Thursday, July 25, 2013


A lot has happened since my last post on our home building journey. I never realized how much work it took to build a new home. In my mind it was simple, went fast, and there were very few problems to delay progress. Hold on a minute while I clean my rose colored glasses. Oh yes! Now I can see clearly. 
  NOTHING about this process is simple. There are so many more steps to this than I ever dreamed. All of these steps take a lot of time and sometimes it’s a lot of hurry up and wait.
As far as delays go….well let’s just say there certainly has been a lot of rain lately! I’m hearing there is even more in the forecast so I don’t expect there to be a lot done over the next couple of days, but there is always room for hope!
Well I know you are waiting to see what has been done since I last posted, so I’ll get right to it.
Let me see? I think I left off at the footings.
Yes, that’s right…the footings. Well just after that was done, the forms were put up and the foundation walls were poured.
Then the floor was prepped and poured.
The foundation walls got waterproofed and insulated.
The leach field was prepared.
Now for the good stuff!
My carpenter and his crew arrived!
They went straight to work putting the sill plate on the foundation. That’s the part that connects the house to the foundation. I’m learning as I go here, and no I didn’t know this already. Always wondered though.
The floor trusses have been put on….
…and the subfloor.
Drum roll please! Well since I have no actual drum roll sound, I guess you’ll have to use your imagination here.
The first wall is up! Yes folks, we have a wall!
Ahem! Make that four walls!
Now it’s time for the center wall to be put in. This is the one they call the load bearing wall.
Now I can get the full feel of the space. I’m already placing furniture in it’s prospective areas. The design part is my favorite, but I think it’ll be a while before I can actually start.
Well folks! That’s about it.
Oh, I almost forgot….
Our grandchildren really wanted me to mention how much help they have been. They help us clean up the wood scraps at the end of the day.
They are thrilled about the new house. Mostly because they think they are moving in with us.
I’m pretty sure this means we’re going to have little visitors at our door quite often.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to our little red saltbox. If you have, make sure you leave me a comment.
Until next time……


  1. So excited for you, Things seem to be coming along quickly from my point of view! I know not from yours, I asked Joe if he was excited, he said after it taking so many years to come to fruition the excitement was pretty much gone, and that he'd be glad for it to be done! :) I want a tour when it's done!!!

    1. Thank you, Angel. It really has been quick, but the inside I know it will take a bit more time. I'm okay with that. Details take time. As long as we make our move in date, I'm happy.


  2. Gosh, Julie, this is just like building our daughter's and son-in-law's house all over again. Believe it or not, I actually know what you are talking about in every picture. Oh, I am so happy for you and hubby. A lot of work...but it will all be worth it in the end. Oh yes, ..I do remember the hurry up and wait part!


    1. This has definitely been a learning experience for both of us. You are right...this will all be so worth it in the end.

      How are you doing? How has your summer been? Thinking of you!


  3. Holy Julie its only nine days from the day you posted the hole being dug until the frame work was up. That is really fast for this time of year, so excited for you

  4. Doug works fast! I'm so glad he is building our house. The rain has prevented a lot of the ground work, but the house is going up quickly. They had the first floor all framed up in 24 hours. Can't beat that.

    You'll have to come visit next time you're home. How's camp life? Miss you!!


  5. I am thrilled that I could see the whole process. I have enjoyed seeing my nephew's step by step work. I am proud of the good work he is doing.

    1. I am thrilled you are able to share in this process with us, as well. You know how long this dream has taken, so you know exactly how much it means. I LOVE that family has so much a part of this process. Means a lot!!

      Love you!


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