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Becca and Darren Christensen

 

Building Our Dreams - Stage 1

Building Our Dreams - Stage 1

On April 26th we closed on our construction loan for our third build together. This time will be unlike the others as we will have a slab foundation and two stories/floors! Now, you may be thinking to yourself - didn't you just finish a new house? And you would be correct. Well...mostly. The second house isn't what I would call 100% finished yet. This may sound a little crazy, but it's all part of our master plan to achieve our ultimate goal of traveling the world by sailboat. As you may have seen on our updated goal wall picture, we have now set a clear date - by June 25, 2025, we will be retired and living our dream. With this in mind, we continue to take action steps forward in our plan, because, um...dreams take work :) Especially big dream like ours!

This build will begin "officially" next week as Darren rents a bobcat and works on leveling out the foundation area. He is utterly ecstatic to rent this piece of equipment and play "adult sandbox" for a couple days. Unofficially, many steps have already been accomplished, so I wanted to walk through those as well as explain what's next. 

We have already:

1. Designed plans ourselves and worked with our builder of record to determine all the specifications. Since we had to list out most of the specifics, we know, for the most part, what finishes will be on the inside and outside of the home. If you've ever built or remodeled a house - heck, even redecorated - you know that these decisions are intense and time consuming!

2. Had some folks come out to dig some super deep holes and take samples for a soil analysis. We are happy to report that our soil is "ideal" for building on and for septic. 

3. Met with septic companies to discuss what system will work best along with where the tank and septic field will be located. The septic designer turned in her plans to the county, who then came out to complete their inspection. We are currently waiting on our septic permit from the county, which for all intents and purposes serves as a building permit, which should be arriving any day now.

4. We have staked out the corners of the general footprint and worked on clearing the area. A 3 foot variance from the highest corner to the lowest corner is the reason Darren will be playing with a bobcat in a couple days. We live on a hill, so this wasn't really a huge surprise, just something that needs to be taken care of. The yellow arrows below are showing your the locations of the corner stacks. 

5. Darren has researched and tested the other giant toy that he will use to grind and polish the first floor, which will be concrete. 

6. The 20 foot (6.096 meter) shipping container filled with stuff was secured and ever so carefully moved from our home site down the hill to its new home hidden among the trees by the best tow truck driver we've ever met.

What's next? Well, based on where the foundation will be in relation to the septic tank and the beautiful trees around the area, we will need to start with dropping the septic tank. This will allow the trucks and materials to cross over where the foundation will be and not force us to cut down some beautiful young red oaks. After the septic tank is dropped (we will finish the septic system later), the foundation will be poured and completed. Darren will be doing the lion's share of the labor on this build, but septic and foundation will involve contractors. While we wait 21 days for the foundation to cure and be ready for grinding and polishing, Darren will work on fencing in our property for the first time ever! The reason we are waiting for the foundation to cure is so we can grind and polish when there are no walls in the way to make is much, much easier.

So that's it for now - three major jobs to kick this project off! We'll document the entire process, so keep a look out for more to come. Our goal is to have the entire home 100% completed (yes, for real 100%) by December 31, 2017. 

Building Our Dreams - Stage 2

Building Our Dreams - Stage 2

Slats that Make a Statement

Slats that Make a Statement