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    The Mire Mansion

    Well that is what we jokingly call it anyway, since it will be 4 times the size of the home we rent from my inlaws at this time.

    We started the house June 1st. Things are going very well so far. It has progressed far beyond these first pics, I will try to upload most of them today and tomorrow. along with a few details and a pdf of the floor plan so you can see what's going on.

    Details:

    2750 sqft living
    4250 sqft under roof
    3 bedrooms 2-1/2 baths w/ bonus room over garage
    Acadian style

    Exterior will be brick and hardie siding

    there is plenty more details i could give but i won't bore you.

    here it is being formed up for concrete

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    and here is the concrete being poured, all 155 yards of it


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    i'll put some of the start of framing later.

    thanks for looking
    chris

    ps....yes that is the future home of cutting edge wood works in the back ground, we are awaiting hook up from the power company right now.
    maybe one of these days i'll get around to doing a quicky thread on it. so much going on all the time though.

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    Great, and very large project. I had to look up Acadian style to know what that was. Probably called many things around the country but the big front porch is a huge plus. What part of the country are you in?

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    Looks like the important part is done (the shop).

    Will be interesting to see how it comes along. Building it yourself? Has there been good weather for working on it?
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Great, and very large project. I had to look up Acadian style to know what that was. Probably called many things around the country but the big front porch is a huge plus. What part of the country are you in?
    he is on one of the dry spots of southern lousianna frank congrat chris on your new home construction..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    he is on one of the dry spots of southern lousianna frank congrat chris on your new home construction..
    I did an edit that didn't take. Saw he is down the. The porch more for keeping on in the shade while drinking sweet tea.

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    frank, yeah i am down in south louisiana, what they call cajun country.

    acadian style is very very popular here in S. La...kind of a staple in the housing market, different styles come and go, but acadian is timeless around here.

    the front porch is mostly for looks, but i am sure that in the original acadian home it served a different purpose since they didn't have electricity back then and it help to provide a cooler place to....well probably drink sweet tea

    Darren, funny i thought you were gonna say the slab is done, that was what worried me the most, but yeah since the shop will help pay for this thing it is just as important. I was supposed to be in that shop a long time ago, but it hasn't worked out. The weather has been great. and since the roof is on now it won't affect us too much anymore.

    I am contracting the home myself, not totally building it, no way I could frame this thing.

    I am also doing electrical (with the help of an electrician who designed the system), staining my concrete floors, trim work, cabinets (of course), installing cypress beadboard for porch ceilings, and a few other various items as well.

    thanks larry, it feels good to finally be started

    more pics in a minute


    thanks
    chris

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    got walls?

    yep, what you see took them one day. they could have done more if it hadn't rained that afternoon and if the material had been on site.

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    i think that these pics were from day number 4 of framing. there were 12 guys working, and they worked from 7 to 6pm each day, with not many breaks. I am not sure how they did it.

    now you can really start to see what it is supposed to look like. i wish you could have been there to see how they got those rafters up on the main roof. site built scaffolding that would have given an osha official a heart attack. one guy had the good fortune to be chosen to sit on a 2x6 30 feet in the air on that site built scaffolding. not a safe looking situation.

    anyway here are some more pics....starting to look like something now

    sorry for the pics my camera setting was wrong

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    That's some kind of pitch on that roof. Looks like you're going with windows in front that open like doors, if so good call. Lots of old Acadians in Mississippi have (had pre Katrina) windows like that. Fronted the bay. Opened them up and windows in back to let sea breeze though to cool things down pre-AC. BTW, you are leaving an escape hatch in the roof to avoid the water, right?

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    Congrats on the new build, Chris. Man, that framing crew wasn't messing around, were they? Looking forward to watching this one as it develops. Thanks for the pics.
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