We’re Ready for Water

Progress on the house has been slow.  Each thing that is done toward building our house has to wait until a city inspector comes to inspect it and make sure it meets city and state codes.  Being in a hurricane area and a flood zone they want to make sure we don’t have more damage each year than is really necessary and I guess that is good but boy it does slow things down.  Right now this county is the fastest growing county in the country, of course that is percentage wise not just the number of new families coming in or new houses being built but it is a big jump in new houses and not an increase in inspectors so they always have a back log of places to inspect and we just sit and wait.  It was over a month between the time the lot was cleared and the time they could bring in the dirt to build it up as high as was required.  Then another month for that to get inspected after they brought the dirt in and packed it down as needed.  Then the stacks went in to show the corners of the house to be built and another wait until they put in the footings and frame for the slab.















You can see they really had to build this up high to meet the code.  It was fun the watch the men work in the rain to get these frames in and see how the house was going.   When they were done Patty came home and said, “I think they put the house backwards.  We looked at the plans and then at the frame and I think she is right.  She had wanted our bed rooms on the left side next to the present house that put the garage and Tyler’s bedroom next to the neighbors on the right. 















These are the plans and she wanted it just like this but look at the footings.















The opening for the garage is on the left not the right unless we are reading it wrong.  Either way we decided we would live with it and not make them change it and wait again for the inspector come to move on to the next step.  Each change we make causes another delay and if we make too many we won’t get into the house until next year.

Then we waited and waited and finally last week some one showed up in the mist and drizzle again to put in the plumbing.  















And the pipes went in.  The red and blue markers label the hot and cold water pipes.  















This is the connection to the water meter that was already there for this lot when we bought it  Maybe that is why the garage is on this side.  Who knows.  We don’t ask too many questions, we just trust the company to do what is best.  This is the same company that built this present house 20 some odd years ago and Patty has been very pleased with his one so we feel we should give them their heads so they can do as good a job with the new house as they did with this one with no interference from us who don’t know all the ins and outs of the building of it.  Patty and Tyler put in their ideas to begin with and got the changes to the original plan to suit their desires and now just want to let them go.  















I think this is the place for the AC which is just behind Tyler’s bathroom.  If I’m wrong I’ let you know when I find out any difference.   Then we waited again Then one day late this week a worker showed up and I got all excited, he was going to bury the pipes and get ready for the men to come and pour the foundation.   WRONG he came and put a little dirt over one pipe in this corner and left.  If he did anything else I didn’t see him so I guessed he fixed something the inspector noticed or many not.  Either way we are waiting again.  















See any difference?   We kid Tyler that his bathroom is all done, see the port-a-potty over on the right?   He doesn’t think that is funny so we shut up.    All for this time.  When they come back I’ll get a picture and show you any progress.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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