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    Well, after over a year of planning, giving several gallons of blood to the bank and several years of thinking/gathering advice, we FINALLY broke ground on the new house this past weekend. Here are a few pics from the big dig. For anyone who is interested, I will do my best to update this with new pics as we move along.
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    Cool! As a builder, I'd like to see progression pics of your project! Good thing you broke ground BEFORE the ground FROZE!
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    • #3
      I think had the bank delayed us another week or 2 we would have been forced to wait until spring. The forecast is looking good for work the footer work today but truthfully not so good the rest of the week with rain chances nearly every day. We went with the Advantech flooring, which was a major factor for me in moving forward thru the winter/wet months. They are figuring that if all goes well, framing will begin around Christmas, likely a little before, so I will be spending my forseeable weekends on a dozer!

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      • #4
        Congrats! Details, details!

        What type of HVAC system are you doing?
        Garage for you boat? (remember, it can never be TOO big!)

        After having built 2 houses, I know now what mistakes I made and what I would do differently the next time around (if there is a next time)
        I was njskier on here.

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        • #5
          Built - (okay - bought 2 custom homes and worked closely with a small home GC) - breaking ground was the most fun. Nice location...yes...many pictures... Ditto on the big garage... Don't forget the work bech nook and you can also have a beefed ceiling rafter system designed to lift boat off trailer... .. Don't forget gas line to garage heater and a couple 220v 50amp power lines for man tools...
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          • #6
            Beautiful location.
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            • #7
              Thanks guys:
              The details are this.....The house will be 2206SF log cabin style A-frame/timberframe home, 3 bed, 2.5 bath with a 2 story greatroom and a walkout basement(to be finished eventually with a gym, office, family room, work room and additional 1/2 bath). Master bedroom and bath are on first floor along with kitchen and laundry with the additional 2 bedrooms being upstairs off of a loft which overlooks the greatroom.
              The garage, well it is 24 wide and 30 deep with an 8 foot door and will be heated. Once I get past the major construction hurdles and see that my costs are not being overrun the plan is to add a 40x60 pole barn with a 12 foot door so that the boat and truck never come unhitched, and I have plenty of room for toys, storage, etc.. The pole building will be heated as well but this likely will not get done for about another year, unless of course I hit the lottery or you guys want to take up a donation pool for me....give it some thought!!!

              HVAC will be YORK and I plan to run plenty of power to the house....ran 200 amp service back to the site over the summer.

              The driveway is now 1480 feet in length from the road to the garage and took 710 ton of 1's and 2's to construct along with about 400 ton of clay that we excavated making my pond larger, and took to the front of the property in order to make the transition to the road level. Thank god for the Meyer V snowplow!!!

              Let the fun begin!!!
              Last edited by jkski; 12-03-2012, 08:53 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jkski View Post
                Well, after over a year of planning, giving several gallons of blood to the bank and several years of thinking/gathering advice, we FINALLY broke ground on the new house this past weekend. Here are a few pics from the big dig. For anyone who is interested, I will do my best to update this with new pics as we move along.
                congrats!
                When I read the title, I immediately looked at your location.... thought "dang, that takes some balls starting a home build just in time for winter"

                I know you're anxious and I hope it all goes well for you


                edit:
                can I say balls in here
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                • #9
                  Awesome. I love looking at new construction pictures. Very exciting times. My wife and I built our home ourselves 19 years ago. Good times.


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                  • #10
                    Well, I agree and I am not certain about the "balls" aspect but I can say it is indeed a gamble but one I researched the heck out of. Given the winter we had last year, if you can call it that, I would have had no problem building this then, so that being said, we will likely have a harsh winter with snow everyday this year! Those who plow for a living and who enjoy einter sports can thank me now!!! Again, donations are welcome!!!

                    I will be sure to share the good, bad and ugly with you (naturally hoping for for too much of the bad and ugly but gotta be realistic!).

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                    • #11
                      Wow, crappy neighborhood for the kids to trick-or-treat in
                      Just kidding, looks gorgeous! Good luck and thanks for the pictures and updates. Will be fun to watch the progression.

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                      • #12
                        Beautiful Location! I build custom homes too am currently working on our dream home now as well. Can't wait to see more pics.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Michigan Tim View Post
                          Wow, crappy neighborhood for the kids to trick-or-treat in
                          Just kidding, looks gorgeous! Good luck and thanks for the pictures and updates. Will be fun to watch the progression.
                          LOL...yeah, just think of my son having to walk out to the end of the drive to catch the bus when he gets older...he will truly be able to say he walked a mile each day uphill both ways, etc!!! Good thing he has aunts that live in developments otherwise he may never get the chance to trick or treat!

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                          • #14
                            Hey Don't forget this... for the pond... - Yeah - it's for the no trick tread part... would be fun as anything in the winter... take the fins off board start on snow - hit the water and then finish on the other side... just sayin'
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                            sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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                            • #15
                              Finally Congratulations Jeff!! Really happy for you and the wife!!

                              With the weather around here right now you should be fine, as long as the builder does it right for the cold time of year. My friend from Wayne Homes said they build all year now, having to use different practices, but a long deep freeze will shut them down.

                              I look forward to seeing the progress.
                              Last edited by Double D; 12-03-2012, 11:24 AM.
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