What you can see - - or specifically what my GC could see - - is that our nifty little mid-century modern house is not technically a square. Maybe it never was a square. Now - and forever in the future- - it is a Rhombus. See above photo of cool upstairs hallway (this is a before picture, since you can clearly see the atrium floor which is now air). According to Paul (the GC) this hallway narrows from where this shot was taken to the end of the hall. And here we thought it was just the perspective of the photo. It narrows by about 3 inches. Say what?
Now 3 inches isn't a great deal of yardage, unless we're talking about a chunk of plastique explosives or the size of a man's johnson - and - - apparently - - where construction is concerned. Who knew? So, we need to decide whether we wanted to make the new lower level square - so we would have a rhombus sitting on a square - - or just to make the lower level a rhombus too. We decided on homogeneous shapes up and down. If you've got a Rhombus, you should stick with a Rhombus. My GC said not to tell anyone. Ooops. Cat's out of the bag. If you come to stay with us in the future, know that you will be staying in an un-square house.
And on to the weekly photos...
Current exterior view of the front corner. I am sure our neighbors are so pleased. The house behind us is for sale. They've gotta be pissed.
We got exterior waterproofing, gravel, drainage pipes and some fill dirt. Soon the giant pit surrounding the front of the house will no longer be a tragedy waiting to happen.
The lower level looks a bit like the pleasure garden of the Marquis De Sade. Unbearable pain or suffering anyone?? We got chains. We got spikes, we got pits of despair. Fun for the whole sadistic loving family.
And, the most important thing this week... We got a new beam. This beam will hold up the floor of the living room above it. It will not come crashing down in to G3's new bedroom below it. I believe that this will be helpful. I was told there used to be a wooden post that helped to hold up the living room floor when there was only crawl space below it. I wouldn't know that since it was in the crawl space. I don't do crawl spaces. Spiders live there. I let them live there alone. But, GC Paul says there used to be a post there and he hasn't lied to me yet.
Yes, we will end up with a giant shiny concrete rhombus garnished with marmoleum. Can't wait. Five months and counting.....