One year ago today…
My honey and I moved into our house.
3 1/2 years ago today…
We started working on the house.
That’s what you call dedication.
This is what it looked like the day we started demolition on it.
This is what it looked like the day we moved into it (exactly 2 1/2 years later).
The time, energy, blood, sweat and tears we put into this house make it that much more special.
We weren’t sure what to expect the day we started tearing it apart. We knew it was log underneath, but there was no guarantee that the logs were in good shape. There was an addition on the right hand side that wasn’t log and that had a cellar underneath it. The log part was literally just sitting on the dirt.
Soon after we started demolition, we realized that the addition would have to be torn down. It just wasn’t going to withstand a renovation, so we had to plan where to put an addition because the cabin was too small by itself. Luckily, our decision was made for us by some rotted logs on the back side of the house (around the window and door).
Here’s what it looked like after it was torn down. You can see that the very bottom log looks newer because we had to replace it too. We were so fortunate to find one that fit perfectly!
We also decided to add a full basement underneath the entire house. This ended up being one of the best decisions since we will finish it off one day and have even more living space, but also keep some storage space. Building the basement was much easier said than done. Since the house was on the dirt, the whole thing had to be lifted up pretty high off the ground; enough so that a big machine could dig out underneath it. This was probably the scariest part because seeing the house balance on the cinder blocks made my heart tremor with each gust of wind that winter.
It sat like this as the basement was built. We had to ‘walk the plank’ to get into the front door for the longest time.
We ended up with a walkout basement and our bedroom up three stories! You can see my honey and his brother here putting some type of mud on the house as a primer to put up the rock. We had the scaffolding around the house for months! There were so many different layers of stuff they had to put up.
The stairs in our house are definitely my favorite part! They were custom made for us out of logs from another cabin. And my honey made the entire handrail. I sanded it a bunch, but he was the mastermind behind it! He actually made just about everything he could in/for our house. It’s awesome to walk around the house and be able to take pride in him for the hard work he put into building us a home.
My other favorite thing he did was the window trim. The inside of the house was covered in heart pine boards (to cover up the logs). He took all of it down and then sanded, cut, planed and stained the boards to make trim for all 20 windows and three doors in our house.
And my other fave thing is our cabin floor. My honey took up the original floor and he sanded, planed and stained those boards to redo the floor. It is absolutely gorgeous! And I actually got to help lay one of the boards 🙂
There were so many other things that happened and decisions we made to build our dream home, but there’s just too much to share here. And I have over 1000 pictures from the 2 1/2 year adventure…
There are still so many projects to work on in the house, but my honey has worked on a lot of stuff in the past year. For one, we got a real door on our bathroom. For almost 2 months, we had a giant piece of plywood that had an old time hook as a lock for it. It was pretty sad! He also finished our linen closet by making the shelves with a cedar tree that fell near our house in a bad snowstorm two years ago. Unfortunately, we are still without a proper closet for our clothes…but that’s next on the list (and has been for a year….)
Maybe one day I’ll be able to share more about it (maybe as other projects get finished around here!!).
I hope you all had a great Sunday! I’m going to go celebrate our one year with my honey by cuddling on our couch 🙂