Posts Tagged ‘housebuilding’

There are a lot of last minute things going on at the FF, getting ready for the inspection to get the Certificate of Occupancy. Nothing too exciting, but lots of stuff.

We spent the weekend painting primer on the entire inside of the house. We wanted to go ahead and paint, even though it isn’t required for the CO, because we are putting cedar on one wall in the kitchen and it has to be done before the inspection…we want to have the painting done before putting that up. The specks in this photo are paint specks floating around the room. He did eventually put on a mask. He didn’t like it, but he did it.

We also got the clear coat put on the outside as required prior to inspection. My brother came and helped with that. He’s terrified of heights, so we were extra appreciative.


Being terrified didn’t deter him from talking on his cell while he was up there though.  Goofball.


We ended up hiring stone guy and crew to come back out and finish up the stone. It would probably be Spring before we could get it done, and while it doesn’t have to be done for the CO to be issued, it has to be done before the loan closing. We’re really hoping the catch a good interest rate in the next weeks, so we wanted to go ahead and get it done. It looks absolutely awesome. I’ll have photos this weekend.

We also have the stair railing installed inside the living room going to the basement. It’s really nice, the guy has been installing it for 2 days now :-). He’s very particular. Pictures to come.

It was finally dry enough to do a little leveling of the slope.  Number 1 son came out and helped with that.


So, just a few outstanding things before the CO can be issued. When that’s done, we’ll put down the flooring, then move in and finish up things like trim, etc.

We pass these guys on the way to the house from town, and Saturday I stopped and took a few shots. Aren’t they cute?? They are very inquisitive, stopping to check me out while I photographed them.




All-in-all it was a good weekend.  We cooked hotdogs over the fire in the backyard on Sunday, watched deer walk across the back 40, and listened to the owls after dark.  We can’t wait to get there.

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After all the stress of this experience, there’s no way anyone will budge me from the giant wooden house as long as I’m still breathing.

People ask us every day – “How’s the house going?”. Until this week, the answer has been “Great!”  Not so much now. I think I see now why so many people that I talk to who have built say that they’ll never do it again.

I was so excited last week that things were finally going to start going into the house. We spent Sunday afternoon buying all the tile and supplies, with tile guy and company in tow. We had everything loaded on their trailer so they could begin tiling the 2 bathrooms and laundry room first thing Monday morning. We went to the house Monday afternoon, and some concrete board stuff had been laid on the floors (some of them). Went back Tuesday evening, nothing had been done. We called Daniel-the-Builder to ask what was going on. He didn’t know. After a bit (I’m sure after D-t-B called him) tile guy called us and said they had spent the day sanding our sub-floors. No, not the sub-floors in the rooms they were to tile. IN THE REST OF THE HOUSE! HUH??????????   Then he asked Mike when the trim is going to be there to be installed around the windows and doors…HUH??????????

We had to have a discussion with D-t-B and tell him that we don’t know why tile guy took it upon himself to do something we didn’t hire him to do, but that we aren’t paying for anything other than what he was hired for, and as far as the trim…BACK OFF! He’s not doing the trim! ARGGGG!!

Now on to cabinet guy. We met with cabinet guy 2 weeks ago at the house with D-t-B.  We provided computer generated drawings of each cabinet that we wanted.  He took the drawings, called back with a cost for the cabinets and countertops in a couple of days, and we told him to go ahead and order.  He called yesterday and said he’s ready to start installing today.  Now…back to the first meeting…and this is important…when we looked at the sink cabinet we said “the sink is an apron sink”.  Cabinet guy said “an apron sink, what’s that?”  Yep, that’s what he said. To which D-t-B replied, “Yeah, you know…and went on to describe it to him.  Then he said to him “you need to go to the store where they are keeping it for them and look at it, make sure you know what you need for it”.  Cabinet guy says “OK”.  Today we met cabinet guy and D-t-B at the house to tell him where the island will be placed.  I said – “Oh, come look at the apron sink, because it looks to me like that cabinet you have for it is wrong…there’s a front in it for one thing.”  Cabinet guy looks at the sink and says…”Huh? I’ve never seen one of those.”

I won’t go through all the gory details of the next hour, where at one point cabinet guy told me one of my options was to get a different sink.  What???? I picked that sink out and built this giant wooden house around it dude, no way!!!!!  He says there’s no apron sink cabinet in this series, and if we have one custom done it’s not going to match our others that have a glazed finish…blah, blah, blah.  At least once during the conversation D-t-B told him he should have gone to look at the sink like he suggested, so figure it out.  They finally decided to build reinforcement in the existing cabinet and cut the front out and assured me it will look great.  We’ll see.

So, tonight we drove up to see how much progress they made today.

1) Tile guys had piled concrete backer board stuff into our bath tub in the second bath.  One scratch is all it will take.  If there’s one scratch, someone else buys a new tub and has it installed, and it’s not us.  Unreal.

2) Cabinet guys.  The double oven cabinet (reg oven below and micro/convection oven above) is not that at all.  It’s just a one oven cabinet.

We have a call into D-t-B.

We’re stressed.  I’m in an eating frenzy.  Mike and I managed to get through today without getting mad at each other, which is better than yesterday, but we’re ready to fire tile guy and company and not so sure about cabinet guy and company.  Maybe we’ll calm down when we talk to D-t-B.  IF he calls soon.


We’ll be painting.  We just want everyone out of our house as soon as possible, and we’ll finish up.  As soon as the tile and cabinets are done, we’re finished with contractors with the exception of the electricians, plumbers and heating/cooling guy coming back to hook everything up.

So, a long, ‘uninteresting to anyone but us’ post, but I actually feel better.

Now, to go find food…

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I think we’re still in turkey stupor here. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, and I think we were all more stuffed than the turkey was.

Biggest Turkey of All

Biggest Turkey of All


We had food everywhere, all vacant spaces in addition to the kitchen table.  It was pretty much the same with people, they were tucked in all the nooks and crannies.



Everyone left our house around 3:00.  Mike and I, along with my brother and his girlfriend headed to my step-dad’s house and had dinner.

On Friday we went to the house and installed the front porch ceiling.  We came up about 14 boards short, but will get those up this week.  Daniel-the-Builder came out and spent the day with us helping out.  I’m thinking a day in the country and fresh air was more enticing than helping his wife get ready for their big Saturday family get-together :-).


Things are heating up with the house.  The tile guys are doing the bathrooms and laundry room this week.  We are also getting an estimate for the interior painting.  We planned to do this ourselves, but suddenly there is a lot that has to be done, and there’s not enough of us to go around.

The cabinet guy is putting cabinets in Thursday, and will get the granite in next Thursday. 

Meanwhile I have a bit of shopping to do for little things (hopefully all the big things are bought).

We sure do have some giant walls!



Figuring out what to do with all that space is a challenge for another day.

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We had another busy weekend at the new house. The sheetrock is up, and needs only about one more round on mudding and sanding.



It’s pretty crazy to see walls after all this time. It’s a little easier to start seeing rooms now, what they’ll maybe look like when we’re finished.

We worked on the back porch ceiling this weekend. We put up pine tongue and groove. It took us awhile on Saturday to figure out how we really wanted to do it. 


We finally decided to run it vertically.  I measured and cut, and Mike put it up.  He made a little work table for me so I had a place for everything I needed so it was very efficient.  He’s very good to me :-).

My worktable

My worktable



On Sunday we finished up.  Pretty good looking if I say so myself. 

Back porch ceiling

Back porch ceiling

As usual we had a great time.  My step-dad stopped by to tell us it was too cold to be out and we should rest sometimes.  He does this most weekends :-). 
We got home and I bathed the two beasts while Mike gave their crates a good scrubbing.  Everyone is all sweet and clean now.  Well, one is clean (weird little thing, he chews on his towel after his bath until he gets into some trancelike state.  He’s 8 years old, always done it).
Bad dog
Bad dog
And the other is sweet and clean 🙂
Good dog

Good dog


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Things on the house-building front have slowed down the past few weeks. Our builder had to finally fire the framing crew because they only came about 2 days in the last 2 weeks to work. We have unfinished front and back steps. But when they are finished by the next crew, they’ll be very nice.

The electrician comes tomorrow to do his thing, and the roofer will be here next Monday.  We do have a stoned chimney-top.  That had to be done before the roofing.

We have a long weekend coming up, and will probably take Friday off to make it a 4 day weekend, so hopefully we’ll get a lot of the stone put up.  We’re also going to put the sealer on the cedar siding, so that should be exciting considering how high the house is on each end.  The landscape designer should have some sketches for us to review, that’s exciting. So, lots of little things.  We can’t wait for the roof so we’ll be dried in and can start on the inside.

We did have a little visitor this weekend.  Daniel-the-Builder brought his little one up to the site, and seeing as how he’s obsessed with tractors, he really enjoyed ‘pretend-driving’ ours.

Other stuff going on in our lives…hmmmmmm…nothing.  Just eat, sleep, try to get a little work done each day, and head to the house.

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Look at our big giant house!  It’s incredible to me that it went from a basement on Sunday to this today.

House Front

House Front

House Side

House Side

It really isn’t a giant house.  It’s actually a fairly small one story house, it just looks huge sitting on top of the basement out in the middle of 5.6 acres of nothing but trees and grass.  We went out this evening and went inside.  It still seems unreal to me.  The rooms are framed in, so we were able to walk from room to room, seeing it start to come to life.   I think I had this deep down fear that it would be nothing like we envisioned, so I was very relieved to see that it is exactly as we have imagined it would be.  
I have to say, I was shocked that so much has been done over the past week.  I actually felt a little panicked…like I should go home and start packing dishes or something.  But, D-t-B says it will slow down somewhat once the framing is done.  Still, I think we’re going to have to ramp up the shopping, we still have a lot of decisions to make.
We are going to be doing a lot of the inside work ourselves, such as laying hardwood, tiling, painting, etc.  One of the bigger jobs we are going to tackle is putting the stone around the bottom of the house on the outside.   With that, and building a shed for our tractor and other equipment, and putting a fence around the entire property, I expect us to be pretty busy from here on out.

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Moving Right Along

The crews working on our house are amazing…they started excavating on July 19 and finished the basement yesterday, complete with built-in storm shelter.  And we have a slab!

 Basement Slab

Basement Slab

We’re a little crazy I guess, but we drove up tonight to see our lumber :-).  Yes, it was practically dark, but we didn’t care, we needed to see it.  It was delivered today, and D-t-B says a subfloor inspection will happen tomorrow.  Sounds crazy, but at the rate these folks have been moving I don’t doubt it.  I think I’d better start shopping :-/





sub flooring material

sub flooring material

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With the building of our new home and moving to the country, Mike and I are excited about beginning a new phase of our lives.  We’ve been very blessed with wonderful family, friends, and health.  Our past has been full of exciting and eventful things …from sailing an America’s Cup sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean to watching the sunrise from the 10,000 foot summit of a volcano in Maui, then cycling 3 hours down to the base. 


As we look ahead, we are looking forward to slowing down a bit and living simply. No, that doesn’t mean less traveling, we love that too much!  We already have our next cruise planned next year with our friends Tim and Chrissa, we can’t give that up. 🙂 But, we are committing to pay more attention to the choices we make, and their consequences. Choices as simple as reducing waste, supporting local farmers, or growing our own food. Simple things.


Speaking of food, we paid a visit to a local orchard today, and bought these beautiful peaches. I’m thinking about freezing them…if anyone has ever tried that, I’d love to hear about it. It’ll be a first for me.

And, a stop at the local Farmer’s Market gave me something to do tonight. Because I’m not tired :-).  OK, I’m really tired after a long day, but it’ll be worth it for fresh peas.

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