Operation Overland | Phase Two. . . and Three!

It seems my posting will be limited these next few weeks.  Heheh.  But here's another set of our progress at Overland!  

Phase Two
Down in the Dirt

For this part of the process, Evan and his brother, Tyler, were able to dig the footings (the foundation where concrete is poured in order to lay the block) themselves, using their own equipment.  This, to say the least, saved us quite a bit of moolah, where the alternative would have been to hire some guys to do it.  And they gathered experience along the way, and have since dug the footings for another house project.  I'm so proud of them.  :]

My man.

Ooh!  Artsy shots!

These little fellas were attempting to break through the tough dirt.

In order to dig the footings to the right depth and level, a contraption is used called a laser level.  In the photo below, Tyler is handling the stick that measures the height/depth and the other "thing" on the tripod does the rest with it's fancy laser tech.  For me, a person completely ignorant of what all goes into the building of a house (unless of course it's Legos), I was entirely impressed and amazed by this part of the process.

In this one, he is digging the holes where the pillars will be.  These will hold the beams that stretch the width of the house for extra support.

My lovely Xterra, which I've been calling the Gypsy, and Evan's pretty red Chrysler, which I believed has been dubbed the Phoenix. 

Phase Three
Block by Block & Wood at Last!

Next, it was time for the block.  Masons were hired, and wow! did it change the place!

To save a little bit more, we cut the amount of block laid in the back (which would have made it 11 blocks high to be level at the front), and, as you'll see in the next few photos, knee-walls were built to make up for the space.
Below, a batter board was nailed in place to help square the corners.

Then, to protect from moisture and such, a seal is put on top of the block and a wood "plate" is bolted down.  From left to right, helping out on this particular evening is Evan's dad, my brother, Evan, and Tanner (Evan's cousin). 

Construction!  Building the knee-walls.

My future father-in-law is a master builder.  And his sons are gaining all the experience to be.  :]  Very proud of them.

Haha!  These liddle guys kept popping up in random places every now and then. . .

Evan can wield a mighty hammer.  ;D

My daddy.  :]  And no! he's not shooting nails into his hand.

The first piece of plywood!

That green stuff on the center petition is a special kind of sheetrock that will help stall a fire long enough for the inhabitants to safely exit, should that ever happen.  Lord willing, it won't!

Putting up the center beams!

Sometimes your lumber is delivered and is rather crooked or bowed.  And sometimes it needs a little weight to help it out.  And in this instance, Tyler was perfect for this job! *wink wink* (No offense meant, of course!) ;D

And that concludes phase two and three.  Next up, installing the floor joists and flooring!!

Thanks for reading.  And many thanks for your prayers!
Happy Wednesday, y'all!


Operation Overland | Phase One

So.  Are you ready for some photos of mine and Evan's property??  As promised, I've got some pictures from start to work-in-progress.  
If you haven't guessed, Overland is the name of the little dead-end road that our lot sits on.  And as this is a pretty big project that we have begun together, and one that I wish to record through photos, I've dubbed it Operation Overland.  Kinda catchy, huh?  :D  This little lot was full of pine trees and brush upon starting, but with some hard work, a brush-trimmer, chainsaw, loppers, and some heavy-duty equipment, it was transformed into a nice little spot for our duplex (and future home!).
Phase One consists of brush and tree removal.  To save a little bit of moolah, we cleared and cut the brush ourselves.  But the bigger trees were left to the bigger machines.

Below, is a before pic of the lot before we truly got our hands in it.

My man with the brush-trimmer.  (That thing is AMAZING.  It's like a weed-eater, but with a bigger blade that can cut the NASTY privet bushes and overall underbrush.)

My man.  (Again!  Haha! Please note: you WILL see quite a bit of this handsome gentleman.) And his younger cousin, Tanner.  He had a hand in helping out too. :]

Meanwhile, I was the one to take said brush and drag/carry it and stack into piles, which were later chipped into mulch.  We had maybe four or so big piles of these by the time we finished.

Don't mess with this guy.  Especially if he has a chainsaw.  ;D

The tree limbs didn't listen.  They took his hat! 

Oooh.  This is no blog post of mine if there's not some pretty, artsy shots. . .

"Piiiiinnnneconeshh. . . Oh my goshhh, they're my favorite!" 
(Please tell me you imagined that in Sid's voice. . .)

Victory!  Phase One is now halfway completed!  All that's left at this point was to clear the trees.

To be continued. . .

Thanks for reading!  I'm so excited to share these photos with you all.  It is so important to me to record my journey together with Evan through photography, and in doing so,  it helps to make the memories last far longer.  More photos to come soon!


Right Ho, Then. An Update!

And it's been nearly a month since I've posted?!?  Whaaaaat?

And I'm SOOO behind on reading all the lovely blogs. . .

But, I've got great news!  Life is busy, but in a good way.  The foundation for our new home is in and lumber is to be delivered in a day or two!  I can't believe it!  Very soon, floors will be down and walls will be going up.  Evan has worked so hard these last few weeks and I couldn't be more proud of him.  And thanks to his dad and brother, progress is moving right along.  :]  The next post will feature photos from beginning to present!  From a lot full of trees to block and mortar.  Wanna see??

Along with the building of our duplex, we've been working on wedding plans.  Only 116 more days left! Less than four months!! AHHHHHH!!!  I'm accumulating ideas and items for decorations, my sisters have ordered their bridesmaids dresses, I've designed invitations and RSVP cards that are now ready to print, we are finalizing guest lists and addresses, and all in all it's coming together nicely.  I'm hoping to have the invites printed by the end of this week and sent out by the first of July.  Will post the design soon, I promise!

And that's all for now.  I must bid adieu and get ready for work.  Hope you dearies have a happy Tuesday!

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