Cold Springs Ranch: A lot of people working at the house, week of June, 18 2000

These are a few snapshots from video I took on Tuesday, June 14, 2000

Things are really starting to move fast! Just about all the final decisions have been made and most of the cash outlays have been made. This week there was a huge amount of activity at the house, the most since the logs where erected last July! Monday there where 16 people in, around, and under the house!

{My Toyota Parking lot}

Everyone on my permanent construction crew drives Toyota pickups! We kid that you can't work for me unless you own one. Here are 5, and one is not here today.

{Sub-Contractor Parking Lot}

Here are the sub-contractors vehicles. There are four of them here today.

{Everyone thinking}

Here everyone (left to right; Randy, my Dad, and brother Chris) is trying to figure out how to form the front retaining wall footers and stair foundation. I don't make it easy on them. Fortunately, I've seen it complete in my minds eye, so it's just a matter of communicating it and verifying it will pass code.

{Odell and Bill}

Here my electrician Odell (on the truck) and his helper Bill are unloading a latter to climb the 20 feet up to the collar beams to install the ceiling fans and track lighting in the living room

{Ceiling Fans from front door}
{Ceiling fans from living room}

{Ceiling Fans and lights}

Tada... though the magic of video tape, this is what they look like when they are done. I still need to buy more lights, but this does the job for now. It was really cool to see them all on. That may sound silly, but you have to remember that up until now you've been basically camping out when you're at the house. Now, its starting to get a lot more civilized! Very cool!


Speaking of cool... the house now has AIR CONDITIONING! My thanks to the heating and air crew. They had to spend two very uncomfortable days in the crawl space under my house. In this picture the A/C has just been turned on and will soon be at a comfortable 70 degrees with low humidity! I had debated about getting air conditioning since the highest I've ever seen it get was 86 degrees last summer. But I'm glad I did. The lower humidity really felt good. Now my problem is getting the crew to work on projects outside!

{Heat pump condensor}

I also want thank the heating and air crew for going along with my ideas. Here is my heat pump compressor out in the woods about 40 feet from the house. Since this is a log house and I'm going to landscape and use every side of my house I didn't want to mar the look buy having a compressor up against he house. I had to research the heat pump specs and convince the heating and air guys to put the condenser hidden out in the woods. You can't really see it or hear it from the house!

{Heat Pump line to house}

Here's the heat pump line (the white one) going back to the house form the heat pump. We've also gotten the gutter drain lines in too.

{Front step forms}

They finally figured out what we needed to do to build the retaining wall foundation and the step forms. The retaining wall will be rocked and the wall will curve in at the steps toward the house. The steps won't be as wide as they look. The retaining wall will be placed on top of the step foundation and will narrow the steps down to about 6 feet at the top. The step risers will be rocked and flagstone will be placed on top of the concrete foundation for treads.

{Utility Room tile}

We've started the flooring process by laying the tile in the utility room. We still have to grout this. I'm waiting on the bathroom tile I ordered to come in next week. We'll probably grout all of it at once.

{Living room from upstairs}

Well, Everyone has gone home and Timber and I are just hanging out enjoying the house (and A/C!). Here's the living room form the upstairs bedroom.

{Timber getting sleepy}

It must be time to go Timber's waiting at the back door.

{Sleepy Timber}

Timber's starting to get sleepy... we're outta here.

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