Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Big Move - The Construction

If you missed part one, you can read it here

Things got off to a pretty slow start in the building process due to rain delays. However, once the foundation was finally poured, construction of the house really seemed to move along. I would drive by our construction site almost every day for one reason or another, but that wasn't the case for Chris. Because of this, he was always eager to go to the building site in the evening after dinner and see what kind of progress had been made. We would generally do this about twice a week . . . at least :-). 

The first time we came over the hill headed toward the entrance of The Woodlands and I looked over and saw walls going up, I gasped out loud. We were so excited to see some vertical progress! I excitedly said to the kids, "We have walls!", and they promptly started chanting, "We have walls! We have walls!" It was such a fun moment :-). 

June 9, 2016
Things are finally going vertical!

Of course, we had to get out of the van and walk around in our house :-). 

Brecklyn, Brenson, Brianna, and Brooke standing in our kitchen. 

Brianna in her room.

Brenson standing in his room.

Brecklyn and Brooke in their room. 

June 10, 2016
More progress made on the walls.

June 13, 2016
Almost finished framing the main level.

Chris and I had discussed writing bible verses on the studs of our house as it was being built, as we wanted a way to physically set Christ as the foundation of our new home. On the evening of June 13, 2016, armed with my Sharpies, we headed to the building site and wrote scriptures on the headers of many of the rooms. 

Joshua 24:15 -written above the back windows in the living room

Psalm 127:3 - written on the doorway header of the twins' bedroom

1 Samuel 1:27 - written on the doorway header of Brianna's bedroom

James 1:17 - written on the doorway header of Brenson's bedroom

Proverbs 3:6 - written on a stud in the kitchen

Psalm 127:1 - written on the header of the entry way

Proverbs 23:17 - written on the doorway header of the master bedroom

The Nelson Family established 2001 - written on the header above the fireplace

June 14, 2016
Framing out the second level!

June 15, 2016
Framing continues.

June 17, 2016
Sheathing goes up on the roof. 

June 18, 2016
Sheathing and framing finished!

June 22, 2016
Shingling of the roof begins and windows are installed.

June 27, 2016
Roofing continues.

June 29, 2016
Drop-in for upstairs shower arrives (and Kaylee models).

Kaylee standing in the living room.

July 7, 2016
Roof is finished and siding goes up.

Electrical wiring is being installed. 

Hanging out in the entryway (Brecklyn, Momma, Brooke, Daddy).

The kiddos get to go upstairs for the first time.

Brooke and Momma check out the shower upstairs.

The whole family enjoys the breeze on the back patio.

July 14, 2016
Brick, rock, and sheetrock are delivered.

July 19, 2016
Sand for brick mortar has arrived.

July 22, 2016
Picking out doors and fixtures. 

Momma and Brecklyn can't decide!

Daddy and Brooke were having more luck.

Brenson and Brianna chose this as our interior doors . . . and we agreed!

The kids helped Daddy check out some fixture options. 

July 25, 2016
Bricking begins!

July 27, 2016
Bricking continues.

July 28, 2016
Bricking and rock work completed!

July 29, 2016
We have a fireplace!

August 2, 2016
Choosing carpet.

Brianna and Brenson pointing to the carpet we chose.

August 2, 2016
Selecting paint colors for interior walls and trim. 

Big decisions!

August 2, 2016
Exterior siding is painted Benjamin Moore "Storm".

August 2, 2016
Chloe Jo joined us while we inspected the sheetrock going up.

Brecklyn and Brooke stand in their newly sheetrocked room. 

Brianna and Chloe Jo hang out in Brianna's newly sheetrocked room. 

Brenson is impressed with his newly sheetrocked room. 

Momma, Daddy, and Brooke Ellie like the newly sheetrocked living room!

August 4, 2016
Garage doors are installed!

August 5, 2016
Rebar for the driveway is laid.

August 8, 2016
The driveway is poured.

August 10, 2016
The driveway is curing.

August 11, 2016
The flooring for the main living area is delivered (and then stolen!)

August 13, 2016
The kitchen cabinets have arrived!

The master shower floor is laid.

The flooring in the main living area is being laid.

August 25, 2016
A powerful storm blew through as we sat in the driveway, but a beautiful rainbow appeared afterwards. 

August 31, 2016
Trim work is up and interior painting has begun!

September 2, 2016
The front door is painted Cobalt Blue and interior painting is finished.

Brenson loves the color of his new room.

Brianna is thrilled with the color of her new room.

Brooke and Brecklyn aren't so impressed with the color of their new room. 

The mantle is installed around the fireplace.

The kitchen cabinets are stained Bronze Walnut.

The granite countertops are also installed!

The banister is installed!

Brianna enjoys the sink in the upstairs bathroom.

Momma and Brooke Ellie approve of the upstairs wall color.

September 13, 2016
The garage doors are painted Benjamin Moore "Storm".

The light fixture in Bren's room is finally hung (every other room had one but his, so he was quite concerned). 

The kitchen backsplash is being installed!

The appliances have arrived!

Love that blue front door <3 p="">

September 18, 2016
The sod is laid and flower bed planted. The shutters are also up!

The guttering is hung.

September 26, 2016
Construction is completed and house is ready for occupancy!

The entire building process from start to finish took right at five months. For the most part, it felt like it flew by, although there were a few times (toward the end, especially) where it was hard to be patient. We love the finished product, and feel so blessed to call this house our home!

No comments: