Happy throwback (today flash back Friday) House Series edition! This week I’m sharing the framing proces. I hope you are enjoying this series and it helps in some way. Time is just flying by! I can’t believe we are about to wrap up the throwback version of the house series. Soon, I will be sharing as we go!
We got to close out 2017 with a foundation, and a full frame to the house. Around the middle of December we did our weekly check up and sure enough, we had a frame! It was cold and rainy, but we still couldn’t contain our excitement. We had to explore! J had the biggest smile on his face running in between the frames and seeing everything. In trying to contain his excitement we were cautionious about nails and sharp objects. As you can see he just couldn’t help being “oh so happy!”
Walking through our home for the first time gave us all the feels! Hearing Jermaine’s laughter in each room, seeing Jacob smile, and making plans for our future made me feel like we were already home.
We started 2018 with a bang! In the first week of January we had the walls, a roof, and windows!
I questioned the way the roof looked at first. I honestly thought it was going to be another point on the right. Instead, it’s more roof than brick. It’s easy to feel defeated at times while building a house, going back and forth. Having to make so many decisions, I questioned myself many times when it came to the big decisions. Although I questioned the way the roof looked at first, I am completely in love with it now. Seeing it with the brick and seeing how everything flows makes me love it that much more.
They did make a few mistakes throughout the process. Here’s how the floor plan was originally.
Like I said in previous posts, we did make changes to a few things. For example, turning the formal dining room into Jermaine’s playroom. Since the beginning, I had a vision of barn doors on each side leading to the playroom and office. Doing that we needed to close the walls more, I imagined a 7.5 foot entry way with 8 foot barn doors. Instead they made it an 6.5 foot arch opening. They took out the arch but kept it at a 6.5 foot opening. They also forgot to make the office closet smaller for us to have a double sink in the guest bathroom. That was a quick fix. We added a bench to our master shower. Instead of putting the bench on the opposite side of the shower head, they put it on the same side. Because they cannot change the drainage, we just had them switch the bench to the opposite side. Lastly they forgot to take out the arch in the kitchen/living room area. Luckily, that was also a quick fix. That’s all the mistakes and miscommunications that were made thus far. I’m so glad we are able to make a weekly trip to see the process and stay on top of everything. This is our first time going through this process and there have been a few stressful situations, for the most part it has been an easy process.
Late January, they did all the electrical work. A few days later, we did our pre sheetrock walk through. This is when we did our own inspection and wrote down everything that was not right, also any of the questions we had. Jermaine loved running around in circles and playing on the back porch.
Before the sheetrock went in we wanted to do something special to us. We as a family find it extremely important to give glory to our Lord, having our home built with him. Originally, we had the plan of putting a few bible verses on the frame. A sweet friend of mine gave the idea for a bible verse in each room. We prayed over our home and wrote a verse in each room. We also wrote our names on the concrete. Jermaine helped with his. 🙂
Front door verses:
“But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
“Children are a heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3
Living room verse:
“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:14
Throughout this process I have definitely been reminded of the importance in capturing every moment. It’s easy to get caught up in everyday living nowadays. I feel like societal pressures try to press us to be a certain way at a certain time in our life. Getting caught up with the social media can lead to forgetting to be in the moment. At times, I even catch myself reminding Jacob to be present with us. For him, it’s hard to unwind from the stress at work. Being able to come together a couple days each week to really focus on family time is the sweetest blessing nowadays. I’m trying to focus and appreciate each time that happens. Next week, I will be sharing how the house looks now and what we are expecting next. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!