New cottage/retirement home near Lake Michigan

   / New cottage/retirement home near Lake Michigan
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Putting in the footing stone and french drain tile. The contractor told me that I was wasting money putting in all that french drain inside and outside of the walls because we are built on a dune. I did not care, growing up in the UP and my house in Hudsonville was built in Clay bowls and collected water like a pond.

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   / New cottage/retirement home near Lake Michigan
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April 8, 2016 The night before the walls and footings come. Getting exciting, no turning back now.
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April 9, 2016 The walls are coming. Crew prepares and levels the stone footings with a laser.
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   / New cottage/retirement home near Lake Michigan #23  
Congrats on this project! I'm over on the east side of the state, but we usually come to your side a couple times a year.

A Lake Michigan retirement cabin sounds just about perfect. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the project.
 
   / New cottage/retirement home near Lake Michigan #24  
Whereabouts on Lake Michigan? My wife and I drive a lot along the bottom western shore from Indiana up to about Holland. We've done the circle tour a couple times, too. I really like the sunset coast. So many people have no idea just how beatiful it is.

Nice job on saving the lumber. :thumbsup:

As for your drains and sand.... hey, if it never fails, you'll never know if you needed it or not. But if you never installed them, and then you had water in your home, you'd be kicking yourself. We own property on sand. If we ever build, we're putting in the perimeter drains. Better safe than sorry! :thumbsup:
 
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Whereabouts on Lake Michigan? My wife and I drive a lot along the bottom western shore from Indiana up to about Holland. We've done the circle tour a couple times, too. I really like the sunset coast. So many people have no idea just how beatiful it is.

Nice job on saving the lumber. :thumbsup:

As for your drains and sand.... hey, if it never fails, you'll never know if you needed it or not. But if you never installed them, and then you had water in your home, you'd be kicking yourself. We own property on sand. If we ever build, we're putting in the perimeter drains. Better safe than sorry! :thumbsup:

We are about 35 minutes North of Muskegon, MI. The lumber will come in handy someday for wood shop projects. I could start a whole thread on on French drains gone bad. Cost me way too much in my life to risk it.
 
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Congrats on this project! I'm over on the east side of the state, but we usually come to your side a couple times a year.

A Lake Michigan retirement cabin sounds just about perfect. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the project.

Yes, thanks. We love it here. I lived in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Auburn Hills over a 12 year period.
 
   / New cottage/retirement home near Lake Michigan #27  
Yes, thanks. We love it here. I lived in Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Auburn Hills over a 12 year period.
Yup that's basically my area... We do live just a little North of town so we can still have a bit of property, but a major portion of my landscape jobs occur in Rochester and Royal Oak.

We usually do a weekend in Grand Haven and another weekend in Muskegon-area for Michigan Adventure each year with the kids. And for the second year in a row, I waited too long to try to book campsites at Muskegon State Park so this year we might only get over there once.

Actually sold my Massey 1648 to a member on this forum a couple years ago, who lives over in Whitehall.
 
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We are about 35 minutes North of Muskegon, MI. The lumber will come in handy someday for wood shop projects. I could start a whole thread on on French drains gone bad. Cost me way too much in my life to risk it.

We go up to Ludington quite often, just to see if I can step out on the catwalk on the lighthouse.... I'm not a big fan of heights! :eek:

Beautiful part of Michigan. Good luck with the house. :thumbsup:
 
   / New cottage/retirement home near Lake Michigan #29  
Sorry to hear about your surgery. Hope you have a quick and full recovery.

I really like the drawings of the house that you are going to build. Is the wood you milled going to be used for the exterior siding?

Thanks for all the pictures, they where a lot of fun to look at.
 
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Eddie,

Been putting off the surgery for a while. Should be good to go in a few weeks.

Thanks for the kudos on the plans. My wife and I designed it. It is our workshop with a 2 bedroom apt above where we will live and build our retirement home just behind it. We may use some of the wood for the next build.
 
 
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