Archive | April 2018

House day 40-49

Current status;  As of yesterday we have framing and floor and the start to plumbing and hvac

Next; Plumbing for sure because they somehow have to connect all our bathrooms to water etc and they are not all neatly stacked so they get first dibs on the between floor real estate.  In an epic battle for limited space, the HVAC is sneaking around between the floors and walls too.  Electric goes ‘last’ because wires are skinny and they can snake around the other systems.

Status; 500 of 1000 We really might be half way there!  The big things are well in hand but I know the devil is in the details.

 

Last week was a personal black hole where I poured effort in and got not much out.  That never makes me feel good so I try and huddle up and don’t do things like blog.  Fortunately, the builders seem happy and they are chugging right along.  Before I get to the pictures – funny story time!

…. During showings, I like to go visit the new house.  Saturday I had the kids and we drove over there and we saw 2 cars, one parked on the street and the other pulled up to the garage.  I warned the kids that maybe someone was working and we get in there and given that there is no sheetrock it was pretty easy to spot the young couple and walrus of a man.  None of them looked like inspectors or electricians…  There is no containing 3 kids so they swarm away to see what was new since last time (a lot for them, it had been a week) and I go over and say “Hi! are you here for the builders?” and they say “No, this home is listed on the MLS, we are looking at it”.  I glance at the paper in their hand that if they READ it carefully said that the listing was for a ‘build to suit’ and even if they couldn’t read, the only resemblance to the house they were standing in and the house in the picture was that it has walls, door, windows and a roof (basically nothing else was the same), so, I told them (cheerfully) “oh, you probably are one lot off, that listing is for the other open lot next door and I pointed at the very prominant ‘for sale’ sign on the cornfield to our left.  The walrus insisted “Well it is listed…” but he trailed off in the face of actual reality.  The women, who was super cute in a hipster sort of way remarked that “I really liked it, great land and I love all the bedrooms upstairs; when it is finished it would be totally worth the price!”  Given that we had the same ‘build to suit’ listing in hand 6 months ago I knew the answer to this question but I asked anyway “so, how much is it listed for?” Walrus replied “$xxx” and that is a perfectly good price for the house shown in the picture that is HALF the size of the one we are building so I burst her bubble and said “oh sorry, this house is $xyz x2, and, we are already buying it – the lot next door though is pretty nice and our builders are great….”  As dim understanding crossed her eyes that no, you can’t get that much house for that much money in this area she gave a smile and a wan goodbye and left with her crushed dreams trailing behind.  Husband was silent and Walrus just huffed a little and they wandered off out the house.  Maybe they looked at the field next door?  Maybe not.

During all that, the girls have found their favorite feature of house building – the giant pile of dirt in the yard.  They love it, they dig, they climb, they have adventurous stories and I easily spent the hour poking around the new developments and taking pictures for future reference of where studs are and where vents are etc.

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upstairs venting

 

I also had to take a picture of this – I’m not sure if I should be scared that there are so many little ‘corrections’ noted around the house, or, impressed that someone is checking all these things out and highlighting them.  I’m going to go with impressed (and amused, there is a certain dry humor in some of the notes…)

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As promised, here is the framing – it is semi hard to explain much because it is mostly a sea of 2x4s in a picture but here is one (I won’t bore you with them all)

 

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standing in the garage entry to the house – just in front of me is the mud room, to the left is Lars office, other side of the ‘red’ wall is the kitchen, (unseen) to the right is my office and a 1/2 bath. 

 

And finally, a different view of the house, this is from the back yard.  That long blank wall is going to need ‘something’ Any suggestions?  The yard is also very very NOT private – funny, when it was full of corn taller than I was we didn’t notice – so also looking for privacy suggestions for between the house and the road (behind me).

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Flooooor

The day of flooooooor is here!!!!

House day 39

We have captive red snakes!

And an electric panel

And more friends visiting

I’m promised floor soon.

We had a lovely evening out for dinner with friends and a decent plan for the weekend. Cheers!

House day 37 and blizzard spring

Current status; We have a roof that is nearly all done, we have (I’ve been told) something called “foam and grade” going on.  We also have evidence of plumbing in the places plumbing is expected and also some odd holes.

Next; I don’t have to guess because we got something appearing to be like a schedule with dates and actions and next up really really is the floor on or around 4/23.  Between now and then is more floor prep and laying the in-floor heat.

Status; 300 of 1000 <- I gave a big bump because now I have a list of what will be done

 

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tiny bit of roof left but I took this around 2 today so I’m sure that guy on the roof finished up by now.

Holes… to hide things inside?

 

All the plumbing parts!  I can id a few, some have name tags, some are mysterious but I’m sure there is a plan.

 

All this was done in and around and despite a massive blizzard.  We got 18 inches of snow over 2 days in a crazy storm.  I’m not sure if it was ‘fortunately’ but we left town on Friday and driving back on Saturday night it was not a pleasant drive but we actually missed all the really bad snow.  Reports of the storm before we got to MN were whiteout conditions but by the time we got there around 9pm it was not snowing at all.  We actually got lucky with that because it was merely a pause and by the next day we were in blizzard part 2 and the driving was 10x worse from where we were.  People thought we were crazy not spending the night but we got lucky.

 

The snow was so bad we had a snow day for school on Monday.  I had a series of meetings in our state government to try and get better/rational school funding and these meetings don’t come together easily so I was NOT going to miss it.  Therefore, kids got to go too.  They got tons of positive comments about being good so it worked out and I hope we were heard.

 

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politicians love kids 🙂

 

For anyone counting, this is the 8th Monday they have had off since Jan 1…

My life otherwise centers around cleaning my house and then sitting quietly until I need to leave because there is a showing.  I have possibly never cleaned it so much, I am getting pretty efficient at it, and, I’ve finished 3 books over the past 2 weeks.  When people ask me if the house sold yet it feels a lot like when people would ask if we were pregnant yet – both situations where I’ve done all I can and I’m not really able to affect the results much more, and, saying ‘no’ somehow feels like a personal failure.  Today is the 2 week mark and I’m as sick of it as anyone but sometime soon the right person will make the right decision.  Telling me about how your aunt’s cousin sold her house the day it was listed is a lot like telling someone in the throws of infertility about how someone got pregnant by walking past their husband.  Sure, tell me those things when I’m under contract, we can swap war stories, but right now I’m not in a place to hear that.  Same goes for horror stories like when a house took 6 months to sell or how buyers fall through at the last second…  Trust me, I won’t keep it a secret, when we have an offer worth talking about I will tell everyone!

So that is pretty much it.  I am in a limbo that includes a lot of dusting and vacuuming on this house and watching and picking things on the new house.  I feel like a broken record over here.

Any positive thoughts you can spare for this process are appreciated!  I would love to just move on to the next phase where I can *just* worry about moving and building and summer and not SELLING.

House day 33

Current status; We have most of a roof, and, some very warm heaters melting the inside snow and ices.

Next; still waiting on plumbing pipes, temp doors, and soon as it defrosts; floor!

Status; 21 of 1000

We also got to share our house with a friend who has been watching (and advising) since planning.

We are headed out to an event for the weekend and maybe we come home to an offer or two. Interest is good, constantly being house perfect takes effort but we have the system now. Lots of showings so fingers crossed!

3 Quotes – day 3

3 and done, just like my kids.  See my Monday post for more background, and, here is my final installment (although I might make a quote a weekly thing, sooo many good ones out there)

Rules; Thank the person who challenged you, post a quote, tag 3 others, for 3 days in a row.

Thank you, Fancy Paper – you are right, these are fun to post

Quote;

I didn’t come this far to only go this far

 

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this isn’t me, but I guess it could be.  I hope she finished the race!

 

I found this quote last year and have found dozens of uses for it over time but today I tried to find if it had an original author.  I’m going to say the origin is unclear but it has been said by plenty of big names including Tom Brady (a pro football star) and Mick Kremlen (fitness guru) but I can’t imagine that they were the originals.  Either way, it is a great ‘stick with it’ phrase.

The funny thing about quotes as I have noticed over time is that sometimes the opposite is equally true.  The one I often use is “don’t throw good money after bad” meaning that just because you invested so far if it is not worth doing; just stop.  Also, a good one, and a favorite of my mom “the first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging” . It depends on the situation whether you need to just finish the thing, or, recognize that it is time to stop.  Personally, I tend to hold onto certain things like friends and hobbies for ages, I place real value in the persistence of a long-term relationship, or, experience gained over a long-term hobby.  One can come and go but never quits.  This is probably why I’m still acquainted with friends from elementary school, and, I’m still blogging way way after the peek of popularity.

Tagging – Please please, if you are reading this and you want to do it, consider yourself tagged.  I know the ‘left out’ feeling of not being picked and seriously, I’m giving thought to my picks but also consider my brain addled by lack of sleep and focus in 55 other directions at all times.  If you do it, put a link in the comments and I will be overjoyed to read your quotes.  Seriously, I actually subscribe to a quote a day blog, I like them.

Miss Zoot – This is one of the first blogs I started reading ever, we are often on the same page about what is going on in our lives and I always enjoy reading her.  I tag her now not with any real hope she will do this because she tends not to, but, because I recommend reading her thoughts.

Unbound Roots – In contrast, this is a blog I just started reading because it was tagged in a Fancy Paper post and found that she is from 2 towns away.  Her style is fun and well written and she even edits her work (unlike me.  I edit for work, here I write fast and between projects)

Amanda’s Plate – a cooking blog I found while researching how to make a Muslim girl my daughter is friends with comfortable in our home a year ago.  While Amanda is Muslim, she mostly just talks about great looking food.  Again, finding another person who is more the same than different is one of the great things about the internet.

 

This concludes my 3 quote posts for this challenge.  I look forward to reading other people entries if they feel so inclined.  I also am looking forward to getting my life back and with that, more time for things I enjoy like blogging.