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Journal Entries

Building our new home: from finding the location, creating the design, choosing the builder, to the building process. This journal chronicles our process, from end to end.

Rough-Ins Completed

It may appear that we've fallen off the radar. However, lots has been going on—just not anything very photogenic.

  • All rough plumbing has been installed.
  • All ducting for the heating/cooling system and thermostat wiring is in.
  • The quite complex electrical rough-in is done. That includes all recessed cans, switch and receptacle boxes, low-voltage wiring for LED strips, cable TV, internet, and phone drops.
  • Fireblocking is complete in the floor trusses (spray foam insulation in nooks and crannies keeps potential fires from spreading quickly under the main floor).
  • Some exterior roof soffits are done.
  • Siding is on-site, ready to be installed.

As soon as rough-in inspection is complete, insulation will begin. It will be a combination of batts, blown-in cellulose, and spray-on foam, depending on where it's applied. That will be followed by hanging and mudding the drywall. We're hoping all that happens over the next two weeks.

In theory, as soon as the drywallers release the home back to the builder, it’ll be another 12 weeks of construction—vaguely reminiscent the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow, I suppose.

So, no video this go-round. It's just a big conglomeration of wires, ducts, and pipes—all to be covered and hidden, and make a house a comfortable home.