Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Building Our Own House - Part 1
So, the blog has sat dormant for quite some time. Here is a bit of a catch up as we have been super busy with our latest crazy project of building our own house. We moved out of the beloved "Sanctuary" (as the chemtd's called it) almost 2 years ago as Jeremy took a new job at a bigger school. We looked at the housing market in our new location and were so discouraged by the limited options and the much higher prices. Our first week at our new ward we were kindly taken to a newer neighbourhood in a nearby town in which several members had decided to be their own General Contractors and given a tour. Their homes were beautiful and the money they were able to save simply by being the one to call the trades in, was incredible. That was that…building seemed our only option. We quickly found and purchased a 1.2 acre lot just on the outskirts of our new town and had planned to start building right away until we ran into our first little snag…. AGREEING ON BLUEPRINTS. Jeremy and I had very different ideas of what type of house we were going to build. I had always thought that if I ever built a home, it would be exactly like my Grandma's old two-story farm house. Ask any of the children and grandchildren that spent portions of their growing years at that house and it is unanimous…that house had a special sort of magic… Though it was old, and not very large (which is debatable…it is about 850 square feet per level (3 levels) so plenty of space)…, each room, each railing, each doorknob, each nook and cranny of that house held sentimental value to us.