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Unread 01-13-2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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My Home Addition

Back in September 2007 just after my mother passed away, my wife and I discussed building an addition on to my home for my dad who will be 85 this year. For over two years he's been living alone in the Philadelphia house where I was raised and though he is in good physical health he is alone and not used to cooking, cleaning and doing laundry, though he certainly does his best.
Last October, my dad finally gave us the go ahead on the project, not exactly promising to move in but with the idea of spending increasingly more time with us and getting used to being down here in North Carolina so that he could eventually make it permanent, especially if he reaches a point where he can no longer take care of himself.
Well, as soon as the first piece of land was cleared, the rains came. And came. And came. And since my home lies at the lowest point in our cul de sac, its been a big mosh pit out back for the last few months. Finally today after some decent, dry weather, the footings were poured. I'm hopeful this will not drag on more than a few months. I'll be posting progress pictures from time to time for y'all to see.
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Unread 01-13-2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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Nice one Rick, is it a bedroom and bath your adding?
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Unread 01-13-2010, 04:26 PM   #3
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Hey Steve. Its a 600 sq. ft. apartment with its own entrance and patio. It will have a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room.
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Oh man, sweet. It still gives him his independence.
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I love my dad, but under the same roof?? That ain't happening. Btw, that window you see will also be a doorway into the apartment. Its a pretty cool design.
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Very nice idea Rick,now we just need another connection for the Philly cheesesteaks at Chinks.

Looks like a big project,did you hire a company for this add-on?
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That's really nice of you, doing that for your Dad Rick.
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Very nice idea Rick,now we just need another connection for the Philly cheesesteaks at Chinks.Looks like a big project,did you hire a company for this add-on?
Mmmmmmmmmm, Chinks. Yeah man, we have a local builder doing most of the work though I can take over any time once the structure is up. Obviously, I'll be doing all tile work and shower construction. Depending on business at the time, I may or may not do the sheetrock and trim work. Depends.

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That's really nice of you, doing that for your Dad Rick.
Its really nice of my dad to pay for it.
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Obviously, I'll be doing all tile work and shower construction.
I was just going to ask who you were getting to do it
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Quit lobbying for work you have no chance of getting, Brian.
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That's a great thing your doing for your dad, and your wife going along with the program is equally great.
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That's a great thing your doing for your dad, and your wife going along with the program is equally great
Yeah, about the wife, John. Ummmmmmm. Seriously, we couldn't do this without her support.
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Hey Rick,

Many many years ago my brother and I built our mother a small house directly behind his -- about the same size as your addition. I've built some houses, and done some additions, but I've got to say that little job was the most satisfying ever. We put our hearts into it, and she loved it. It's a fine thing you're doing, buddy.

If I were your dad, though, I'd tell you to take a hike and leave me alone.
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