Last week, right before Christmas, we backfilled the rest of the first floor. Even though we had concreted the tires almost all the way up we were still very nervous that it would cause another cave in.
C did a great job running the backhoe.
Half of the first floor is now completely underground.
he flattened and partially graveled the spot where the water cisterns are going to go. We will have 2 1500 falling cisterns.
he also dug out the area for the battery house and straightened out the driveway. We got a lot done in 2 days. The best part: It rained for 2 days straight after we backfilled and the tires haven’t moved at all. We are pretty happy with those outcomes. Stay tuned for my next post on why we haven’t been productive since then. Spoiler alert: it has to do with the ABSOLUTE FRIGID TEMPERATES.
We are currently waiting for the roof guy to start. He said mid-December. While we wait we have a list of stuff that can be done. The main thing being concreting the tires. The tires. The stupid stupid tires. Oh the things we would do differently if we could go back in time. We should be finishing concreting the tires this week. It looks good. There are places it looks like crap, but mostly it’s looking good. When it’s done we will go back and chisel away the parts that are off and mortar some parts to smooth it out better, but all in all it’s ok.
We are concreting in about 1-2 foot sections. Any more than that and the plywood starts to bow out.
We also leveled out the concrete along the greenhouse and installed the interior greenhouse window.
We had a visitor sometime after the leveling was done. The cat walked the entire length of the greenhouse wall. Just to prove that cats are assholes. Also, these are my favorite shoes. The yolks are kissy face emojis. I love to wear them with my chicken dress.
It took the help of my cousin B (who is amazing) but we were able to lift the greenhouse wall after only two tries.
We will be installing venting windows, plexiglass, and a door, but none of this goes in until after the roof goes up.
I’m having a down day today. We took the day off, the first Sunday we have taken off in a long time. We need it, it was the right decision, but I am slowly coming to the realization that moving by Christmas probably isn’t going to happen. Our roof guy won’t get back with us, we have had to do a lot more ourselves than we were planning, and there are still so many things that need to come together. It isn’t going to happen in five weeks.
It’s sad because I really wanted to give the kids a Christmas in the new house. We haven’t had a tree in years (this will be our third), and it would just be the perfect way to make the move, but it’s not a big deal. It will happen. Someday it will happen. For now I can spend some time being a little sad and then we can get to work again.
This week we should be finishing putting up the major parts of the outer walls, putting up the wall to the greenhouse that will also support the roof, and hopefully ordering g the roof trusses to be delivered and installed next week. We also need to work on concreting the rest of the inside tires. We are so much further than even six months ago. I’m excited to see where we are in another six months.
We busted our butts in 40 degree weather all day today but we did it! We finished the outer walls in the loft. Now we need to put up the walls to the closet and the greenhouse, and finish putting up concrete on the tires inside and we can put the roof up! We met with a guy yesterday who can build trusses for us in 3 days. We could potentially have most of the roof up by December. This makes me very happy. We also met with the guy who is installing our septic tank today. He needs to mark it and have it approved by the inspector but we should have a septic tank installed in December as well! It’s all starting to come together!!!
That reminds me, I need to have the muppet movies on hand…
Aaaanyway…. look! Outer walls! We are constructing outer walls!! The hardest part about these are cutting the metal pieces that go on the top and bottom (that allow the wall to be curved instead of using wood for the top and bottom), and putting the screws in on the outside of the wall. It’s looking really fantastic though. I also contacted our roof guy to let him know we are ready for him to start whenever he is ready.
We also put up the beams along the front of the loft that will hold up the roof. The two that are closer together in the middle (they are to the right in the picture) will be the entrance to the loft. This is very exciting!!!
We have officially completed the tires for the house (this was actually reached about a month ago)but acknowledged yesterday. Now we have been doing the tedious work of concreting the CRAP out of them. We have poured at least 6 pallets (56 bags per pallet… 336 bags of concrete) and still need to order at least 3 more to finish the concrete work to the rest of the house build. We are probably one good work day away from being able to put the outer walls up that will support the roof.
Then the roof goes on. Hopefully we can get the guy to come out to do all that. Hopefully. We can do it all ourselves, we just don’t want to.
The great ladybug infestation has also begun. We are hoping this isn’t a sign that bad weather is coming.
Lastly the work has been moving slowly because last Wednesday I fell while pouring a bucket of concrete and smashed my thumb with said bucket filled with wet concrete. I ended up with 8 stitches and an order not to use it for at least two weeks. I guess I’m going to have to slow down for a while. *sigh*
I’ve had a hard time with this one. Even to the point where I’m still not sure that I should be making this post, but maybe that’s why I am. As a woman I have been harassed and assaulted many many times. There is one in particular that I have a hard time talking about publicly. It’s not that I don’t want people to know, I actually do because it’s a very important topic to discuss. It involves a boss and inappropriate behavior. How do you stand up to this kind of behavior when your job is at stake? How do you speak up when everyone could be out of work? People ask why it took so long for women to come forward about Harvey Weinstein but I know why. I know what it’s like to be too afraid to say anything. He had us all believing that people would hate us if we spoke up. Lives would be destroyed. It turns out nobodies lives were destroyed but his.
The reason I haven’t talked about this is because it involves other people that I am still friends with, people that I really respect. To out myself publicly would also be outing them and I can’t, in good conscience, do that. It’s also something that we haven’t discussed with each other, and at least to me it’s still an open wound. It was an ongoing incident over 2.5 years that ultimately cost me my job (because I would wake up wanting to stab myself rather than go back to work and my productivity dropped). To the people involved, if you are reading this, you are amazing and I am glad we are friends, although I wish it had been under better circumstances. Stay strong and fight the good fight!
C recently helped me realize that I have been so determined to finish this project that I have lost sight of all the reasons we were doing the project in the first place. I’m have been putting the house before everything else, including him. Over the last week or so we have both been trying to get back to the people we were, or at least the people we wanted to be. Instead of talking about all the reasons we want to move we are talking about all the good things that will happen when we move. Instead of saying “I can’t wait to move so I can have my own kitchen” we say “if we were home right now we could make breakfast and eat it on the porch while relaxing without feeling like we have to pack the kids up”. It really does make a big difference.
I am seeing the house differently too. For once in a long time I have been feeling joy and excitement when I am out there. We are getting very close to being at the point where we are just doing little finishing up stuff. Completing the Grey water, finish installing water and electric, concrete the walls, drywall, tiling, etc. it is so exciting. Pretty soon we will start moving stuff in.
Here are some awesome pictures to be excited about. I am standing in my future shower. This is my bathroom.
This is me in my closet looking into my bathroom.
the last of the tires that need to be put up and the start to the wall having a layer of concrete. almost finished framing the new living room wall.
We have a list of things that need to be completed before the roof goes on. We are still waiting to hear back from the guy who is supposed to be installing our roof so I am a little nervous that this will fall through, but for right now I’m just going to keep working like it is. In the past week we have almost completely concreted in the living room wall, we have started concreting the bathroom wall, built the pantry, and installed the floor and put up walls for our closet that we have recently decided to build, and almost finished installing the upstairs bathroom walls. We still need to frame up the Grey water, put up framing for the greenhouse, frame the front door, and put up the small concrete layer that will attach to the wall and roof framing. Our hope is to finish all of this in a week and a half, however this may change if the roofing guy falls through. We will see. I’m a bit nervous (totally freaking out internally) that we won’t be able to find anyone to install the framing for the roof. *think good thought…think good thoughts*
Meanwhile…here are some good things:
Worked for 4 hours today in sweltering awful heat. C was able to start putting up the walls to the pantry. I filled 7 tires on the living room section of the wall. As we were walking away to get into the car C noticed a creaking noise. After 5 minutes of trying to move tires the entire wall fell. It was always a worry of mine that it would fall again. The wall was separate from everything else and wasn’t shaped well. From here we have made the decision that the tires are done. We are going to level out what is left on that side, concrete the top to level it, and frame up an outer wall. The rest of the house should go a lot faster now. I am nervous that we won’t have be able to maintain the temperature as well with fewer tires, but all in all I think this is the best decision for us. Anyone want to come help put up framing?