We built a house in the Cedar Brook area of Winslow Township, New Jersey. It's on a 10.5 acre lot in the White Cedars development by Tim Schaeffer, the vast majority of which is a protected wooded wetland area.
Concept
Concept
Some concept art generated by a home design package. Note that this is only an approximation of the house itself, partly due to lack of hard data and partly to the limitations of the program we used to generate it.
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In Feburary, the site is mostly just a mound of earth.
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We have a street now! So we go take a look at the lot and go for a wander in our woods...
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We have a hole-in-the-ground! Here you can see men busy at work preparing the footings for our house.
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The concrete for the foundations footings has been poured.
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Getting ready to frame the basement walls.
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Framing the basement walls.
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Dirt has been compressed against the outside wall and roughly graded, giving a better idea of what the final relief will be like.
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Note the grade of the slope at the side of the house.
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Carpentry has begun!
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A virtual first floor (or "ground floor" for the Brits). A rather large bird also passed by to take a look.
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We have our first floor.
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Wall walls walls.
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2nd floor supports.
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The supports for upstairs are fixed in place.
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The upstairs has a floor now. Snow has slowed progress.
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The upstairs!
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More snow...
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Window arches and some panelling. They were meant to start on the roof trusses today, but the snow has interfered with that plan... And there's another storm coming!
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Roof trusses, and snow...
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More work on the roof and a sneak up the ladder to get a peek of the upstairs.
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The roof of the bedroom closet, other roofing things.
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The rear wall of the family room, sun room roofing starts and the roof over the Foyer.
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Some of the exterior wall paneling.
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Window arch in bedroom. Apparently now ready for sheeting.
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They started sheeting the outside of the house this morning and aren't hanging around!
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Looks like a house. Some inside views.
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Trench for water and sewer, markings for the exterior finish, flashing on the window sills and a random hole in the roof that wasn't there yesterday!
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Water, sewer and shingles. Oh, and some windows and doors in the Garage!
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The roof.
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Damp course and border foam in the basement, vents in the roof.
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The arch of the foyer main window, clearing up and removing the temporary struts inside the house. Also, no pics yet, but they're doing ductwork in the basement.
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Windows, at last.
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More windows, some doors, some vents.
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Brick delivery, stairs installation, plumbing!
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Brickwork starts! Bathtubs and shower base arrive!
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Water is on! One flank of the brickwork is done! Plus, the Electrics have been started.
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A nice warm sunny day...
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More bricks, basement work. Electricians say they're almost done.
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Basement floor, window is centred in bathroom (yay!), other small things. Most work is suspended waiting for the basement floor to set, now.
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Framing inspection passed! Brick work is complete, electric almost complete, gas pipe done, back door is in!
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Insulation of outside walls starts, including in the roof of the family room and sunroom. A delivery of siding, I guess they'll start that next week. Basement is flooded after heavy rains. When finished, the external entry way to the basement will drain into the sump, which will have a pump. For now, no drain. Also, lots of Cat5 hangs in the basement.
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Exterior wall insulation complete (more pics of this tomorrow). PVC tube from basement to attic is installed. The top is in a pretty naff location, but it should be okay. Also, the Tyvek that was delivered yesterday seems to have gone (no pictures here). Will need to investigate this!
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We have siding. It's about half done so far, which is very cool since we didn't expect them to start this yet, let alone on a Sunday...
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More siding. Boiler delivered to basement.
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Failed insulation inspection, broken garage support pier gets some support (it will be re-cast at a later date). Siding is complete, except for the garage support pier and the outside door to the basement.
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Drywall delivery!
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Drywall is going up.
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Drywall seems complete, delivery of the inside doors.
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Small things...
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Trim and doors and window sills and stuff. The soffit and trim look a little brown in these images, though they're more of a grey colour in reality.
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More doors, wooden trim and dado in the dining room. The outside door to the basement goes in too.
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Casting the replacement support pier in the garage. Carpentry mostly done.
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Garage support pier is concreted. Painting begins inside! (Didn't hang around since they're using an air brush - didn't want to get painted myself!)
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Handrails, tiled floors.