At this point, I’m not sure I can continue to compare building a Las Vegas house with a house in Florida. It’s so different, really.
On our latest visit, we noticed the sidewalks are now in and the street is getting ready for paving. Also, our house is wrapped, getting ready for stucco.
Our builder rep, John, explained to us that the roof tiles are left in place before attaching in order to help the house settle first.
Middle house, approaching from the left
Noticing the roof tiles are on the porch roof, too.
As you may recall, here’s the Florida house at about the same time in the build, although we might have been further along in Florida with doors. The workers were there on Sunday, working on our house, so we couldn’t walk inside this time.
Doesn’t it seem as if we were just building the Florida house? It’s mind-boggling!
As I mentioned in the previous post, by the time the roofing tools showed up in Florida, the windows were already in. But now we have windows in our Vegas house. We also learned that we should be doing the framing walk through in a couple of weeks. Woo hoo!
We were thrilled when we stopped by our property before church on Sunday morning. Not only was the second story in framing, but the roof was on! It’s not exactly a 1:1 on the timeline for roofing on the Florida beach house vs the Vegas house.
In Florida, all of the outside walls were complete and even the windows were installed before the roof was on. In Vegas, the roof is on the second story (duh), so it’s difficult to see exactly how much of the roofing is complete.
Here’s a photo comparison of both, starting with the house in Las Vegas.
We drove by our “house” after church on Sunday and were thrilled to see that framing has started on the first floor of our two-story home.
In Florida, the beginning of “framing” starts with cement block on our single-story home:
Las Vegas has grown up quite a bit since my 7-year-old self sat in the back of our Studebaker station wagon with my brother on Fremont Street as I, mesmerized by the neon, thought, “Wow! Bright Lights, Big City!”
The caption, courtesy of the Review Journal says “Allegiant Stadium, see here on Dec. 18, awaits installation of its translucent roof, which is expected in mid-May.”
Obviously, Allegiant Airlines won the bid for the name.
It’s funny to me to spot a few Florida plates now and then in Las Vegas, and I’m not talking about tourists. One of our new neighbors in our new neighborhood sports a Florida plate on their truck.
Anyway, I thought it might be fun to compare our recent experience building a Florida beach house with building a house in Las Vegas. The lifestyles are so different: Florida is green, wet, and horizontal and Vegas is brown, dry, and vertical.
So having just seen our new foundation in Vegas, I’ll start with the foundations.
Florida Foundation 8.24.17
Las Vegas Foundation 1.12.20