In case you haven’t picked up on this yet, the weather in Spokane has been absolutely awful for construction. We closed out last month as the snowiest November on record. Officially a bit more than 25 inches and we have more than this up at the site.

Our original plan was to finish the retaining walls, run the plumbing, radiant heat and electricity underground, pour the slab, and THEN put up the walls and roof. This plan has now changed.

The plumbing is now ready to go, but more snow in the forecast has Carrie (and us) nervous, so we’re installing the SIPS walls ahead of pouring the slab. So Monday, up they go! Once the walls are up and the final retaining walls are poured, we can put up the roof and be dried in from the snow within a couple of days. Given the winter we’re having, this is a good thing.

Hat’s off to the plumbers who braved some pretty atrocious weather to get their job done. Talking with Rick today, he let it slip that what should have taken a day and a half took four full days. I guess working in 20 degree weather will do that.

Mikel and his crew are back at it too, building more concrete forms.

I posted a picture below, but check out my neighbor, Doug, making short work of snowblowing our driveway. He has a very cool machine that has different attachments for plowing, snowblowing and excavating. Nice.