Here we are, a little over a month from my last update. I feel like things are getting so exciting! All the planning and decision making is coming to life! So many people ask if we know when we will be finished. Nope! Joel is pretty much doing all of the work from here on out and so it is a little bit slower than if we were to pay someone. We are so close to the end, but all these last few things take a lot of time.
Since I last blogged the progress, we have finished sheetrock! This process took about a week and a half total time.
Harvey was all about helping with all the things!
The front doors were stained.
Joel sprayed primer on all the walls and ceilings. I think he did 2 coats of primer. As you can see, it is a messy job!
In our main living area, we wanted to use wood on the walls. We had reclaimed pine tongue and groove that we got from an old house and decided to use it. This room took a long time- everything we do in this room takes a long time because it is huge, 29×32!
I was not prepared for how much I would love the raw wood on the walls. The plan was always to paint the wood white but it was gorgeous raw. After a few days of debate, we decided we would still paint it and leave one accent wall. We felt like we wouldn’t love it raw once the wood floors were laid.
Joel also hung reclaimed wood in our bathroom. We spent some late nights and long days painting all of the walls and ceiling. I have loved the time we got to spend together working. I haven’t gotten to contribute as much to the building process as I would have liked, but I help when I can!
Next up, wood floor. We got an amazing deal on oak hardwood floors. Thank you Craigslist! We bought it months ago and had to store it in our little storage building, so when we were ready to use it, it had to be moved. It took several days to unload all 3000SF of flooring! Thankful for a very sweet college student that has helped us the last two weeks!
We spent Christmas morning inside the house. It was dusty but we loved being able to be in there! It is a Christmas we will never forget!
After Christmas, the floor started being laid. We are doing hardwood everywhere except the bathrooms which is a lot of flooring! Joel, Kamden, and Callie (our fabulous college student helper) worked hard laying all of it. I have been so proud of Kamden and how hard he has been working! He has learned so much over these last few months.
This process has been tiring. We work long hours- and I am saying we because when Joel is working on the house, I am working trying to manage the camper life. Some nights I go in to check on Joel and we chat for a few minutes which might be the only time we really get to talk that day. One night he was exhausted and while we were chatting he used Harvey’s new roller coaster as a bed. I laughed because he looked so comfortable! I have to brag on him- he has worked so hard on this house and continues to do so while having a full time fire fighter career and running a business as well. I couldn’t be more proud of him!
Most days I feel like this…. Exhausted and over it all! But then something exciting happens and I get strength to push through to another day!
We did get snow and the house looked so pretty! I can’t wait to see the outside finished. Joel isn’t working on the outside until the inside is finished.
Here is the main living area before stain
And Joel staining….. Which he finished last night at midnight! The entire house is stained! Today he will put a few coats of sealer on it and we will wait for it to dry completely.
Although I do not have a time line for a finish date, I am so excited to be this close!