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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #50 on: March 23, 2017, 08:51:28 PM »
Congratulations! What an accomplishment. We start building this spring! My husband is a contractor and has a log home sales business. The kit (logs & beams) is almost paid for, property came with well, most of driveway, and electric. We've added new septic, cleared house site, and now need to wait for winter/mud season to end for the foundation. Just made a quick (rash?) decision to change kit to a new product his company is offering so we'll have dovetail corners. Our house will be a model of sorts so it makes sense to show it.  I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around cost especially since this is his bailiwick. Materials are crazy expensive though and we need to pay subs as my husband can't do it all and keep doing his job. We've got a 3 year old and a baby coming in June.
Thanks for your detailed spreadsheet and keep up the good work!

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #51 on: March 26, 2017, 09:00:37 AM »
we need to pay subs as my husband can't do it all and keep doing his job. We've got a 3 year old and a baby coming in June.

On the upside, you'll have the project finished up a heck of a lot faster than us. Great news when you have more important family developments to deal with!



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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #52 on: March 26, 2017, 09:14:59 AM »
Thought I'd share a few photos of recent happenings on the job site. It's been all wood all the time as of late! Splitting it, hauling it, finishing it, installing it, stacking it! So good!




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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2017, 09:22:54 AM »
Great photos - I love the hawk attack :D  Thanks for sharing this; it's been really interesting seeing the progress you've made.

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #54 on: March 26, 2017, 09:57:59 AM »
Gorgeous! Love the cathedral ceiling. And ship lap look. When we finished the loft of our current home (the actual model and office!) 8 or so years ago, I fought with my husband to install the pine horizontal where you could see it from the first floor. In my mind it better matched the log walls but little did I know it would be such a trend!
How many cord have you done? Nice job!

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #55 on: March 28, 2017, 04:55:20 AM »
I did mine myself in 2010. Its all about the right subs and watching every penny.

I figure i saved over 100k on the build and have the best house in the neighborhood.. I was here every day, 6 am and every day 6pm.... I saved some money by being here when the electrician and plumber was to pull wires and pull tube....

we did alot of little extras at barely any cost...


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #56 on: June 10, 2017, 08:26:29 AM »
How's the progress? New pics? :)
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Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2017, 09:27:54 AM »
How's the progress? New pics? :)

Hey! Thanks for checking in! Sorry it's been awhile here. I need to get my act together and do another update video!

Okay, so, what have we been up to?

•Finished all the wood ceilings and walls upstairs (still need to do most trim)
• Built the sub-structure of the balcony so I could install the siding on the gable end.
• Planted 372 seedlings with my new dibble bar (white pine, balsam fir, black spruce, tamarack, red oak).
• Started siding on April 20.
• Injured my lower back on May 20
• Fiddled around with electrical stuff and finished filling the panel while I couldn't lift things
• Fell down the stairs
• scored 50 truckloads of free fill resulting in the beginnings of our sweet winding driveway
• got back to siding on June 1
• Found out my wife is dead accurate with a miter saw!

Took advantage of a sweet sale at IKEA and bought our kitchen early.

A bullet that someone in Wyoming shot into a tree that was later milled into this board (now on our loft ceiling.)

Loft

Great horned owl through spotting scope.

Nesting goose on our pond. Her goslings hatched, but something ate them a couple days later. :(



Balcony!

Putting the flooring in the loft with my bud Jason.

Siding begins, starting with the hardest part...

View from the top.

On a favorite hill of mine north of town.

Built some cute little doors in the loft on a rainy day.

Hard part: done.



Shifting gears for a few days.

Planting the white pines on the hillsides.

Seedling number 372. Back to siding!





Ever since I started designing this house, everybody told me not to do my eaves this way because it would be too hard. Screw them!

And it's wood tick season!

Starting the west side. The weird shape on the front there is plywood that I screwed on, so that I can easily unscrew it when we put the breezeway on in the future.

Hydronic lines, water lines, and power for future garage sub panel.

Aaaaand I threw my back out.

Megan hunts the wild asparagus.

Filled the panel!

Driveway beginnings!

I think I'll just leave this here.   

Tamarack planted last year is thriving!

West facing entry door still leaks with wind driven rain. I think I will have to live with this until we have a breezeway and this door faces north. I can't put a storm door on it until then because it's a fiberglass door and will warp in the heat.

All right, let's get back to work!

Megan, killing it!

It's hot out now.

2 down! 1.5 to go!



And that about brings us up to speed!


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #58 on: June 10, 2017, 09:37:44 AM »
So good! It must be satisfying.

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #59 on: June 10, 2017, 10:00:04 AM »
Awesome photo dump! Love it!  :D
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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #60 on: June 10, 2017, 02:50:46 PM »
nice.  Are the planted trees intended to be a wind block?

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #61 on: June 10, 2017, 02:54:25 PM »
nice.  Are the planted trees intended to be a wind block?

Nah. Just love trees. Also trying to hide neighbors.


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #62 on: June 13, 2017, 02:53:08 PM »
nice.  Are the planted trees intended to be a wind block?

Nah. Just love trees. Also trying to hide neighbors.


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #63 on: June 13, 2017, 02:58:13 PM »
Second that on the $$$ estimation. Also the time estimates. Things take about 20-50% longer than you think they will.

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #64 on: June 13, 2017, 07:02:00 PM »
Congratulations, and good luck with the rest. We've been in our self- build three years now (everything except concrete pour, buried power line into the property, and drywall). The sense of satisfaction hasn't faded yet.

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #65 on: June 16, 2017, 06:31:26 AM »
Congratulations, and good luck with the rest. We've been in our self- build three years now (everything except concrete pour, buried power line into the property, and drywall). The sense of satisfaction hasn't faded yet.

Mmm... three years from now... might actually have the trim up by then!


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #66 on: June 16, 2017, 08:28:45 AM »
Following.  You are living the dream.

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #67 on: June 18, 2017, 11:39:23 AM »
nice.  Are the planted trees intended to be a wind block?

Nah. Just love trees. Also trying to hide neighbors.


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You're not hiding them well if you tell everyone where they're buried.

:D

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #68 on: June 18, 2017, 06:43:02 PM »
The leak in the door sill can be cured. First remove the adjustable sill portion of the sill. Clean out any debris or moisture in the trough you exposed. Use a new tube of silicone, or better yet, urethane caulk, and cut a very small hole in the end, to make a bead less than an 1/8th inch. Run a bead to completely seal the sill assembly to the side jambs. The leak is typically at the ends of the trough, where it meets the side jambs. Let everything cure and reinstall the adjustable sill. Now make sure that you have installed the small foam compression gaskets in the corners of the lower jamb, and properly adjust the sill.  in 99 or 100 cases, this will solve the problem.

Cool house, BTW.

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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #69 on: June 18, 2017, 06:47:14 PM »
The leak in the door sill can be cured...

Got it!!! I'll be doing this first thing in the A.M. Fingers crossed! Thank you!


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #70 on: June 18, 2017, 07:17:20 PM »
You are living the dream.

Need to remind myself of this often!


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #71 on: July 24, 2017, 05:53:50 PM »
New video update on the progress since March!


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Re: Building Our Own Home: Three Months In
« Reply #72 on: April 03, 2019, 06:10:29 AM »
For those following, I've posted a perhaps slightly over-dramatic update on home building/life progress here: Building My Dream Home or My Prison