The Beat Goes On!

Lots of ups and downs in the past few weeks. Last Wednesday we poured 33 yards of concrete! That’s 4 truckloads!  Likely another 15 yards this week coming.

The pour last week included the huge retaining wall between the driveway and pool and the walls that will support the pool. Plus some footings for the columns that will support the posts for the decking that will nearly surround the house and lastly the walkway along the lower level which will be at the bottom of the staircase to access the lower two bedrooms and utility/storage area.  Incidentally, we can now better envision the size and shape of the new parking area.  I will easily accommodate two vehicles parked side by side.  It will still be tricky turning around, but not too bad.

Since then, the forms have been removed and the excavator returned to back-fill much of that work and dig more holes for the rest of the deck post footings.

The masons returned and are building forms for a much shorter retaining wall along that new walkway and other forms for the deck posts. Lots of work.

When digging for the deck footings on the view side of the pool the excavator encountered the remains of the old septic leach field which consisted of several tons of large boulders covered with a concrete slab. It took the better part of the day to remove all of that to get down to virgin soil on which the footings could be placed. Tons of earth and rocks over the edge down in front of Sundancer.  Its a good thing we have a big lot!

In the meantime inside of the house, I was proceeding nicely with the electrical and plumbing to the point that I could call for a rough electrical inspection. That’s when I sadly discovered that unlike when I built my homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, homeowners are NOT permitted to do their own work without a licensed electrician and plumber! Argh.

It took a week of scrambling and interviews with a number of these contractors to make appropriate arrangements. Along the way I learned that I had made quite a few mistakes and some of my work is in violation of code. Most serious involved a major miscalculation of the waste water and toilet plumbing. After realizing I was over my head in that department, we hired a plumber to fix my mistakes. I applied for the electrical and plumbing permits in Sr. Thomas on Friday.  Work on the plumbing will commence Monday or Tuesday and I will continue with the electric.

Rob is heading home for a week today to celebrate his birthday and wedding anniversary with his family.  When he gets back, we are hoping this latest concrete pour will be done and the forms removed so further back-fill will allow him and our crew to begin building the decks.  The next and final concrete pour should be for the swimming pool!

I thought you might like to see some exterior shots of the four sides of the house at this point:

Work continues!

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Author: Bob Faucett

Bob and wife, Carol Ann own Sundancer Villa in Fish Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

5 thoughts on “The Beat Goes On!”

  1. Wow! What fortitude! Of course through it all you and Rob both know it’ll be worth all the agony & sweat & work – but more power to you!

    Lotsa love to you, and please give our love to Carol Ann when you talk with her.

    ~Diana&Bill~

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  2. Hello my long lost friend seems like forever that I’ve seen you. Where are you staying though all of the building process. I have been busy myself in the Villages with renovations on the home we bought. But of course nothing like your u set taking. Hope to see you again in the future. Good luck with everything. Ps I really enjoy seeing the progress. Lynn & Kim

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  3. Hi Bob:
    Lot’s of progress being made. A labor of love!
    Cannot wait to see the finished product and that view again.
    Thank you for the continued updates.

    Cindy

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