It’s too hot to go outside, too hot to stay inside our camper, too hot to spend any length of time marveling at how the Hatcher House goes together. Durwood, however, is patient with Richard’s and my curiosity as we all stand outside with rivulets of sweat pouring quietly down within a matter of minutes, no matter what time of day.

Matt from Dandeneau Contracting appears faithfully every morning to demo as needed while Hygema continues the beam replacement, and Matt removes and replaces the temporary waterproofing as they go, keeping the work site tidy.

Sometimes we almost forget we’re living in a construction site, but then we walk past the forklift bigger than a Humvee and our discarded kitchen sink piled atop the other scrap metal for recycling. Definitely not normal yard fixtures in this neighborhood.