S: 147 Long Branch Drive - A Project of Love, Family and Patience (August -December 2011)
1: The more you laugh, the longer you live.
2: August 2011: The lot has been surveyed and staked. Scott and Jagger are surveying checking everything over before digging begins.
3: August 30, 2011: Mike & Scott begin installing the plumbing. Digging foundation begins.
11: Celebrating our Third Anniversary with our new hole in the ground and some champagne. August 30, 2011
15: Blocks for the basement and front porch.
18: And then it rained. . .
20: After the water was drained the remainder of the basement was completed (Sept. 2011)
27: Water proofing and back filling the lot.
30: The lot was backfilled - now we can see how our backyard will actually look.
31: Scott & Mike dug out the foundation to add plumbing for a potential third bathroom in the basement. It rained. . . a lot.
32: Initial Framing of the First Floor
34: The beginning of the garage and the first floor.
36: Scott and Jagger double-checking their first floor.
37: Scott looking out the front window of the dining room.
40: Two generations of Hochreiter men inspecting the work.
42: The beginning of the second floor. Jagger making sure Scott is ok in the kitchen.
43: Jagger looking out of what will be our fireplace. He is going to miss his window when this is all over.
48: Oct. 2,2011 It rained for five days straight.
49: Scott sweeping water out the front door. There was over one foot of standing water in the basement.
51: Roof & Front Door installed - October 7, 2011
52: Kitchen and Great Room
53: Dining and Living Room
54: Second Story Foyer, Master Bedroom and second bedroom
55: Upstairs bedrooms, walk-in closet and bathrooms.
56: Outside view after the windows were installed. | Someone deposited a mattress and box spring in our dumpster. Ron used it to make a sign.
57: October 8, 2011 - Gables and Front Porch roofing complete.
58: Gas fireplace surround arrives.
59: Mike and Scott's hard work
60: Palladian Window Arrives!
62: The Master Bath Shower Command Center
63: Full bathroom bathtub
64: Siding begins on the back side of the house - October 15,2011
65: Insulation begins - October 17, 2011
67: Siding continues on the back of the house.
70: The beginning of the drywall and flooring.
73: Scott prepping the floors for the tile.
75: Master Bathroom command center
79: Beginning of the tile marathon.
81: The beginning of the exterior stone work.
82: The stairs before they are installed - lying on the garage floor.
84: Scott tiling himself into the living room.
87: Tile before the grout.
90: Scott applying grout.
92: Kitchen Arrives! (and Kara isn't home to see it)
95: Fireplace marble and mantle arrive! | Jagger tests out the new tile floors.
96: The bathrooms slowly coming together.
97: Trim work begins
98: Scott's shower masterpiece is finished! | The garbage disposal, kitchen sink and counters all come together.
100: Lighting, vanities and fixtures arrive!
102: Master bathroom and laundry basin.
103: Full bath
104: Foyer and upstairs hallway.
106: Dining Room (before hardwood)
107: Kitchen and Living Room
108: Living Room and Scott installing a vent in the mud room.
110: The beginning of the Scott and Jagger's first ever hardwood floor installation.
111: Flooring installed Friday, December 2.
113: Scott testing out his new nail gun.
115: Jagger got very comfortable without the carpeting.
116: Finished floor (Saturday, December 3)
117: We've got spindles!
118: Stainless Steel appliances arrive (Tuesday, December 6, 2011).
121: Jagger enjoying a freshly cleaned tile floor with his rawhide.
122: Upstairs carpeting arrives - one day late.
123: Shelving also arrives in all closets.
124: All bedrooms received carpet today (December 6) - still waiting on the hallway, stairs and main floor (it turned out to be a long wait).
126: Jagger was totally oblivious to the fact that we had no carpet. Scott and I were not as calm about it. At this point, the house is 100 percent complete, minus our flooring "issue."
129: We never thought it would happen, but the carpet actually arrived. Manufactured on Monday, December 12, installed on Friday, December 16.
130: Scott and Ron experimenting with the new fireplace on the new carpet during our final walk through.
131: Scott reflecting on our backyard of mud until spring.
132: Final touches to the house were completed - gutters, driveway, front walk and grating until the spring thaw.
134: We officially moved in on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.
137: Kara's Christmas in July paid off - the tree was up one day after we moved in. Complete with presents that were wrapped and hiding in the basement.
138: One day later, Scott put up the second Christmas tree. A six foot tall tree on the plant shelf in the foyer.
139: Jagger on Christmas morning - enjoying his new home.
143: Jagger soon identified his new favorite spot where he can keep an eye on everyone and everything.
145: The last day of 2011 - we survived week one on our new house. Now on to 2012 and all of the new memories still to be made in our new home!
146: Despite all of the chaos, we found time to visit Santa. He did bring us our new house by Christmas. We used the picture for our special Christmas/We've Moved Announcement.