August 22, 2008
I just got back from the jobsite and it is hopping! Stonework, siding, electrical, plumbing, tile work, air conditioning, carpentry everywhere - you name it. The webcams show a lot of the action (and hopefully a little more now that one of the guys helped me push the Tommy Cam over a bit so you can see the kitchen area, the front door and a good part of the living/dining area) but there's a lot you can't see.
Stone work is finishing up on the foundation. The solar panels are installed and the exterior siding is almost complete which means the scaffolding can finally come down. Roger Cook has been anxiously awaiting for that to happen so he can get his equipment into the backyard and begin his piece of the project. Stay tuned to the "north" camera for that work to start in the next week or two.
Mark Ferrante has been hard at work with his crew (his son and nephew) tiling the three bathrooms upstairs. Pete & Amy picked some really beautiful tile, all from Trikeenan Tileworks in New Hampshire. Here's the master bathroom with the wall tile for the shower neatly stacked up and ready to go.
Luke Marcum from the Bensonwood team has been on site regularly - today he was setting up scaffolding in the center stairwell so he could continue work on installing the reclaimed barn board on the walls.
Lynn Keating and crew are working alongside Richard Trethewey and his crew, finishing the plumbing and HVAC rough while Allen Gallant and crew are finishing up the electrical rough. The cabinets from Crownpoint are in and awaiting the concrete counter tops that were made last week at Stone Soup in Northampton. Dickie Silva, Tom's very talented brother, was working on figuring out the best way to build the mantel for the fireplace in the dining area. Here Dickie and Allen humor me for a moment -
I'd guess there were 25 people there today and at moments it seems as if people are practically crawling over one another to do their work - but the site is always full of laughter and a great team spirit.
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nice write up. what's truly amazing is the vibe is like that everyday.
there are some funny, talented, hardworking people on this job. we are blessed.
As a long long time fan of TOH I can't tell you how much I enjoy the web cams and blogs. I tune in virtually day and am looking forward to the TV series. What a project.
I've been a fan of TOH from the first show. Reading your comments and seeing pictures of the guys I've watched for years is fun. On a sad note when I saw the Ferrante Tile trailer on the web cam, it reminded me of the passing of Joe. He will be missed. Good luck to his brother Mark.
PS can you ask the guys where I can buy TOH hats and shirts. Thanks Buddie
Only one reason I can think of to dig a hole that big...septic tank...I had hoped that for the sake of the budget they were going to be able to use the system from the original house or that maybe there were town sewers. Assuming it is for the septic tank I guess a paved driveway is out of the question!! Wondering about the slope on the north side....thought at first they were preparing to put in a retaining wall but now I'm thinking maybe just ground cover...looks nice the way it is. Hard to tell how much of a slope there is ...perhaps it can be mowed. I wonder too about the frequent trips up to the southside of the roof. Perhaps, the solar panels are still being hooked up or adjusted. Could we get one measurement...from which we could estimate other areas. Am I correct in assuming the garage doors are 10 feet wide? I will be very interested to hear about the garage door to "nowhere". Did anyone else notice that the wall between the sitting area and stairway which had been the center of a great deal of attention (electricians, I think) is now covered.
the hole in the driveway is rain catch cisterns.
there will be pavers over that for the driveway.
we kept the original septic system. it was fine.
This is a great project to watch. I have been tuning in often and it gets better every time. The web cam is a great feature and the blog is entertaining as usual.