A few things have happened since my last post [four months ago]:
We moved to the Island in June
We lived on the Island for ten weeks
We moved off of the Island in August
We moved the last of our stuff off of the Island two weeks ago
So, my lack of posts is due to Island life, but my sister’s blog filled you in on that. You’re here because you want to see where we’re at with our house (if you haven’t sneaked over to see it in real life already — you know who you are).
Plumbing was set in the basement floors a week before we moved to the Island.
My first time off the Island since moving over, I came back to this:
Less than two weeks later, we had interior and exterior walls:
The roof went up and now we are totally sealed in with windows and exterior doors too!
We are half-way through with insulation. Up next – interior: drywall || exterior: siding
Hopefully my next post won’t be four months from now! Thanks for checking in.
Thursday, 5/19: Tommy’s dad – The Captain – arrived early Thursday morning.
Friday, 5/20: Logix courses set and ready for concrete.
Monday, 5/23: We picked up 100 square feet of slate from a storage unit in Chestertown – thanks to Craigslist. I tried to talk him even lower than his asking price, but we still walked away with a great deal.
Tuesday, 5/24: Cement trucks showed up at 8:07; Durand was here by 8:15 to check on their work. He was convinced Tommy’s dad’s name was “Mr. Mike” – we have no idea why.
Wednesday, 5/25: Bought ice cream sandwiches for the men working; got home too late to get to the site before they left; ate the ice cream sandwiches.
They will start plumbing and hopefully pour the basement floor next week. Thanks for following!
Looking for more design inspiration & project updates? Follow me on Instagram: @WhiteWallsMatter.
I thought I’d answer some frequently asked questions I’ve received since starting this process:
What kind of house are you building? – I think I understand this question, but the answer is still a little dependent upon who is asking. We are building a one-story, 3bedroom/2bathroom ranch with a full-walkout basement.
How big will it be? – It is 32’x48′, or just over 1,400 interior square footage.
Did you design it? – We’ve been discussing the possibility of building for a while, so I knew the basic idea of the floor-plan that we liked and reviewed over a thousand online. So, it is a compilation of a few floor-plans that I liked the most and input from Tommy and his dad. As far as the sketch of actual floor-plan, yes, I designed it.
Can I buy your in-laws’ house? – I doubt it, but you can talk to them about it.
When will it be finished/When are you moving? – I’m always afraid to answer this question because when I do, people often tell me that it will take longer than I expect. So, we are aiming for Christmas of this year – I know – it could be later!
I told Tommy that I was going to start camping out at the house, just to get used to sleeping there! He didn’t believe me. Probably because of my overall objection to camping, or because I refuse to take the compost out after dark. He knows better than to think I’d actually sleep outside by myself all night.
But you’re just here to check on the progress of the house, and there sure has been progress! The inspector is coming today – so hopefully all goes well.
I have also started an Instagram account –@whitewallsmatter– for more real-time updates and design inspirations.
Want to know more about the phase we are in right now? This guy from LOGIX can explain it better than I can:
The first project Ashley and I worked on together was a secret mailbox, hidden half-way between her house and mine. To build our mailbox, first we found an old tree stump, then dug out the rotted wood, placed a metal coffee can inside, and covered the can back up with pine needles. We were destined to be successful architects.
Now, twenty years later, we are both in the process of building our first home. Ashley and Erik, much further along in the process than we are, offered this advice for first-time home-builders:
Make your plans as detailed as possible
Get as many prices for products from several different sources
Establish a relationship with a reputable sales rep from local building suppliers.
Limit your time running after supplies by making detailed lists
What makes their situation unique is that they are living in the basement, while slowly building the rest of the house. Ashley said, “We are doing it all with cash, so it’s been slow, but we are almost there! We should have everything done in the next couple of months, and then we plan on putting it on the market and hopefully selling right away! And then we will do it all again…It has been a bit slower than planned, but it’s worth it!”
Two of my favorite design details about this basement are the mid-mod living room and the Edison-bulb pendants in the bathroom.
Good luck, Ashley and Erik! Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful home!