OK, so it isn't tin and it's not rusted...but it will be metal. All the way back when all we had were some concrete forms, we talked about how we're building a modern farmhouse. And no self respecting farmhouse - modern or otherwise - would be caught dead without a proper metal roof.
We have a door! Look at that beautiful beast. It's nearly the size of a sheet of plywood (that's 4ft x 8ft), and much to our builder's dismay - weighs around 800 pounds. Here's how it looks installed:
Is Lil' Jon our greatest living poet? Perhaps. He certainly helped with the title for this blog post. As you can see, the windows are installed!!! That means we're one step closer to being weather tight.
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The walls are framed, which can only mean one thing...it's time for another delivery of wood. This time, the roof trusses. Like the floor joists and exterior walls, the trusses were built in a factory and delivered to the site, which makes installation pretty quick.
Sometimes, it's best just to let the pictures speak for themselves. The framers are continuing to work at a ridiculous pace. Don't believe me? Here, look:
Remember when I told you that this framing crew works fast? Well, now they're just showing off. Part of the speed comes from the way that we're framing the house, and part is that they're just extremely efficient. You can always tell when a crew has worked together for a while. It's like watching a ballet or an NBA game - they all know who's doing what when, and can anticipate how they can help each other.
Last week we saw that the wood was delivered. This week, our first floor deck gets installed. In the pic above, you can see a 2x4 stud wall inside the foundation wall, and the open web trusses sitting on top of them. This detail is called a reverse ledge (more on that later).
The forms for the foundation walls are off, and the garage slab is poured, which means as far as the house goes, we are done with concrete. Here, check it out:
The forms for the second pour on the foundation walls went up, and that concrete went in. Then the basement slab got poured, so we can officially walk on something other than dirt!!! Huge milestone.
I haven’t written about happiness here in a while. This particular moment in my life is the perfect time to change that. Happiness is a practice - you need to work at it every day, especially when life gets complicated. Right now, my life is complicated.
The forms are off! You can still see the rebar sticking out from the top of the foundation wall like we saw last time. Once we're ready for the second foundation wall pour, the rebar will end up covered.
It's pretty cool to see the house starting to come out of the ground. The footers are now dry enough, so the foundation wall forms were set in place and the concrete was poured.
We are officially under construction! Pancake and I are standing in what will eventually be our yard - it will be 4 feet lower when we're done, but for now, it's a great perch to watch the progress from.
If there’s dirt, and an opportunity to run, my kids are there. They loved running around the excavated lot. For a bit of foreshadowing, they're running around our eventual basement in the picture above.
The trees are out, and it's starting to look like there could actually be a house here one day! Things are happening a lot faster now, let me walk you through what we're looking at.
I mean, c'mon. Look at those two! Supes adorbs, right? They LOVE big machines. Now that we're finally at the point where we have all of our permits and can start construction, we have the opportunity to show them big machines - a lot of them. Starting with the ones being used to take our trees down...
In a previous post, I walked you through Phase 1 of a remodeling project, where we figure out what CAN be done with your space. In this post, we will focus on Phase 2 of the process, which is where we figure out what WILL be done. It’s where the conceptual space plan gets real-world details.
In this phase we:
In case you can’t tell, the dapper gentleman in the clip art is reviewing a contract to remodel his kitchen. He’s never remodeled before, but is excited about the potential. At the same time though, he’s nervous; he is making a large investment that will impact how he lives in his home, and potentially how and when he can sell it. However, he doesn't know enough about the remodeling process to know what to ask. Luckily for you, you’ll never be like that guy because you have me.
Pretty descriptive title, right? Well whether you’re looking to build a house on your new land, a new family room addition, remodel a kitchen, or repair an old porch, you have options. And those options are largely dependent on the type of thing you are building.
All land is created equal, right? No, most definitely not. That is very, very wrong. But all land in the same neighborhood is created equal? Again, not at all. Ok, then certainly all land on the same street is created equal, though? Umm, no. Same block? No again. Same side of the street? Not a chance. Let’s cut to it…It would be extremely rare to find two equal pieces of land. There are just too many variables. Here’s where you ask what the variables are. Here’s where I give you an abbreviated list:
Every year, Professional Remodeler conducts a national search for 40 remodeling professionals under the age of 40 who are blazing new trails in our industry. I'm incredibly honored to share the news that, this year, I am one of those 40 people.
Here is a link to the list of 40:
So its been a while since my last post. Quite a bit has happened, which has kept me rather busy. Last you read, we put our house on the market. Well as it turns out, it wasn't on the market for very long.
A couple months back, we toured our nursery in the first ever Designed Happy house tour. Now that Pancake and I have decided to sell our house, there may not be much time left for additional tours (insert sad face emoji here). As such, I wanted to give you a tour of our modern take on a traditional farmhouse kitchen.