7 Signs That You’re Buying a Money Pit

A house is not only your refuge from the world, it’s also an investment. The recent ups and downs in the housing market notwithstanding, in general your home is going to increase in value. This is especially true if you find ways to improve on the property while...

Waterproof Foundation

Yesterday our builder spread tar over the stucco on the concrete panels. They are preparing to finish off the french drains and then backfill the dirt piles into the trenches. They also did some excavation in the driveway area. Now that we put the garages in the...

Stucco Slapped on Basement Walls

Before moving the enormous dirt pile from the back of the house to the front — and filling in the mote around the front porch — the basement concrete panels were covered with stucco. Unlike typical building materials, stucco can be applied directly to the aerated...

Fourth Cement Pour in Walls

The main floor walls have been stacked. We were wondering if there were enough block to finish the job, but the crew made it through the top row. It's quite fitting, I think, that the fourth (and final!) cement pour occurred in a downpour. Today we woke up to snow...

Third Cement Pour in Walls

The construction has been going very smoothly. The first wall section had cut panels that exposed the areas inside at corners. Before each pour, these areas had to be covered with plywood that was wired onto the panel to hold the cement inside. Subsequent sections...