The Sticks Go Up Fast (Building Part 3)

Before we get to the photo gallery, I don’t think I have ever described the house we designed. (Clearly I’ve been blogging a lot in my mind but not actually “on paper” over these last several months!)

  • The new house is two stories – well, technically it’s a story and a half (that is when the second floor living space is less than or equal to half of the square footage of the first floor) – like the old house.
  • The layout is fairly similar to the old house, but the floor plan is much more open. The flow between the kitchen and family room is seamless – it will be so much fun when we have parties!
  • Our old house was a 4 bedroom, 2 bath. The new house is a 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath.
  • Our old house was about 2,400 square feet. The new house is… bigger… a lot bigger.

At the outset I was adamant that 2,800-3,000 was my absolute limit. We wound up at almost 3,700 square feet. (She says sheepishly.) We got there by making a garage a bedroom, taking a two-story family room and flooring the second story in to a play room, adding a laundry room, and moving 2 walls out 2 feet, which when you do that over two stories adds a lot.

And I while I can’t believe we are building this ginormous house, I must confess that I love the spaciousness and openness. Plus we’ve tried to balance our desires with current trends and best possible resale. In the end, I’m amazed with what we have been able to do with the lemon we were dealt.

I love that we have a dining room that will seat our whole family this Christmas – all 13 of us. I love that my whole family will have room to stay in the house. I love that we will still have a nursery on the first floor (and we better get busy on that cause we have a lot of house to fill!). And I love that I no longer have to do laundry in my kitchen.

Anyway, I said there would be pictures 🙂 So two days after the foundation was poured, on June 20th, the framing started.

We started at the east wall – which are bedrooms and bathrooms.

I can’t even begin to describe how exciting this was. And how fast it moves.

Day 2 of framing. So much progress.

James and I left for vacation in South Carolina on the 23rd. This is what the house looked like before we left.

Day 3 of framing.

Chris sent these pictures while we were gone (though he left to join us on the 27th).

Week two of framing.
We have stairs!!!
And with stairs comes the second floor!

This last picture was taken the night of June 26. In six days we went from concrete to two stories.

Five days later, this is what the house looked like when we returned from vacation (July 2nd).

We were gone one week. When I left we had a first floor. When I returned we had instant house!

It still amazes me how we went from an empty lot to a whole house framed out in two weeks!!! The phoenix is rising, friends.

5 thoughts on “The Sticks Go Up Fast (Building Part 3)

  1. Common Loon August 3, 2012 / 3:46 pm

    Love the photos! Makes it even more exciting for us at a distance.

    So is this (last) photo of the front of the house, situated with the front just as it was on the previous house? N, S, E, & W don’t mean as much to me since I’m not a local.

  2. Common Loon August 3, 2012 / 3:48 pm

    Another ?: do you have a plan for cleaning 4 1/2 bathrooms???????

  3. Eileen August 3, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    Good questions Kate. Yes, the house is situated on the lot exactly as it was before, but we will now have an additional entrance on the side-street side. (So the last photo is taken from what would’ve been the street in front of the old house.)

    As for cleaning…the plan is the same as it has been since James was born. (Kudos to Chris on that one – though I don’t think he knew he was making a life decision!) Her name is Yadira. She is lovely and sweet (and super reasonably priced). She and her husband come once every two weeks and cover the big stuff. I do the day to day and James undoes the day to day 🙂

  4. Sarah August 3, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Have you checked on the staircase to make sure it’s right and not a deathtrap-in-waiting like your old one?

  5. Mom August 3, 2012 / 5:05 pm

    WOW! Loon is right — the photos give this project “life” for those not actually seeing it. I am awed by **anything** that goes from a drawing to a building 😊 And, your tree in front is surviving?? Yes?? Thanks so for the time it takes to share all this. H U G S !!

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