We’ve been talking about this since we left Tennessee, the flooding just made us get to work. We have farmland in Southern Wisconsin which had an unlivable house on it. Last July we knocked it down. This July we started building our own.
I’ll spare you the mundane details of permit getting, vendor finding, etc. We got that all in order and got to work. In WI we are not allowed to install our own electric, plumbing, or HVAC. Anything else we can. Going pioneer style, we are building, literally swinging the hammers and erecting the walls, our little house in the country.
Every single day we work. All day. All tiring day. With our small square footage we are making huge progress quite quickly. We decided to build living space inside a metal pole building. Here’s where we are with that.
First, we paid someone to install windows. They peeled the metal off, framed in windows, and reinstalled the metal. Then we paid to have colored concrete poured as our flooring. We’ve had the septic system installed and the yard shaped via bulldozer to prevent future flooding. We paid to have the building insulated. We framed the interior walls and erected the i-joists. We’ve fixed the chicken coop roof with metal Dear Husband bought at auction. Currently, I’m drywall taping the exterior house wall while the plumber, electrician, and HVAC professionals do their thing. Family has been out helping too.
I feel like our full-time job is shopping at Menards. We are there too often. Equally though, we are busy, busy, busy sawing, nailing, screwing, creating. It’s like the best craft project ever! We’re repurposing some things from the old house too. I just can’t wait to share the end product. Stay tuned.
(This is moving along pretty quickly. We have plans to travel again, but we wanted to get our final stop in order.)