Trim has been installed. The walls have been primed with their paint colors and our cabinets have been installed throughout the house. The tile floors have been started. All of the tile materials arrived yesterday and crew began installation. Also, if all goes well, we will be moving in sometime next month! We are excited about that…
Earlier this week, we marked the three month mark for our home build. I spent much of the day sitting on the new screened porch – just enjoying the breeze. The day before, I attended my Granny’s funeral. The past month has been extremely emotional and trying as she has struggled and ultimately passed on. I have been fortunate in my life not to have lost many of my family members during my (soon to be) 30 years. So, while I was surrounded by an amazing new home that has moved from a dream, to paper, to being built, the time has been bittersweet.
It is very amazing how much has happened with the house in just three short months. The lot was cleared in early July and then footings were dug and poured on July 13 and 15. Since that time, we have an actual house on site. At the last draw (a couple weeks ago), we were an estimated 60% completed on the house. Today, I would personally estimate that we are closer to 70% complete.
Inside the house, we have finish carpentry going in – crown molding, baseboard, interior doors and door trim throughout in preparation for the painters to come in next week. Our cabinets have arrived from the factory and should be installed in the coming week. Outside, our front door has arrived and been installed. The siding around the front door (the very last section) has been completed and our shutters have been installed. On the outside, the only things I see left are finish electrical, steps and painting some of the trim around the porches.
A lot of progress on the house – will just be a brief post (see why here) – but siding is done; insulation was installed; drywall is installed and has been finished – ceiling were sprayed and finished; the screen porch was installed; doors are all in, except for the front door.
This week has proved to be another exciting and progress-filled week with our house. Thursday marks the beginning of five weeks of our build and the progress made is nothing short of amazing. We know that things will begin to slow down and visible changes won’t make the kind of “wow” impact that the past five weeks have had, so we are certainly enjoying the “wow” as it comes…
As I blogged earlier, Tuesday began the process of putting the trusses onto the house. Thursday continued that work and as of today, we have most of the sheeting installed and the framers are working on the last piece of framing — the front dormer. I spoke with the on-site guy today while I was there and he estimates that 95% of our roof will be completed by the end of the day.
And, as a side note, its extremely hot right now in South Carolina. The crew was not working on top of the house when I went by around 1pm — they were working inside instead — but even not in direct sunlight, it was really hot outside. Even standing by and not really working, you just pour sweat. But, the good news is the humidity isn’t awful, like it can be sometimes here. Fortunately, everyone is trying to be safe about the progress.
The felt will be laid and the roof will be prepped for shingles next week. Shortly after that, I expect the house to be fully dried in… So, lots of progress for us.
Yesterday, as expected, the crew began raising the roof of our house. Early in the morning, there was a crain on site to begin placing the trusses on the walls. By 10am (the first picture below), the main section of the house looked to be in place. By the time that I made it to the site (shortly after noon), the crew was already gone and all the trusses were lifted in place.
There is still a bit of work to do with the roof before it can be sheeted and ready for felt and shingles. Most of this work will probably be done by hand with the crew, rather than requiring the crain.
To my delight, I drove out to the new homesite and found that the slab has been poured for the house and both porches. When I got out to the site, the crew was busy taking down the edges of the porches and setting everything up to cure. I am so excited that everything is poured. Our family Bible has been encased in concrete in the block foundation under what will become our front door. Friends of ours suggested how cool it would have been to slide in some photos along with the Bible, so that has lead us to a new idea for our kitchen – aka the heart of the home – but that will stay an surprise for now.
We celebrated Easter at the beach last weekend and Peyton enjoyed breakfast with the Easter bunny at Market Common. We ate at Travinia’s for breakfast and Peyton got to meet and have her picture made with the Easter bunny. After lunch, we all gathered in Valor Park for an Easter egg hunt. It was funny, because, the eggs were certainly not hidden. There were thousands of eggs spread all over the lawn and in bushes. The kids had a great time collecting eggs. On Sunday, we went to church and then drove to my Grandma Hancock’s house to have lunch with family. The kids got to hunt eggs again and Peyton had a blast playing with all her cousins.