Saturday, November 19, 2011

A New Beginning

I can’t decide if I should try to figure out where I left off on MySpace or if I should just start fresh. Since it would take some time to figure out where my old blog got saved, and even more time to go through and figure out where I was, I think I’ll just go from here.

For the last three years, I’ve been working on building my own house.  I'm not hiring contractors and standing around pointing out this or that, endlessly changing my mind, turning my building loan into a colossal mortgage that will have my husband and I barely keeping up with our debt for the next decade or more. I’ve worked some in the housing industry and I’ve seen this done a time or two.

What I have been doing in shoveling dirt, mixing concrete, stacking block, laying brick, running pipe and wire, and even harvesting and fitting timbers. What I want to do is tell you about that, not to brag about how smart, or tough, or hardworking I am, but so that you can see that there aren’t nearly as many things a person can’t do as it seems sometimes. I certainly don’t expect anyone who reads my blog to jump up and build their own house, but if they do, it will be very cool indeed. But if even one of my readers feels encouraged to learn how to do just one thing they’ve been wanting to have done and does it for themselves… YAY!!!!

I’m very fortunate in that I live in a place where there aren’t too many government regulations on home building. This is good for me since I’m building for myself. I have to say, this would be bad if I was buying a house, since builders in this area can and do take shortcuts, compromising the quality, durability and even safety of the homes they build. In most parts of this country a person could not enjoy such freedom to design and build how he (or she) saw fit as I have and still expect to stay on the grid. And in some cases a person couldn’t get away with it at all.

So this isn’t going to be a how-to thing. There’s lots of that stuff on the internet. I know, ‘cause I’ve done a lot of my research on the internet, that and a crazy selection of old books found at yard sales, flea markets and used book stores. This is the story of the ups and downs of what even today seems like an incredibly crazy idea!!!!


  1. Giving you props because this is one tough job! I know, I was born and raised in the construction industry so I know a lot more than most. Although I am no longer, my family are still in the industry, and I am well educated in the art of home building. I can't wait to read the next installment!

  2. Thank you for your encouragement!! I'm going to try to bring this up to speed without rehashing a lot of my older blogs. I hope to post once or twice a week.

  3. It is really neat that you are doing this! I would have no idea of where to start or of what to do! You are very talented!

  4. YOU are extreme DIY girl??? I remember you pre-FB and I had no idea it was you. We weren't friends then but I saw you all the time. Weird.

    I was thinking about you today, strangely enough, and how it probably seems like you've been at it a long time, but one day after years in your pad it will feel like a small price to pay. Takes something big and someone special to do that. You have my admiration, tie dyes notwithstanding.
    (Avant Garden)

  5. This is so awesome! I cannot wait to see the finished product. Great to see you blogging again! *HUGS*

  6. You're on the right track, girl! Keep on learning and writing! Love your approach for putting it out there! Look forward to more of your posts!



  7. You go girl. So many woman think that they could never do something like this, although I have never attempted to build a house, I have designed and completely remodeled my House. Not alone, but I have done alot of the work myself. I loved it. There is something about seeing your vision come together that is so satisfying. Keep up the good work, and I love seeing pics. your house is looking fantastic. :)

  8. Hey I think I figured it out. I am a follower! YAY!

  9. I think it is awesome that you are doing this!! Building your house, that is. (Also awesome that you are blogging again!! YAYAYAY!!)

    The closest I get to building anything is the remodeling I do to my house--but I can't say it is anything like building a house because we haven't done structural remodeling...but I have stripped carpet and put in wood floors, I've put up drywall (not fun) and I've helped build our deck. That is it. All of that is hard work--so I can only imagine how much harder it is actually build a house...although if I had a piece of land I might be tempted!!

    I can't wait to read more :) Jenn.

  10. @ Marion, HI!!!! I'm so glad to be blogging again! I needed the break, but now I'm ready to go!!!

    @skydog HA HAHAAAAAA!! Yeah, it's me!!! Actually building this house has been the coolest adventure of my life. As far as the the tie dye, wait 'til I get the drapes done!!!!

    @ D I'm glad to be here!!!

    @ Linda Thank you for the cheers!!! Some days I need all the cheerleaders I can get.

    @ Ga Ga B Never underestimate yourself. I din't wake up one day and do this. I did lots of research and ... went to Community College! hee hee

    @Wendy YAY!!!!!!!!

    @Jenn Never say That is it. Everything you do is part of what it takes to do something more. And like I tell the kids, if you can read, you can learn to do ANYTHING!!!

  11. Wow, it really is true that you can do anything you set your mind to!! You are so inspirational. I wouldn't even know where to begin!


  12. Thank you Kathy!! I have read your blog, but haven't gotten to comment on it, yet. I can remember being a kid, stretched sideways across the big, red, vinyl armchair in our living room as a kid, whining, "I'm bored!!!" Wish I could have all the time I wasted doing that back! ha ha

  13. I think this is an awesome idea. Will look forward to seeing a pic of it when finished. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. Hi Suzy, Please visit as often as you can, I finally got the nerve to try adding pictures, so you can check out the progress.