It’s coming along!
If you remember back in the spring, I let you all in on the news that we would be adding on to our home. WOO HOO! It had been the plan since we started construction the first time around six years ago.
Yes, most people told us to go ahead and “BUILD WHAT WE WANT”, but we stuck to our guns and stayed in our newly single income family budget and built the house we have.
Since then we have been saving our pennies to start the addition. So now a master bedroom, bathroom, and mudroom are in the works!
And the work that comes with it! These pictures are from us getting the ground ready for concrete. The project will be a whole family affair. I had a really nice flower bed in that spot and wanted to save the good dirt.
The addition started out very quickly. THEN—- because of me it slowed down. I couldn’t make a minor decision on a bathroom choice. I know– first world problems for sure.
We are committed to staying within our means and not going overboard and letting our “wanters” control our decision making process. Because, really in the end, none of the “stuff” matters and all that matters is your relationships.
I couldn’t decide between getting a bathtub or no bathtub. The choice was to have 1 nice shower, or to have an actual bathtub and not as nice of a shower. I went back and forth forever and couldn’t decide. I’ve never had an actual bathtub so I don’t know if I’d use one or not. But the idea sounds nice. Anyways, my indecisiveness slowed down the process. It took me about 2 weeks to decide.
So during that that time we had the ULTIMATE four square playing court.
I had decided to FOREGO the tub. I decided that the bathroom was not a place that I’d like to “splurge” in our spending. I cared more about the mudroom and office. So the bathtub would just be something I told myself “no” on. If you haven’t priced tubs lately, a nice long, deep tub runs over $1,000, so with the fixtures and everything the tub option would’ve cost us about $2k with everything that would go into it.
So, we called our builder friend that is helping us though the process and told him that we decided on NO BATH. This slowed us down because the decision affected the whole layout and framing process.
So, after we called and decided to be smart financially and to pass on the tub option, our friend called us the next day. He found a cool old clawfoot tub and gave it to me!
Someone he knew was just THROWING IT AWAY. Wow.
But, the kicker is that I have to refinish it. I googled how to do it and it seems very doable and should only cost around $50. I’ll be posting updates soon when I tackle that project. (claw feet are not pictured– I will paint those and then put them back on)
So, the building process was back on and then the RAIN started. It rained, and rained, and then rained some more. After that, it rained again.
That put everyone behind schedule and slowed everything down.
But, now we are back at it again.
We started out the week with a concrete slab and ended the week with shingles and being in the dry.
The next step is on us. We will be doing the heating and air and electrical work. So for the rest of the year we will become Weekend Warriors working together to make this add-on happen.