Happily, work on the house is picking back up again after another slow down in October; essentially nothing happened on the house for over two weeks.
Here are some pics of some masonry work in progress on the front porch, and recently constructed back screen porch:
Some of the delays are our (mostly my) fault; we’re so busy with work (or, you know, being on vacation), that we’re (I’m) behind on providing the GC with the decisions he needs to move forward. Then there’s been what I consider typical construction/project management stuff: It turns out our little moto trip/vacation coincided with the finish/trim carpenter’s vacation. A couple of subs had scheduling issues or were just simply behind schedule. The GC made a rare mistake and didn’t estimate the painting budget correctly, and has also had a hard time lining up a painting contractor (so this line item is both over budget and “behind schedule” (ok, not really), thankfully not a regular occurrence for our GC).
Fortunately, we’re not under much time pressure. Everyone we talk to asks when we’re going to be in the house; the answer is I don’t know, and I’m not worried about it. It’ll get done eventually, and I’d rather it take longer and be right than push for some arbitrary finish date. We were told to plan on 1 year for construction, and it looks like we’re still on track, and very probably going to finish sooner than that. (Perhaps we’ll be in by the end of the year?)