The Skylark - Pre-Construction

The adventure of The Skylark begins with the lot where the house will be built. We took pictures, of course, and we posted them here for your entertainment...

The Empty LotThe empty lot as we first saw it. The picture is dated 26-Jul-2003 12:04p.

Some imagination is needed at this stage to see the finished house standing here. In the lives of the future home owners, of course, the sight of the lot is an inspiring beginning to what we hope will be a happy adventure into owning our first (and probably only) brand-new home.

The Empty Lot againThe empty lot from another perspective a bit later (28-Sep-2003). This was a week after the day we brought the remainder of the up-front money to the builder's agent at the subdivision.

Some of the dirt mounds are missing. The fire hydrant looks like it will be very near the end of our driveway. We're hoping the insurance man will be happy about that. Utility location flags are present at the front of the lot. This was encouraging. The next steps should be permits and a stake survey.

Stakes and a Lot NumberOne week later (05-Oct-2003), we have a lot number sign and the surveyor's stakes.

The dirt mounds have indeed been flattened. There are stakes with yellow and magenta "flags" on them. Not sure what the difference is between them. The magenta flags are at the rear of the lot near the fence belonging to our future neighbors. Two yellow-flagged stakes are a bit closer to the front of the lot. From experience, we'd say the distance between them marks the utilities easement.

Stake at the NW cornerThis is the stake at the north-west corner of the lot.

Interesting that it appears to be in the sod of the neighbor's yard. We haven't seen the hardcopy of the survey yet nor have we sought any input from the builder's agent.

Stake at the NE cornerThis is the stake at the north-east corner of the lot.

This is one of the magenta-flagged stakes. Behind it (not in this picture) appears to be a telephone connection point (not sure what the real name of that is). The neighbor's fence is built around it. This could pose a challenge should we choose to fence our yard as well at some point in the future.

Front viewThis is a sample of the view from the front of our house.

The perspective is roughly from the front of the garage. The blue Ford Windstar is ours. Lori is sitting in it trying not to be embarassed about me being out there taking these pictures.

The Sony Mavica will take up to a one-minute MPEG "movie". I had wanted to have someone take a movie of a "ceremonial ground-breaking", but Lori didn't want to be seen doing that (she knew I'd post it on the web). Sometimes, I'm a little too "over the top" for her.

Lot 64 Sign "Lot 64" will be home-sweet-home someday.

This is all the address we have for now. Actually, we do know what the address will be. Friends and family will be notified.

South property lineThe stakes with yellow flags mark the southern property line.

We already have neighbors on both sides. Our neighbor to the south has sod well-established as have the neighbors to the north and east.

North property lineThe stakes with yellow flags mark the northern property line.

Again, it is interesting that these stakes appear to be in the sod of the neighbor's yard. We're hoping that the contour of the land will be adjusted during the post-construction land-scaping phase, since the neighbor's yard appears to slope downward toward our lot. There is a "storm" drain in the south-east swale at the rear of the lot. We expect that the drainage will be adjusted so the rainwater runs toward the back, then toward the drain.

East property line, south view East property line, north view
The stakes with yellow flags mark the eastern (rear) property line. Again, we're not real sure exactly what the difference in meanings might be between the stakes with the different colored "flags". We'll update this page when we obtain that information.

We'll be visiting the site of our future home weekly as the project progresses. The next batch of pre-construction pictures will (we hope) show the hole having been dug. Later pictures should show the concrete forms in place and the basement having been poured.

We're already into early October and we've already had a hard frost. So, the weather could get a bit "iffy" from here. Still, we're hoping that the warm weather predicted for the coming week will hold long enough into the subsequent week(s) to allow for the concrete basement to be poured before the really cold weather sets in for the season.

We're told that once poured, the concrete is left to cure for three to four weeks during which time very little apparent progress is made. Stay tuned to this URL for further developments.

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