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Revised: April 3, 2010
We purchased 2.77 acres in western North Carolina to begin the
process of building a retirement home and a place to park an RV (coach). Projects we have completed include:
Putting in a well
Putting in a septic system
Building a "barn" (actually a large garage
that will eventually hold a Class "A" coach, but for now
will hold a pop up).
We will be camping here a lot as the land is currently
infested with the Invasive species "Multiflora
rose" so a lot of work is going to be needed to clear it. I
can already tell lots of blood will be lost in this battle!
May 15, 2007 the well is in! 300 feet deep, with a
flow of 20gpm. As there is no electric yet, the pump is yet to
May 19, 2007, we have signed a contract with Morton
Buildings to build the barn. The selected plan is 50 feet deep
and 36 feet wide with a 15' X 26' workshop area on the side. While I
could find a building less expensive, the research I did told me the
quality and warrantee of Morton
Buildings could not be surpassed.
July 11, 2007, the building permit was issued this
morning and luck was on my side. The foundation contractor had a
crew available so we officially broke ground today! I'll be there
tomorrow afternoon to look around, take a few photos and pull more
July 20, 2007 The plumbing contractor has been at the
site and the pre-slab plumbing is now in the ground. It has passed
inspection so the next step is pre treating the ground for termites.
July 23, 2007 The pest control company has treated
the ground - next step is the steel and pouring the slab.
July 31, 2007 Steel work started. The vapor
barrier is down and some of the re-bar is set. With an inspection
we will be able to pour concrete.
August 15, 2007 Well, the inspections are finally
over and the concrete is down. Just in time because the building
material is being delivered.
August 27, 2007 Construction begins on the
September 11, 2007 The shell of the barn is
complete! I must admit, working with the folks at Morton
Buildings has been fantastic! After the shell was complete
the sales consultant inspected the entire building and noted things I
hadn't even seen. While not an emergency, the work crew will
return and touch up some minor issues. This is a great company to
deal with. everyone I have come into contact with has been
friendly and professional and always leaves me with the feeling that I
am their only customer.
September 27, 2007 The pump, expansion tank and water
lines to the building are complete. Now all I need is a little
electric and I can pump water. Maybe I'll try it with my
October 8, 2007 I attached the well to my
generator and cold clear water began to flow! The framing and
rough plumbing have passed inspection and the septic system is in
progress. As always, photos below.
November 4, 2007 Things keep moving along.
So far I have passed framing, rough plumbing and rough electrical.
Once i get an insulation inspection I can start with the drywall. Once
at that stage there is only one more inspection, the final for the
certificate of occupancy. I'm shooting for early December!
December 10, 2007 Well, the long wait is
over. While all the work is not done, the essentials are in
place. The county building inspector did the final inspection
today - we passed! Water, electric, plumbing, A/C and all the
"safety" issues have been taken care of. We have a
Certificate of Occupancy, so the electric company will now turn on the
power. Now comes the fun of hanging window shades, painting trim
and things like that. Lots of work to go, but we will have
electric, heat and a warm shower!
- April 2008 For now everything is livable. Time around the property includes small projects and planning for the house.
April 3, 2010 Well, we continue
to improve the property. Our latest purchase is a Bedder Way Wall
Bed to replace the futon we have been using.
||Running down the center of the picture
to the left is a trout stream in western North Carolina. We
purchased 2.77 acres on the right side of this stream across from
the houses in the picture
||The design to the left is the basic
design of the RV Barn/workshop area.
||This is the end view of the
"Barn". The sliding door is 15' wide by 14'
high. An 8' X 8' overhang covers the entry door.
||Well, as you can see we have broken
ground. The forms are in and no we are just waiting for the
rough plumbing to be installed and the termite control to be applied
before it is time to pour some concrete
||While it may not appear to be a lot of change, the
pre-slab plumbing is peaking up out of the gravel.
||Well, work continues. Here the vapor barrier is
installed and the beginnings of the steel are in the footers. If
the rain will stop I may have concrete in a few days.
||Here we have the slab poured.
||Part of the building material.
||Well, construction has begun!
Here is the end of
August 27. 2007
||Day 2, it's starting to take shape.
August 28, 2007
||Day 3, I see even more progress!
August 29, 2007
||Day 4, You can now see the roof color. I was
hoping the walls would be up, but you can't ask for everything.
August 30, 2007
|Day 5, the end of week #1.Several of the walls are up
and the windows are in. Trim is going up around the garage doors
and the cupola is on the roof!
Warning, these four photos are very large!
August 31, 2007
|Day 6, Ok - it's really day 7 or 8, but
Monday was a holiday and the work crew had a repair to take care of on
Tuesday. They made up for it today. Everything but the
front porch area now has siding. Framing has started for the
porch. The interior shot to the left shows how big this place really
is. The door at the back left of the interior is a 10 foot tall
residential garage door (the same door as the bottom photo in this
September 5, 2007
||Day 7 Well, this is near the end. Three
things left to do: Install the rear roll up door, pour the concrete
front porch and pour the slab outside the rear roll up door.
After that, it's up to me. Build interior walls and get the
electrician, plumber, well guy and septic company to finish their
parts of the puzzle.
All it takes now is time and money!
September 6, 2007
|The photo in the upper left is how the barn looks with the
doors closed. Inside work has begun. I set the shower base
and studded the walls for the shower, toilet and kitchen. The
upper right photo is taken from the living area looking through the
wall into the shower/bath. The close side of this wall will be
the "kitchen" with a range, sink and refrigerator.
September 9, 2007
|The structure is now complete! They installed the
small roll up door on the back side of the building. Now all
that is left is pouring the two concrete pads (front porch and outside
the new roll up door) as well as finishing the inside.
September 11, 2007
||Well more time spent installing studs. I know if you
look at the photos close it appears that the walls are too short, but
at this angle the ceiling will come down to the tops of these
studs. Two more walls done leaving a 16' wall and the ceiling to
complete. A couple more weekends (or one good weekend that I worked
a little harder) and I will be ready for the framing inspection.
The plumber and septic guys stopped by and both will start their work
in the next week or two. Once I get the studs in the electrician
can also start his work.
September 16, 2007
||Well, not a lot has happened due to being on the road
for work for the last 8 days. The only progress to show is we
have the "kitchen" design finished.
September 27, 2007
|Things are beginning to move a bit more rapidly.
In the upper left photo you see the rough plumbing has been completed,
as well as the upper right photo shows that the framing for the living
space has been completed. Both have been inspected and passed by
the building department. The lower left shows the septic tank in
the ground and the day I left they were digging the drain field.
The lower right photo is just to show the amount of room in the
barn. Even with the Niagara set up we still have plenty of
October 8, 2007
||The septic is complete!
|Progress continues. The Heat and Air Conditioning
was completed this week. Inside the living space we now have a
1.5 ton A/C as well as heat pump. Also completed this week was
the underground electric wiring from the pole along side the street to
the building. I tried renting a trencher and trenching this
line, but the rocks in the ground wouldn't allow it. With the
local electric company on the way, my septic installer saved the
day! He still had his track hoe on the job site and in about
twenty minutes had the trench cut in. Thanks Paul!!!
October 21, 2007
|Another milestone today, the Heat-A/C and the rough electric
passed inspection! Additionally the final grading was
completed. This set of photos is a little dark as is was dusk
when they were taken. We now have approval to begin closing
things up by installing insulation.
October 29, 2007
||Well, after hundreds of trips up and down a ladder, the
insulation is up.R38 on the ceiling and R19 on all walls. The
photo to the left is the bathroom area looking through the shower into
the back room. The photo on the right is standing in the
barn/garage area looking at the living space. With an insulation
inspection, I should begin top put up drywall this week.
November 4, 2007
|A very big week, with a lot happening. The
electrician did a lot of work, and other than the final trim out
everything is in place. The drywall folks started work and we
now have walls. No more looking through the walls between the
garage area and the living area. I must admit, it is getting a
lot smaller with the walls up. With a little luck the walls will be
finished and painted this week
While you really can't see it in this outside photo, we have a few
blades of grass breaking the surface and outside landscaping has
begun. A mulch path from the driveway to the front door as well
as a couple of planting beds have been put in.
Lots of work left to go though!
November 11, 2007
||Another long weekend! With the help of a neighbor
(folks are nice around here) I was able to hang the kitchen
cabinets. While not working (no power) the refrigerator, range
and microwave are in place. A lot of the painting is complete,
but a lot more to go. I guess next weekend will be trim work -
baseboards and around the doors/windows.
November 18, 2007
||A very busy weekend. I spent all day Saturday tiling
the shower and Sunday was the completion of the kitchen. All
that is really left is for the plumber to finish up his work and we
can get a final inspection. Well, I will have to grout the
shower next weekend.
December 2, 2007
|Well, no pictures - I forgot the memory stick for the
camera. Grouting the shower, painting walls and wood trim took
up most of the weekend. The inspector came Monday morning and we
passed our final inspection!
December 10, 2007
||This is a very early spring shot. Just a few trees
are beginning to bud out. The beginnings of the planting beds
can be seen with the pine straw bales stacked in front.
||Here is a shot from late spring 2008. You can see
the planting beds next to the living area, a new tree in the
foreground, a bird bath, bird feeders and a pic nic table. Close
ups of the planting beds are below. The grass is really not as
nice as it seems, it just looks fuller at this angle.