Progress – Framing

25 Apr

Every time Hubs and I pull up to the house we are like little kids seeing Disney World for the first time. Our faces light up with sheer and utter excitement. This was, by far the happiest day of the process so far…

On April 14th, almost the whole first floor was framed.

It’s actually starting to look like a house!  The 2D plans that we have stared at for  what seems like forever are finally 3D!  We were overcome with excitement as we walked through each room of the house.

The picture below is taken from the mudroom looking through the kitchen and into the living room.

The pipe in the middle of the floor will be where our island is and on the back wall you can see where the fireplace and windows will be.

This picture is taken from the opposite corner of the living room, looking back towards the kitchen.

Of course all you can probably see are boards going everywhere!  Most are studs for the walls, but the rest are to hold the walls up.  They will come down as the rest of the house is complete and it will be much easier to visualize.

And what’s a post without a picture of hubs and his handy dandy tape measure!

We leave one in the car, along with a copy of our plans, ever since the foundation scare.

Here is the back of the house.

The left side is our covered patio which will extend to an uncovered patio.  That will be poured when they do the driveway and front porch.

So…I have a confession to make.  Hubs and I agreed early on that we would go to the house together once a week so that we could really see the progress that was made (usually Friday with an occasional trip back on Saturday just for fun).  However, this felt like the longest week ever waiting to see what would be next since the foundation was set, especially since I work so close to the neighborhood…so I cheated.  I happened to have a doctor appointment close by so I just HAD to stop and sneak a peek at the progress (even though hubs was not with me, so sorry hubs!).

The picture below was taken on Wednesday April 11th.  Sorry for the poor phone camera quality.

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The first thing I saw was that we had a special delivery of wood in our front yard…then I noticed that there were two men working on the first wall of our house.  I was beaming with joy over the thought of the walls going up.  Needless to say, 2 1/2 days later the first floor was completely framed out as you saw in the pictures above.  I’m telling you…these guys move quick!!

We met with Brent to see what we needed to be working on and discuss a few things.  He told us that as long as it didn’t rain our house would be under roof in a week…what did I tell ya??  QUICK!  He also told us to be picking out exterior colors and the next step after that would be tile and then cabinets.

We had to send him a picture of windows we liked so he could order them.  This is what we sent him.

We loved the craftsman look of this window, but picture it in white.  They will be going in soon and we can’t wait to see how they look in real life on our house.  It’s getting to the point where we have to make some major decisions regarding the house and it is getting kind of nerve-wracking trying to be 100% sure.

Anyways, while we were at the house, we met our new neighbor, Ron.  We were so excited to officially meet someone in the neighborhood.  That is one thing we are really hoping for here…community.  It felt good to meet someone before our house is even done.  Hopefully next time we will meet his girlfriend and son.

Has anyone ever built a house?  Is there any advice you can give us on what to do or what not to do?  We need all the help that we can get!

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2 Responses to “Progress – Framing”

  1. Interior Builder April 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    My first piece of advice: keep it fun. Building a home should be enjoyable and one should keep stress levels in check. I have built a few and will likely build myself another this summer. Follow my blog for updates and post and questions you may have there. I will also be posting some DIY tips based on my ongoing projects. I really enjoy the process of building the home from start to finish. Good luck! (http://wp.me/2hIUb)

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