Stroll Down Memory Lane- Insulation/Dry Wall

It’s time to catch up with our house building process from 3 years ago.  There was about a month lag where we were finishing up wiring/electrical and waiting for someone to dry wall. 

First up. Insulation.  We chose blown-in cellulose. 

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Blown-in cellulose insulation is made up of recycled newspapers. We chose blown-in insulation because fiberglass insulation tends to settle whereas the cellulose does not.  The cellulose insulation also contains fire retardants which could slow the spread of a fire (what a horrible thought) and the cellulose also repels insects.

Look, it’s our bedroom…

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And laundry room…

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After the insulation was installed, the dry wall was installed…

In our bedroom…

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Hall…

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Living room…

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Our choice in dry wallers was…poor.  I want their work day…which was 3 hours.  Seriously.  This was an extremely stressful time for us.  They quoted us two weeks as a finish date…which slowly turned into four.  The dry wall was the start of us relying on outside contractors to do the work.  Up until this point it was us or our builder (who was a one man show and was super reliable). 

During this time, we were also finishing up outside…because we had nothing else to do…

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We finished up the brick on the pillars and added shakes to the top of the entry.

Hey, look! People might live here someday…

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There you have it!  Our 3 house years ago this week!

Who votes for a 3 hour work day??

Stroll Down Memory Lane-Brick

It’s time to take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago…

3 Years Ago This Week: 

We installed the brick on the front of the house…

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brick in Pearl.  The brick is a mortar-less brick system.  We’re working on a post about why we chose this brick/how we installed it to share with you soon!  (Long story: coming soon. Short story: We wanted to install the brick ourselves but we aren’t experienced brick layers so we opted for the mortar-less system.)  Today, you get pictures…

I don’t remember for sure what is going on in the picture above but it probably has to do with Nate’s dad explaining to me that I needed to carry a large pile of bricks from one side of the yard to the other.  It was an evil game Nate and his dad would play with me.  I’m still not sure the bricks actually needed to be moved…notice how I appear to be paying close attention…

There you have it.  The week our house got mortar-less brick.

Who’s going to lose sleep this week-end waiting for the brick post??? Try to hang in there.  It’s going to be at least a week because next week I am inviting some awesome bloggers over to share their favorite projects with you!! Get excited!

Stroll Down Memory Lane- Siding

It’s time to take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago…

3 Years Ago This Week:

Our house got clothes (or siding if you prefer technical building material terms…)…or least it’s backside did!

We chose Timbercrest’s vinyl siding in Pacific Blue.  Why blue?  Every other house in our neighborhood is beige or white.  Our last house was beige.  We wanted something different.  “Different” is hard in siding.  We didn’t want crazy.  Just different.  We were sold once we spotted this color at Menards.

We called in reinforcements in the form of Nate’s parents, my parents and my brother.  We would still be siding now if it wasn’t for their help!  They are awesome.  Seriously.  It was hott.  Not hot. H-O-T-T hot.

We did give them water…because we’re nice…my brother hated coming to visit me because I’d always put him to work.  He really hated me after this week-end…

This is how we ended the week-end…

Siding a house is a lot of work but it’s really not as complicated as one may think.  I even did some of the cutting and nailing.  So if I can do it, anyone can do it.  We did hire our builder to side the third story.  Nate’s mom and I weren’t so excited about Nate and his dad climbing all of the way up there without the proper equipment.  Of course, we know that they could have done it…

There you have it…the day our house got clothes!

Have you sided a house?  What are your thoughts on siding color?

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Stroll Down Memory Lane

It’s Friday and we all know what that means….

It’s time to take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago…

3 Years Ago This Week: 

Stairs to the basement were built.  No more walking all away around the house to go from the basement to the first floor…

The laundry room was framed. The Jack and Jill shower/bath was installed.  The little blue boxes were the start of the installation of the electrical outlets.  In the rafters you can the start of the installation of the recessed lighting for the walk-way.

The front entry roof was completed…

Almost all of the windows were installed (except for a couple that were ordered wrong by the lumber company..slackers…) and the whole house was wrapped in Tyvek to prepare for siding over the 4th of July week-end…

There you have it…our house in its’ underwear….3 years ago this week!

Any big 4th of July plans?  We are spending the long week-end at home.  Hopefully working on some projects, watching some fireworks, grilling, and relaxing!! Happy 4th!

A Stroll Down Memory Lane- Staircase

Let’s take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago…

3 Years Ago This Week: 

Our house started to look like a house!

Do you like our plywood shoved in the patio door area to help meet code?  Classy.  And looking at the ladder up 3 stories is giving me a panic attack…I, obviously, was not involved in the roofing process.

Ike and I were enjoying the view out the guest room window.  He definitely loved going to check out the house progress…

The circular staircase was built…

I was so in love with these stairs (still am).  If they had cheeks, I would have squeezed them.

When designing our house, I wanted it to have some unique architectural elements..no cookie cutter contractor house here.  The problem with “unique” is that “unique” usually means expensive…which we really didn’t have the budget for.  These stairs were definitely more expensive than a traditional staircase but they were worth every penny. I just had to do away with my secret passage that I wanted to add.  Darn it…but seriously, how cool would a secret passage be?  I’m still trying to figure out how to add one now….

There you have it.  Our house 3 years ago this week!

And just for fun, if money was no object what “unique” thing would you add to your house?

  Along with a secret passage, I think a slide would be pretty sweet.  And how about an indoor pool just for fun?!

Stroll Down Memory Lane- Rafters

Let’s take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago…

3 Years Ago This Week

: We had a roof over our heads…sort of…it was kind of like a really big sky light…and look at that yard…beautiful…

We also installed our electric box. We still didn’t have any electric at this point but the box was installed. 

There you have it.  Our house 3 years ago this week!

And now..the important stuff.  Should Nate and I go see Bridesmaids or Hangover 2 this week-end?  Or skip them both and get through our DVR?  What are your week-end plans?  Do share!

Stroll Down Memory Lane-2nd Floor

Let’s take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago…

3 Years Ago Last Week:

We had the start of a 2nd floor

Last week we left off with the start of the walkway to our master bedroom…

For those of you new to the blog, this is what the walkway currently looks like…

It was framed 3 years ago this week….

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As you can tell in the above photo, our two story living room wall was installed.  Our builder built the wall and installed the windows on the ground.  He then lifted the wall with a crane and then secured it in place.  I really wish I could have watched this step…pesky job that pays for said house.

Our master bedroom was also framed…

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As you can tell in the above picture, our master closet has a large window in it.  Slight design flaw.  The exterior of the house would not look balanced without it.  It takes up precious closet space and is, obviously, not great for privacy.  The closet is very bright though!  We also joked that we could watch the town fireworks from our closet window.  We tried last year…it would work if we cut down one of the neighbors trees…

And now for the exterior…

There you have it!  3 stories of framing complete!

Happy Week-end!  Any big plans?  My best friend is getting married…better work on the matron-of-honor speech….doh!

A Stroll Down Memory Lane- Basement Walls/1st Floor

Let’s take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago…

3 Years Ago Last Week

(since I skipped it while we were on vacay): We had basement walls!

And the start of the basement ceiling/first floor…

This was a very exciting week for us.  We had waited an entire month just to see a hole in the ground.  In one week we had an entire framed basement.  This progress was extremely promising! 

3 Years Ago This Week

: We had the start of a first floor!

The start of the dining room…very exciting!  The original plans did not call for the large picture window facing west. The people we worked with to design the house strongly discouraged it because it limited the amount of furniture we could place in the room. I knew I wanted to paint the dining room a dark color and we wanted all of the natural light we could get in the room so I went with my gut.  It turned out to be a great decision (pats self on back).

The garage walls also went up!

And the walkway to our master bedroom on the first floor was started.  Do you like the openness of our living room at this point??? So breezy…

Ike approved of the building progress….check out that tail wag!

Let us know if you have any questions regarding the process (be sure to leave your e-mail or make sure your profile has your e-mail listed!) or if you have any questions about what’s going on in any of the photos!

A Stroll Down Memory Lane-Foundation

Let’s take another stroll down memory lane and check out where we were on our house building process 3 years ago.  (Check out our 1st memory trip post here.)

3 Years Ago This Week: We had a foundation..finally.  It seemed like it rained for weeks which delayed the progress of the house by 3-4 weeks.  This was the theme for the entire building process.  Seeing the foundation poured was a VERY exciting step.

The two black pipes running outside of the foundation are for the drainage tile that is around the outside and inside of the walls.  The two black pipes sticking up out of the floor are for the geothermal that was installed under the foundation before the concrete was poured. 

I was really confused at this point of house building.  I did not understand how a family room, guest bedroom, guest bathroom, and storage room were all going to fit into this space.  It seemed way too small. I’m obviously lacking some spatial skills because it all fit.

We also had the start of the garage….super exciting…

Nate and I argued over a 3 car garage.  I thought it was a waste of space because we only had 2 cars.  He insisted that all houses being built in 2008 had 3 car garages.  I obviously lost this round but after seeing how much crap useful stuff we have in that 3rd spot….he may have been right.  Uggg.  The second time this week I’ve had to say that.  Painful.

There you have it.  Our house 3 years ago this week.

I’ll try to post an update each week.  It’s a good way for Nate and I to document the building process.  We’re having a little trouble remembering the details and it’s only been 3 years…can’t imagine how little we’ll remember by 10 years if we don’t write it down….we might be crazy enough to do it all again if I don’t get the entire painful rewarding process written down.

Do you have any questions about our house building process? What’s your opinion on the appropriate number of garage stalls?