We're building a new house. It is currently under construction. See details below.. Check back often to see how the construction develops.
The SuperWindowMan had Reed Construction pour the basement floor, say true and thank God big big. Elsewhere on the site, I mentioned headaches associated with being self-employed. The biggest headache is employees, finding good ones, keeping them happy, in work, motivated, and more. There are a lot of Jubjub birds out there. I suspect that if we lived closer to the southern border with Mexico, most of my headaches associated with employees would disappear.
But with the pouring of the floor, I figured to begin making time on the house, even though we were still only working on it here and there, between other jobs, after hours, weekends, and that included Sunday. I don't carry my Bible in my back pocket, I believe Jesus is and was exactly who he said he is, and I figure God and Jesus are up there in heaven and will give me some leeway. I still tremble. An answered prayer is a profoundly humbling experience, more so, when you realize, twenty years after the fact, that your prayer had been answered, not once, but twice, in the course of those twenty years and you have to wonder, how many times had an answer been waiting for me and I didn't see it?
Anyway, I'm convinced there are many who would be incapable of shedding a tear in heaven, since they'll be the only ones there and proud of it. I figure that's why the Big Dude (Jesus) said that there are many rooms in his father's mansion, a room for each of the many here who do carry their Bible in their back pocket and believe with an unassailable belief, that they have earned a stairway to heaven.
While on earth, I have to work like a demon just to stay one step ahead of the Frumious Bandersnatch. Yosarian understands. Others would consign me to one of the lower rings of Dante's Inferno for working on Sunday, others for working on Saturday, or maybe Friday, and even more don't even care.
So the floor was poured and The SuperWindowMan called Hendrickson excavating for backfill and a gravel driveway. During the last week of August, John Hendrickson worked magic again with the excavator, one of two they have, backfilling the foundation with gravel and sand over the drain tile, leveling the gravel dumped by one of their trucks for a driveway on the right side of the house. (post construction photos 001,002,003,004)
I also picked up some rye grass seed from Quality Hardware in Lake Linden, some straw from Dennis Greenhouse, a short drive away on 9th Street, and did some landscaping of my own. This next photo may seem out-of-place, but it's as good a place as any, and perhaps I should have another link for photos of other work I've already done. Anyway, here's a photo of a house I build in 2005, labor cost of $12,000.00 to frame, side, roof, install windows, install soffit and fascia, construct deck (except for the railing), a house that is about the same size as the one I'm building on Lucky Lot #13.
Has The SuperWindowMan built other homes? I worked for a number of years in Florida and we framed a house a week, except when we were doing multiple family plexes, quads, seven+ unit condos. I also have framing and building experience in Louisiana-Baton Rouge, where we built everything with 10' walls, in the Baton Rouge Country Club. We entered through the servant's gate across the street from the golden entrance to Jimmy Swaggert's plantation, painted black at the time (1987) because he'd recently been caught with a prostitute at the airport. I also have building and framing experience in Iowa, Des Moines and the Iowa City area.
What do I look like? Here's a photo of The SuperWindowMan, probably spreading some more rye seed. (Post SuperWindowMan photo) I realize my back is to the camera, but truth be told, I'm not very photogenic. I believe I was about 18 or 19 years old, passing through the mess deck of the USS Hepburn, when Kearny, an ET (and possibly an extra-terrestrial, as well) asked my how my teeth got so crooked. I was dumbfounded and later, when I had time, I checked my teeth in the mirror. And hey! My teeth are crooked!
So anyway, I'm in the market for a pair of blue superhero tights. And if anyone knows where I can pick up a pair of Red Ball Jets, the kind with the rubber toe and the sticker on the ankle (man, you could fly in those things as a kid!) let me know. I've got a set of fake abs on order from ACME, the same place where Willie shops, and I figure to make an appearance in one of the local Fourth of July parades next year. I mentioned this to my wife, something about a bed-sheet cape, a pair of green swampers, a red Radio-Flyer and a recording of a dump truck backing up. She replied, No, you're not!
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725 Maple Street,
Lake Linden, MI
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