Modular Setting Photos

Lumber Storage going vertical since there is height to do it in this shop

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The window trim in the workshop is nearly completed (while waiting for other things to happen…)

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Storage space for shorter boards

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And, yes! The modular units were delivered today and are sitting in a large “parking lot” at the farm at the bottom of the hill where they store huge bundles of hay and load them into trucks for out-of-state delivery (at premium prices.)

The modules will be brought up to the lot for placement on Monday.  The crane guy was around yesterday making decisions on size of crane, placement, etc.

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Module #1 Arrives.  It was hard to believe that the driver could actually negotiate getting into the driveway.  Module plus truck is about 75′ long.

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Crew is preparing basement for columns by using kerosene to burn holes through the accumulated ice!

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Module #1 unwrapped and ready for the crane.

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The modules are lifted at a slight angle so only one corner will land first and can be tacked down with precision on the foundation.

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Then the rest is lowered and positioned and tacked into place.

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Meanwhile, Module #2 is being positioned for the crane.

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Module #2 unwrapped and ready for the crane.

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This module is also lowered at an angle so that once the outer corner is positioned and tacked down, the rest will slide tight toward the first module.

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Prepping the roof for “unfolding.”

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First attempt at raising the lower section of the back roof.

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And there was a problem…apparently the bolts on which the roof pivots were placed ever so slightly off so the roof could not be fully raised without too much stress.  It was clear that the “set” crew is used to things like this, so some of the crew started work on the garage panels while the rest worked our a solution for the roof (removing some material from the bottom of the rafters – a rather tedious process.)

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Back to the roof, problem solved for both front and back sections.

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Portions of the gable ends are put into position before the rest of the roof can be “unfolded.”

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While the gable ends are being attached, some of the crew continues with the garage.   I think the crane is costing the “set” crew somewhere between $2.00 and $3.00 /minute, so they try to minimize any down time for the crane.

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The upstairs shower has to be placed upstairs now since it can’t go up through the stairwell.

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“Unfolding the upper sections of the roof.  Once in place only 2-3 rows of shingles have to be added at the joint to finish the roof along with the ridge cap once both roofs are in place.

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As the sun (and temperature) drop the first day ends with the main modules, roof, and lower garage walls in place.

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Day #2

Garage trusses being placed

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A detour to place the rest of the ell roof.

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Back to the garage trusses

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Loading the decking material for above the garage.  The trusses allow for ‘attic’ space along the center of the garage.

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End of day #2.  Much more actually happened on day 2, especially with the unfinished upstairs, including removing temporary supports from transportation, etc. but most of this work wouldn’t be obvious in photos.

The section between the house ell is yet to be built by the contractor on-site.  It was not built by the modular company because they really didn’t want to deal with a longer module  which at 58′ would have been just 2′ short of the largest they can build or ship.  (I think they also did not want to deal with the openings for the fireplace/bake oven which falls in this same space.)

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Day #3  – Snowy, cold and the only work remaining is the garage roof.

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Progress at 3:00pm (the guy in charge assured me that it would be done by the end of the day, and perhaps with their full crew it will happen since they have to be in Connecticut for another house tomorrow.)

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Day 4  – Not much activity, so just a few miscellaneous exterior and interior photos.

The “set” crew did not get the garage roof finished and will, no doubt, return whenever their Connecticut job is completed.  [Subsequent note: it turns out that the set crew does not return – they simply hand any unfinished work over to the contractor who works with New England Homes to determine who gets paid for what.]

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From living room area looking into the kitchen.  The inset area to the right of the center will be a built-in storage area.  The bath is just to the right as are the stairs to the second floor.

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Looking from the living room past the front entrance to the study beyond.

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From the stairs looking out through the kitchen to the incomplete ell and where the fireplace and bake oven will go.

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Looking from the kitchen into the living room area.

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Downstairs bathroom

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Main bedroom (full of foam for the gable ends)

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Unfinished second floor.  The “posts” are temporary until the rest of the framing is completed.

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Someone at the factory rough plumbed for a tub/shower unit rather than the shower only unit (that they also shipped!)  I’ve been assured that the location of the plumbing will be changed to match the original plan.  Other than that, there have been no other significant “surprises.”

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All of the wiring runs from the main panel in the basement to the knee wall space and then to its destination.  There isn’t any wiring in the basement at all, probably because it would be subject to damage during shipping and setting.

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Cubby hole through future upstairs bath to storage over the ell.

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Stairwell – I think we are not going to use the wall between the legs of the stairs and open it up more with a rail and balusters.

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Day 5 Septic Connection.  Fortunately the frost was only about 1′ deep and the trench could be dug without any issues.

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Work on the rest of the ell and other work not done by the set crew starts on Monday.