88 Days

It took 88 days from foundation pour to move in.  We moved in three weeks ago (on Valentine’s weekend) and are slowly unpacking.  I wanted to keep up on the blog through the final couple of weeks and to document the moving in, but obviously that didn’t happen.  These pictures aren’t great – this was a quick attempt to get something up, so please excuse some of the poor picture quality.  I will try to work backward someday, but for now – a look at the finished house.


Garage (I forgot to get a pic of Hubby’s shop, but it’s full of stuff being moved in still).


You walk in from the garage to the laundry room/mud room.  This has worked great for kids washing their hands and taking off muddy clothes before coming in the house.


Our bedroom.


Our walk in closest.


The dining room and kitchen (shot from the living room).


The living room.


Another shot of the living room.


Hall bath.


Girl’s room.




Boy’s room.


Boy sleeping.


My favorite room – the homeschool room (AKA master bedroom, but we chose to turn it into a 2nd living space).



Master bath.


Deck that satisfied county code.  It work pretty well as a outdoor play pen for toddlers and a lunch spot for the kiddos.  All in all, it’s turned out far more useful then we ever expected.

Windows and More

The windows have been installed and siding has been applied.  IMG_7277



The garage floor has been poured and the garage door has been installed.



Most exciting, we have the 2nd phase of our schedule and it shows a completion date of February 13th!  Like any due date this one isn’t set in stone, yet we are still counting down the days.  It probably doesn’t need to be said, but we can’t wait!



For me, the most exciting part of the build is the framing.  One morning there is nothing but a floor and the next thing you know – there’s a house, or at least the skeleton of one!



First thing in the morning the framers showed up.


By 11:30 – this was done.


Five minutes later – this was done.


We walked out to the road to take a look at the “front” of our house.  From the road you are actually looking at the back.  We’ve oriented the house so the bedrooms are all on the north side and all of our living spaces are on the south side.


This is the “back” of the house.  This was all done by 1:30.


And this… is my framed in PANTRY (and some little goofballs)!


Extreme Weather

The end of October and beginning of November here were wet, wet, wet!! It slowed our dig out slightly, but not significantly.  Our smaller seasonal creek was flowing and knee deep in some places.


Then we had wind.  We had two pretty strong wind storms (for us).   The first knocked down trees with power lines on the roads around us (we weren’t able to pick up our laundry at our neighbor’s).  The second did this….

drivewY TREE

That’s our driveway.  There had been a work truck parked right where the tree fell moments before.  The same wind storm knocked down a couple other trees on the other side of the property.




This was the largest tree that was knocked down – the roots were about 5 feet wide.


This limb went through our well house roof.


Then we had freezing temperatures.  Our heater in the trailer can’t quite keep up the temperature when it’s colder and our pipes almost froze.

For the first time since living in Oregon I am wishing for our rainy, grey, mild weather to return to stay until spring!

Dig Out

First, the new septic tank had to go in…



…then 2 days later the dig out began!


The first scoop.



By the end of the day it was starting to take shape.

The rain slowed work down, but 2 days later we had our driveway.



And our finished dig out!

finished dig out

The kids have loved every minute of the process and living on property.


Look closely at Titus’ “hat”.




Precious Water

After 3 weeks of hauling water, (the first week from town, the second week from a neighbor, and the third week from our well) we appreciated on a new level what it meant not having limitless clean water.  The farthest we had to hand carry water was about 300 feet from our well to the trailer.  I was hauling around 10 gallons of water at a time and it was HEAVY!  I forget to be thankful for these “small” things that are part of our daily life.  What a gift!! When I think of the people (mostly women) all over the world, who walk much farther – for less water – that isn’t clean – I remember to give thanks for what is truly a treasure!

On our third weekend on the property we had a family work day to help us get temporary water from our well to our trailer.  What a blessing to have willing family and delicious, clean, available water!


We cleaned up some of the logs as well.


The kids were really helpful.  They moved rounds and helped insulate the water pipe.



And by the end of the day, we had water!  Praise the Lord!!

Tree Falling

We needed to have a few trees taken down before much else could be accomplished.  We could have waited but it would have made things more complicated.

Full tree

This tree, in particular, was tricky.  It was near the electrical wire, the shed, and our trailer.  So, first the loggers limbed it and then the cut off the top.

Half tree

Then they cut down the rest.

RIck falling

Here is the logger we used (we are the 3rd generation to use him!).  And it gives some perspective of size.

No tree, same look

And then the tree was down! (These pictures were shot from the trailer door).

No tree

This is the opposite perspective (opposite the trailer).

Mobile Home Demo

After moving the trailer to the property and moving out of our old house, one of our first tasks was to demolish the mobile home.  This ended up being a fiasco.  Because mobile homes have wheels they are different than a house (they have a title).  The county told us that we needed to give notice to the assessor’s office that we planned to demolish the mobile (so we wouldn’t be taxed for it).  So I called the assessor’s office and found out the title of the mobile hadn’t been transferred when the land was bought by the logging company (who sold it to us).  The logging company never owned the mobile but weren’t aware of that, so it delayed the closing process for about a week while they got it worked out.  Otherwise we would have been buying land with a mobile home on it that we didn’t actually own.

Then we began the process of trying to find a way to demo the mobile.  One Friday I called around 20 different places trying to find someone who could/would do it.  No luck!  We were getting desperate.  Then in a total God thing, we met a (super nice, married to barrel racing pro – which the girl went crazy over) neighbor who’s wife (the barrel racer) owned a trucking and excavation company.  If you’re in the Yamhill county area I would totally recommend them.  They have been prompt and fantastic to work with.  The demo of the mobile home was great fun to watch, but if I had it to do over again, I would try to get all the windows out first!





trailer demo

trailer demo II