I don't want to jinx it, but I think we might have really lucked out with our construction crew. They are working so quickly and everything is starting to look awesome. See...
Above is a front shot of the garage/apartment, which we intentionally chose to face south for solar access. The apartment will be to the left, and the two-car garage to the right. It looks pretty large, but the whole structure is only 864 square feet....about 300 of that is the apartment. Below is a view from the kitchen window, which faces north. From here we can see the open valley that is our backyard, a small mountain, and a windmill in the distance. We decided to go with 2x6 framing to allow for extra insulation and a sturdier structure.
Here's the west side, with the larger window in the living area and the smaller one in the bathroom.
Here is the back side, which faces north. The left window is in the garage, and the right one is the kitchen window pictured above. The ledge below the windows is a type of scaffolding the workers are using to stand on for access to the roof.
Below is the view of our pride and joy from the road. You can see Neal's green shed to the left, as well as the porta-potty we rented for the workers. Aren't we kind? We decided on doors and Neal delivered them and the windows to our site yesterday, minus one window which didn't make it in with the rest. That's the latest update. If the weather holds out, there is a good chance the construction crew will be finished next week. Then, the work really begins for us. Slow and steady wins the race, right?