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Barrel-Race7,059771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,189391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,988300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,5707862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,16718910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,111441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk512640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker396100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana459200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,9441033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,285200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,582440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,965270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,63627100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,4851504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,192341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,172100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,803483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,760100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,256213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,658520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,851300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,361320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,545100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,144300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,35830530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,553110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9513130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,758144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,655100
9/29/2012

sherman20,023221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,157380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,45935530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,607110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3177190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,36023770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,292110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,078110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,784100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,581630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,804223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,340500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,25711150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,991810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,831310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,138320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,436200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,278480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,90234310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,062200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3074140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,150200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,06120282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,28518291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,128562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,919392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,105100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,792100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,733650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,401200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3049130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,858100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,712200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,77220210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,123780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,16521660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,414601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,59322460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,860200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,740110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,009100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,874800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,95531740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,823200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0895110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,495300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,335430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,082900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,55812230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,93264850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,939100
9/2/2010

Commons10,159200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,550300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,101311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,832100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,392400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4372100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,181140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,90522100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,879343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,604100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,809330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,3392360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,054100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,80920270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,878130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,482100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,48321910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,883130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,79632950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,87119980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,533130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,041200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,095400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,523201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,984110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,233140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,292390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,207293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,978200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,573150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,963100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0515390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,63013200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,947970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,38811310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8224100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,432130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,496600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8601130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,204321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,214100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,379201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,8271016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,582200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,027800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,283891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,980614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,198100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9797900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,832552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,637220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,375100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,053385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5291100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,286200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,071200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,323110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,412100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,224110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,867120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,842200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,478261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,75321590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,086220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,426610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,33910840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,959360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,252340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,330200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,229100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,667110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,126110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,187110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,83639880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,416111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,332211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,647120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0434100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,947100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1701130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,610100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,199100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,995301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,056260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,417100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,886136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,757311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,530120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1289160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,605200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,613260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6216320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,295334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,794460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,420100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,048670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,294110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0131090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,562350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,174470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,620120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5863100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,648120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,255150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,722110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,062111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,724430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,54814350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,74914880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,883100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,294100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,70419380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,758320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,366240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6698100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,262400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,02711130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,16113520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,323600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,951360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,410600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,701100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,883110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4834140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,733200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,641100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8967140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,03412930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,840110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6509290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,550100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,078510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,586100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,435420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,728100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,376731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,228590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,933200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,965100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,786400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,205200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,261271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,194200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,31444830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,058100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,672100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,712100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,483900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,310300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,877310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,00220270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,197310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0785150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,395281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8788230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,557100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,309830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,396100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,856110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,392330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0191430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4965210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,336100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,35617510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,55317570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,935310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,289410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,702260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,977100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,953100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,219230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,760700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,361480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,451100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,572240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,37927560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,523210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,547100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3208220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,609260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,771300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,257330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,148481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,830730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,316250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,900100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3996180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,784100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,873200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8205250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5341750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,351200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,32722260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4713400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,759462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,757100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5656330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,166200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,778270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,013100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,70414250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,962220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,93611260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,261310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,466200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,518200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,495100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,486600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,576410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,352240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,932490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,366540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,894100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,672300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,797140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0606110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,207200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,062110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,136300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,972330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,988100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,621200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,374370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,693120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,894600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,88118150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5354140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,792471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1907110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,025200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,086100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,097241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,959200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,644120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0274140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,515110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,698220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,970100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,978100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,764100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,021300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,127100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,372310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,478200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,799100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,768100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,296100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,700200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,923250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,410300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,7381020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,67011640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade12,014110
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Posted by Louise in Franklin, NH on 10/25/2007

There are so many things over the last four years that I've said I need to make note of so I can help someone else not make that mistake. One of the benefits of taking so long is that we've made some changes to the layout because we've realized it is more logical a different way. I'm tired now, so specifics are not coming to mind immediately. I've been pawing through old photos trying to find out which ones I have in electronic format so that I can upload them here. I was really good about documenting all the steps along the way - building the road, logging the land, using a sawmill to turn all the red oak trees into floorboards (which still have not been installed, they are very well acclimated). We've done almost everything ourselves except for the 69 sticks of dynamite to blast ledge for our 15' deep hole (30' x 60') and also the drilling of the well (480' deep and only 6 gallons/minute). We used ICF (insulated concrete form) from a company called RediForm (my cousin in Montana has used it twice now) and it was great as I (Louise, the girl) was able to help build all the exterior walls. We did it for the 12' basement walls, 9' first floor and for a 4' knee wall on the second floor.

I noticed on a New Hampshire forum that someone was asking about financing. We ended up going with a local bank, Franklin Savings Bank, as many banks did not want to deal with the owner-builder situation. Luckily, my husband has been a carpenter since he was 15 and worked for his grandfather, who was a general contractor - so he's got a lot of variety in his experience. We got a great rate (for 2004) of 4.5% but it is only fixed for five years, so we have got to get a move on with finishing the house so that we can refinance soon. We went way over budget (as I'm sure many do). Partially because of supply prices escalating so much with the war in Iraq and also after Hurricane Katrina (plywood was $12/sheet when we budgeted our project and $25/sheet when we bought it). My husband saw a special shower head on HGTV, where light comes down thru the water (Ondine ELS) and he just had to have it; so that was an additional $1,800 (at wholesale price) and we still have not installed it, as the master bathroom is low priority.

Stupidly, we added kids to the mixture in 2005 (my clock was ticking at age 39) and that really changed the picture (my ability to help out on the house and our ability to remain in the RV for another winter). Last year we had our second and final child and in another couple of years I'll be able to help do the finishing touches on the landscape (which is what I went to school for). After the holidays, maybe, I'll have more time to comb my memory for helpful details. Oh yes, I forgot to mention in the first entry... getting the DES (dept of environmental services) permit.. we had to raise our ROW as it went through two streams. Luckily someone gave us a heads-up on the permit being necessary and we got approval, but the hoops that might have to be jumped through must be considered before tackling such a large project.

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Walls up but stucco not on yet... how long will this take?
Getting the gables up without a wind while on top of a mountain was quite a challenge!
Now the outside is almost done... just a deck to be installed. Now for the inside! July, 2005.







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