A few weeks ago, Brian set an ambitious goal of framing and installing all of the doors and windows before we left for vacation (this Wednesday night). And, with the help of many hands, we are a few door hinges away from meeting this goal! The house is really taking shape, and although it’s certainly not going to be a finished product when we move in this fall, we can now begin to imagine ourselves tucked in for the winter, all the while tackling interior finish work.
Before I share a few photos, I must say that none of this would have been possible without the help of my in-laws Ron and Ann. While they visited us for three weeks, Ron and Ann tirelessly helped us work on the homestead, as they often do. Ron hauled bucket after bucket of water from the pond so I could keep the garden alive, helped Brian install the sub-floor, insulation, and nailers, and grilled up some fierce salmon; while Ann washed dishes after each meal, hung all of our laundry, read book after book to Ella and Everett so Brian and I could work, and kept a constant supply of ice cream in her RV’s freezer. Although this is “our house,” none of it would be possible without their help, and we’re so very appreciative.
I also have to correct a mistake on my part. For some reason, I’ve been telling you that our house is going to be 200 square feet, and that is just not correct! It’s closer to 18 x 19 feet, so about 350 square feet. Still tiny for four people!
All that said, here is an update on our building progress:
We were very fortunate to have gotten this 3 inch rigid foam insulation for free, thanks to a new friend and fellow builder. Brian and Ron installed the insulation and then a sub-floor of local cottonwood, which you can see below.
Framing! It was so fun to stand in the house and imagine looking out our future windows. This one looks north into the lovely forest behind our house.
Our tar paper crew – Brian and his parents.
Windows! We decided to hire our friend and neighbor Beth to help install the windows. We purchased the two windows seen above at a Habitat ReStore, and the rest at Bayview Building Supply in Quincy, IL, which sells overstock and mis-ordered new windows at a discount price.
All wrapped up! This sweet little house just needs its reclaimed barn wood siding and it will look so very cute.
As I mentioned above, we are heading out of town this week, for a long-awaited vacation to the place where Brian and I met – Catalina Island (the island of romance!). I have several blog posts lined up for you while I’m gone – a guest post from my friend Heather of The Homesteading Hippy, and one of my favorite crafty how-to posts from last summer. I will still pop in from time to time on Facebook, so “like” the Homestead Honey page and follow our adventures!
Wishing you a wonderful week!Teri