This year we were proactive about our gardening. We started our plants in March-ish and planted our first set by the end of March and the next by the end of April. We still have 4 more raised beds to put in (probably this week), but for now we have carrots, beets, lettuce, kale, spinach, Brussel sprouts, watermelon, spaghetti squash, corn, popcorn, summer squash, zucchini, two kind of beans, four types of tomatoes, and two kind of cucumbers growing in the raised beds. Hopefully we can start to harvest some of them in the next few weeks. The blackberries are also blooming, meaning we should have a TON of blackberries in about a month/ month and a half. Very exciting stuff!!!
We are SO CLOSE to finishing this house. We currently have enough to finish the roof, put up the exterior wall, and install the electrical. We figured out that another $40,000 should finish the house. We have been to several banks and nobody will give us money. They will lend us money once the house is finished but that doesn’t help us at all. Contractor loans only work if you use the banks’ contractors. This is so frustrating. We have good credit, the ability to pay the loan, but can’t get anything over $30,000. This is incredibly frustrating. I guess what we could do is take the $30,000 loan to get the house livable and then slowly finish it like we intended to. It’s a larger financial strain but it’s doable. That’s really the worst case scenario. In order to move in we have to install the windows and doors, put in insulation, finish the plumbing (including the greenhouse), put up drywall, finish the downstairs bathroom, and buy appliances. After that it’s finishing the floors, painting, and finishing the upstairs bathroom. Ugh this is so stressful. Here is a picture of the current status of the house to cheer us all up:
We were supposed to finish the roof trusses last weekend but…. it rained all weekend. Unfortunately we won’t try and put up trusses on ladders 18 feet off the ground. Nope. Not gonna happen. Instead we went out Sunday and put up the last bit of outer wall by the greenhouse. This will hold the last of the 32 foot trusses and will be part of the outside walkway that will lead to the back patio. This weekend the plan is to finish the trusses!! also we had some visitors make their mark on the trusses. We apparently have a whole family of raccoons
We are trying to finish the trusses this weekend but that may not happen. Mostly because we did not work on the house today. Instead we did all the necessary paperwork stuff in order to continue working. First thing this morning we had a meeting with a friend of ours from the bank to try and get a loan to finish the house. We can do it without a loan but we may not be able to move in this year if we wait. The problem is that we don’t qualify for a construction loan because we aren’t using contractors and a personal loan would need collateral that we don’t really have. Hopefully we can get it worked out!!
After our meeting with the bank we headed over to the place we got our trusses to order the metal sheeting for the roof. This is my highlight of the day. We settled on a color and worked out how much sheeting we needed so in about a week we should have our metal roof delivered!!! Let’s pray our roofer gets back to us to put it on this month too!!
This house really is coming together nicely! I can’t wait to see what it looks like this time next month!!!
I was reminded recently that a year ago today tragedy happened when half of our tire wall collapsed. It took us months of working diligently to get the wall back to where it was when it collapsed. As frustrated as we are that the house isn’t finished I look at what we have completed so far and am thrilled at our progress.
I failed to take pictures of our work this weekend but we were able to complete most of the prep work needed to finish putting the rest of the roof trusses up. Once they are up (next weekend if we meet our goal) we will hopefully have our roof guy installing the rest of the roof. I’m quite a bit excited. I’m trying very hard to contain myself because we still have a lot to do and all I want to do is be out there working. It is really starting to look like a house!!
We are very close to having the roof finished. We have even set a date of May 7 to have the roof guy come and start installing the plywood and metal onto the roof. Last weekend we finished putting up almost half of the trusses. We got stuck on how the corner of the hip needs to be installed and apparently they never gave us the plans. We put a call into the place we bought them from and should have the plans this week so we can complete it.
This weekend we put in the rest of the 32′ beams that we can put up without building the rest of the wall. It looks amazing. We are so impressed with it. I want to move in tomorrow!! This is the first time we are really seeing it come together as a house.
The next two weekends will be spent building the last of the walls and installing the final trusses. It’s so amazing to be able to stand under our roof.
We are also getting really nervous because we are quickly running out of money. We figured out how much we need to finish the house and pay off the land so that we own it outright and it’s completely reasonable, now we need to get a bank to see it that way. I’m very nervous that the fact that we are building it ourselves will deter a bank from lending us money.
Today is one of my favorite holidays! It is Earth Day!! We will be spending our Earth Day trying to get as much of the roof up as possible. Our goal is to have the roofer start by May 7. At that point things should start moving pretty quickly. I will post updates on the house later this week. There are lots of cool pictures.
Instead I would like to spend today talking about the importance of living and protecting the earth. I know a lot of you out there either think that climate change isn’t real or that it’s progression isn’t affected by human involvement. First off climate change is real. I think very few of us can deny that we are currently seeing the effects of climate change. The most evident of those effects being the melting of the ice caps and the increase in drastic weather patterns. Now we can argue for days about whether these things are naturally occurring, human made, or a mixture of the two. Instead let me pose a question: climate change aside, our earth is definitely hurting from the amount of damage we inflict on it. So if a large meteor (large enough to possibly not break apart in the atmosphere) was headed for earth would you want to try to destroy it or would you sit back and accept your fate because it was a naturally occurring event? You would probably try to destroy it to save yourself. So why aren’t we doing this with the damage we are currently inflicting? If recycling, and using renewable energy sources, and decreasing our carbon footprint can help extend the time we have with the earth as it is currently wouldn’t you want to do it? Or are the consequences too distant for us to care?
We care. We want to live on a clean earth. One where islands of floating plastic don’t exist in our oceans. This is completely possible!
I am that person who will bring my own to go boxes to a restaurant, I carry my coffee mug with me everywhere “just in case”, I recycle everything I can, I compost, it’s become a game with myself to see how little trash I can produce. I’m not saying you should go to the extent that we are, but I do encourage you to change one thing that you do. In fact I challenge you to change one thing. Stop using straws, start recycling, start bringing your own mug when you buy drinks, whatever it is I challenge you to do it for the next 30 days, and tell me about it!! I want to hear what you are doing!! Let’s not wait until it is too late to fix.
After the devastation last year of losing one of our hives to thieves and the other to the hive leaving we went ahead and bought two more colonies. They arrived yesterday so we had a fun day of prepping the hives for the new bees and transplanting the bees into their new hives. Here’s hoping that they take and enjoy their new homes!!
I am so behind in writing blog posts. Sorry guys!!
Two weekends ago we put up 1/2 of the lower trusses. We also started putting up the upper trusses too. We are really enjoying getting them up and it’s motivating us to work what little we can through the week too. It still looks like we will be on track for finishing the roof by the end of April!!
We put our first truss up! Only about 50 more to go 😩. Now that we have a better idea of what we are doing putting the trusses up should go a lot faster. It is really nice to have the roof going up too. Hopefully we can have the roof on by the beginning of May. There is still so much more that needs to be done before we move, but having the roof up will be the beginning of the end of building!! Yay