Wednesday, November 12, 2014

building the walls {our new home exterior: 1 month in}

It's been a while since I've shared a house update! It's come a long way since the last time I showed you our progress! :)

Here's what our property looked like when I posted last time:

After the dirt was filled in, the slab was poured. We did one of the coolest things after the slab was poured- we got to be there when they popped the chalk lines on the concrete for the walls:

That made me nervous, I tell you. We spent four hours outlining exactly where we wanted every window, door, and wall. We initially drew up our own plans in a home building program, so I had spent hours living in this imaginary house in my head, trying to think out each space in depth before we committed to it. And then to see my imaginary floorplan on a real piece of concrete was a little more than surreal. :)

But it was even weirder and more exciting when the actual framing began a few days later:

It's a real house! :D EEEK! The cute little roof was going up too:

I didn't know if we would have one or not in the beginning, but the front porch turned out to be one of my very favorite features of the house:

Rob likes it too. :D I can imagine lots of schoolwork, reading, and playing being done here:

We had to climb a ladder up 12 ft. to get to the second floor before the walls were there. It gave me a new respect for the framers. They are hardcore, building houses and roofs up in the air! :)

And like that, our house was born:

Well, hello home. :D

We have lots more pictures, but I'll save them for the next update! :)

Have you ever built a house?
We've built two houses before this one, but I've always had very limited selections compared to designing it yourself. It's a little nerve-wracking to be a perfectionist and build your own house. :P Funny thing is, you would never think about window placement if you bought a house instead of built one, so I'm trying to remember that it's not that important. ;)

Favorite house style?
I'm a traditional girl. I like classic houses that will be just as beautiful 50 {or 118} years later. For this house, we tried to build a house with a simple, classic style to save money on construction.
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