Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Second Floor….

 
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Work continues as they begin the second floor. Since this is a saltbox style home, we will only have second story livable space on the front side of the house. The back half will be roof trusses. If you are familiar with this style of home then you know how the roof has a deeper pitch/slope on the back side.
Joe and I love the look of old saltbox style homes. I don’t know what it is about them that draws us in. They are so timeless.
 
Okay, back to our little red saltbox. Another wall went up yesterday.
 
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The house is starting to take shape now. I can’t wait for the roof to go up! I think the trusses are scheduled to go up tomorrow actually.
Lots more to see, but it’ll have to wait till next time!
 
Blessings,
Julie

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Progress....


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.
 
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Then the floor was prepped and poured.
 
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The foundation walls got waterproofed and insulated.
 
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The leach field was prepared.
 
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Now for the good stuff!
 
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My carpenter and his crew arrived!
 
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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.
 
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The floor trusses have been put on….
 
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…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.
 
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The first wall is up! Yes folks, we have a wall!
 
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Ahem! Make that four walls!
 
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Now it’s time for the center wall to be put in. This is the one they call the load bearing wall.
 
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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….
 
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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.
 
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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……
 
Blessings,
Julie

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Saying Goodbye....


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We sold our house yesterday. The papers were signed and now our eldest son is the proud owner of a home that has been in my husbands family for 3 generations.
 
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The home was originally a wedding gift from my husbands grandparents to his parents. They lived here for almost 50 years. Sadly my husbands mom passed away in 1987, his dad sold us the property in 1989, and we’ve lived here ever since.
 
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This is a picture of what it looked like when my husband was a child. He’s the one on the horse.
It’s changed a great deal over the years, as homes often do. I think my husband is a bit sad about leaving, but happy that it’s being passed on to the next generation.
 
This house has held a great deal of memories for us over the past 24 years…..
It's welcomed new babies, heard the pitter patter of first steps, its walls have heard the echo of first words, heard the cry of a mom and dad sending their child off to war, celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, proms, family gatherings, enjoyed the screams and laughter at Christmastime, and so much more.
 
It's the place my husband called home as a child, later to be called home by our children, and now our grandchildren will come to know it as theirs.
 
That makes me happy!
 
Blessings,
Julie

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Moving Right Along....


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The footing is dried and the forms have been removed.
 
 
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The drainage tubes have been put in around the footings.
 
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 Remember all the trees that were growing where we marked our driveway?
 
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GONE!

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The well has been drilled.
 
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Forms for the basement walls are up and cement has been poured.
 
Things are really moving along quickly. Stay tuned for more....
 
Blessings,
Julie

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

More on Our Little Red Saltbox Journey….


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The footing has been poured. Now on to the next step…..
 
Blessings,
Julie

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Our Little Red Saltbox….


And so the journey begins….
 
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…..FINALLY!
 
Blessings,
Julie