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Old 03-17-2013, 11:44 PM   #46
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cont. from post 44- My husband and I got back earlier today from a trip to Los Angeles to visit with our younger daughter. We had a great time! On our way out last Wednesday, we drove by our lot to see if anything had been started and it has!

3-13-13- Digging has begun! Yay!





Looking toward the backyard.




3-15-13- Pipes are connected.






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Old 03-18-2013, 08:23 AM   #47
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:15 PM   #48
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:27 PM   #49
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3-19-13- The construction crew has been busy the past few days!

Boards and tension cables. We can now see the exact dimensions and placement of the house in relationship to the lot. It really brings it to life, so much more than looking at a plot plan! This is a view from the front.


View from the back


Backyard patio


Garage area


This house plan has a small courtyard area in the front of the house.


Next step will be the pouring of the foundation, hopefully later this week, then framing will begin. In another update, after much back and forth, we learned that the builder CAN install French doors instead of patio sliders! We're definitely going with the French doors!
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:04 AM   #50
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Coming along nice! I would go with the French doors too!
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3-21-13- We have a foundation!

Front view


Back view. Looks a lot bigger than our other house, because this one is a single story.


We went with a larger covered patio this time around.


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Front view


Framing should start going up the beginning of next week.
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I am on board, just checking in to see the pics. This is fun! Looks nice, and yes it does seem bigger than the other house.
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I'm jealous! How exciting to see your new home from the ground up. I remember your last thread, and enjoyed seeing the progress. Good luck.
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Love seeing the progress from the very beginning!
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I looked up your previous thread with the update you posted one year later. I had followed the original, but never saw the update. You are brave to go through this big project again. DH and I did this 6 years ago, moving to be closer to our daughter, son and their families, but we only had to move a few towns from our original home. We also built a one level home. That was a challenge around here because most developments consist of Colonials or Cape Cods, unless it is an over 55 community. We are in our 60's, but we wanted a regular neighborhood. I searched on line for one level homes and brought the design to our builder. We met with his architect to make some changes and it was a go. Good luck with this new house. I love that you are making different choices and learned what you want and don't want from the last build. I would make a few changes in my home if I were doing it again, but it's not a big deal. We plan on living here forever, but the changes I would have made would have been for resale value. Our kids will benefit from that, so it won't have any effect on our bottom line. Oh, and we didn't downsize. This home is larger than our previous one. But we love the space - lots of room for our 7 grandchildren.
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How can you not run up and carve your family name in that wet cement! I'd have to be held back. (Or is it drier than it looks?)
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Curious. Why did you go with a slab, rathern than a foundation?
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:43 PM   #59
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I am on board, just checking in to see the pics. This is fun! Looks nice, and yes it does seem bigger than the other house.
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I'm jealous! How exciting to see your new home from the ground up. I remember your last thread, and enjoyed seeing the progress. Good luck.
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Love seeing the progress from the very beginning!
Thanks! Even though we're more familiar with the building process the second time around, we're finding it just as exciting!

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I looked up your previous thread with the update you posted one year later. I had followed the original, but never saw the update. You are brave to go through this big project again. DH and I did this 6 years ago, moving to be closer to our daughter, son and their families, but we only had to move a few towns from our original home. We also built a one level home. That was a challenge around here because most developments consist of Colonials or Cape Cods, unless it is an over 55 community. We are in our 60's, but we wanted a regular neighborhood. I searched on line for one level homes and brought the design to our builder. We met with his architect to make some changes and it was a go. Good luck with this new house. I love that you are making different choices and learned what you want and don't want from the last build. I would make a few changes in my home if I were doing it again, but it's not a big deal. We plan on living here forever, but the changes I would have made would have been for resale value. Our kids will benefit from that, so it won't have any effect on our bottom line. Oh, and we didn't downsize. This home is larger than our previous one. But we love the space - lots of room for our 7 grandchildren.
We were not interested in an over-55 community, either. We definitely knew we wanted a single story home this time around, and we ended up not downsizing. We'll have plenty of room for the grandkids and visiting family and friends wanting to escape New England in the wintertime.

Enjoy those seven grandkids of yours! We are staying about ten minutes away from our daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids while our house is being build, and my husband and I are having so much fun with them!


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How can you not run up and carve your family name in that wet cement! I'd have to be held back. (Or is it drier than it looks?)
You are as bad as my husband! The first thing he said when we walked up to the foundation was, "Hey, we should carve our names in the cement!" I said I didn't think we should do that. He then wanted to do our initials, but I talked him out of that, too. I was afraid if we did anything to the cement, we'd be banned from the property until the house is finished! I don't think the cement was wet enough, anyway. It looked drier than in the picture.

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Curious. Why did you go with a slab, rathern than a foundation?
Not sure what you mean. It is a slab foundation. Do you mean a slab as opposed to a crawl space or basement? Most houses in Arizona are built on slabs, and most newer houses are built on post-tension (high strength steel cables) slabs. I'd say 98% of the houses in Arizona don't have crawl spaces or basements, although I do think there is a slow trend toward more houses being built with basements. There are a few builders out here that do build basements, but they are in the minority.

And the funny thing is, the basements in the newer homes are not what most people think of when they think of baements. They're usually fully finished, with bathrooms, carpeting, finished walls and ceilings, just like the rest of the house. Even the window wells are dug deep and look like the rest of the windows in the house.

Adding a basement to a house out here can add $80,000-$100,000. to the price of the house. Another factor could be that, there is no reason to dig very far down when building a house in Arizona. There is no frost line to worry about. I know in cold weather climates, builders have to dig four feet or so below the frost line, so it doesn't cost that much more to dig further for a basement.

In New England, most houses have oil furnaces in their basements, along with baseboard heat. That's not the case in Arizona. HVAC systems are installed in the ceilings and air conditioning units are located outside.

There may be more reasons for the differences in building styles, but I think mostly it's due to regional differences. We're used to the way houses are built in New England, and at first, we were a little concerned when we saw that pipes are installed under the foundation out here. But then we figured they've been building houses in Arizona for years that way, so they must know what they're doing. Hope so, anyway!

Update- This was left on the lot over the weekend. Okay, let's get those walls up!
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