Drywall is going up this week. I can’t believe I have hallways and rooms.

From the living room looking towards the kitchen and up into the loft/playroom.

These guys are amazing on stilts. He is on two boards over the stairs. And so……little C is now asking us for stilts for his next birthday :).

Looking out from the loft, the stairwell is in the left corner.

Today was a half day for the three big kids in school. We stopped by the house on the way home and the kids started playing ‘hide and go seek’. Cole and I were visiting with Jonathan the head drywall guy. They run a family business with Jonathan and his Brother and his Nephew Andrew and his Father Omar. (I can’t remember his brothers name 😞)

All of a sudden a man goes running through the great room. Jonathan says “was that my brother?” Now there is often running bodies at the house but they are usually our kids, not grown men. But we both looked and said “yep that was your brother”. Then went back to talking. About 20 seconds later we hear “ready or not here we come”. And all four of our kids came running into the great room on the hunt to find Jonathan’s brother. It was so sweet and so funny. And honestly how so much of this project has gone. Our subs have been so amazing.

My kids have had such a great experience meeting these hard working tradesmen. And slowly watching our home materialize. The dry wall has been such a huge change. Being able to walk down the hallways and into all the rooms. It’s been really fun for all of us.

The girls checking out their rooms, after the first day of drywall.

Little C-man helping step on the tool that lifts up the bottom of the drywall.

Staying out of the way watching the (unseen) man working 🙂

And following Dad, carrying wood, always ready to help.

They started taping the drywall today. I think by Tuesday it will be time to start texturing the walls. They are going to make a few samples for me. Big decision!!! 😳.

Sorry for the crazy long post. And million pics of little man.

Thanks for following along our crazy journey.


Truss fix

We met with the engineer, our framer and our builders……..

First off the engineer said everything looks great……no fear of the wall falling in. Big happy face!!! 😄. The wood is “creeping” as wood does……there was a lot of talk about the size of the beams and the point where the wood was taking all the weight…..honestly when he said there was no fear of the wall falling over I just got into the aesthetic part and left the technical why to my husband. Bottom line “it’s fixable”, and not crazy expensive to fix.

Our trusses are king post trusses….we are going to use rods to make them a scissor type truss. Had we gone with scissor trusses to begin with (due to the smaller beams). We wouldn’t have had the problem. (Or that’s what we were told).

This was nobody’s fault but our own….we should have measured the wood when we received it. Lesson learned. 😁

We talked to an engineer in Washington and sent him photos and he was in agreement with our engineer. (We wanted another opinion). His idea was exactly the same…..without knowing what our guy was coming up with. So that made us feel better.

So this is what our engineer sent us yesterday…..there will actually be four rods on each beam.

Like this with four rods. except with our truss (I found this photo on Pinterest)

The rods with the wood is very European…..there are no places in the US that build these rod systems (that we could find). They are all in the UK and one company in Canada (again that we could find) So now we have to figure out if we will have them fabricated here or order them. (It’s looking like 5-6 weeks to order them). That is a long time…. :(. Hopefully we don’t have to wait that long. Fingers crossed.

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Watching the build

Some days the kids can’t wait to get over to the new house….some days they beg me not to drive over. But most of the time they have enjoyed watching the house emerge before their eyes.

Little T, busy on the stairs.

Big C, his feet are on what is planned to be our fireplace mantle beam. The big kids think it’s pretty neat that this wood is so old. I told big T (Who is fascinated with history, especially Indian history) ” Indians and settlers walked by these beams when they were trees in Pennsylvania”. Such a neat concept for them to fathom. Interestingly enough our land was an indian campground at one time. But that will be another post when I have all the information. 🙂

Having breakfast at the house a few weeks ago.

Watching the framers, builders and Hubs standing around the plans, discussing things.

Hauling cut ends of beams to the truck. She insisted on doing it herself. (We are keeping all the cut pieces…..some diy to come I am sure 🙂 )

I remember my parents building our home fondly. I think these little munchkins will too enjoy the memories of building our home.