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The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 7: Pouring Concrete!

Progress continues on a new home for Thor and me (and Bear dog and Turtle cat) as concrete is poured in stages for footings.

NOTE: People have been asking to follow our progress as Thor and I pursue our quest for our dream home with sunsets over the Salish Sea. So starting with my post of 5/21/22, we set out.

We have been anxious to get construction underway and drains installed before the fall rains really set in. (Our county had officially-Disastrous floods last November with the “atmospheric river” here in the Pacific Northwest far corner, and we don’t want to lose any more of our high waterfront bank this year.) Our sunny drought summer lasted well into October, so Thor, Bear dog, and I were able to enjoy some final water sports in our new neighborhood before construction began.

Thor with his new paddle board in Semiahmoo Bay, 5 minutes from our homesite, as Bear dog wades with Mt. Baker to the east:

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4 thoughts on “The Rambling Writer’s Quest for Home, part 7: Pouring Concrete!”

  1. It is such a relief to have all the legal/permit/loan hurdles behind us. Now we can watch the house grow. I love the contrast between our building today and your Chilean adventure. I kind of wish we had at least one subcontractor with an oxen team, but it is probably for the best that we don’t. I can only imagine the permit process.

    1. As far as I can recall, there was no permit required to build on our land in Chile. It was “strikes and gutters” there, as The Dude would say…. It’s so exciting to see our new house finally taking shape!

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