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We broke ground on 6/13/16, more than four months ago, and I greatly underestimated the patience required to build a house. Remember the post I shared waaay back on September 6th? The one where the concrete had finally been poured for our footings? The construction crew had smoothed and leveled the dirt and everything looked so pretty.

Well, they dug it all up again.


I do not understand construction.

This pit is much deeper than it looks here. I thought it would be fun to have my photo taken at the bottom, but Sexy Nerd refused, pointing out how impossible it would be for me to get back out.

Later, we had a little argument (when building a house, there are lots of little arguments) and he decided he'd like to take my photo at the bottom of the pit after all.

We settled for this instead:

It's really not the same, is it? 

With the concrete footings completed, it was only a few more days until the foundation was poured.

(Ha!)

It did not happen in a week. It did not even happen in a month.

We did have some snazzy looking in-floor heating installed though. These red tubes were even run behind the fireplace...which I still think may have been a mistake.

Sexy Nerd refused to let me look into it though, insisting the men responsible are "experts in their field and know exactly what they're doing." Because no one ever makes a mistake? Because their fragile expert egos would be forever damaged by my simple question?

Because the beer cans we keep finding at our construction site lead me to believe otherwise.

(You see? Lots of little arguments when building a house.)

Halfway done with the radiant tubing...oh, wait. That enormous second half of the house is not going to have in-floor heat. 

It's Sexy Nerd's garage.

(Best wife ever? Obviously.)

 I actually did suggest we have heat installed in the garage as well, but that wasn't to keep Sexy Nerd warm and comfy. It was because I know he's going to run space heaters out there 24/7 and jack up our electric bill.

I'm fixing us some imaginary dinner in our imaginary outdoor kitchen on our imaginary back patio.

Here is the front patio, ready for concrete to turn it into a giant, ugly slab forever. Thank goodness we checked this beforehand - it's nothing like the patio we'd agreed on in the construction plans! We saved someone a lot of time with a jackhammer.

Time went on and on. I started writing a blog post about how our foundation will never be poured, woe is me. I'm a procrastinator though, so instead of sharing the post in a timely manner, I waited to finish it. Why rush? The footings were poured September 6th and we still did not have a foundation on September 14th...September 21st...September 30th...October 7th...October 12th...

Then, on October 14th, this happened:

IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

See that cute little patio in front of the house? Much better. 

I have to give the crew credit for their ingenious trash solution, over on the upper left.

The sky was especially pretty for these photos because of a prescribed burn not far from our lot. We knew not to worry, but there's something unnerving about seeing plumes of smoke rise around your mountain dream home. 

Our throats and eyes were burning. It was worth it.
 
Ta da! On a side note, I'd thought my new L.L. Bean coat was really flattering.

I look like an Oompa Loompa.

But where are all the photos of Sexy Nerd?? He has been stubborn lately, (well, more stubborn than usual), insisting he "only wants photos of the house" and he doesn't care if he isn't in any of them. 

Look what I found on his phone though:


***UPDATE***
Framing is actually moving right along as planned! I'm shocked and terrified. Click here for photos.

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