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Our new home in Dunes West, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

This is a pictorial record of the building of our new home from the start of construction in October, 2001. Although planning started two years earlier, construction commenced in October 2001. We purchased the property in May, 2000 and contracted with J. Hilton Googe for the design. The builder is Flander's Construction of Mount Pleasant - Charleston.
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Welcome
Welcome
Custom Built
Custom Built
Clearing a path  10/9/2001
Clearing a path 10/9/2001
Trees were no match for tractor
Trees were no match for tractor
Heather (holding Katie) and Sarah view progress
Heather (holding Katie) and Sarah view progress
Our first room
Our first room
Heather and builder Randy Flanders
Heather and builder Randy Flanders
From the rear looking forward
From the rear looking forward
Randy gives instructions over cell
Randy gives instructions over cell
Heather surveys the yard
Heather surveys the yard
Footing digger
Footing digger
Mike
Mike
Sarah tests footings
Sarah tests footings
Foundation begins to take shape
Foundation begins to take shape
Break time
Break time
Sarah supervises  11/6/2001
Sarah supervises 11/6/2001
A skilled block layer
A skilled block layer
Preparing another block
Preparing another block
The rear wall shapes up
The rear wall shapes up
Mixing cement on day two
Mixing cement on day two
Front wall nears completion
Front wall nears completion
Finishing touches
Finishing touches
Completed rear wall
Completed rear wall
Preparing for cement shooting  11/8/2001
Preparing for cement shooting 11/8/2001
The upper row ready for cement filled cap
The upper row ready for cement filled cap
Shooting cement into the pier
Shooting cement into the pier
A visitor
A visitor
The plumbing drains being installed  11/13/2001
The plumbing drains being installed 11/13/2001
Moisture barrier and reinforcing wire in preparation for pouring slab
Moisture barrier and reinforcing wire in preparation for pouring slab
The basement / garage floor is poured  11/29/2001
The basement / garage floor is poured 11/29/2001
Etched in stone
Etched in stone
Sarah tests for dry  11/30/2001
Sarah tests for dry 11/30/2001
Lumber delivery  11/30/2001
Lumber delivery 11/30/2001
Forklift stuck in sand again (4th time)
Forklift stuck in sand again (4th time)
Ready to build a house ?
Ready to build a house ?
Lumber includes support posts
Lumber includes support posts
The first saw dust has been spilled  12/3/2001
The first saw dust has been spilled 12/3/2001
Sarah discovers the latest development
Sarah discovers the latest development
Sarah inspects the work
Sarah inspects the work
Ready to attach the hurricane straps
Ready to attach the hurricane straps
Checking the height of the string  12/4/2001
Checking the height of the string 12/4/2001
Power nailing
Power nailing
Putting the joists in place
Putting the joists in place
Scooter does block clean up
Scooter does block clean up
Randy Flanders goes over the specs
Randy Flanders goes over the specs
Basement starts to take shape
Basement starts to take shape
Nails
Nails
The utility room's first wall
The utility room's first wall
Measure twice,  cut once
Measure twice, cut once
Nails awaiting the gun
Nails awaiting the gun
These eyes will be watching
These eyes will be watching
Laying the plywood sub floor  12/5/2001
Laying the plywood sub floor 12/5/2001
Heather and Katie check out the recently covered garage
Heather and Katie check out the recently covered garage
Sarah stands in the kitchen doorway
Sarah stands in the kitchen doorway
The T&G sub flooring is secured with glue and these spiral nails
The T&G sub flooring is secured with glue and these spiral nails
The walls start to go up  12/6/2001
The walls start to go up 12/6/2001
The east wall appears
The east wall appears
Carpenters build the front wall
Carpenters build the front wall
Beginning to take shape
Beginning to take shape
The rear wall ready to lift   12/7/2001
The rear wall ready to lift 12/7/2001
A mystery kitchen wall.  Hmmmm.
A mystery kitchen wall. Hmmmm.
The master bedroom wall and doorway
The master bedroom wall and doorway
The master bath starts to take form
The master bath starts to take form
Dangerous with a tape rule
Dangerous with a tape rule
After falling off the house and breaking his arm,  John demonstrates one hand smoke and coffee technique
After falling off the house and breaking his arm, John demonstrates one hand smoke and coffee technique
Dan visits during XMAS break from studies
Dan visits during XMAS break from studies
Matchstick forest
Matchstick forest
The second floor appears  12/13/2001
The second floor appears 12/13/2001
Inspector Klug
Inspector Klug
The upper floor begins to take shape  12/13/2001
The upper floor begins to take shape 12/13/2001
The upstairs framing is complete  12/14/2001
The upstairs framing is complete 12/14/2001
Dan checks out Sarah's bedroom
Dan checks out Sarah's bedroom
From the upstairs media room looking toward Tim's room
From the upstairs media room looking toward Tim's room
Sarah insists that her room is too small
Sarah insists that her room is too small
Working on framing the roof
Working on framing the roof
Another view from the rear
Another view from the rear
Chuck getting the angles right
Chuck getting the angles right
The roof structure appears  12/21/2001
The roof structure appears 12/21/2001
Frustrated artist ?
Frustrated artist ?
Brother Paul visits the site on Christmas day
Brother Paul visits the site on Christmas day
Building the front columns  12/27/2001
Building the front columns 12/27/2001
The bricks rise inch by inch
The bricks rise inch by inch
Rosanne and Greg visit on 12/27/2001
Rosanne and Greg visit on 12/27/2001
Rosanne and Greg
Rosanne and Greg
Us on 12/27/2001
Us on 12/27/2001
The front porch framing meets the brick columns
The front porch framing meets the brick columns
Sarah peeks out the front door to check out the porch
Sarah peeks out the front door to check out the porch
Updated front elevation  01/06/2002
Updated front elevation 01/06/2002
The house is now closed in  01/10/2002
The house is now closed in 01/10/2002
Joyce (Randy's boss) reviews electrical plan with Heather
Joyce (Randy's boss) reviews electrical plan with Heather
Joyce and Chuck confer on the dining room arch
Joyce and Chuck confer on the dining room arch
Heather checks out the window delivery
Heather checks out the window delivery
Heather locks the newly installed window
Heather locks the newly installed window
Chuck takes a moment to admire his work while framing a tray ceiling
Chuck takes a moment to admire his work while framing a tray ceiling
Heather takes another look at the plans
Heather takes another look at the plans
Roofing felt and some windows installed
Roofing felt and some windows installed
The plumber begins to plumb
The plumber begins to plumb
Joyce goes over wiring plan with electrician
Joyce goes over wiring plan with electrician
From the kitchen looking through to the sunroom - windows everywhere
From the kitchen looking through to the sunroom - windows everywhere
Wire ready to run
Wire ready to run
Ready for switches
Ready for switches
Plumbing snakes its way through the walls
Plumbing snakes its way through the walls
Heating and air guy works a box for the upstairs system
Heating and air guy works a box for the upstairs system
Duct work in attic  1/21/2002
Duct work in attic 1/21/2002
Ducts, all in a row
Ducts, all in a row
Our whirlpool ready for installation
Our whirlpool ready for installation
Quiting time for the wire guys
Quiting time for the wire guys
Randy calls to have fireplace insert swapped out
Randy calls to have fireplace insert swapped out
Wire guys at work   1/24/2002
Wire guys at work 1/24/2002
The Jacuzzi positioned in surround
The Jacuzzi positioned in surround
The Healey helps the house look good
The Healey helps the house look good
Payment number three - Who has the tighter grip ?
Payment number three - Who has the tighter grip ?
Gas line for the fireplace
Gas line for the fireplace
The circuit panels near completion
The circuit panels near completion
Fixing some rough edges prior to siding
Fixing some rough edges prior to siding
Standard decking blends into tongue and groove under the screened area
Standard decking blends into tongue and groove under the screened area
Electrician works on the feed
Electrician works on the feed
Heating and air ductwork spans the garage
Heating and air ductwork spans the garage
The downstairs air handler
The downstairs air handler
The front door is installed
The front door is installed
The new stairway constructed
The new stairway constructed
Mike surveys the scene  2/22/2002
Mike surveys the scene 2/22/2002
Front elevation with roof shingles,  front door,  and gable window
Front elevation with roof shingles, front door, and gable window
Jennifer and Paul visit the site
Jennifer and Paul visit the site
Jim does a quality check
Jim does a quality check
Jennifer examines the plans - soon to start their own construction
Jennifer examines the plans - soon to start their own construction
A good sign - the presence of trucks
A good sign - the presence of trucks
Ready to begin work again  03/07/2002
Ready to begin work again 03/07/2002
Framing inspection complete, insulation batts are staged
Framing inspection complete, insulation batts are staged
Eric measures for a precise cut
Eric measures for a precise cut
Sarah's room insulated for comfort
Sarah's room insulated for comfort
Plenty of R (38) value in the ceilings
Plenty of R (38) value in the ceilings
Stilts for easy access
Stilts for easy access
Applying the adhesive seal
Applying the adhesive seal
The rear double door is lifted into place
The rear double door is lifted into place
The big door is ready for the square and level
The big door is ready for the square and level
After a few hours and more than enough supervision - perfect !
After a few hours and more than enough supervision - perfect !
Shawn double checks his cabinet measurements
Shawn double checks his cabinet measurements
A new header and 6x6 do the job in addressing a support issue
A new header and 6x6 do the job in addressing a support issue
Heather admires her new rear porch doors
Heather admires her new rear porch doors
And again from the outside
And again from the outside
A neighbor drops by and Heather heads for the door
A neighbor drops by and Heather heads for the door
Sheetrock is delivered  03/11/2002
Sheetrock is delivered 03/11/2002
Another brick delivery
Another brick delivery
Applying the vinyl soffit and aluminum trim  03/13/2002
Applying the vinyl soffit and aluminum trim 03/13/2002
Bending the aluminum trim to fit
Bending the aluminum trim to fit
Scoring some rock
Scoring some rock
Sheetrocking the library entrance
Sheetrocking the library entrance
Sheetrocking the ceiling is the hardest part
Sheetrocking the ceiling is the hardest part
Cutting vinyl soffit covering to size
Cutting vinyl soffit covering to size
Hammering rock
Hammering rock
Heather enjoys the view while Katie keeps an eye on workers
Heather enjoys the view while Katie keeps an eye on workers
The final stretch of soffit  03/14/2002
The final stretch of soffit 03/14/2002
Mud man George watches his workers hang rock
Mud man George watches his workers hang rock
Mike checks the floor for level
Mike checks the floor for level
Spackling the bedroom tray ceiling
Spackling the bedroom tray ceiling
Working an angle in the library
Working an angle in the library
Mojo
Mojo
Sanding the peak of the foyer
Sanding the peak of the foyer
Heather enjoys an iced tea and a good book on the rear deck
Heather enjoys an iced tea and a good book on the rear deck
Master arch builder  04/01/2002
Master arch builder 04/01/2002
Ellipse takes shape
Ellipse takes shape
Completed ellipse
Completed ellipse
Perfect elliptical arch
Perfect elliptical arch
Flanders observes as M&W rep inspects windows
Flanders observes as M&W rep inspects windows
The wall guys pull mud across the arch
The wall guys pull mud across the arch
Ron stops by with cherry flooring sample
Ron stops by with cherry flooring sample
Windows masked and walls primed
Windows masked and walls primed
Delivery guy carries in one of many wood bundles
Delivery guy carries in one of many wood bundles
The Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring awaits installation  4/15/2002
The Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring awaits installation 4/15/2002
A representative sample of the Cherry flooring - wetted to simulate a finish
A representative sample of the Cherry flooring - wetted to simulate a finish
Coel finishes the last couple rows of flooring  04/26/2002
Coel finishes the last couple rows of flooring 04/26/2002
Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade
The marble fireplace surround in place with hearth framed by cherry
The marble fireplace surround in place with hearth framed by cherry
An expanse of flooring
An expanse of flooring
The mantle surround in the early stage  05/05/2002
The mantle surround in the early stage 05/05/2002
Doors and trim are delivered
Doors and trim are delivered
The mantle progresses
The mantle progresses
Mike leaves town for a week  -  5/9/2002
Mike leaves town for a week - 5/9/2002
A week or so later,  a lot has happened -  5/20/2002
A week or so later, a lot has happened - 5/20/2002
The stair railings and balusters are installed
The stair railings and balusters are installed
Stairs lead to upstairs media room with French doors
Stairs lead to upstairs media room with French doors
The railing as seen from the landing
The railing as seen from the landing
The RB-3 door trim and pocket door
The RB-3 door trim and pocket door
An installer works on the custom cabinets
An installer works on the custom cabinets
The center island ready to move into position
The center island ready to move into position
Kitchen cabinets where the oven and microwave will go
Kitchen cabinets where the oven and microwave will go
The other side of the kitchen
The other side of the kitchen
A cabinet appears next to the yet unfinished fireplace mantle
A cabinet appears next to the yet unfinished fireplace mantle
The laundry room cabinets
The laundry room cabinets
Sarah's bathroom cabinets
Sarah's bathroom cabinets
Heather's side of the master bath
Heather's side of the master bath
Trim man Ken nails the crown molding in the master bedroom
Trim man Ken nails the crown molding in the master bedroom
The fireplace nears completion
The fireplace nears completion
Mantle builder at work.  Hey,  he looks just like the arch builder !
Mantle builder at work. Hey, he looks just like the arch builder !
Center island in place,  ready for granite tops
Center island in place, ready for granite tops
The cornice trim follows the mantle lines
The cornice trim follows the mantle lines
Master bedroom pocket doors lead to the office / library
Master bedroom pocket doors lead to the office / library
A little more finish sanding and the mantle will be done
A little more finish sanding and the mantle will be done
Bricklayers back to work on the outside  06/19/2002
Bricklayers back to work on the outside 06/19/2002
Never seen a Bugeye before ?
Never seen a Bugeye before ?
Arch trim is fitted
Arch trim is fitted
Ken trims one of the columns
Ken trims one of the columns
Columns to the dining room entrance take form
Columns to the dining room entrance take form
Hazelle sands one of the dining room columns
Hazelle sands one of the dining room columns
Skillfully applied window trim
Skillfully applied window trim
The west wall brick rises to meet the aluminum wrapped wood band
The west wall brick rises to meet the aluminum wrapped wood band
Wall at entrance to kitchen gets panels
Wall at entrance to kitchen gets panels
Brickwork completed today  -  06/25/2002
Brickwork completed today - 06/25/2002
Columns now stand between the sun and living rooms
Columns now stand between the sun and living rooms
Close up detail of column
Close up detail of column
Master bath tile nears completion
Master bath tile nears completion
Outside work picking up again
Outside work picking up again
Scaffolds in place and siding work ready to start
Scaffolds in place and siding work ready to start
It'll look a lot different in another week  06/27/2002
It'll look a lot different in another week 06/27/2002
The painters begin to mask everything that shouldn't be painted
The painters begin to mask everything that shouldn't be painted
Rosanne and Greg visit again on 07/04/2002
Rosanne and Greg visit again on 07/04/2002
More paint is readied
More paint is readied
Painter prepares to spray
Painter prepares to spray
Completed mantle detail
Completed mantle detail
Heather and Katie check out the newly painted walls - Taupe ?
Heather and Katie check out the newly painted walls - Taupe ?
The dining room color will be changed to a dramatic deep red
The dining room color will be changed to a dramatic deep red
The completed mantle in the distance - Medallions painted and ready to hang
The completed mantle in the distance - Medallions painted and ready to hang
Dark color specialist - AKA arch & mantle builder
Dark color specialist - AKA arch & mantle builder
Stair railings stained to match cherry flooring
Stair railings stained to match cherry flooring
The granite countertops arrive  07/12/2002
The granite countertops arrive 07/12/2002
One of the large granite slabs is lifted into place
One of the large granite slabs is lifted into place
Heather checks out the new granite
Heather checks out the new granite
Dining room with medallion in place awaiting chandelier
Dining room with medallion in place awaiting chandelier
Carpenters work on the front porch trim
Carpenters work on the front porch trim
Electrician installs disposal unit under sink
Electrician installs disposal unit under sink
Electrician's nephew is official box opener
Electrician's nephew is official box opener
Another electrician wires the recessed lights
Another electrician wires the recessed lights
The foyer chandelier as seen from the upstairs bridge
The foyer chandelier as seen from the upstairs bridge
A snail's view of the foyer chandelier
A snail's view of the foyer chandelier
Fixtures installed on Heather's sink in the master bath
Fixtures installed on Heather's sink in the master bath
The Jacuzzi fixtures installed on the cultured marble deck
The Jacuzzi fixtures installed on the cultured marble deck
Stainless oven and microwave in place
Stainless oven and microwave in place
Ceiling fans ready for power
Ceiling fans ready for power
Quoizel chandelier hangs proudly in the dining room
Quoizel chandelier hangs proudly in the dining room
It's the plumber's turn with the disposal unit
It's the plumber's turn with the disposal unit
Steven is promoted to outlet installer
Steven is promoted to outlet installer
The front porch ceiling nears completion
The front porch ceiling nears completion
Rough grading begins  07/18/2002
Rough grading begins 07/18/2002
The hooded flood lights
The hooded flood lights
The last strip of ceiling vinyl is put in place on rear porch
The last strip of ceiling vinyl is put in place on rear porch
Rear door hardware assembled
Rear door hardware assembled
Kitchen sink and faucet ready for action
Kitchen sink and faucet ready for action
Climate control units rest on a newly constructed deck
Climate control units rest on a newly constructed deck
Thermostat is wired
Thermostat is wired
Heather watches the action from a safe distance
Heather watches the action from a safe distance
Our first palm tree arrives  07/29/2002
Our first palm tree arrives 07/29/2002
A double Washingtonian Palm is planted in what will be an island in the lawn
A double Washingtonian Palm is planted in what will be an island in the lawn
One master bath mirror is put in place
One master bath mirror is put in place
The floor finisher makes his first sanding pass through the library
The floor finisher makes his first sanding pass through the library
Drillers begin work on 240 foot deep well for irrigation
Drillers begin work on 240 foot deep well for irrigation
Enhanced shot of well drillers at work  07/31/2002
Enhanced shot of well drillers at work 07/31/2002
Orlando fires up the air conditioners  08/01/2002
Orlando fires up the air conditioners 08/01/2002
Coel polishes the wood before applying the finish coat
Coel polishes the wood before applying the finish coat
Chad and Randy check the grading  08/07/2002
Chad and Randy check the grading 08/07/2002
With the first coat of finish,  the floor's character shines through
With the first coat of finish, the floor's character shines through
The floor receives a buffing between finish coats
The floor receives a buffing between finish coats
Coel applies stain to the stair treads
Coel applies stain to the stair treads
The front porch columns are paneled and ready for the railings
The front porch columns are paneled and ready for the railings
The rear porch takes shape
The rear porch takes shape
The rear porch steps now in place
The rear porch steps now in place
A brick gets cut for some touch up work
A brick gets cut for some touch up work
Siding gets first coat of paint  08/09/2002
Siding gets first coat of paint 08/09/2002
Awaiting the stairway
Awaiting the stairway
Heather attempts to make peace with her demon
Heather attempts to make peace with her demon
First to move in
First to move in
Ken frames the front stairway  08/12/2002
Ken frames the front stairway 08/12/2002
The railing and balusters go on the front porch
The railing and balusters go on the front porch
Freddie supervises his painting crew
Freddie supervises his painting crew
The driveway guys frame out the form
The driveway guys frame out the form
The cement arrives for the driveway  08/16/2002
The cement arrives for the driveway 08/16/2002
Driveway guys spread out the mix
Driveway guys spread out the mix
Smoothing out the surface
Smoothing out the surface
Painters recoat the walls and touch up the trim
Painters recoat the walls and touch up the trim
Amerigas hooks up  08/23/2002
Amerigas hooks up 08/23/2002
Balusters adorn the front porch
Balusters adorn the front porch
The Thermador cook top is placed in the granite
The Thermador cook top is placed in the granite
Stucco is applied to the rear foundation
Stucco is applied to the rear foundation
The driveway cement cures as work inside nears completion  08/23/2002
The driveway cement cures as work inside nears completion 08/23/2002
Movers empty our apartment  08/26/2002
Movers empty our apartment 08/26/2002
Sarah does homework the evening of our move
Sarah does homework the evening of our move
Looking for the Lowes delivery truck  08/30/2002
Looking for the Lowes delivery truck 08/30/2002
Landscapers Jeanne and Arthur arrange plants in the front circle
Landscapers Jeanne and Arthur arrange plants in the front circle
Arthur digs a hole for a large Sega
Arthur digs a hole for a large Sega
Telephone company buries the phone line and protects with flags
Telephone company buries the phone line and protects with flags
Fence encloses and hides the utilities
Fence encloses and hides the utilities
Back under porch area becomes a temporary home for Midget and Bugeye
Back under porch area becomes a temporary home for Midget and Bugeye
The front plantings are complete as work continues in the circle
The front plantings are complete as work continues in the circle
The stairs split the front landscaping  09/09/2002
The stairs split the front landscaping 09/09/2002
Tom trenches for the irrigation system
Tom trenches for the irrigation system
The PVC network is pieced together  09/10/2002
The PVC network is pieced together 09/10/2002
Beau delivers a pallet of grass  09/13/2002
Beau delivers a pallet of grass 09/13/2002
Workers begin laying the sod
Workers begin laying the sod
Instant lawn - work continues to finish the front yard
Instant lawn - work continues to finish the front yard
Someone is very happy to finally have grass
Someone is very happy to finally have grass
The irrigation system activates in one of the garden beds
The irrigation system activates in one of the garden beds
Now with grass and landscaping  09/20/2002
Now with grass and landscaping 09/20/2002
Sarah takes a practice run with the tractor before engaging the blades  10/08/2002
Sarah takes a practice run with the tractor before engaging the blades 10/08/2002
Sarah on leaf duty  10/16/2002
Sarah on leaf duty 10/16/2002
Two firsts - the lawn being mowed,  and Sarah doing the mowing
Two firsts - the lawn being mowed, and Sarah doing the mowing
Mike finds his place under the fan in the screen porch
Mike finds his place under the fan in the screen porch
The backyard palm oasis as seen from the office/library
The backyard palm oasis as seen from the office/library
The Jag dresses up the front circle
The Jag dresses up the front circle
Decorated for Christmas
Decorated for Christmas
Stained glass is added to the foyer window  1/11/2003
Stained glass is added to the foyer window 1/11/2003
A close-up of the stained glass
A close-up of the stained glass
Katie surveying the yard
Katie surveying the yard
Shrubs are now mature
Shrubs are now mature
The bench
The bench
Beautiful colors
Beautiful colors
Decorated for Christmas
Decorated for Christmas
Visitor
Visitor
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