Moving Right Along

June 5, 2017

0603 house.jpgThe filled and leveled hole that we all found so exciting has become even more exciting!  Now it’s surrounded by a foundation wall!

Of course I had that moment of doubt that I hear is pretty common at this stage among people building houses.  The worry that it’s not the right size.  In fact, I think the first words out of my mouth when we drove up were, “It looks really small.”

I know, I know.  That’s just ridiculous.

This will not be a tiny house by any means.  However, it will also not be a mega-mansion.  The finished space will be on the upper end of 1900 square feet.  I realize for a lot of people that does seem teeny-tiny, but for us it should be perfect.  The last two houses we owned were 2300 sq ft, and 2600 sq ft and they were way too big!  Cleaning those suckers took forever, and there was so much space we just never used.  The house we live in now is just over 1600 sq ft.  It’s an OK size for us, although the layout is weird and choppy and there’s no storage, so it feels really cramped.

0604 wall.jpgI wish I could show you all the floor plan of this house, but because of Jasper’s job in law enforcement he’s asked me not to.  So you’ll have to just trust me when I tell you that there shouldn’t be any wasted space in this house.  The only room that’s bigger than we like is the master closet.  It’s really ridiculously big, especially since neither Jasper nor I are clothes people and only own a handful of outfits between us, but there’s no easy way to change it.  So we’ll have to leave it.  The rest is perfect.  There’s a living room, a small library (a house is not a home without a library), an eat-in kitchen with a nice work island, a walk-in pantry, a relatively big laundry room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  Just enough.

In other news, floors joists are on the docket for today and tomorrow, then the plumber is scheduled to come, and then they frame up the rest of it!  Things are moving right along around here!


  • arlingwoman

    June 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    A few years ago, a new house was going up on a partial lot in my neighborhood and I remember thinking it was tiny. You have to remind yourself that we’re looking only at the footprint now, which of course isn’t all that big, but … that house, it’s easily 2000 square feet. Plus a mother-in-law apartment over the garage with a bridge to the house (probably for a nanny). Looking at this I think of all the decisions you’ll be making. Lucky you! I’ve had quite enough remodeling the kitchen!

  • Hot Mess Homesteader

    June 5, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Love the progress! Wish we could build, but for now im happy with my little place. It looks great!

  • The High Plainslady

    June 6, 2017 at 12:10 am

    So exciting!

  • Elizabeth

    June 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    You must be incredibly excited! I didn’t think it looked small at all. Please keep posting pictures of the work.

  • The EcoFeminist

    July 5, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I’m going back and reading all of these posts on the old house and building the new ones and I *completely* agree on the size. Our house is 1700 s.f. (main floor + finished basement) and we don’t even go downstairs beyond laundry! We are thinking about buying land and building something and know that it wouldn’t be much bigger than what we already had, just a better layout. Dang, layout is everything! 🙂

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