One of the problems the General Contractor and I have been hoping would work out was the hole for the large window we needed through the rock exterior outside our future great room. The wall is about a foot thick. We were unsure how to knock a hole through it and we did not know what would happen to the wall if we put a hole in it large enough to accommodate the window. The wall is far too solid to knock down with a sledge hammer or small power tools.
When I left for lunch Wednesday we did not know that Art, our excavator, was on his way with his skid loader equipped with a hammer tool. By the time I returned, he was finished and gone. The wall had a hole approximately the size of the window!
It was relatively easy clean up the edges and interior part of the wall and we installed the window Thursday.
The framers finished their work Thursday, so we were able to start installing the roof and rough mechanicals. The plumber completed most of the rough plumbing. The HVAC team worked Thursday and installed about half of the heating ducts and the electricians came Friday and installed about half of the wiring.
This week I was particularly encouraged by the number of people who expressed interest in what we are doing. A retired pastor from the area and a friend who was at Penn State with me dropped in and my mother visited with three of her cousins. Also, a retired couple who lives across the street invited all our neighbors to their house Thursday evening for sandwiches and home made ice-cream so we could meet one another. It is fun to begin to feel a part of the community!
A number of people have asked about the rib I dinged during a fall about two weeks ago. It is still sore, but, thankfully, the pain continues to decrease. I’m grateful it has not hindered me from completing a number of projects at the construction site.