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5.05.2010

Please Excuse The Mess

We're starting the long awaited building process at our house today!  We've been preparing for the last month (longer actually) by getting our floor plans drawn up, a building permit secured, and taking down fencing and storage sheds. 

I have a piece of advice.  Do not store clothing or shoes...you will NOT retrieve it and when/if you do, it WILL be out of style.  Also, NEVER store anything in a cardboard box...ever.  I would also recommend clear storage containers.  Trust me.  I know what I'm talking about.

We've lived in our house for almost 8 years  (a very small house - 1100 sq ft) and we built it with the intention of adding on 2 years after we moved in.  Don't ask us what we were thinking...we honestly don't know.  We had these lofty dreams of building debt free.  We were young, childless, and carefree.  Just about the time we were thinking about Phase 2 of our house building, Phase 2 of our lives started...parenthood.  So, phase 2 has been on hold for about 6 years. 

Our footing is being dug today.  That means I'll be internet-less for a few days while they relocate all of our telephone lines.  Also, my house is a mess due to all the work going on outside, and I can only see it getting worse before it gets better.  So, if I'm not here as much, that will be why.  I'll try to post pictures as we go along.  We're planning on doing a lot of the finish work ourselves, so I'm sure that will lead to some good blog fodder.  I have a feeling this is going to be a long process.  I may need talked down from the ledge from time to time.  Just remind me that it will all be worth it in the end! 

Hope you guys have a wonderful Wednesday!

21 comments...I love comments:

Vivienne said...

I do not envy chaos of building, but oh how much fun you're going to have when all is finished! Congratulations!!!

(love, love, LOVE the pic of Isaiah!)

Jen said...

I am so SO envious of you. I've been dreaming of an addition to improve our first floor for 3 years now, and dreams they will remain for at least 2 more. Good LUCK! I can't wait to see pictures and hear all about it - and I'm sure you will relish all that new space :)

btw- my girlfriend and I are saving for a trip to the BD premiere - think about joining us!!!

Carrie said...

good luck!

Carrie

shortmama said...

I bet you will be elated when its all done!

Mom Mayhem says: said...

It does sound like a lot of work-But, I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end - Good Luck!

Lemon Annie said...

So happy for you! It will be a long process, but well worth it!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

WOW. We are in {almost} the exact same position right now! We are not adding on, but are building a new house right directly in our back yard. And boy, oh boy, is our house a mess! Permits, plans, pencils, bills are collecting on every table and all counter space. Ay yi yi. I'm with ya, babe ;) If you ever need anyone to vent to . . . I'm totally here :)

AndreaLeigh said...

good luck! i can't imagine how stressful that must be. please keep us posted on the progress!

Life with Kaishon said...

You poor thing! I am going to say a prayer that everything goes smooth and quickly :)

Beth said...

So glad it's you, not me, even though I would enjoy the add-on! Hang in there and keep reciting "We wanted this. It will be worth it!" :)

Dawn said...

I'll be looking forward to seeing the pictures along the way!

Congrats! I'm happy for you and your family.

MiMi said...

That sounds so exciting, though! I hope it goes smoothly! I can't wait for you to show us pics.

6HappyHearts said...

Stay strong girl! Blogging about the build can be your therapy for sure.

Becca said...

Can't wait to see the finished project!!!

It is going to be great, I'm sure!

~Becca

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Oooo I want to see pictures!!! ;) I know that moving can be stressful!!! I am always good at talking people down off the ledge....;)

kado! said...

AMEN to the cardboard containers...I learned that after our flood a few months ago.

but as for the clothes, I've been happy that I've saved a few things!

good luck on all the change!!!!

brainella said...

Good luck! I hope all goes fantastically well. May the Force Be With You. :)

Connie Weiss said...

How fun! Please share pictures!

Heather @ Sugar N Spice Mostly Nice said...

I can't wait to follow along in the process!

It's amazing how many plans parenthood derails!

Fresh Mommy said...

Ohhh, I can't wait to see photos! Isn't it amazing the dreams we have when we buy a house... and then we have kids and things change. haha. It's all good! How exciting!

:)

~Tabitha

Liz said...

How exciting! I can't wait to see it!