with a little help from our friends

uI have been posted anything in awhile, and I could not get my photos in order. I am so happy to be able to share that we got siding up and painted, after a break in the weather going from  0 to 100 in what seemed like a day. For this part of our big restoration our friends offered us lots of help.  It sure made it go a lot faster, I am not sure how the 3 of us would have gotten the house wrapped…I am sure it would not have been pretty :)) we are so thankful for their time and help. I have to say it sure looks good!!

Yes We are still working on the inside. As you know if you have ever done anything like this before there are times when visible progress can be slow. Not to mention you just need a break ….and during that break ..well you start thinking of more ideas.  Not sure if that is a good thing haha.  although it allows for changes to be made before it is to late. Bargain shopping at auctions has been great fun, even if it isn’t house related lol Anyways I will have more pics of the inside soon.

wonder who the bosses are :))
almost like tying to wrap a odd shaped Christmas gift
siding going up
now that’s some pretty paint






leaving their mark on our house

Step 1 & 2 of shower….not pretty YET :)

The first 2  and most important steps of building our shower are done! After framing came the work.  Green board for the shower walls then We covered the shower floor with roofing paper taking it up the walls a couple feet, using spray adhesive. Then a layer of 6m plastic also going a couple feet up the walls also. The concrete was not fast setting so it could be built to slope just right in all directions to the drain. Thanks to our friend who does concrete for his help. Now that was a long process to get that concrete just right. I have to say it is a good thing we had help with it. It did take a couple of days to fully dry but it looks great and drains perfectly. Next we cut the shelves out and lined them with green board. Wrapped the rest of the walls in roofing paper using spray adhesive and taking it down over the paper that came up under the concrete and did the same with the 6m plastic. Now wrapping the shelves took the longest, they were harder than wrapping odd shaped Christmas presents lol. We built the last wall with green board and pulling all the roofing paper and plastic up the wall that was left coming out from under the concrete just for that wall.  Knobs and shower head are in place. I did throw a cheap shower curtain up until we get the entry ledge done and to see if the water is going to splash out. We have about 6 inches of roofing paper and plastic coming out under the concrete at the shower entry that we are going to la our flooring over just for extra protection.    Now we are ready to make it pretty 🙂 I cant tell you how great it was to try it out!!!! No more RV showers!!!!  Only 1 more shower to build lol!!!

green broad
roof paper
6m plastic
slanting to drain
cutting out for shelves
wrapped shower in roof paper
last wall built
our little helper (the other 2 were sleeping) 🙂
wrapped in 6m plastic

Moved in to stretch out while finishing our house

Out of the RV!!!!!  We are finally staying in our house! I cant tell you how good it feels!   We still have plenty to finish up (obviously) but we are far enough along that we could move our beds and couch in and relax for a sec. 🙂 Lights are in.. (who knew it would be so hard to decide exactly where to put them. We did go all LED. Furnace is hooked up (finally) Got our fridge and stove in, and got our washer and dryer home. set up a utility sink until we get our Island and cabinets built, then we will just move it to the mudroom. I have decide what kind of ceiling do we want…what kind of flooring. Thanks to our nephew we got a couple of carpet pieces to throw down until we are ready for the flooring. We have the minable in here right now .. easier clean up during remaining construction and less to have to cover lol…and oooh the showers!! But we are so excited to be this far! Not to mention only a few more RV showers until we have one shower ready:))


living room
temporary living room setup


oh yea!!!!
not sure which one is happier with their temporary bed lol

Yes that is my pantry!

Our house is starting to look like a home with more walls going up.  The rooms sure look different with walls instead of spray paint mapping them out 😊.  Looks awesome if I can say so myself. We got our toilet and vanity for the first bathroom, we are going to build both showers. We are trying to decide what we want for the ceiling so that is on hold. Lots of decisions to make. Sequoia decided he wants a phone booth for his bedroom door… We will see how that turns out🙃😂! Our walk in pantry is huge! I love it.

Sequoias room
Closet going up in Sequoias room
Our huge pantry to the right
Entryway to kitchen


Learning all trades

The roof is on!! Now Lets hope it doesn’t leak!  Don’t call me for your roofing job! Trying not to slide off and tear the tar paper was not a easy task lol. I got the hang of it and didn’t do to bad. With help from Kirk we got it done in no time.

Bring on the ductwork!! That’s the only thing left to do before the spray foam insulation! Then yes the sheetrock! We are so close!  I have great ideas for the inside of our home, but you will have to wait to see them :).



a little steeper on this side
not to bad for my first time
still have to add the doggy door
plenty of room in there

Add-on coming together

This is one sturdy mudroom! The roof is up and I will tell you that was not a easy task. As for me Trying to help keep those heavy boards from sliding back off while being pushed up, I was sure I was going to cause more damage than good!! They are up, most of the wall boards are up and most importantly NO Bodies or boards fell to the ground!!

If all goes right our heating/cooling system and ductwork will be delivered today!

Got to have some fun!!
Looks good!!
the loft sure came in handy


tractor bucket sure makes a good lift
coming together
side view

e are still at it! Added more support.. this is one sturdy room! I will tell you putting the boards on the roof was not a easy job. Trying to help slide them up without letting go, I was sure I was going to do more damage than good! NO boards or bodies fell to the ground! Whooooooo what a relief!

Yes our Mudroom has a loft

Our Mudroom is coming along!! We are getting close to being able to put the roof and walls up!  Built a loft for storage, which Sequoia thinks he is going to steal for his room. He will think again once the roof is on and he can only stand in one spot lol. We are so anxious to get it done and moved in.  Our RV seems so be getting smaller! lol!

extra room for storage
a bit of luck
storage loft going up


here come the rafters

2/3rds of the way done

Our kitchen and bathroom windows in. The kitchen windows are in place of having wall cabinets.  Now it is time for our mud/utility room ! Which it really is mud/clay at the moment. Of course there is a brick driveway or patio under the dirt.  We are always finding stuff here, just no jar of money yet!  The last wall is coming down to reframe as a inter wall and entry doorway. Should have the concrete laid this week so we can frame it out. Our front door and a back door that leads to the little girls play area, (we wont forget the puppy door) will be in the mud room. Hopefully they will leave their mud where it belongs…but I kinda doubt it 🙂

our mudroom in the making
time to bring the last wall down
Sequoia showing off for Papa
new entry..coming out of mudroom. No those steps are not staying lol
heres our kitchen,pantry, and entry
We got more windows in

Excuse the mess.. we have been busy :)

We worked all day yesterday… Except during the eclipse 🙂 what better time for a lunch break!  Now we have the back walls up, that is not a easy task. The back door is partly cut out. We are considering making our own door so we can have the style we want that will fit the height of the wall. The windows are in!! It looks great if I can say so myself! We have decided to get the same kind of windows for the front, instead of using what we have. This way we can choose the size we want and mostly they are easier to put in lol. Moving right along 🙂

Back door cut out….excuse the outdoor potty lol
Time for walls
Not as easy as it looks
Well.. Would you look at that


Window time!

The chimney is down. What a mess that made, but the concrete blocks and bricks will sure make a great forge and fire pit. So we have framed out the back wall for windows, and we are thinking the back of the house should be considered the front :).  We still need to cut out and frame for the back door. I will tell you deciding on where to put each window and the doors was a tough decision. Who would have thought that would be so hard to decide. Normally you plan your furniture around windows and doors, but we are planning around furniture lol. Kirk had to spray paint where the interior walls and cabinets are going to be for me so I could figure it out.  Our first window is in!!!!We also got the hot and cold water lines ran and ready to add plumbing. Old wiring has been torn out and new home run wires ran.  Hopefully in within a week we will have the concrete poured for our add-on mud/utility room. It is coming along…

Back wall
framing for windows
A Window is going were the chimney was
Sequoia already trying to sneak out


yay!! first window in!