Project Major Home Addition

Project Major Home Addition Update

by GettingFreedom on October 13, 2010

The past month and half have been absolutely overwhelming to say the least.  We fired our contractor on Project Major Home Addition, and brought in my Father In Law (who was between jobs as a cabinet installer) to finish it all up.  The problem here was that our home at this point was basically just framed in.  We had a long haul in front of us.  And by “we” I mean me and my Father In Law.  Overnight I went from a little ol’ housewife to a Full Time Construction Worker-Full Time Mother of 4 (one an infant) Full Time Wife and Part Time Soccer Mom. 

If that wasn’t enough, we had to move into our garage so we could actually work in the house without having to move furniture around, and so the sheetrock dust, as well as all the other construction dust wouldn’t do us all in.  We went from a full kitchen to a microwave (remember my dislike of microwaves?!?!?) and dorm fridge literally overnight.  This has absolutely killed me!  No more fresh bread, snacks, from scratch dinners, and no canning our beloved applesauce and apple butter this year. 

Life has been tough–but it’s also been do-able.  And, although I’m incredibly exhausted, it’s been almost enjoyable.  It’s forced us to be closer together as a family, with absolutely no TV (only movies every so often) and very little internet/computer time.

All of this to say–The main part of Project Major Home Addition is almost finished!!  We will finally be able to move back in this weekend!  We were able to finish all of the hardwood over the weekend, and we got the baseboard up on Monday.  My kitchen cabinets are installed, but my countertops won’t be until sometime early next week.  All 0f the tile work will have to wait until we’ve already moved back in.  We have one functioning bathroom, and for now, that’s enough. :)

Thank you SO very much for your emails and your comments of concern.  Sorry for leaving everyone hanging, I’ve just been too exhausted to update.  Hopefully by the end of this month, early next, our normalcy will have resumed enough that I can post again on a regular basis.  Oh do I ever have so much to share!


Project Major Home Addition Update

by GettingFreedom on August 12, 2010

Many of you have asked how our home addition was going, so I thought I’d throw in a quick update.

Honestly, it’s not going near fast enough. :(  Our house was supposed to be done mid-late July, and it’s not.  The outside is mostly done, except for a few loose ends, and a deck on the back.  The inside however, is only framed  up.  Willie has ran all of the electric, and the heating and air is as far as can be at this point.  But, we’re still looking at roughly 5 more weeks! Ike!

The next 5 weeks are going to be the hardest, too, which is why this job really needed to be done before school started again.  Our initial plans were for me and the kids to move back to our hometown and in my mom until the “hairy” parts were over.

And by “hairy” parts I mean:  An entire exterior wall of our current/old home is to be removed so that it opens up into the addition/new part of the house.  Talk about dust and yuck galore!  And then they will begin to sand and finish the sheetrock–which is another crazy messy job.  I definitely do not want Blake around all that dust, not to mention the other kids.  Also, once they take down that wall–we will be in the same space as the workers, which will make living rather tough!  Not exactly sure what we are going to do now with school starting next week!

Anyway, here is a look at the before and after of the exterior of the house:

Front Yard



Not sure if you can tell by the photo or not, but we got all new windows (the ones on the existing house ended up being bigger than the old ones), new JamesHardie Concrete Siding (which we adore!), as well as new roofing.

Back Yard

Before:Back of House

Before: Back Yard.  This picture begins where the other ones leaves off.


I know that it’s really hard to see what is going on in these pictures!  Our addition goes from the back of our home, and attaches to the garage that was already there {but useless}.  We included a covered carport/breezeway since the one we had was enclosed {see above before and after}. A deck will run from the edge of the carport to the 2nd door you see on the left, my current dining room/kitchen {soon to be ALL kitchen!}, which is also all under roof, and then over to the 1st door, which is my laundry room.

If you were to walk through the breezeway, and turn around, this is what you would see:


Someday it’ll be finished.

To see previous pictures, you can also check out this Progress Post.  Which for reference, the trash pile in those pictures, is the same one in the picture above.  Well, same spot anyway. ;)

I’m still Lovin’ It, though!


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Things have been a little busy around here the last few days.  Project Major Home Addition is well underway, and progress can finally been seen. We’ve been planning for this project for about 6 years now–and it still just seems unreal that it is finally happening. I’m absolutely elated, but in the same respect I’m […]

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