Things are moving along nicely on Dad's house. The rain from whatever-tropical-storm-that-was didn't hurt it (except wash away some of the driveway).
Here's what's been done recently:
Windows in. Screens here and stacked in the garage. Doors on (except garage door).
Porch on and completed.
Roofing (shingles on).
Soffits and fascia in place.
Hardiplank siding on. There will be vinyl shakes on the dormers on the side and on the front of the porch. Those will be placed after the Hardiplank is painted.
The siding will be painted by the weekend, I think.
Wiring and plumbing in. Tubs/shower installed. Phone and cable jack placement decided.
Backfill done (partly--still more to be done) behind the basement wall.
There is still much of the major work to be done: more backfill and leveling of the back yard area, back deck built, more site prep for the septic, more site work on the (steep steep) driveway, better sediment control (we didn't pass inspection on this, something which makes the environmentalists in us cringe). Not to mention all of the interior work.
But it's really taking shape and we can now envision the finished project much more easily.
And, of course, we're already wearing a familiar path up to Grandpa's house (for girls and dogs).