Daylight or a Train? Setting sights on C of O

This update will be brief, but we are getting close. The septic field finally, finally got started in earnest and is waiting on an inspection before it can be covered and graded.  Inspector is expected Monday and that chapter should finally be closed by Wednesday. The final grading around the house will be in place…

Dressed Up with Nowhere to Go: More Finishing Touches, Still No Septic

So much work happened in the house this past week. The floor install is all finished except the staircase, the trim and door install went wonderfully and is finished, and the countertops in the bathrooms and kitchen were installed.

This House is Like a Rollercoaster: Cabinets, Carpentry Mayhem, Paint, and Rain

Once of our daughter’s favorite things is Laurie Berkner’s Song and Story Kitchen, which is an audible original. In chapter one, the mouse in the story has a very up and down kind of day, and exclaims, “This day is like a rollercoaster!”

Our house story sure has felt that way, and moreso recently. As I mentioned in a previous post, June is shaping up to be a very busy month for us. We had trim and doors, flooring, cabinets, and painting all on the agenda, and were hoping that the septic system outdoors would be added as well. Some of these things are going very well, some have been a huge headache.

First Finishes: Tile Stacked, Bricked, and Herringboned

Now that we have had our first year anniversary on official site work (the well was dug a year ago, though site work didn’t start for a bit yet), my husband and I are feeling the push to get the house done and move in. 

The drywall has been completed, and finally the finish work can begin

Walls Around My Heart: Plywood and Sheetrock

For a long while now we have been walking through a house of framed 2×4 and 2×6 walls. All of a sudden it seems, there are true walls and the rooms begin to take shape. The change is dramatic. While there is still a day or so of drywall hanging work to do, most of the house’s walls have been placed. 

Getting Warmer: Insulation

Spring is finally peeking out from under the heavy blanket of cold and things are starting to thaw. The creek that runs through our property is starting to move. Last year we had a dramatic rise of water, but this year it is behaving itself and staying more or less within its banks.

Rough Approved: Little Stickers of Happiness

Finally! The rough inspections for everything have been completed. The engineering fixes were installed and the large amount of rough electrical work got finished. What a relief. We now have a bit of an over-engineered beam in the basement but compared with what was in place, I’ll take a living room that I can park…

Beams, Brackets and Hurdles: Send in the Engineers

Some very large and stressful issues came up in regards to the supporting structure of our house. While we know that our house is proving to be a challenge for our builder and the subcontractors, the most recent issues had nothing really to do with the fact that our house is shaped differently. We caught…

Wonky Weather: A Merry December

After the big relief of having the roof completed, we had a few weeks of rest on site as some background things were happening. My husband got started on the electrical in his spare time but other than that little happened of note. The weather in November was blistering cold all month. When December started…

Let It Snow?: A roof over our heads

All signs have been pointing to the first snow coming tomorrow. Yesterday as the temperature began its plummet to wintry climes, the first half of the house was completed! It is an enclosed space and protected from the weather. Siding and brick are still to come, but at long last we can take comfort in…