Now that we are to the little things it’s going pretty quickly. This past week not only did we get our gas installed but we also had our septic hooked up too! I didn’t get pictures of those, sorry. C has been doing far more work than I have too (because most of my work is piddly stuff that can be done after we move and requires his help). He installed the bathroom subfloor, laid most of the bathroom tile (enough to be able to put in the bathroom vanity and toilet), and did a whole bunch of behind the scenes plumbing stuff that I can’t keep track of.
I sanded and painted the living room wall where the tv will go. I was nervous about the color but it ended up looking fantastic! The color is called “software” which partly helped with our decision making. It will go really well with the kitchen wall which will be painted a pinky- orange. the kids were really excited and wanted to be in the picture.
We have been working really hard to get moved in that I have been too exhausted to write about it. Sorry about such a long delay! There is much to catch you up on.
First off… we officially have a kitchen sink with running water!
We also finished putting up the drywall in the living room and kitchen. As the person with the least fear of heights I tackled that job. It was not pleasant. Now to mud, sand, remud, and paint it I’m not looking forward to this next stage. BTW: I did not use the orange ladder which (if I had) is positioned in a completely incorrect and dangerous way to use. We put it here to move it out of the way. The silver ladder below is what we used. I am in no way looking forward to getting back up there… 16 feet in the air.
Finally we not only have an address, but we also have a mailbox! We have been waiting almost 4 years for this. Now for the daunting task of changing our address everywhere… we did take care of some of the important ones already, which is super cool!
P.s. I think we have the nicest mailbox around, oh well, we love it!
We painted 4 rooms so far. We still need to paint the ceilings, but that will get done soon. The colors so far are pretty amazing. We are painting the ceilings a nice off-white-almost-tan color. Then it will finished with dark brown baseboards and crown molding.
They also started digging the hole for the lagoon. Hopefully we can get the pipe run from the house to the septic tank before they finish the job so that maybe we can get the hole in front of the front door filled in. We also are putting drywall up on the ceiling in the main room. This in itself has given me nightmares. Right now it’s going really easily but soon we will be the part that a ladder can’t reach. I’m not too thrilled. We may be waiting and hiring professionals for that.
Finally, just in case I haven’t told you lately, I love our house. Like, LOVE our house. So much that I don’t want to leave LOVE MY HOUSE. here is a lovely living room/kitchen picture.
Oh my goodness I never thought we would be here. First off they dropped off the dozer that will be finishing up our septic (it’s about time!). Monday they should be working on getting us a working septic so we can install the toilet!!!!!
The last two weeks have been spent putting up drywall and mudding that drywall. Today we pained our first room!! We still have to finish putting up drywall in the main room and the bathroom, but it’s almost all done! Instead of trying to get the drywall perfectly flat we did the best we could and then used a mud sprayer thing to spray a really cool texture on the walls. We are really loving it.
We picked our paint colors and painted the girls room a really pretty green (the coloring in this photo is completely wrong, sorry guys). Our 13 yo G picked out the color. Sometime next year we are adding a tree with lots of pink flowers. We let each child pick a color and a design and we incorporated it’ll the colors to fit the theme. G picked green and A picked pink. The boys are having their room painted yellow in a few days with blue and pink circles (they both wanted pink too) to be added later.
The coolest part is that we bought a paint sprayer so once we got it working it took about 30 minutes to have the whole room painted. We wasted a lot of paint trying to figure out the first wall so I have a lot of touching up to do still.
C also starting putting in the sub flooring in the kitchen and put together my kitchen sink cabinet. It isn’t in place yet but when it is it will be fully functional!
By next Thursday the upstairs will be ready for us to move in (except the bathroom) and the kids rooms will be ready to be moved in (except for the floors). I’m a little excited.
We have really amped up our construction in the past two weeks. Last week we were out almost every night working on things.
Last weekend we started installing drywall. Our friend K came out with her daughter to help. We were able to put up most of the main wall and half of the girls’ bedroom.
Then C came out every evening last week and built stairs. I put up some more insulation. His stairs are amazing.
This weekend we finished the spray foam and installed the rest of the windows and doors!!
Friday we took the day off (because we had to be somewhere at 2 and didn’t want to get dirty and sweaty), so we went fishing. It’s our “thing to do to relax”. It was the best day for it too. We caught almost ten fish, some of them a fairly nice size too. We let all of them go except one larger sunfish. I ate that one on Saturday while the rest of the family had meatloaf (meat allergy means I get to eat fish more!
Saturday I finished the spray foam while C fixed one of the walls and worked on more of the electric. We ran out of spray foam with three small strips of roof left to go. Not too bad and we can finish next week.
Sunday we put four windows in and the large, extremely large, gigantic patio door. We first tackled the door. It was so large and so heavy. It took us about an hour and a half and a LOT of cursing to get it in. Not only is it in but the door actually opens and closes!! (it didn’t at first). The windows went to much easier!! I’m glad we started with the door.
All we have left is the front door. We haven’t laid the concrete yet. We framed it out before we left but I was too tired to start carrying 80lb bags of concrete down a hill! Tomorrow I will go out and lay the concrete. Then we can install the door on Tuesday. By the middle of the week we should have an enclosed house!
We started installing the spray foam insulation this weekend. It’s not hard to figure it out but it gets EVERYWHERE. You have to cover everything, including yourself. We were in full Tyvek suits with respirators, and goggles, and gloves and STILL got it all over us. We also had to cover or move everything in the house that we didn’t want to get covered. It was HOT. So hot. And tiring. After 2 days the upstairs roof is done and the downstairs roof is half done. I have also discovered that if I ever needed to create a new resume having the ability to learn new things, including running wire in a house, and teaching myself to install spray foam insulation, is a really great quality to promote!!
Here are some pictures: