We moved into a construction zone; we knew this 10 months ago when we bought the house. At that time, there were several empty lots on either side of our house, a few across the street, and the entire street behind us was empty.
Through the fall and winter, workers built three or four houses across the street, and a few on either side, but the lots immediately next to our house were still empty. This spring, they built a couple behind us.
But now, they’re building next to us — on both sides.
(Links to three videos after the jump)
We’re glad they’re finally getting this out of the way; it’ll be nice to actually have houses on both sides instead of bare dirt and weeds. And both of them are (will be) two-story houses, so that’ll block quite a bit of sun from hitting our house, thus saving on air conditioning bills throughout our 8-month summer.
But it means a lot of noise right now. Rebecca’s room is about 10 feet from the foundation being built to our north. Our living room is the same distance from the other house. She’s a pretty sound sleeper when she naps, but loud sudden noises will wake her up.
The quietest room in our house is the master bedroom closet. Besides the hall bathroom, it’s the only room in our house with no exterior walls. And of course the closet is lined with clothes and quilts, which absorb a lot of noise. So, a couple of weeks ago, I spread a couple of blankets on the floor there to create a padded area, and Rebecca naps there during the day. She’s there right now, sound asleep.
I may eventually place one our child gates at the closet door, since Rebecca now starts crawling as soon as she wakes up. After one of yesterday’s naps, she crawled out into the bedroom and was playing on the carpet.
Fortunately, these builders move quickly. The house to our south is being bricked as we speak, and then the exterior will be finished except for some touchup work. They’ll move to the inside and do insulation and drywall next. But to the north, next to Rebecca’s room, the loudest parts are still to come — pouring concrete, framing, roofing, siding…
The first three videos taken with our new Nikon Coolpix S6100:
All three are available in HD; you just have to change the player setting from 360 to 720. I’m still figuring out the ins and outs, so don’t expect much.
Yesterday, we hit 100°F again, for the third 100-degree day this year. (EDIT: and today, we hit 102°F)
100-degree days so far:
May 29: 101°F
June 6: 100°F
June 13: 100°F
June 14: 102°F
June 15: 100°F