!  Hopefully by tomorrow the foundation will be backfilled (another delayed necessity) and the concrete contractor can finish the piers for the deck and neglected footings.  I do have to say that every sub we have so far has been very easy to work with and all want this project to go as smoothly as we do.

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First problem

Posted to South-Dakota-Lake-House by Ben in Sioux Falls, SD on 4/29/2007

    Well, we have hit our first minor problem. The carpenters have started framing and completed the floor trusses and basement wall this week. The staircase leading to the basement was to have been an open tread staircase with only one wall framed. The other wall was to be open with a beam and posts supporting the upper floor. Unfortunately, the builder forgot this and when ordering the floor trusses, planned a stud wall. We will be able to change this, but now unless we want to throw out the 6 trusses they have set and wait several weeks for new trusses, we will have to improvise. The trusses should have been designed for a beam and were designed for a stud wall. Therefore installing a beam now means it will hang below the ceiling. We decided that isn't a big deal and may actually look better by framing the stairway space better. Improvising and continuing is better at this point that a couple of thousand dollars more in expense. We should have caught this earlier so it is really our fault. Planning is so important. The little details are easy to forget. The good news is that all of our floor trusses are set and the main floor framing will start on Monday!

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Progress

Posted to South-Dakota-Lake-House by Ben in Sioux Falls, SD on 4/19/2007

Wow! We finally have a finished foundation! It is three weeks late, due to Mother Nature. The drilling contractor is starting today, drilling our well and geothermal loops. Framing is starting on Monday, and the power company is finally pulling underground cable to our site so we can have power! Lots of activity and excitement as things really heat up. 

I had a request to talk more about our heating and cooling. We are installing a geothermal heat pump system with radiant in-floor heat in our basement and garage. A geothermal system is extremely efficient.  The premise is that the system uses loops deep underground (our system has five loops drilled 180' deep) to utilize the natural heat of the earth. The earth stays a fairly constant 55 degrees below 10'. In the winter, the heat pump circulates an antifreeze through the loops, drawing on this heat.

Since most people prefer heat above 55 degrees, the system has a secondary heat source to assist achieving the desired temperature. In the summer, the heat is drawn out of your home and into the earth (reversed). In our case we are also installing a Superdeheater. This allows us to direct some of the heat in the cooling cycle to our water heater. This essentially gives us free hot water! The energy savings with this system is huge. The only drawback to a geothermal system is the cost. However, the cost recovery should be less than 10 years.

We also plan to install a residential wind-power system. This will not come until next year, but this will provide an additional savings on energy and put us one step closer to being self sufficient for all our energy needs.

That's all for now. I will update our progress soon.

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Late Start

Posted to South-Dakota-Lake-House by Ben in Sioux Falls, SD on 4/16/2007

I am getting a late start on this journal. Our journey began over a year ago. We made a deal on 160 acres of land in the country with a good friend. The planning began, and it has not stopped. We are three weeks into our build and there have been delays. Mother Nature decided that we needed moisture. This came after our basement footings were poured and the gravel had been placed on the basement floor. Then we received four inches of rain. Stepping into the basement area was like stepping into quicksand. We are about two weeks behind because of the weather. However, we are still confident we can meet our deadline. The basement foundation is done, and we are ready for the next phase. 

   Later this week, we will have our geothermal loops drilled and a well installed. We are putting a geothermal heat pump in our house, which is exciting. This is an extremely efficient way to heat and cool. The carpenters should start framing later this week as well. I've included some photos of the process so far and of the view of the lake. I should have started this journal a year ago, but better late than never, right?

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