Saturday, October 4, 2014

Building a House, Month 6: The Shell Becomes "Dried In"

I'm going to start doing house updates every two weeks, as a month is now bringing far too much information to report on in one post.

When we left off, the house was "wrapped," but waiting for a roof, and the front and back doors had been delivered, but they had not yet been installed.

A week later, on September 13th, we had a roof!

There was only one catch: it was in our backyard.

We also found some insulation there too.

September 20th came, and we were really surprised at how much progress had been made. We had a roof :) We were not able to go in because workers were inside of our house.

And then, on September 27th....
Under beautiful blue skies, we had a shingled roof, windows, and doors on our house.
We brought our friends, Jill and Ryan, and we showed them around. The office gave us a new estimation date for completion: December 2014. This cued panic in my mind, as I envisioned finals, Christmas prep, and holiday travel paired with a move. Can we please stick with January 2015?!

Ryan inspected the fireplace.

We walked around the inside of our "shell" of a house.

2nd bathroom 
And, I marveled at our kitchen skylight.

Jill hung out in our pantry.

The house even had HVAC ductwork in place.

Garage and laundry 

Master bedroom 

Today, on October 4th, we arrived to a garage, meaning we officially had a "dried in" house.
Note: all the doors will be painted/stained a different color.

In the garage, we found a circuit breaker and our bathtub in a box!
However, upon further inspection, the tub had a different address written on it, so we may simply be warehousing someone else's tub.

More progress had been made on HVAC vent pipes.

And our gas fireplace was in:
(This is where Ryan was standing in last week's photo)

We also noticed electrical outlets installed throughout the house.

This was the view for our backyard. The neighbors got their fence, and it looks like the people on the right are moved in. We estimate about 25-30 houses have residents living in them at this point.

Here are a few more shots:
View from our entry way. 

Brendan on our back porch. 

Our future shower 
We really enjoy our Saturday visits to the new house. It's fun to envision living there and think about all the small things that will change for us. No more having to wake up early to scrape ice off our windshields in the winter or having to get into a burning hot car in the summer. I can't wait to have a garage, among other things.

According to my research, we should have upcoming inspections on the rough framing, plumbing, and electrical, followed by the installation of drywall. Bring it on! Just not too fast.



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  2. Oh my! The house is really starting to look amazing! I can just imagine how beautiful the whole thing will look after everything is done. I'm excited to see the final pictures. Thank you so much for sharing the lovely pictures of that construction update. Wishing you guys all the best!

    Pleasance Faast @ Shelton

  3. Wow that looks really good! Keep up the good work


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