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Posted by Douglas in Cedar Rapids, IA on 11/9/2008

Now that it has gone from summer straight into winter (75 and sunny last week, to 25 and freezing drizzle today), we have an elevated urgency to get our project insulated and heated. The HVAC trade moved in on 11/6 and should be roughed in by 11/12, the plumber is coming in next week and if I can reach the electrician, he can start anytime now as well. The gas company is not happy with our lot and wants me to trench for the NG service - something I was not planning on, but will have to comply or pay dearly to get it done. We've relocated the meter placement to accommodate an easier reach and installation. The issue with this is that the grade is not within the required 4" of final, and it's too muddy to get equipment where it is needed. 

Frost is also going to become a quick problem, and could jeopardize getting the gas service in as needed. We also need to pour the garage pad and stoop ASAP. Time to start calling on backup plans and spend more money to get it done? Probably. At this point we are about 2% over on budget - mainly due to the ICF and foundation issues (hidden costs and long delays that were not foreseen or accounted for). Lower materials costs have helped, and some power shopping has helped, but only a couple of percent off the big picture. Other issues creeping up are stresses between getting what we want and getting what is practical and affordable, defining and scheduling priorities as the weather shifts, and a quick mention to the mortgage mess (which is really quite stable in this area... for now).

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