It’s April vacation week and we’re moving into our new house! Luckily, rainy days have kept me inside, busily packing and carting over car-loads of boxes, bags, and crates. One more load of the big stuff, including our bed, will mark tomorrow as our official move-in day! We couldn’t be more excited about the craftsmanship, artistry, hand-me-downs, local food, house warming gifts, and cheers of support that contributed to the home-building and shelf-stocking process. We hope you’ll come visit soon to see it all first hand! In the meantime, some photos:
Once again, I’m devoting a blog post to photos of our house progress instead of a story of delicious cooking, home gardening, or great projects to do with kids. Soon though, we’ll move into our new home. It will serve as the new site for my gardening, cooking, and crafting adventures!
Regarding house construction, we’re heading down the “home” stretch! Tile and wood flooring is in, work is finishing up on trim inside and out, cabinets are being hung, countertops are in the making, and appliances are being delivered. Efficiency Vermont will be doing their blower door test this week to determine how tight our home actually is. Based on the quality of the workmanship of Fiddlehead Construction, we think it will prove to be very tight indeed. During the last sunny but cold week, heat was turned off in the house because it was getting too hot!
As each room develops its own identity, it is easy to start visualizing the house filled with furniture, plants, dishes, friends… soon!
As new layers are added and next steps are taken on our house construction, spaces seem to grow and shrink in unpredictable ways. Of course, they’ve been the same dimensions since the beginning. The footprint of our poured foundation seemed teeny – would it be comfortable to live in a house that small? When framing went up, everything seemed huge. And then internal walls made the space shrink. With insulation they seemed to shrink even more.
Now that painting is almost complete, we’re seeing the spaces as they will actually be! It feels as though we are very close to the end of a long and exciting journey. Soon flooring, cabinets, and lighting will be installed, turning our construction project into a home. Check out some of our most recent photos below:
Once again I’m hijacking my blog to share photos of our house progress. We braved single digit temperatures and sub-zero winds to walk over to the site yesterday. Roof shingling is almost complete, and workers have begun siding the house. Inside the sun pushed temperatures into the seventies! Sheetrocked walls are giving us a sense of how each room will feel finished. Meanwhile, down the road, our dining room table is almost finished! According to current estimates, we’ll be able to move into our new house in March. Exciting stuff!
It’s chilly outside – only 10 degrees this morning – but inside our new house, it’s nice and warm! Windows are fully installed, insulation is complete, and the house is wired. The small motor from a dehumidifier in the basement has been keeping inside temperatures in the fifties! This bodes well for our future electricity bills. We continue to be excited about all of the energy efficient options available – a heat air exchange pump, passive solar design techniques, drain water heat recovery system, energy star appliances, and of course, lots and lots of insulation. Check out the photos below for a visual tour:
Want more? Evan made a video tour just after Thanksgiving. You can check it out by clicking here. Happy New Year!
Introducing another split-personality blog post! With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I predictably have autumn recipes on my mind. Luckily, many of my favorite fall harvest veggies already have posts devoted to them. If you’re looking for some ideas, check out my favorite way of preparing Brussels sprouts, kale, winter squash, and chard.
The real purpose of this post will come as a relief to friends and family who are eagerly (and not without a few subtle and not so subtle hints) awaiting photos of our latest house progress. Our exterior walls are nearing completion – they’re actually two walls with insulation sandwiched in between! The roof is ready to accept shingles. Interior walls have been framed in so we’re really able to visualize where each room will be. For anyone who has adventurously attempted the rough drive up to the site, this may be the most exciting progress: our construction road is now a real driveway, covered with a smooth packed layer of fine gravel!
As I compared this and last weeks’ house photos, I realized that a shift has occurred. The exterior photos showed an unchanged structure. Exciting advances, however, were made inside. Having received so much rain in the past ten days, we’re lucky that the roof and walls can now shelter work being done to finish the inside of the house. Here are some visual updates:
For any of you out there who enjoy my blog for the stories about gardening, cooking, and working with children in nature, forgive me for yet another post full of house photos! Yes, last week we canned and fermented hot sauce, made butter, did our first frost harvest, and made another yummy raspberry covered flourless chocolate cake. The focus of our weekend’s work, however, has resulted in some great progress on the landscaping and retaining wall of our new house. I’ll have to depend on past year’s posts to cover my kitchen and garden projects (click on the links above for recipes, photos and stories). Now, onto the house…
After returning from a day of work at the site, a special surprise was waiting in my inbox: photos of the house from above. Thanks James!
You may not have guessed, among stories of vegetables, gardening, and children in nature, that we’re building a house! Actually, we go to work and pay other people (who are much smarter about construction) to build it for us. We’re definitely impressed by the work of our contractor, Fiddlehead Construction. Everything has been going very smoothly and we’re excited to announce that we have the very beginnings of first floor walls!
Sorry for the delay to all those who have been pleading for photos. Here’s the long-awaited update: