Even though it's only been 2 months since my last home building update, there has been SO much activity on our little patch of the world! There wasn't even anything built the last time I updated…now, we have a house. It doesn't have a lot of the bells and whistles that will be added in the next couple of months, and it's not quite livable yet, but there is a house there (and I might or might not beg Noah to just go on and move in every time we visit it).
Let's start back where we left off in the last post. At the end of that one, we were at day 200, and the foundation had just been poured.
Day 208: Things started moving SO quickly at this point! Once the foundation was poured, they were really able to get going. We were lucky to have great weather this spring too, which made the framing process go much quicker. This is the first day we saw the first floor!
This is also the first time we got a fireplace picture with Emmie…I have a whole collection of these now. She insists on taking one every time we go to the house!
Day 210: Two days later, framing was almost finished on the second floor. We were actually able to watch them frame the top part of the roof while we were there!
Day 215: On Easter Sunday, we stopped by and found that basically all of the framing for the house had been done. This is standing in the kitchen, looking into the living room…I have waited a LONG time to see this view!
They also added the wrap on the outside and plywood to the roof (not enough to keep the rain out though – it poured while we were there and we got soaked). This is the first time it actually looked like a real house!
Day 217: Roofing started! All of the shingles were delivered and the first layer was already on the roof.
I love this picture of the three of them standing in Emmie's room!
This was also the night we added our bible verses throughout the house. These are the final ones we decided on. I had a whole list of them that I jotted down as I came across them…I've got a copy of that list below, in case you're doing the same thing!
New House Bible Verses
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Playroom – Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Emmie’s room –
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4
Proverbs 31:25 – She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
Proverbs 3:15 – She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Psalm 46:5 – God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Jackson’s Room –
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11
Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1
Master Bed – I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4
Kitchen – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Day 219: I met with our designer to make some of the bigger decisions on colors, flooring, etc. We couldn't make a couple of flooring/tile decisions that day, but we did set up a time to meet at our flooring supplier to choose those about a week from this meeting.
My colors changed a little bit this day. This is our updated scheme:
I don't *think* anything else is going to change in the paint department from this point on…we shall see!
Day 225: We stopped by during the week to find that doors and windows (except for the front door and a couple of random windows) had been installed! Two of those not installed were bigger openings that were kept open to bring larger items, like sheet rock and tub surrounds, into the house.
Day 227: In this phase of building, a lot of the “guts” of the house were completed…not the most fun or glamorous part, but still as important to the whole process. In this visit, we found that a lot of the plumbing and HVAC work had been finished. Electrical would continue for a week or two.
An outside view of the house on Day 227…you can see the installed windows in this shot. Also notice how huge our foundation is on the right side…that's Noah in the bottom right corner. We will be filling in some of that gap soon, but it hasn't happened as of this publish date.
Day 232: The designer and I had a meeting with the flooring people. We finalized tile and flooring this day. I love the tile we chose…it's perfect for our space! This will be in the upstairs bathrooms and in our master shower (with the accent tile in the master shower).
We also finalized carpet that day…it will be the one that's in the top right of the panels (I honestly can't remember the name…I'll find out and update this post when I do). This will go in the bedrooms and playroom upstairs.
And I've mentioned our downstairs flooring before, but we stuck with the Majestic Oak LVP for the downstairs floors.
Day 234: Brick and bricking supplies were delivered! I'll be honest…that brick color scared me at first. I could read the pallet labels and see that it was the one I chose, but it looked completely different without mortar. I'm so pleased with it now that it's on the house! (The brick color is Flashed Allentown with a Type N mortar, FYI.)
Day 250: Sheet rock had been delivered! Each room had a huge pile in the center. We also had scaffolding in the front yard for brick work to start this day…it was super close to starting!
Day 255: Brick work started! At this point, almost the whole far side of the house (to the left in this picture) and half of the back of the house had been completed. (See how different the brick looks on the palette vs. on the house? It's crazy!)
Day 268: Brick work continues. The far side and back of the house were finished, and the garage side/front were about halfway done at this point.
Back of the house (that top part will have siding).
We also got to see the front door installed for the first time this day! It will be stained closer to completion.
Day 273: These pictures were taken after a work day and the windows were covered, so they're pretty dark…but this is the day they put in our insulation. The downstairs was completed this day and the upstairs the next.
Our bedroom after insulation was installed.
Day 275: An updated view of the outside bricking…this is where it is as of this publish date.
We also got to see the upstairs insulation this day!
Day 280: This is probably my favorite update of this post…we got drywall!
This is when it really started feeling like a house. We couldn't see through the walls anymore…which was a good thing! 😉
The workers had installed a lot of the bigger, no-cut-needed pieces when we checked in this night.
Day 282: When we visited 2 days later, most of the rest of the drywall was installed!
Most of the drywall was installed on the second floor. This is standing in the playroom…Emmie is looking down the stairs.
Day 287: Mudding day! All of the drywall was up and the drywall mudding/taping process began.
As of today, we're at day 293. It feels like we're so close, but so far away right now. Our builder has already warned us that things are going to slow down a good bit at this point…from here, they will complete the drywall and get the first coats of paint up, then flooring, cabinets, doorways, and other little finishes will start. These are things that don't make as big of a change as framing/drywall did, but take just as much time. We're trying our best to be patient, but we are SO ready to be in this house! Still looking at a Septemberish move-in date.
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