The Shouse, Construction Begins

Last Wednesday morning I woke up sick with a cold. I went to bed knowing it was coming and praying I was wrong, I wasn’t. Last Wednesday morning was also the very first day of construction on the new house. Oh what a “hilarious” coincidence that was. Life has been a little chaotic lately, and that is putting it mildly. So if things around here have been a little more quiet than usual, it’s just us living in survival mode.

Ultimately the home build isn’t that much more on my plate. We are self-contracting all of the work since we learned what a waste of money paying a contractor was the last time. But Russ’ plate is suddenly overflowing and that means way more “single parenting” for me. Single parenting isn’t easy when you have your head in the clouds. I found myself saying sure to everything and dealing with the aftermath of what I agreed to, while doped up on cold meds, later. 

But today’s post isn’t to complain. Things worked out the way they did and we just rolled with it. One week later and I am finally feeling on the mend and SO much has happened as far as the build goes. Let’s take a look at some pictures that I took yesterday (November 14, 2017) around 12:00.

Most of you know that we are doing an nontraditional build. We are actually putting our home inside of a pole barn. Common names for these kinds of homes are shouses or barndominiums. Step one is to have the building completely done then we will be framing our home inside with no load bearing walls to worry about. 


The end results should look something like this. Some walls may be moved one way or another, where wiggle room allows. But after 15 different floor plans, we’re pretty set on sticking with this one.

The building is 72×42 making 3,024 sq ft of space for us to make our home. All in all most rooms will be comparative to what we have now. We’ll mostly gain space in the very open main living area. I am really excited about that. I love our old home but often wished for a more open space for entertaining friends.

We’ve also been busy getting kitchen layouts set, looking at appliances, purchasing a front door, and starting to pick out finishings, like this sink. Russ working for a building supplier is definitely turning to be a HUGE blessing friends. I never in my life imagined he’d give me the green light on the sink I wanted. 

So what’s next?!

* They have to finish framing openings and get the rest of the roof up.
* Finish electrical prep.
* Foam insulation for floor.
* Bring in more loads of gravel.
* Have the concrete work done.
* Finish building exterior

And that is as far as we can see right now. So far it seems like all of the work is flowing well, without any large waiting gaps. Hopefully the weather and schedules will continue to be on our side and we’ll have the building dried in soon. 

I can’t believe we’ve finally started! It felt like we’d never be to this point. I’ll update you again once the exterior walls are up.

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  • My mom’s building was built in 2 days. It was the Amish church that built it. Would that be too fast for you? LOL Of course they couldn’t deal in electrical and plumbing so that was subbed out and they are still waiting on that…I’m totally excited for you and your non traditional home. I cannot wait for it to all come together – they are really working quickly! I hope it continues and the weather is conducive! XOXOX

    • Holy cow. That is CRAZY and awesome. We had Amish guys frame our other house and they worked FAST too. I am excited, and a bit nervous, too. I think it is going to come together nicely though. I guess we’ll find out soon.

  • Amy Smith

    So glad I saw this post! I love anything & everything house related! Will you guys be having a fireplace at the new house too?

    • We are wanting to do a wood burning stove at the new place. They have came a LONG ways over the past several years and are a lot like fireplaces now days. So glad you saw it too. If I put another one up and you miss it, I’ll try to send you a message.

  • Looks like it went up fast so far!

    • It sure is. Now if things can just keep rolling!

  • That is so exciting, Beth! I can’t wait to watch as it progresses. And I hope you’re feeling much better! XOXO

    • Slowly feeling better, now to knock this cough away for good. I hope you are on the mend too!

  • Yay, yay, yay!!!! This shouse is going to rock!!

  • Erin Wetherbee

    I love this, it’s so cool! I can’t wait to follow along on the process and I hope you are feeling better. xoxo ERIN

    • I am feeling better. I just can’t quit coughing. Hopefully soon! The process is going to be a lot of fun and totally hectic too. I can’t wait.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I’m soooo excited for you! At this rate, you’ll be done before us! Don’t get me started on contractors, lol. This Shouse shall be Sensational! Say that 5 times, Hee Hee!!

    • HA! I somehow doubt that. Did you hear that Russ is thinking of framing the inside himself, lololol. I mean I don’t doubt his ability, but his time I question. I couldn’t even say it once.

  • Ahhh so exciting!!

  • So exciting! Between you, Deena and Andrea, I can’t wait to see all of your houses! Looks like yours is going to be fantastic!

    • It is going to be perfectly us and I am so excited about that.

  • Oh my gosh! You guys have done so much work. I love seeing all of the progress. I bet you do too 🙂

    • Yes! It is so good to finally feel like things are moving forward now!

  • Whitney Jordan

    It’s crazy to see a structure on your land after all the clearing and prepping you’ve done!! What a great home it will be. You’ve obviously put in tons of time and research so it’s really fun to watch it all come together. That porch is AMAZING!! Thanks for the update – keep them coming!! Hope you’re feeling better

    • Yes, it is! We have researched a lot, and the rest we’ll figure out as we go. We have a VERY long road ahead of us.

  • Heather Bramlett

    SO EXCITING!! so much has been done already! It has to feel great to start seeing an actual house coming to life! Hope you are feeling better!

    • YES! We sold our house back in June and have been waiting for this to happen for SO long. It is surreal

  • Lizzie Simantz

    OMG building has started!! You must be so freaking excited! So sorry you got sick friend, hoping you’re all better now!

    • Totally excited. It is so nice to see progress being made.

  • SO Exciting Beth!!! I bet you are beyond excited!!!

  • Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocola

    Oh, how I’ve missed you, sweet friend! I’m SO happy for you – both to see this update on the construction of your new home and that you’re feeling on the mend now! I’ll be praying for you with all that’s going on! *Hugs!*

    • EEeeeekkk!!!! So excited “my Brenda” is back. I need to catch up and read your Friday post soon!

  • Whoa! You guys are moving and grooving. So exciting. I love the layout of the shouse!! 3k square foot? Wow! So nice. I can’t wait to see all of this come together.

    • We are trying to! They did the concrete yesterday and will hopefully have the completed shell done by the end of next week. Thank you so much!