Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dumpster - Recycle

Since this blog is receiving several hundred hits, I thought I'd pose a question to the readers, hoping someone might have some thoughts on this, which you could offer via a comment.

We were trying to avoid getting a dumpster, since we don't want to add to local landfills. However, it seems that this may be inevitable, particularly since we promised the owner of the house next door that we'd clean up her back yard since she allowed us to use it to store the dirt from the basement excavation while we made the TerraBricks. (Thank you again!) The two weeks we anticipated using her back yard is now over two months, so we want to ensure we do a fantastic job cleaning up the lot which includes a whole host of items (junk furniture, a plug-in heater, old paneling) that are sitting behind her house, as well as the dead tree limbs, brush, etc. that's located at the back of the yard.

Here's my question for you: do you know of any company that will drop a dumpster for a few weeks, then haul it away and go through the materials to recycle as much as they can? Or, do you have other thoughts on how we can handle this in an environmentally-friendly manner? Any and all leads are welcome. Obviously we are very price sensitive as this is an item we have not budgeted for.

Please comment below. Thanks!

Timeline Until We're Under Roof

I just received an email from our contractor, Aaron Holmes with Cornerstone Building, providing a revised time line to get the house under roof and interior framing completed. I thought I'd share it here:

- Complete stacking of TerraBricks above window and door headers & create Forms for the Bond Beam - this week
- Inspection of Bond Beam by City - Monday morning
- Pour Bond Beam - Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning
- 2 days for bond beam to cure before removing forms
- Framing for Roof & interior first floor - April 30th & May 1st
- WeatherShield Doors & Windows delivered and installed May 1st
- Electrical & Plumbing Rough-ins in first floor - Week of May 4th

As you may recall from the house plan post (see post entitled For Larry M.) there is no second story of the house, so the list above is a substantial amount of work to get the house closed up so interior projects can be initiated. Very exciting! Let's hope everything stays on track!