It took 88 days from foundation pour to move in. We moved in three weeks ago (on Valentine’s weekend) and are slowly unpacking. I wanted to keep up on the blog through the final couple of weeks and to document the moving in, but obviously that didn’t happen. These pictures aren’t great – this was a quick attempt to get something up, so please excuse some of the poor picture quality. I will try to work backward someday, but for now – a look at the finished house.
Garage (I forgot to get a pic of Hubby’s shop, but it’s full of stuff being moved in still).
You walk in from the garage to the laundry room/mud room. This has worked great for kids washing their hands and taking off muddy clothes before coming in the house.
Our walk in closest.
The dining room and kitchen (shot from the living room).
The living room.
Another shot of the living room.
My favorite room – the homeschool room (AKA master bedroom, but we chose to turn it into a 2nd living space).
Deck that satisfied county code. It work pretty well as a outdoor play pen for toddlers and a lunch spot for the kiddos. All in all, it’s turned out far more useful then we ever expected.
We had a couple weeks sans internet (Frontier hates us – I’m certain). And the last week we’ve been painting ALL THE TIME. Therefore, here’s a photo dump to catch up.
The windows have been installed and siding has been applied.
The garage floor has been poured and the garage door has been installed.
Most exciting, we have the 2nd phase of our schedule and it shows a completion date of February 13th! Like any due date this one isn’t set in stone, yet we are still counting down the days. It probably doesn’t need to be said, but we can’t wait!
The roof is complete!! And actually, a lot else has happened, but we’ve been without internet for 5 days – and it had nothing to do with living in the country!
For me, the most exciting part of the build is the framing. One morning there is nothing but a floor and the next thing you know – there’s a house, or at least the skeleton of one!
First thing in the morning the framers showed up.
By 11:30 – this was done.
Five minutes later – this was done.
We walked out to the road to take a look at the “front” of our house. From the road you are actually looking at the back. We’ve oriented the house so the bedrooms are all on the north side and all of our living spaces are on the south side.
This is the “back” of the house. This was all done by 1:30.
And this… is my framed in PANTRY (and some little goofballs)!
The end of October and beginning of November here were wet, wet, wet!! It slowed our dig out slightly, but not significantly. Our smaller seasonal creek was flowing and knee deep in some places.
Then we had wind. We had two pretty strong wind storms (for us). The first knocked down trees with power lines on the roads around us (we weren’t able to pick up our laundry at our neighbor’s). The second did this….
That’s our driveway. There had been a work truck parked right where the tree fell moments before. The same wind storm knocked down a couple other trees on the other side of the property.
This was the largest tree that was knocked down – the roots were about 5 feet wide.
This limb went through our well house roof.
Then we had freezing temperatures. Our heater in the trailer can’t quite keep up the temperature when it’s colder and our pipes almost froze.
For the first time since living in Oregon I am wishing for our rainy, grey, mild weather to return to stay until spring!
First, the new septic tank had to go in…
…then 2 days later the dig out began!
The first scoop.
By the end of the day it was starting to take shape.
The rain slowed work down, but 2 days later we had our driveway.
And our finished dig out!
The kids have loved every minute of the process and living on property.
Look closely at Titus’ “hat”.