Wednesday, October 31, 2012

More Framing and deep thoughts...

The framing is almost complete!!!  
I don't have pictures yet from today's work.  
I feel a bit silly taking pictures of people while they work.  

I went out this morning to meet the HVAC and wood stove people.  We needed to discuss venting things our of the roof.  The plumber should come in this afternoon to vent the water heaters as well.  

Then the roofer will come in tomorrow or Friday, the concrete porches should be poured on Friday, and the painter should start next monday.  All the while, the HVAC, plumber, and electrician will do their rough-ins.  Should be ready for the rough-in inspection as early as Monday, or possibly a week later if the inspector only wants to make one trip for everything.  After that comes the insulation and drywall.  

The big blue pile is the roof sheeting.

Transom window over the kid's bath tub. 

The master bath window looks higher than the rest.  
I think I need to call my framer...
Ok, off the phone and it should be fixed soon!  

Small tangent- Things like this come up.  They are no big deal.  
You have to come into this process with the ability to roll with the punches.  
You hit rock while you excavate.  You forget a door here or mis-place a window there. 
The cool thing about houses is that they can be fixed.  

When people talk about home building, you mostly hear horror stories.  I think I know why.  
If you use a GC, you get a bid for the cost to build your home.  But every. little. thing. that comes up was not in your contract and will cost you money.  So, yes.  Each thing that has come up has changed our original budget.  But, we were never presented with a solid cost to build.  We knew that we would have to be flexible.  I think it will all come out in the wash, especially since we built in a 10% slush fund in the budget. *waves at the deck and wood stove*  

To be perfectly blunt, this build process has given John and I a few moments to grow.  One of the most important skills we have learned in our marriage is how to argue effectively.   If we didn't have that skill set and didn't know how to recognize when an argument about a wood stove isn't about a wood stove, we could have had a really rough time.  I am so thankful for my marriage and the growth we have gone through together.  

I don't know what we are doing right, but this process has been so much fun.  We have learned so much.  We are really building this house and have so much wrapped up in it emotionally.  It is truly a dream for us!  As far as the process goes, it has been a huge confidence booster for me.  I have felt a lot of fulfillment in working on this project.  I LOVE staying home with Paisley, but there is just something about validation and respect from another adult that makes me feel alive.  

Beauty in the symmetry.  

Fork-lift for the trusses.

Ply wood sheeting on the roof.

I can't wait to cozy our bed under these windows!!!

Root/Wine/Storm celler

Crazy Paisley licking the bathroom window.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chuggin' Along!!!

We got a tractor!!!!!

We had been going around and around on what kind of implements we need for the farm.

We figured we could get away with a riding mower for the lawn.  But then we knew that we would need to rent a post hole digger for the 500ish fence posts John will be putting in this spring.  We also needed a snow blade for the truck for our 800ft driveway.  Then there was the pasture.  Not sure how often it will need mowing, but I figure at least once per year.  

So,  as much as I wanted to be a cheapskate and buy a lawn mower and ignore the rest of the needs, 
we decided to pony up and get a REAL tractor.  

We went with a Kubota B2320 with a front end loader and 60" mid-mount mower.  
It has 23hp and a diesel engine.  From the research I did, I learned that Kubota is generally regarded as a better machine than even John Deere as far as Compact Utility Tractors go.  

Plus they were having a 0% interest sale.  
Hard to say no to free money!  

John couldn't wait to have it delivered until our garage was built, so we had it delivered to our house.  
Which is ridiculous, yes, but difficult to deny when I know it will make him so excited!

Paisley was napping when the tractor was delivered.  John showed up shortly after it arrived and was talking outside with the guy who delivered it.  I was half listening for Paisley to wake up, and i head a noise from her room.  I went up and peeked under the door to see where she was.  Usually, she wakes up and plays with her toys for 30-45 minutes before yelling at the door for me to let her out of her room.  So, I was checking under the door to see if we were at 'alert level' yet.  I could see her  little legs under the window that looks over the driveway.  I quietly ran downstairs without bothering her and John and I looked up and we could see her cute little face peering out of the window!  We waved at her and she waved back!  It was so freaking cute!  We didn't realize that she was big enough to do that!  It was adorable!  I ran upstairs and grabbed her to bring her down and see the tractor.  Which she thought was awesome!

I love this picture!!!

After we got it running, Paisley started making tractor noises- 
Rrrrrr Rrrrr Rrrrr! and bouncing on the seat.  

I think it is cute!

Love this girl!  She gets cuter, sweeter, and more fun every day!

Shifting gears.   
It was so windy yesterday, we felt like we were back in Oklahoma!

If you zoom in, you can see how excited she is!

Caution!  Man at work play!

Happy Fellow!

Happy lady!!!

I was going SO SLOW but I was still afraid of crashing.  
It is going to take some getting used to but I am excited to drive it!

So, that is the big excitement around the Mullholland homestead.  
We should have our garage the first week of November.  
The house should be sided and roofed by the end of October.  
We are picking out paint colors right now for interior and exterior.  

I think when the house is dry in (windows, doors, siding, and roof), I will feel like we have really completed a huge stage of construction.  I guess it feels like the major 'construction' will be done and everything else is just 'finishing'.   

Oh, I had the framers leave behind all of their scrap wood, 
so be excited about a post on chicken coops in the future!
I don't think John is too excited to be my free labor, but it is hard to say no to free lumber!  
We should be able to have at least half of what we need from scrap material.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Walls are up!

The house is almost completely framed!  
All that is missing are the roof trusses, ceiling, and soffits over the kitchen cabinets.  

John was out of town for two days this week,
so Paisley, Charley, and I went out to see the house one afternoon to kill some time.

Here is the laundry room door that was 'missing' last time I was out.  

Here is Paisley looking out of the master bath window.  
She was practicing 'jumping', which is super cute 
because she doesn't actually leave the ground.  
Sometimes she gets one foot off the ground.  
She is super proud of herself for her mad jumping skills.  

Looking through the master bedroom wall.  
Charley is walking from the kitchen to the living room.

Back of the house.  Looking good!

Here is my broccoli (or cauliflower?).  
Nothing is growing in the other end of the bed.  
I am starting to think that I shouldn't have been so zealous about weeding 
those little green sprouts of 'grass' that I saw a few weeks ago.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Framing is when the house really starts to take shape.  In another two weeks or so, our house will look complete from the outside, but be a hollow shell on the inside!  

The first 6-8 weeks is when the house takes shape and everything after that is interior.  

Framing crew adding the sub floor.  

Here is the 6ft short wall on the east side.  
This is the 3ish feet of framing to bring it up to the level of the other walls.  

Laundry room window.

Front door.

This is the line for the wall between the bedroom and kitchen.  There were a few places where they had scribbled out lines and moved them over. We did a little measuring and everything looks good.  It is still a little scary because things look so small at this stage in the process!  It is really hard to visualize the size of spaces right now. 

Master bedroom.

Front of house.  Left is a kid bedroom.  Then the front door with a window on either side.  Then the office, and the laundry room window.  

The other kid bedroom.  To the right is the living room window.

Office window on the right.  Laundry room window on the left.  
There was supposed to be a door to the outside on the far left wall of the laundry room. 
A phone call and less than 12 hours later, it was in place.   

John and Paisley standing between the living room and kitchen.  
The framed partial wall on the left side of the pic is where the fridge will go.  

These are our floor joists.  We upgraded to an engineered 'noiseless' system for a few reasons.  
As it was, we had a few spans that needed steel beams.  So, we had the lumber supplier price the cost of lumber + steel vs. engineered.  Engineered was only about $1500 more.  Another upside to engineered I-beams is that you can bore through them for your plumbing instead of having to come down below the wood joists.  Seemed like a smart upgrade.  

The current update is that the house is framed up and ready for roof trusses.  The roof trusses are taking longer than expected and will not be ready for another week.  So, we are sitting on dead water next week.  I may be able to get the concrete guys in to pour the porches while we wait.  

Once the trusses and exterior windows and doors arrive, we will be able to finish up in just a few days. Then comes the painter and roofer and the house should be at 'dry in' stage.  Everything else is interior.  

Our garage installation has also been pushed back due to weather.  I think it will be about 10 days later than planned.  

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Farm Tour

One of my favorite things about Lawrence is our annual farm tour.  All of the area farms open their doors to the public on the first weekend of October every year.  You can taste their foods, pet their animals, buy their products.  It is just a great time.  We have gone for the last three years.  

Here are the pictures from this past weekend: