Buidling a house

I suppose you would like to see an occasional picture with the progress on our house. Well, let me tell ya a little something about building your own house. It’s a pain. There is a reason most people (dare I say, more intelligent people?) pay someone to build a house for them or just buy one that is already built.

This is a picture of our plumbing that is under the foundation. Riveting, isn’t it? This was actually step #2. First the concrete guy had to layout the foundation so the plumbing guy would know where to put the pipes. That picture is even more boring. (And I’m sure they have more professional names than concrete and plumbing guy – but I don’t know them – plus we don’t want to get too technical here, right?)

Then the inspector comes to make sure that the “rough plumbing” is a-ok. Now concrete guy returns to finish his work before we call the inspector to look at his work. This is called Pre-slab, I believe.

Now, if you’re really lucky, this is where nosy-neighbor gets involved. He seems to know way too many rules about the neighborhood / city, though he has not seen your approved building plans (that were also approved by the HOA architectal review board.) Yet he proceeds to turn you in for crimes you aren’t committing. That is when you get a call from the city to “stop construction” immediately. At this point, I recommend about 5 bags of Wavy Lays, some salsa, basically any “Mexican” food, a couple gallons of icecream and whatever other stress food you can tolerate. Sure, it means you’ll gain 5 – 10 pounds – but I’m pretty sure 15 or 20 is the required weight gain – so you still have a ways to go. Hopefully you have a husband that is much calmer than yourself, and though it takes a long time, gets the whole situation resolved.

Then you finally get to pour concrete!

I have more I could show you, but I need sleep and I still have to finish some orders tonight. If I don’t quit now, I’ll be up forever!

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3 Responses to “Buidling a house”


  1. 1 Mom May 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    THANKS for sharing the pictures.
    Sorry everything has been such a hassle 😦 Anxious to see more photos as things progress.
    Love you lots!
    Mom

  2. 2 LAW May 30, 2008 at 12:12 am

    stupid neighbors!

    Glad the kids didn’t get stuck in the concrete. 🙂

  3. 3 Anonymous May 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    So glad to see the pictures! Enjoyed your narration as well. Hang in there! And keep us updated. THANKS!! Love, Aunt Marie


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