Thursday, July 26, 2012

New neighbor watch #5

The concrete bases for the basement and the garage were poured the day before yesterday and framing began this morning. I am expecting the first upright piece of house to go up very shortly. Unfortunately for the workers, it has started raining at Sadsbury Park. I'll try to post a picture later today.


It's 5:45pm and the guys are still working:

Friday, July 13, 2012

New neighbor watch #4

As I write, the foundation concrete is being pumped into the formwork of the home of my new neighbor:

I've never seen so many concrete trucks in one place:

I setup a webcam in the window of my family room so my new neighbor and her family can watch the action. Exciting!

Monday, July 9, 2012

New neighbor watch #3

After breaking ground on the lot for the nearby Savoy last week, work began on digging the foundation hole in earnest today. In the last few hours, significant excavation has taken place and I'm confident they'll be putting footings in before the end of the week.

Our house is no more than about 200 feet from where the new one will be built, but houses from Ryan Homes are so well constructed and sealed for maximum energy efficiency that I can hear very little of the construction noise coming from the heavy machinery at work. Mostly it's just the occasional beeping you hear when a vehicle is reversing.


Here's a picture after work had ended for the day:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dog pee problem

Does anyone have any advice for getting rid of the brown spots on the grass caused by dog pee? We've got around half a dozen spots, mostly on the verge that wraps around our corner lot. The sod has been down for about two months and some areas are starting to go brown because of the hot weather, but these spots are obviously caused by puppy peepee - trying saying that 10 times really fast!

Also, I'd like to ask dog owners how they feel about “no dog” signs. My wife and I like dogs, but our lawn apparently doesn't. Is it bad form to put out a little sign saying “no dogs on the lawn” or something? I'd love to hear your comments and recommendations for what to do.

Monday, July 2, 2012

New neighbor watch #2

As I have mentioned previously, the second single family home to be built in Sadsbury Park (excluding the model home) will be a Savoy. I'm excited to report that moments ago (3:31pm ET), ground was broken on my new neighbor's lot. I missed the exact moment ground was broken on our house, but it was cool to see it happening for our new neighbor.