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:))

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living room
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temporary living room setup

 

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

Is it spray foam or did the Stay Puff marsh mellow man explode?!? :))

The time finally arrived!!! It seemed like it took forever to get to this point! We now have a Foam house or a very long igloo 🙂  We are fully insulted with closed cell spray foam.  Floors where done and now after a day and a half of spraying walls and ceiling done. This we did hire in, it was a nice break, to check on how it was going, instead of doing it ourselves. Its crazy how hard this stuff is.  Very energy efficient !  Now back to work ..we can put our vents in and hook up the heating system to give it the true test!!! We need to finish the flooring around the edges, we waited so they could spray all the way down. Walls will be coming soon 🙂  May have to move our mattress in pretty quick lol

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how its done
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this will be our bedroom.. well part of it
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looking through th kitchen into mudroom/ Sequoias room left side/ end
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looking the other way through kitchen towards bathrooms/ livingroom on right
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check this stuff out!!!
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mudroom/ cant forget the doggy door
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the crew to call

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!

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

 

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tractor bucket sure makes a good lift
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coming together
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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!

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

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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 🙂

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

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Back door cut out….excuse the outdoor potty lol
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Time for walls
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Not as easy as it looks
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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…

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

 

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yay!! first window in!

Starting to look like a house again

We have been pretty busy ! The front exterior wall is now up, after adding new boards to the fame. Now for the side and back. We are trying to decide on siding as we go along, Stucco or Vinyl… leaning a bit more towards Stucco. So we had planned in putting a wood stove since the chimney was there and set for one. Then after looking at our floor plan we realized it would end up sitting right smack in the middle of our living room. So instead we took the chimney down. Well Kirk and Sequoia took it down I supervised and worked clean up duty. 😉 All ended well, only 1 smashed finger.  Anyways now the back wall will be as air tight as the rest. Kirk had windows in storage from years ago so lucky us we don’t have to buy any!!  Now  for the hard part of trying to figure out exactly where I want them. To bad its not like hanging a picture, if you don’t like it just move it lol.  The center beam in the house will be replaced to make sure the roof is supported well. As soon as the rest of the exterior walls are up, we will add our little laundry/utility room, new electrical wiring and plumbing. Then comes the heating and cooling system!! The spray foam insulation will then be sprayed into the walls and ceiling. Its coming along…..but so.  is winter!! 😮  With it just being Kirk, Sequoia, my dad and myself… mainly the 3, we are getting it done.

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WOOHOO!! Jackpot!! 94 cents a case at Lowes! Ha we got 15!
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adding to frame
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getting rafters ready for new beam
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getting there
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chimney coming down
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Sequoias version of a chimney sweep
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I think he surprised himself just now!

Homesteading A.D.D.

We may have a bit of A.D.D. on our little Homestead or just so much to do lol.  Either way we are getting it done slowly. Cleared out the old grape vines that were sadly taken over by huge throne vines. So even if it did produce grapes we could not have gotten to them.  Trying to keep the Pine trees from suffocating from all the poison ivy. We are the land of the poison ivy..  If you want any come and get it, its Free!!!!!

The old rotted deck is off, not sure how we didn’t fall through it.  A couple of feet went through but no whole bodies. Now we will be able to get the back siding off.  Lowes is going to love us. They should already know us and offer us a discount as much as we are about to be in there. lol

Saturday we are finally having the spray foam insulation sprayed in the floors. Cant wait to have floors, this balancing act is not for me!

 

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untouched for the wild life

 

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cleaning up for the ole Mighty Pines
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near future Honey bee home
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fresh from the garden
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and more
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down with the old deck

Watching our garden grow

I am a little impressed and a little disappointed in our first garden on our Homestead. Our very kind neighbor came over and plowed us a great garden just a month after we moved out here. I have discovered I should have started a few seedlings in starter pots to get them going earlier, and some should have gone in the ground sooner. Tomato plants must be the way to go, my tomato seeds are just not happening. But I tell ya the weeds wont stop, for every one I pull 10 more grow!!! And to be honest I have a couple of rows that I don’t even have a clue what was suppose to grow there.  Cant wait to see if we get any surprises! And Fresh Veggies!!!!

 

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OH we might get something
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keeping our fingers crossed
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yum!! cant wait