What to expect living next to construction: Weeks 1-19:
When the contractor began his project of building two houses next to mine in December 2011–with a set-back variance from nine to five feet–the only way I knew how to cope with it was to “get involved.” I started this series January 19, 2012; this is week nineteen of the experience.
Perhaps you are considering staying around while your neighbor builds several houses less than ten feet from your walls. If so, perhaps knowing what to expect will help you decide. Since my last photo post in this series, here’s what’s happened and what it’s like now, almost five months into it.
Week 1: Find the gas line
Week 5: After excavation, I descend into a gaping hole.
Week 6: Machines!–lots of them!
Week 8: pour concrete foundation
Week 9: Enter “the pounder-devil!”
Week 9: Excavation seems to continue.
Week 11: Enter the SAW.
Week 12: walls=hammers and saws and nail-guns
Week 12: nail guns go around every opening
Week 13: how will all this affect me?
Definitely will be ordering privacy window film.
Week 18: Return of the “jackhammer, .a.k.a. “pounder-devil”
So far, I’ve managed to “hang on” by spending my days anywhere else, and by doing my work in the dark hours of the morning before the crew arrives. If your work is mostly done at home and you have a construction project beginning next to you, I’d think twice about staying. If I’d had the means, I would have been long gone–before Christmas 2011
That pile of dirt covers part of my herb garden. ;>(
Till next time, I’ll be Skating Thru “what is,” making the most of it. How about you?
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