Construction, continued…

It was a busy July, working full time on the house. At the end of the month, we were nearly dried in and have started to shift our focus toward prepping the interior for mechanical work (HVAC, plumbing, and electrical). The house is really taking shape now that the roof is in the building.

Much of the month had evenings filled with checking orders against the master plans to make sure windows and doors would fit the holes we built for them.

Reconciliation
Reconciliation, shared CC-BY.

All walled in
All walled in, shared CC-BY.

Building the second floor felt very surreal, having not lived in a multi-story house in several years.

Truss work
Truss work, shared CC-BY.

The trickiest part (to me, at least) was getting the roof trusses set. We rented another big machine to do the bulk of the work in standing up the walls and in raising the roof on the house. This photo really shows the scale of the work we did for most of the month:

Setting trusses for the roof
Setting trusses

As windows and doors are wrapped up, it's feeling more and more like something that can be lived in. Now that I'm back to work, my time on the house is going to slow way down, but that was the goal. We'll be able to hire out much of the mechanical work and then spend evenings and weekends doing things like plumbing and electrical.

That's a wrap
That's a wrap, shared CC-BY.

Until next time...

This Site is Under Construction

Last month, my family broke ground on a new house.

An excavator working on a construction site
Step 1: Dig a really big hole.

Less than a year ago, we were just toying with the idea of building a house, and now we're actually in the process of building. It's surreal to think back on the original discussion and consider where we've come in this process already.

My wife and I standing in front of our hold house on our last night there.
We moved out of this place after seven years.

I work hard to make sure my summers are as tech-free as possible. All of my email is archived automatically and a nice vacation responder tells people to write me again on a given date. I'm focusing all of my energy this year on contracting and building the house with my brothers-in-law as well as assorded friends and other family.

Concrete trucks pouring a new foundation.
Click through for the full-size picture because it's bonkers.

Most of the work so far has been through hired concrete contractors, but this week lumber started going in, which is a huge burden both on and off my shoulders. Waiting for construction to start was hard, but now that we're moving, it's really refreshing and empowering to be able to do this project with my own hands.

Framed basement walls in a new house.
Framing is extrememly satisfying to do because everything happens so fast.

I'm trying to remember to document the project. When you're in the middle of it, it feels trite to stop working to take a picture. But, it's not every day you get to build a new house yourself. As of tonight, the first floor is ready for the subfloor and we're getting ready to start framing exterior walls. We're also going to order all of our windows as well as the second floor trusses.

If you want to follow along, I have a photo gallery going for all construction-related pictures I take. (Feel free to browse other non-construction related photos.) And if you're so inclined, there's now an RSS feed you can subscribe to because RSS is alive and well.