Back in the Saddle

Trenching from new house to pole 5/13

Trenching from new house to pole 5/13

 

I couldn’t resist the cowboy turn of phrase (or Aerosmith tune, if that’s what sprang to your mind), but we’re back in the saddle again, folks with regard to our house building.

On my birthday, May 13, we took the first construction step in more than a year: we now have electric from the pole to the new house! You won’t see it, though, since we chose to bury the cables. So while we had our trencher extraordinaire here (Rocky), Steve decided to lay water and telephone wire conduit as well.

Check out the digging progress, the breaker panel and the approved meter box! Next step on the electrical to-do list is to wire the entire house, but we think we will first lay some subflooring and/or maybe do some gluelam beam sanding and staining. Or pour some concrete in the garage so we can finally close it off. Or do the pavers in the courtyard … Or … Or… There are so many places to begin (again), it’s hard to know where to start.

But, of course, before anything can happen inside the house – with temperatures soaring in the 100s – Steve decided we really needed some cool air out there. So yesterday, he successfully installed an evaporative cooler that amazingly is cooling the entire space (check out the photos!). The house went from 94 degrees to 78 in a matter of hours. I suppose, now, there is no excuse for me not to get out there and finish varnishing the thresholds to the sliding glass doors (or use up the extra boxes of GreatStuff spray foam that we have lying around).

We aren’t sure if the evap cooler will be ‘temporary,’ in the sense that we’ll take it out when we move in, or if we may decide to keep a swamp cooler to complement an AC unit as well. One thing is certain, though: we’ll have plenty of time to decide as we inch, inch, inch along on our progress.

Oops! Hit the leach field. 5/13

Oops! Hit the leach field. 5/13

 
Final installation of evap cooler 6/11 - garage view

Final installation of evap cooler 6/11 – garage view

 
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