It has been a month and a half since we bought our house in Arizona. We have been busy buying everything we need to furnish it, while waiting for the contractors to prepare the rest of the site and pour the concrete for our driveway and RV pad. Finally, there is activity in our front yard.
Other workers arrived and began removing the rocks along the edge of the house. They put them in a wheel barrow and arranged them on the other side of the house.
These fellows doing the work have gotten a kick out of me taking pictures and at times have hammed it up for the camera.
I have never watched anything built like this, so it has been very interesting. A workshop will be built next to the house in the spring. They are digging trenches for the footings now, so that concrete can be laid at the same time they pave the driveway. It is a lot of hard, physical labor. They even use a small jack hammer at times.
The tractor grades the site. Before the driver began that, he used a site like surveyors use. You can see that in one of the photos above where they were showing off for me.
When they left for the night, we had a big pile of dirt in the front yard.
On Thursday, Dan the plumber arrived. He had to dig a trench for the sewer and water lines that provide full hookups for our RV.
Dan has been very friendly and more than willing to explain what he is doing. Here he is putting a red sleeve on the blue water pipe, protecting the pipe from the dirt.
Here is the completed trench and the pipes waiting to be connected to the utilities underneath the house.
We're not the only ones interested in what is going on. This morning I looked out and saw these four men, neighbors I guess, who stopped by and asked Dan about the project.
Late this morning, Randy, who is construction supervisor here for our builder Cal-Am Construction, came to see that everything was going well. Woking with him, we made a couple of changes in the plans. Randy has been great to work with, friendly, helpful and prompt to respond to any questions we have.
One thing he had to do today was mark out an area of concrete that has to be cut out next week. It is interesting to see what has to be done to connect the utilities from the house to the addition.