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Old 07-16-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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RockyMtnXpress Bound: A Home Construction Update

Well despite the unusual weather, this year, with snow, rain, wind, and the slow but steady progress of finely detailed construction...It's beginning to take shape and looking very much like a home for us in the Arkansas Valley located almost tdc within Colorado.

Earlier Photos:

Remember when I mentioned, we were building a foam and concrete home? First photo shows the basis of the continuous exterior wall insulation with a minimum R-value of 32+ and with the structural integrity of concrete and reinforcing. Better known as insulated concrete forms, or ICF, and resembling a concept similar to "Grown-up Legos".



Without all the interior framing. ICF and with window and door bucks in place. After seeing this, my wife of 36 years told me, "I should had designed a bigger floor plan." I shot back with a, "Really?" And, "Who did she intend to dust and clean the place?" She looked right at me when I asked that question. She really did...You think by now I should know better. Which brings me to my next question. I have been in business long enough to know when two old, retired fogies look to build their "Dream Home" they go with a larger floor plan (including us). Why is that? The one question in my former, crazy career choice that has always eluded me and I can't even answer my own question by default.



Up close and personal with the floor joists and yup!...Crawl space waiting for the rough-in of electrical, plumbing and adding the vapor barrier.



This photo was shot by our front door looking towards the great room and the master bedroom.



Recent Photos:

Roof trusses going up via crane over the third car garage. In one span over the pantry, kitchen and master bedroom the trusses measured out at 57' long. A good reason to have the crane there for the sake and safety of the workers.



A rear shot, showing the exterior wall and trusses. Valley framing yet to be added.



Most of the interior framing in place.



View from our great room (and we incorporated the same conceptual idea from our master bedroom).



View from my study, looking towards town 4.5 miles away.



A SE shot showing the garage beyond. 10x10 garage doors! No more worrying about shutting the sun roof vent on my Ram when I park it in the garage. LOL!



Front driveway view showing the 3 car garage (left), front porch (center) and study (right). Before too long the stucco, stone and ginger breading (projections) will be added.



I hope it wasn't 'too boring' with the photos. Without a doubt, I have been busy picking out items for the house and if I think my choices lack something...I'll start all over again. Some decisions don't come easy. I know once we have the certificate of occupancy in hand, we will be dividing our time in CO and in AZ. We still have responsibilities in AZ and until that is finished then it will be all CO 24/7/52. Then and only then, I figured I will become 'another lost Colorado HEMI member' caught up in the time and beauty of this state (I love to explore & fish!).

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Very nice house love the garage that's alot of space
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There are many houses here that are poured concrete walls. Solid and quiet. If we build another house, I'm strongly thinnin' thataway. Gotta be able to withstand a CAT 4 at least.
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Nice! And very interesting construction details, especially the poured walls. They will do some of that here, but usually only the basement walls.
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Don't you just love it when a great plan comes together. Won't be long now.
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Sounds like you've done your homework. It looks like it will be beautiful.
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Thanks everyone!

It's been a long time just getting to this stage of construction. The contractor and his three sons have been the primary work force to this point. I really can't grouse over the time it's taken. They have done their jobs to a "T". I'm impress. Especially after all the years witnessing the cut corner standards of construction some of these contractors pulled. Side note: I am still shaking my head from side to side to this day about a client (builder), two decades back, whom wanted to build his home with a single 2x4 top plate over 2x4 framing spaced at 24" on center. Anything to save a buck.

Weather has played a role in completion as well. It has been the strangest year with wind, snow and rain. In fact, from what I have been reading, this holds true across the country.

Anyhoo, we're heading back up the mountain in a few days to go over the rough-in of the electrical and plumbing. One day to drive there, a couple of days breathing fresh-clean-cool air, one day to drive back. Looking forward to it!

For many reasons, it will be nice when it's all finish and we can call it home. My biggest reason is having a garage large enough to pull the Ram straight in, without backing it in, so I can close the garage door. LOL!
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looking good Jim.a road trip up there will be nice, to get out of this muggy heat. looks like it won't be long and you'll be leaveing us for good.
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looking good Jim.a road trip up there will be nice, to get out of this muggy heat. looks like it won't be long and you'll be leaveing us for good.
Bob - "Muggy Heat" is right! This has been some year with the summer monsoons. As far as 'leaving', no worries. I'll still pop back in here every-now-and-then. It will be just like it always was...is...something like that.
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