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Posted by Danny in Sparta, IL on 9/1/2006

Aug 31-Sep 01 - Well the aeration septic system is finally in!!! Just seems like one more crappy job out of the way...okay, I'll admit that was bad. As I mentioned early in the journal, we went to the local building supply stores and asked for sub-contractor referals for each of the trades and we ended up tapping into the good ol' boy network in Sparta. Bob Orr was said to be the best guy around when it came to septic systems and I'll admit they were right. He did an outstanding job and the price  - - - an amazing $4,000 for the whole job! I think that's well below some of the quotes I've seen on OB. While he had the trench open, I tied into the Form-a-Drain outlet and ran 4" black corrugated piping ($40.00) through the trench and out to the drain field about 200 feet east of the house.

Once framing of the 10' walls began inside, it just moved right along really quickly. We originally wanted to go with 8'doors inside, but after pricing them, we decided to improvise. So we have all 36" wide doors (everyone should use 36" doors - almost no cost difference for the extra width), that are standard 6'8" high, however, we had transoms framed into the wall directly above the doors so it will appear to be an 8' high doorway. The transom openings will be filled with a decorative grillwork. The trim molding will be continuous around both the door and transom, tying them together into one unit.

We also bought the fireplace unit ($3,000). Heatilator, Icon 100 Direct Vent, http://www.heatilator.com/products/fireplaces/gasFireplaceDetail.asp?f=BI100D  Since the Great Room measures 20x40 with a 15 foot vaulted ceiling and exposed trusses, I wanted a BIG fireplace to fill the area. Well, the Icon 100 is the Big Daddy of fireplaces with a 58" wide by 51" high opening and massive gas logs. We'll surround it with stone from floor to ceiling...can't wait to see the finished product! Sherry thinks it will be too big. No way, we all know bigger is better, more power, more power!!!... aarrgghh!!!

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