Now we are getting to the exciting part. Well, I will probably say that every step of the way, but you get the picture. This is the stage where everything takes shape. From a concrete slab and a bunch of drawings, to actual walls with cut outs for windows and doors.
Before we get to the good stuff, (the pictures) let me give you a brief rundown of what happened to get us to this stage. I had my drawings ready, after about a hundred
(thousand) scraps of paper and new drawings, so we took them to a local lumber store where he put my drawings on the computer. We dealt directly with one person via phone or email and the process went great. We wanted to shop “local” as much as possible this time rather than the big box stores. So, that is exactly what we did. All of our lumber basically was purchased through a store called Innovations of Home in Marion Center, Pa. Basically, we showed them our own drawing of what we wanted, and they gave us a list of materials that we would need through out the process. That took all the guess work out of it for us. For a project of this size, the less guess work we have to do, the better.
We decided to have Innovations frame our walls for us considering the amount of time it would save us. They have a building where they actually frame all the walls inside on a table so they are all square and perfect! This makes it so much easier when although we have some family that can help, we didn’t want to rely on them and we could do the framing of the house without hiring a contractor. We ordered the walls and then, we waited. We got the call that our walls were ready to be delivered by truck over the second weekend in September. It was a crazy exciting and busy day. My biggest concern was if the huge semi would make it up our long dirt road driveway. The driveway is about 1/4 mile long and all up hill with a bend or two.
The process of having the walls pre-framed was our best decision so far. Ryan and his Dad literally had all the walls up by afternoon then a few extra helpers arrived. The weekend was so full of helpers with the trusses, the walls and the sheeting we were so blessed. We would have never finished in time before the weather changed if we didn’t have so much help. Now, we regroup and on to the next step.
I would love to hear your stories of building your dream home. Does anyone else have a long driveway they were worried about for these deliveries? I was so worried. I am so relieved now that it is done!
Thanks for stopping by. I will be back soon with the next step.