I think it is catching up with me but I don’t actually have the option to stop or I create different problems.
To focus on what we HAVE accomplished is a more positive outlook but a shorter list. Too often over the past month (of moving) or week (of actually being in the house), something I thought would be an easy thing to get done turns into a massive game of this then that and then another thing and possibly finally, after a trip to the store, something gets done.
I had to step back and choose a thing to see through to the end because all the half way was killing me. The biggest thing on the list was to empty storage and so I gave the kids free reign of the TV and did many many trips in my intrepid minivan. Apparently August is the month of rental because I could not find a trailer or a big truck anywhere BUT an awesome friend loaned us her trailer and an even more awesome friend helped do the final push with the big things I could not do solo. Between Tuesday and Friday this
the scale is hard to see but if you look in the top picture, that odd blue floral pattern thing is a queen size mattress and box spring that are extending long way into the unit and they are about 1/4 of the way from the front. Anyway! glad all that is now in my garage ready to be sorted through.
I wish I had more pretty pictures to share but it was a fast-moving team effort to empty the onsite storage so things got crazy fast. I can happily post that we have all beds now up and assembled – Niamh’s was in the waaaay back of storage – and I’ve done laundry and many meals have been cooked and cleaned up, we are living here now, even if we don’t know where 1/4 of what we need for any given task is.
On other life-related things, I’m just overwhelmed and over sensitive. There are people that have been excellent and they should totally overshadow the people who have basically turned their back on us but it still hurts.
I have tons to do today so I must get to them. Focus on what I can affect, keep positive, and ignore the urge to bunker.
ps. Lars set up the internet and my computer so I’m at a real keyboard again!
pps. despite the pictures, Lars is not always in the kitchen
Current status; we have both insulation and sheetrock and I assume all the things that should be between the walls are now all there. Cabinets are decided and are in construction at the shop.
Next; (me) buy 27 light fixtures (not a joke) (them) tape the sheetrock and start the trim.
Status; 700 of 1000 – still no toilets but sheetrock really makes it look like you could live there
Last week I went over and took a picture of every. single. wall. in the entire house so I would know what was where for future me. I was doing this as the insulation team was tucking the house in. Today I went to check in again and it is 99% sheetrocked, they were doing the garage when I got there. At this point, a lot of the really BIG things are done and I understand the timeline rational for the flooring and siding etc. The next 3 months will, I’m sure, have chunks of time where it seems like nothing is happening until all of a sudden a new thing is done.
We also did the firming up of dates thing and we are going to move in AFTER our family vacation in August. This actually gives the team an extra 10 days to get every little thing done so hopefully no surprises at the end. I need to get going on procuring light fixtures – a daunting and fun task all at the same time. I like to pick out the ‘perfect’ one but when you need 27 I don’t actually have time for that… The few that I’m least excited about that go in the pantry or halls are oddly some of the more necessary because without them those rooms have zero light. The cool fun ones that go in the kitchen and front hall and dining rooms are technically not needed immediately because all those rooms also have built-in ceiling ‘can’ lighting (all LED). I’m rolling the dice and using the Wish site where they have some serious bargains because if I hate it, I won’t feel bad replacing something that was $15.
The must decide list is still actually pretty long but I’m insisting on a mid-project budget review to see how we are doing. If we have extra we can upgrade a few things, if we are in the hole we can make a different choice on some things. I have my fingers crossed that the budget will cover all wood stairs… I’m on a personal strike that until I see some numbers, I’m not choosing one more thing. This is a personal game of chicken with the builders but I dropped in on them today and they promised they were doing our budget and would get back to me asap.
That is the update on the house, so far so good. Pretty soon I should start a count down to move in because things are looking real over there now.
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.
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…)
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)
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).
Status; We seriously now have a second floor, with stairs and everything
Next step; Roof! I’m fairly sure on this since they graded the mud pit so the crane can come in to lift the roof bits.
Current level of competition; 25 of 1000
** This post is about the PAST ** Day 21 was last week Thursday but the days after were super full so I didn’t get pictures up. We also went to the house on day 22 and it was more of the same and over the weekend I doubt they did much but I’m sure today they will be at it again.
Excited to see the outline of the rooms upstairs
and to go up our stairs (less excited to go down them).
We realized the kid bathroom has no windows… oh well. Still no floor but I’m not doubting their method. I’m sure someday we will have floor. I do like seeing how the walls go up and the construction method, I had no idea there was so much space between one floor and the next. I only get a snapshot and I have to draw my own conclusions but so far so good.
Today I need to keep focused on the current house and getting it ready but after we ‘go live’ and certainly after we get an offer I can visit more.
Status; going up fast! has a foundation and some framing
Next; More framing
Days; under 2 weeks from the first speck of dirt moved
This is actually old news already, on Tuesday the kids and I went by the house and were super excited to see first a delivery of wood;
And a very necessary tempory site improvement….
The HOUSE (not garage) now has all the vertical parts.
Wider view, you can see what will be windows and also the rocks are our future driveway (I think it will get more paved)
This was supposed to go up yesterday but we made the decision to get the house back on the market ASAP so I spent the day really getting vacation put away and knocking off tasks on the pre-sale list. When the kids got home we had a batch of boxes for storage so we decided to swing by the house again and they had made so much progress in JUST ONE DAY! I suppose having an on site potty means productive workers.
Driving up we have a view before we even get there (note to self, we do not have a private back yard…) and you can’t miss the work done in just one day.
There are wall like things around the main house, the garage is framed.
Our future windows are giant, using a child for scale.
Up there is the start of the second story and if you look closely you can see my last minute piano window addition. We had a meeting Tuesday morning to talk windows and future details and I asked if we could have it and in under 24 hours it exists!
This last one is a view of the future office. I had one where Lars was pretending to sit at a desk but without a desk it just looked…. um… wrong. So imagine a wall about where that angled wood support is, Lars gets his own door and window.
Thats the tour so far, pretty cool to go every day and see progress. I know soon the big steps will be hard to see and/or take pictures of so until then we are living it up.
Hope you all don’t mind joining the process. Other things are actually happening, maybe I’ll end up writing more? On the other hand, my real computer is failing to start so I’m working outside of my native habitat. We have a hope a friend can resuscitate it this weekend, or at worst salvage my hard drive, so cross fingers with me. I’ve got enough change going on, I can’t have this too.
Status; hole in ground with foundation outline and insulation.
Next step; fill, arrange plumbing and in floor heat and pour slab
Current level of competition; 5 of 1000
Here they are looking at our dining room/guest room area, that central rectangle is the stairs. Other side of the stairs is the kitchen and living room
Here is our future front porch. We asked, it gets filled and there is no trapdoor option available.
Exciting stuff even if there are still tons of details to figure out.