Home Sweet Home (or The Totally True Adventures of Building a Home from 3,000 Miles Away) – Part 1

We are lucky that our really good friends live about three blocks away from where our new house is located because they were able to take pictures of the entire building process for us while we are in Florida. The total build time for our new house was just a little over three months from start to finish.  We are amazed at how quickly the builders were able to complete the project.  I suppose part of it has to do with the fact that the weather in southeast Washington is very cooperative. Construction in South Florida tends to get delayed often due to the typical thundershowers we experience for at least seven months out of the year.

The first step in the process was to select our lot. We chose this particular lot because there wasn’t a premium on it, the road dead ends in front of our house so there would be no house directly across the street, and we would have a great view of the mountains to the south and west, as well as the nightly sunset.

Then came choosing the floor plan. We selected The Edgewood floor plan, which is a medium-sized (1,408-sq.-ft.), three bedroom, two bath home with a two car garage. The home is the perfect size for the two of us and still allows us to have plenty of yard space on all four sides, so we are not on top of our neighbors. That was very important to us me as one of my issues with apartment living is having to share walls with neighbors.

After that came the dirt work and laying the foundation.


Next step was the framing.




Then came the siding and roofing, and the framing for the back patio.

Insulation, duct work and electrical were added.


Showers were installed in the master and guest bathroom.


I find the whole process fascinating, just seeing it all come together.

(Part 2 coming up in a few minutes.)

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