|Several modifications would be made to this first pencil draft.|
Two and a half weeks would pass before any lot improvement would commence but here is a picture of the first soil scrape. An "ah ha" moment for sure. David Thompson, the builder, sensed my desperate need to see something....
|The ground is broken! May 10, 2017|
|May 15, 2017|
Starting the construction footprint.
|May 26, 2017|
|June 2, 2017|
Concrete framing begins, but then.... rain delays the progress.
|Yep. Flood zone.|
On Monday, June 19th, Tropical Storm Cindy developed in the Gulf of Mexico and had the Alabama coastline in her crosshairs. Hours before the rain began, though, plumbers were on site and got the stubbing done. Within a couple hours, the first of Cindy's countless hours of rain began.
|June 19th. Rough plumbing complete and ready for inspection.|
Rain thwarted inspection which was now delayed until June 29th.
|June 30th. Casita foundation is prepared and forming continues in the mud.|
By June 29th David was finishing the concrete forms for concrete. He asked if I wanted to show him where to lay out the freestyle landscape islands I had planned. I bristled but rode my bicycle to the site to tell him we were not going to move forward beyond where we were legally bound. We would sell the lot. I told him as much. He asked why. I told him. He didn't argue but asked more questions. We talked on and on, reversing the timeline all the way back to the delay caused by the draftsman. It felt good to have someone specific to blame for my frustration. I reassigned my anger.
|June 30th. Look closely to see standing muddy water halfway up the lot. It's almost a foot deep on the front slope.|
|Our version of "Draining the swamp". Pumping nearly complete.|
|First truck load of concrete.|
|A total of five concrete trucks|
|The casita, golf cart garage and slab for the gazebo are poured first.|
David is in the red shirt. He's forming the landscape islands.
|Two ramps were built by hand. They are needed to get the golf cart into the garage.|
|On concrete pouring day, Wayne came by to check on the progress but didn't stay long.|
He just wants to see the end result.
|Almost finished. Rumor has it these are among the best concrete crews in the county.|
|Landscape islands can be seen in the middle. One is kidney shape -- the other is round.|
Trees will be planted to add character and shade to the concrete pad.
|The concrete crew was great. Finished by mid afternoon.The guy on the right apologetically popped a beer.|
|Exhausted but still smiling.|
|David. Flip-flop wearing Auburn University Alum with Masters Degree with undergraduate degrees in Biology and Finance. Age 27. Unrelenting optimist.|