Homeowners

SO much has happened since our last blog post nearly three weeks ago. We were fortunate to host Mark’s parents for the past two weeks, and they were kind enough to spend most of their trip helping out with the house. Due to all of our combined efforts, we were able to complete the framing, put up the roof rafters, install a metal roof, install all of the windows and doors, AND do the electrical rough-in. Phew! That’s a lot, I know, so here is a breakdown with pictures:

Second story framing
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Second story walls going up
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Raise walls, not hell

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So I have to take a minute here to highlight how pleased we have been with our power tools and the solar panels on our suburban. We don’t have electrical hookups at our property (and we intend to keep it that way), and we wanted to avoid having to run a generator, so that left us with one option with regards to powering our build: solar energy + cordless tools. We purchased Ryobi One powertools at Home Depot (circular saw, jigsaw, drills, sawsall, angle grinder, miter saw) because they were super affordable and because they would all run off of the same rechargeable lithium ion battery packs. I’m not trying to give a free plug for Ryobi or anything, but we have been impressed with the hours of operation that we can get from a single charge, and we love the fact that we can easily recharge the batteries from our 300w solar panels that we have mounted on our suburban. But the coolest thing is that we can say that our house was built exclusively with solar and human power!

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Seriously impressed with our Ryobi One tools
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Since we don’t have a nail gun, the nails were all driven in with human power (not always fun) But on an unrelated note, at least I discovered how to camouflage myself on the build site!

After the framing was all complete, it was time to put up the rafters and start installing the windows!

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Happy dance after getting the first story windows, door, and rafters in!
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The second story windows were a bit trickier…
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But it turns out that having an avid climber and climbing gear on site is the way to do it
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And also a wonderful mother to stabilize the ladder
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The climbing gear also came in handy for doing the roof
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Installing that pretty green metal roof
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Mark is ready to launch his career as a roofer
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Ta-da! The house is now all dried in and ready to take on any storm (so happy we don’t have to rig up tarps to cover the build every night anymore!)

Now while all of this was going on, there were also two CRUCIAL side projects happening, spearheaded by none other than Mark’s parents! Carol, Mark’s mom, was the real hero of the week, spending countless hours rounding up, cutting, and burning, some of the leftover slash from when we cut the trees down to clear the build site way back in June. Now we can actually see more of our forest!

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And John, Mark’s dad, became our master electrician, braving countless hours in Home Depot and battling 12-gauge wire with his trusty wire cutter at his side.

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The master at work
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It’s hard to gauge, but I’d say he is wired πŸ˜‰

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A shot of the upstairs, wiring complete
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The upstairs, looking out
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A little cluttered, but here is the downstairs and circuit breaker box

It’s hard to believe that all of this progress happened in just three weeks- and that even includes the time we took off to go fishing!

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Mark and I now truly feel like homeowners, and our buildsite is finally starting to feel like a house. We can’t wait to get started on the interior, but in the mean time, we owe a HUGE thanks to Mark’s parents. THANK YOU!

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Heroes: Prospector John and Firemaster Carol
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4 thoughts on “Homeowners

  1. WOW! You guys have made some serious progress! Looks awesome πŸ™‚ So glad to have seen you both and Mark’s folks a few weeks back on the Russian river!

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  2. A hearty congratulations to you and hooray for Mark’s mom and dad. What a gift!!! To work together must have been a great experience. You have accomplished so much. Way to go!!!!

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