As winter approaches the phone rings! Where were you?

This fall Vermont Modular has become a very busy place.  Last week we ordered a big house for central Vermont and as we speak there are two homes in the plant being built.

It seems as though all summer long people are “…at the beach” enjoying summer in Vermont.  But, just in case you haven’t noticed the leaves are turning and almost everyone has turned on their heat.  I’ve had the heat on for a couple weeks. 

Can I sill order my home for this year?

Do you believe it is already the first of September?  Where did the time go?  I am suggesting that Summer simply slow down and hang around longer.  This coming weekend is Labor Day the unofficial end of summer.  (excuse me while I weep and wail)

Just this morning we were down in southern Vermont checking out a job site and finalizing drawings for a winter ski house.  The plans call for this rather large ski house to be finished and occupied by Thanksgiving.  Is that possible?  Of course it is!

Progress continues, the porch nears completion

Yesterday we saw a Genie Lift being used as a valuable tool while working on the site-built porch.  In today’s photograph the porch is nearing completion.

All of the roof’s framing and the outline of the trim is all done.  The ceiling was finished using vinyl so that the owners wouldn’t have any maintenance.  Much of the trim will be built using manufactured material such as Boral.

Lots of muscle to get the job done!

The other day we saw the house being delivered and today it is time for all the preparation to come to fruition.  By the end of one day what was once a foundation will now come together as a home.

This is truly the exciting part!  Typically the modules will arrive late in the afternoon on one day and be “set” on the foundation the very next day.  Let’s see what happens on the set day.

Two things going on at the same time! Amazing.

For the past week or so we have been pouring footings, building foundation walls, installing pressure treated sill plates, and taking the necessary steps to guarantee a dry basement.

Did you think that was all that’s going on?  Everything is moving along at your property in preparation for the house.  While all this is going on the neighbors are watching and wondering what the new house will look like.  Various tradesmen are busily working. 

Framing your new home, it’s where it all starts.

Yesterday we showed you a picture of an upscale home that has 18’ ceilings.  Typically every home has ceilings that are 8’ tall.  Yes we are capable of building whatever you want.

But, today let’s get back to the fundamental aspects of building our home.  In today’s photograph you can clearly see the framing lumber.  The “Dimensional Lumber” that is being used makes up the plates and studs for our walls.  Obviously you recall the terminology for construction.

This is a holiday weekend. Happy Memorial Day

For the past couple weeks we have been working towards actually starting construction on our Three Bedroom Ranch house.  We picked this house because both the Boomers/Seniors and the Millennials/GenXers all like single floor home.

Here in Vermont the weather is spectacular, the significance of Memorial Day is vividly in our minds.  President Obama’s visit today to Hiroshima has given us all pause to think of the horrors of war and all its suffering.  Today is a day to reflect and appreciate what we have.

Now we need plates; no, not dinner plates.

For the past couple days we have talked about building The Floor Deck and that got finished yesterday; I think you have built a beautiful deck.  It looks straight, square, and of course strong.

Now it is time to think vertical and start building walls, both interior walls and exterior walls.  Just like everything else the walls will stand on top of a Plate.  Remember we installed a sill plate on top of the concrete walls, now we are going to install a plate on top of the Floor Deck and then build upwards.

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