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Unread 04-05-2009, 12:33 PM   #16
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I have been building my house by myself for the past three years and my wife has been a absolute saint......up until it came to finishes. If I want wood floors she wants tile floors etc. Just be patient and hire well known contractors. It is a good time to build right now with the lack of work, but there are a lot of contractors that are looking to make a buck and skip town. I am a journeyman electrician and was a stucco, drywal and plaster contractor so if you need any advice feel free to contact me.
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Unread 04-05-2009, 01:55 PM   #17
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Thanks. I actually have construction experience, but mostly in road, heavy civil and land development. I did work for Pulte homes for several years, so I at least know what I am looking at and have tons of contacts in the trades.

We now have a set of drawings that we are having contractors give us estimates on. If we come in under our overall budget number (with a contingency percentage) we will begin the fun City of Boulder permitting process.
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Unread 05-04-2009, 10:23 AM   #18
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Looks like we are putting in for a permit this week. Our plan is to start construction around July15th. Hopefully I will have PDF's of the plans so I can show you guys what we are doing.

If any of you guys know of a short term rental in the Boulder County area that may be available around that time it would be appreciated. We are pretty sure we will have to move out of the city limits because of the University it is almost impossible to find any rental for less that a year lease.

It is not as cool as a Jeep build, but we are excited that we are going to be able to stay in this neighborhood for a very long time.
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Unread 06-24-2009, 08:57 AM   #19
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We have officially started. The big tree out front is coming down as I write this. On Monday (unless the weather is bad) they will begin demo of the roof and putting in the new piers for the covered patio supports.
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Unread 06-24-2009, 10:36 AM   #20
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Unread 06-24-2009, 12:01 PM   #21
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Here are pics of the tree coming down and the house as it stands today.








Here are two of the elevations of what the house should look like when we are all done!!

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Beautiful tree, too bad you had to loose it It does open up the front of your house nicely though.
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Unread 06-24-2009, 01:29 PM   #23
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It was too bad. But, once we got it down, you could see where the rot had begun between the three main trunks. So, it would not have been too long before we probably lost one trunk (potentially into the house).
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Unread 06-25-2009, 11:16 PM   #24
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Your house looks like it's going to be really nice. And a garage!

I've been farting around with Google Sketchup when ideas pop in my head: http://sketchup.google.com/

What did you do with the wood? I see you're keeping the chimney in the new plans - If it's for a wood fireplace, now's a good time to chop that wood & let it season for winter.
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Unread 06-28-2009, 07:18 AM   #25
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I have sketchup installed, but have not had time to see if I can build a 3d rendering of the plans.
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Unread 07-09-2009, 04:47 PM   #26
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Drove by today (of course I forgot the camera). The interior walls that were coming down have been demoed. The ceiling is gone, they have pulled most of the shingles and were beginning to pull off the roof sheathing.

My poor little house. It looks pretty sad. But you have to be destructive before we can make it perfect.

On another thought, after living where I have for 5 years and then temporarily moving to Longmont, I really don't like Longmont. I apologize if I offend anyone that lives here.
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What's the estimated completion date (or move-back-in) date?

Try not to eat too many burgers from Five Guys while you're up there...
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Unread 07-09-2009, 08:56 PM   #28
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What's the estimated completion date (or move-back-in) date?

Try not to eat too many burgers from Five Guys while you're up there...
Hopefully about Thanksgiving.

I know what you mean about Five Guys. My in-laws live right next to one down in Denver. It is almost the perfect burger, except then buns always seem to get soggy. I am not sure how to remedy that.
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Unread 07-17-2009, 03:07 PM   #29
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Here she is as of this morning. We are going to start rough plumbing and hvac about midweek next week. I love the big 12x12 posts for the front porch.



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Unread 07-30-2009, 12:32 PM   #30
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A few more pictures from yesterday. We should be 95% done with the framing by the end of the week. The plumbers and hvac guys are beginning to drop off material.



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