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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