Here we go....


So for those people who live far, far away and have some interest in what's going on up at the farm here's the the quick "lets get up to date". So here's the House up to spring of 2004. The kitchen and "back kitchen", due to odd construction (the kitchen was once a carriage shed), came off as seen here and here. It was quite distressing to see those parts come down, it will look just like the old house once I'm done.

So there it sat for the next two months (grr)! We have had such a rainy spring & summer that the foundation guy got pushed way back. It was very frustrating sitting on our hands for so long, but that's just the way it goes some times.

So finally he found his way here and we went to work staking out the house's new location (we are moving it back a bit from the road) as seen here. That quickly led to digging, and then this. Yeah, that's all ledge! I had to decide if I wanted to blast, and since I really didn't have much of a choice since the ledge took up 45% of the basement it was "fire in the hole!".

The ledge is now gone, and the forms for the footing are now going into place, so I hope things go better from here on in.

I'm going to add more photos as I go, kind of a running log of what's going on.

Sorry for the large photo sizes, I could have sworn Movable Type had a feature to resize photos on the fly but I can't find it now.


When the road crew started to detour 131 in Union, I switched my return route home to go through Liberty and Washington. I always keep a lookout to see if anybody is up at the farm on my way back every Friday. I drove past one afternoon and thought to myself, "Didn't there used to be a porch in front of that house?" But it was hot, I was tired and driving much too fast to give it a second though.

Well, just last week, I drive by again and there is a big hole in the ground. And with all the goings on that afternoon, I knew it wasn't a mirage. So now I'm up to speed and it's looking great!

I love your farm house commentary. As I read it I can hear you describing it to me that same way. I can't wait to see all the work in progress! Great job with the website by the way! -Tennis Shoes

i'm dissapointed there were no pictures of the blasting. really matt. :)

Wish I had been there for the big blast! It's a relief to know that you have sense enough to build your house upon a rock. But then - that's mostly what we have to build on in Maine, unless you want to go to the beach and build your house on sand. If I can be helpful in any way, please let me know. I'll willingly volunteer to be a heavy onlooker or an innocent bystander.