S: Building My New Home 2010-2011
FC: You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right. - Maya Angelou
1: This book is dedicated to the many people who helped me gather the resources and strength to build a new home. Thank you all.
2: The end and the start of a new beginning. September 25, 2010: Hosting a party to pack up and move things into storage.
3: I ordered pizza online and while I was picking it up, pictures and messages were left on the walls.
4: October 27, 2010: This is the excavator at 7 am on demolition day. It brought down the entire house down by 2:30 in the afternoon. The next day the hole was all leveled out.
5: The foundation was poured and backfilled over a number of days.
6: On the foundation, the main floor was installed. It was beautifully and smoothly covered in a skiff of snow. The framing of the house was started a week later.
7: The shell of the main floor was built in a few days. The upper floor was added. Excitingly, the roof trusses were even left on the lawn and a bathtub appeared in the back yard. | Home is where you can say anything you please, because nobody pays any attention to you anyway. - Joe Moore
8: The outside was looking promising, but even more exciting were the signs that the inside framing was occurring. Stairs, one day left on the lawn, were installed a few days later, linking the main floor to the upper floor. | A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience. - Sydney Smith
9: It got a lot colder but the work continued. The bundles of shingles were dropped on the roof, and a few days later the building was shingled - quickly followed by windows and doors.
10: It was time to start exploring what had been started inside of the house. The bathroom and the kitchen seemed the logical places to start. This is the 6 foot soaker tub in the main bath, and the skeleton of the pantry. The door is resting where the fridge will be located.
11: Vinyl siding in a warm grey tone went up in less than a day. Navy trim was added. By the time this process was finished, you could begin to see what the exterior of the house would look like.
12: While work was going on upstairs, there was also preliminary work happening in the basement. | At times it looked like a rocket ship but the potential was visible.
13: No, not a rocket ship, but the furnaces for the main house and the suite when finished. | The main living area in the suite, when finally finished. | Under the stairs next to the giant hot water tank. | The bedroom in the suite.
14: It was fun to watch elements of the house develop over many weeks and months: framing and drywalling; taping and mudding; painting; countertops and lighting; adding the details; and filling it full of stuff and busy people.
15: These photos show the development of the pantry and fridge area.
16: Decks and landscaping - Begun May 20, 2011 giving me the opportunity to peek into the kitchen and see what is there
17: In the morning there were no trees. In the afternoon there appeared a beautiful Amur Cherry near the house and a Columnar Blue Spruce at the end of the yard.
18: Features of the suite: full bath, walk in closet, separate laundry facilities, a bright kitchen, and a private entrance.
19: When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; When you're having an adventure, you wish you were safe at home. - Thornton Wilder
20: It can be the details that are so pleasing: a lovely light fixture, a laundry room sink, and assembling and putting up the house numbers myself.
21: When what you really wanted and dreamed of finally arrives ... | ... it is so nice that it is better than you imagined.
22: Finally, after weeks of rain and damp, there was time for the concrete sidewalk to be poured.
23: What a change from old to new, and from late winter to early summer. | Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. John Howard Payne (1791 - 1852)