It has been two months since I posted about our house project, and a lot has happened in these two months! A lot still needs to happen… but we’ve really made progress! Now, there is a new construction not too far from us that they started about two months ago and they are much farther along… like doors, windows, siding… but if you read the initial post, our project is a bit different. My father who has built a number of houses in the last 40-something years is at the helm of this project and we don’t have a huge crew. My dad has a wonderful “helper” (to use the lamest term ever) and when we got back from Europe a little less than two weeks ago, Ben became his right hand man as well! Pretty much everything not having to do with wood (steel, concrete, drywall), we’ve subcontracted, but all the framing, detail work, etc. etc. is my dad and his helpers (seriously I need to find a new term, it’s very Santa’s Workshop). All that’s to say, moving into the wood part of things has been so exciting. I’ve spent a lot of time up at the house in the last two weeks making decisions about windows, closet placement, bathroom design… it’s not as fun (or stressful) as picking actual colors and finishes, but it’s so fun to “play house”. And it’s with our house. It still hasn’t completely hit me that this is happening. If I am being 100% honest, it is still hard to wait, but it’s so wonderful to see such progress! So without further ado…
They brought in the steel beam to fit across the basement and then the subfloor could go in.
The wooden I-beams were set in place and quickly became a floor!
This sub flooring is all I saw before I left for Sweden a month ago. When I got home, almost all of the exterior walls were put up!
And here is where we are as of today! It’s starting to really look like a house!
This is where the garage will be built once the concrete comes in next week. Beneath our garage (because it’s a one story with a full walk out on the back side) there will be a storage unit which I am really excited about. I feel like this means there is no excuse for our garage to become a storage area! ;)
We purchased plans that fit within our budget, but there are minor changes that my dad can make which is exciting. He is really building us a custom home with strong guidelines set by the nice people that designed these plans. ;) So, my dad asked me one day what kind of window I wanted in the kitchen (really more talking about casements and such) but I said “well, I would really like a window seat”. And so he built not one, but two. One in the kitchen and one in our bedroom! I love it! There was another day that the guys had already built a door opening to the office and I asked about fitting french doors in. It was really just a question- but my dad deconstructed that part of the wall and re-worked the opening to fit a small french door. It was a pretty minor fix- but I was still so thankful and was reminded that this is a unique experience– getting to pick and change almost every little thing along the way!
Our kitchen. :)
I love natural light (what can I say? I am a natural light photographer!) so I told my dad I wanted as much light as possible in this house- make it out of glass! We picked plans that offered a lot of windows already, but my dad took me literally and has added some extra light. Oh man… I am excited. :)
The roof trusses will come next, so my next update will include even more house-like features! ;) We are so blessed to be doing this. And I am so completely humbled by the fact that my dad is building this house… with the help of my husband! Ben is literally building our house. Amazing. His dedication to the physical labor of the project will of course change in August when he goes back to teach, but I am so utterly impressed with him! So thankful.