Much has happened at our new house since my post on August 13th. We passed our inspection, got a great appraisal and signed our closing papers. That was so easy to write but in reality those were accomplished only because we had no life for a month.
This is my final post, so it’s only fitting that I end with some Top # Lists:
*Top 10 Things I Learned About Building Your Own House:
#1 – It takes twice as long as you think and cost a whole heck of a lot more too.
#2- Be ready to sacrifice: your time, your friendships, your exercise, your fun times, your church attendance, your sleep,…
#3 – Amazon may be taking over the world but they sure carry a lot of house building items and for a much cheaper price.
#4 – Our Valley is full of fabulous sub-contractors who not only did a superb job but were really great people to work with.
#5 – You can do more than you think you can.
#6 – Your marriage doesn’t have to suffer. Amazingly enough we never had a fight during the whole project (a sure sign that miracles still happen!!).
#7 – It sounds like fun to pick out all your new items but you get overwhelmed and so tired of making decisions.
#8 – You can’t over-plan but you can over-think.
#9 – I never want to go to Lowe’s again.
#10 – A house is just a house. A home is where you live and do life with people you love.
Top 2 Things We Would Do Differently:
#1 – Crawl space under the house.
#2 – Not put in a square toilet in the guest bathroom. It’s gotta go.
Top 6 Things We Love About The House:
#1 – Location and View
#2 – Living Room Windows
#3 – Master Bedroom
#4 – Roof Deck
#5 – Kitchen
#6 – It’s 95% done!!
Before I do the next list, I must share this quote by architect Guy Peterson: “When you do something different, people are always going to ask the question why. Why is it not looking like the house across the street? I’ve always told my students, ‘I’d rather do a building that someone didn’t like than one they didn’t notice’ “.
Top 4 Questions People Ask Us:
#1 – Are you going to fill in the holes and paint your concrete walls? (nope)
#2 – Are you going to paint your concrete floor? (nope)
#3 – What’s the concrete wall for outside? (design feature only)
#4 – Are those your finished light fixtures? (that one was from our brother-in-law Jim and the answer is- yep)
So this is it. My last blog post. And while there are still closets to be built and shelves to be hung, if you want to see them you will have to stop by for a visit or invite yourself over. A huge thank you to all that helped us along this journey by lending a hand or dropping by – it meant the world. To those who read and wrote words of encouragement after a blog posting – thank you so much! And of course a huge shout-out to Jesse Lye – we couldn’t have even started this project without you bro.
Here are some final pictures – enjoy!
Oh, one more thing. Whenever we watch BBC home shows, all the houses have names the owners have given them. Our house? La Maison Vue (French for ‘The View House’). : )