It’s been a while since I shared information with you about our new home construction because, well, we had a lot of rain. The upside of that is that we are now out of the drought that had been going on for a while. Last year we had this crazy drought that caused a lot of crops to suffer, which really doesn’t help when such a large part of the state is farming! So while ending the drought was helpful, it meant that after our foundation was poured it took a while for it to dry out.
But I have a super awesome update, and tons of fantastic pictures. I haven’t been able to take them from the same angles I did before because the giant dumpster is sitting in the way, so I had to abandon that project…
Here’s where we were on April 17, and it continued to look the same through May 13 (although at one point they did sand down areas for walls, but you couldn’t see that difference in pictures…)
So on May 13th, it looked the same… and the very next day on May 14th, it looked like this:
The framing crew is a local Amish crew, my husband and father-in-law both talked to them. I believe the guy in charge was named Noah? They are finished already, if you can believe that! Here’s the proof – May 15th:
WOW, talk about fast! They had the walls up and were starting on the roof. The pictures I took that week weren’t the best because we drove by around 6pm each day, I think. So the sun was just setting. As you can see, our house faces the east and that lovely setting sun will be shining in our living room each evening. So excited! And, of course, progress continued! Here’s May 16th:
They started on the roof! Like the actual shingles of the roof! On May 16th, the tar paper was put down all over. And on May 17th…
Shingles, can you believe it? The framing started on May 14th and by May 17th we had shingles! So amazing. There’s also trim on the garage too. No work on the weekend, I love that our builder does not have our contractors work weekends. I don’t know how other builders are about weekends/holidays, but I like ours! While my husband and I enjoyed touring our house with my mother-in-law, my boys have a different favorite part about visiting the house…
They sure are adorable, but man can they cause trouble! It’s good though – keeps me entertained for sure! So we went back on May 20th, and this is what we found:
The bathtub for our kids/guest bathroom arrived! There were other things finished too – the inside walls were framed and insulation was added in the master bath where the shower will go (it’s one of the walk in showers with a seat, great for handicapped or older folks, or a husband who injured his knee in high school playing FFA basketball and continued to play football on it injured…), but the most exciting part for us was seeing the arrival of the shower and tub. Real house stuff! Not just wood!
On May 21st, I did not go out to the house, but my husband did. I think he may have freaked out the installer a little, for a tall guy he can lurk and walk very quietly… but the big news was that Overhead Door from Fort Wayne was over installing our garage door! We have a garage door! And it’s not like the one we have currently that is operated by people power, this one has its very own garage door opener… oh the little things that make such a big difference!
Yesterday on May 22nd we had an appointment for a walk through with the cabinet guy from Cabinet Concepts. Our builder said that this is their most popular floorplan, and also that they’ve done the kitchen in the floorplan many different ways – but we had yet another different way that they hadn’t done yet! In our kitchen, there was a partial wall that was like 7/8 tall. When you’re short like me, having a tall place to dust is not ideal, and it also blocked the view from the kitchen to the living room, which means when I’m in the kitchen, the children have plenty of space to hide and be naughty… so we asked to have the wall cut down and have 2 cabinets moved over to it so that we could have a breakfast bar that would allow me to see through from the kitchen to the living room. So we were able to get that all planned out and I am so excited to see it!
The plumbers from Robert Sheets Plumbing in Fort Wayne were also there running pipes, so we now have venting from the roof, plus all the other plumbing stuff! Here are my three favorite spots:
And I totally just noticed that I spelled spigot wrong on that picture collage… awesome!
So that’s where our house progress is now, I can’t wait to see what happens next! In the mean time, you will see me buried under piles of packing like this, which is coincidentally why I didn’t go see the house on the 21st, because I packed this all up:
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