Our builder decided he had too much going on in his life, and he couldn’t start on another project right now.Â So, RT and I talked to yet another builder a couple weeks ago.Â We came home and talked about it, and made a decision . . .. WE’RE GOING TOÂ BUILD OUR HOUSEÂ OURSELVES!Â Or more accurately, RT is going to do it with my support.Â I’ll handle most of the paperwork and phone calls.Â He’ll do the grunt work of dealing with sub-contractors.Â Plus he has already done a lot of the work himself.Â HeÂ madeÂ the driveway, laid the pipe for the electricityÂ and clearedÂ the building site.Â And I have worked on the site a lot, too.Â See “The Adventures of PyroWoman and DozerMan” to see the kinds of things I’ve done to help get the site ready.
Here’s a photo I took yesterday of our newly graveled driveway-to-be.Â
It’s a LONG driveway because our house will be built on the back of our property – high on a hill with woods surrounding us.Â The part of the driveway NOT in the photo is as long as what’s showing in it.Â When we pave it, the bill will be a whopper. But it’s SO beautiful!
Below is a photo of the building site taken a couple weeks ago.Â In the photo, RT is busy with the chainsaw.Â Â Â We now have enough firewood to last for years!Â It hurt to cut down so many trees, but you can’t build a house without clearing a space for it.Â We sold some for timber, cut other for firewood, and we burned some.
RT finished the rough clearing forÂ the houseÂ yesterday.Â Here is that photo.Â This photo is of the same area as the previous one.Â So you can see how much work has been done.