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:

The good, the bad, and the ugly

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?

Progress, and stress, and progress

There is so much to do and it’s all getting done so fast. We are down to our last 200 tires (it’s actually less than that but I figure if I strive for 200 and finish early I will be so super happy). Yesterday it rained heavily in the morning so we scrapped working on the house. Instead we bought almost everything we need to finish the plumbing. We also have hired someone to finish installing our septic (he should be out the first week of November) and have a guy who will most likely be installing our roof. Since we have decided to change the initial design of the roof we haven’t decided what we want instead. We are putting together three roof designs that we like and will decide when he comes back to us with cost estimates. So far I think handing over the septic and the roof to professionals was the right choice.

Now to finish the tires.


We had a forced 4 day vacation thanks to the remnants of Irma. So what did we do while we had the spare time? We priced out everything we need to finish the plumbing, we contacted some people to finish our septic (because some things we just need to hand off to someone else), and we actually took a short break. Starting tomorrow things get CRAZY!! I am super excited and so so so stressed out. I just keep telling myself that if I keep chugging on and just go one day at a time it will all come together. It will. I promise.

Slow going, but it’s going

Tires are always slow going. I don’t share much because I feel like it’s the same thing every day. “Did more tires, it looks a little more done now, not really though”.

The good news is that the living room is rebuilt and almost level with the first floor. Also we have electric in all of the rooms under the loft. That is our crowning achievement at the moment.

The even better news comes from us being down to our last 200 or so tires. If all goes well (hahahaha) we should be finished with the tires and the walls of the second floor by early October. We are also considering hiring people to put the roof up and do the septic. We are waiting to hear back on that. We will keep you updated on how that progresses. In the meantime C is working on concreting walls, and putting in plumbing and electric while I am finishing tires. Yay!

The last push

We have figured out that if we bust our butts we should be able to finish the tires by the end of this month. It’s kind of making me want to hyperventilate. We need as much help as we can get in the next 30 days. I plan to be out at the house everyday until the tires are done. I am a bit overwhelmed.