Well, a month or so has passed since I’ve written about my brother’s house; mostly as we leave behind the lumberjacking portion of the construction and begin laying sticks and bricks, my presence on the job site is becoming less and less necessary. Considering my skill with a hammer, the helpful absence of one additional carpenter can only speed along completion — not to mention reduce injury.
Still when you stop to imagine the lifetimes spent building the pyramids of Giza, the great cathedrals of Europe, and the Baltimore beltway, you appreciate the speed and efficacy with which we construct the modern home. Thus, I wanted to post the first and latest pictures from Pat and Tiff’s property, hopefully illustrating the construction timeline for the last two months.
Below the surface, in the sub-basement we find Ryan and Dad rolling out tarp and wire mesh along the basement (believe me this is their best side).
Tonight we spending much of the evening pouring and dumping cement into various crevices through the garage and patio, as apparently the cement guys need a flat surface before they finish garage floor. Between various trips to the Home Depot for their best cement and unraveling the secret of the cement mixer, we barely finished before nightfall. Dad’s upstairs passed out and Pat is on his way home to Tiff and Kelsey, who I hope will one day enjoy the various messages I scrawled in the wet cement. Remember hon to “Never date until you’re thirty,” that “Laughter is really the only effective weapon we humans possess,” that “All you need is love,” and that “Han shot first.” The accumulated wisdom of the human race, written in stone. Use it well, kiddo!