Sunday, November 4, 2007

See For Yourself

Building a house has NEVER been ANYTHING I have EVER wanted to do.......EVER! But here I am building a house in pretty much the middle of nowhere. I don't mind the living in the middle of almost nowhere, it's fine....for now! ( click the photo to see the white house waaaaay out there)


So there are problems with building a house in the middle of nowhere, such as ....getting help to build your house. Let's see, we moved up here to Alberta July 17th, 2006 and broke ground in early September. Ok good. The foundation is dug, the footings are poured, the basement walls are up, the subfloor is on and then we STOPPED! Why you ask? The wind! Yah, the wind never seemed to let up and then our builder guy thought that it was a good time to stop. What? Excuse me? Stop? Did we hear you right? Yah we heard him right. So by April we are 6 months behind. Our builder guy helped for awhile longer with the roof trusses and some of the framing and then POOF! So here we are trying to basically build the house ourselves with help from here and there.



One guy to do the plumbing, one guy to do the electrical, another guy to build the stairs before the electrician can even start, another guy to pour the basement, somebody to do drywall hanging, another guy to mud and tape, another guy to do the soffit, facia and acrylic stucco on the exterior. Oh sure we have people to call, and call again, and call again. Oh yah, they want to help, but the big question is when? Oh next week? That would be great, see you then. No show. Oh can I borrow your trailer to get windows for another job I am doing? and then I will finish your stairs....still have not heard from him. Not even a thankyou. He just dropped off the trailer and vamoosed it outta there.



So when any of you friends and family from our past life ask us how the house is coming, I cringe inside when I hear Mark tell them we almost have the drywall hung. What is that? It has been 16 months and we are only to the drywall stage? Uh, yah.


Ok, a girl who has been living in her mother inlaw's basement can dream a little can't she? And so if I click my green polka dotted rubber boot heals together three times and repeat, "I want to go home" do you think it will work? Don't answer that!!!

7 comments:

mama jo said...

sounds like you're a little down in the dumps...which i can totally understand...but, just hang in there...it will be done someday...and boy will you be happy! i wish you could click your heels also...i also really like how you call your "builder guy"...that's a great name...

Suz said...

Well, the conversation around here is now laid to rest. "Why are the Cahoon's building it themselves?" We didn't dare ask why you were going the way of "the Ehlens". :) Hang in there, baby! It's going to be a masterpiece when finished. Perhaps you could do without one of those dozen bathrooms though???

lou lou said...

The stair guy borrows your trailer for another job and then doesn't even say thank you when he drops the trailer back off to your house?? WHAT is THAT? That isn't very nice.

Jan said...

Oh, I remember that wind! There was never a time that I could go anywhere with nice looking hair - I always looked blown to pieces. Hang in there -- it will happen! Just keep on plugging.

USAUS said...

Breathe... and think major $furniture damage coming your way... now that's gotta be worth the wait... just a teensy bit?

name: Laurel said...

just image that you're me and will only be seeing what was done in august and then seeing how much has been done by thanksgiving! in my mind things are moving fast! but that's probably not what you want to hear.

anyway, at least it's going faster this (school) year than last!

Christie said...

You have a lot more patience then I do. But the outcome is georgous!!!