Home Sweet Home (or The Totally True Adventures of Building a Home from 3,000 Miles Away) – Part 2

And here are the remainder of the photos detailing the construction of our house.

The exterior siding was completed and shingles were added.

The front door, sidewalk, driveway and garage floor came next.

Drywall went up.

Masonry accents were added to the exterior.

The back patio was completed.

Drywall mud was added to the seams in preparation for paint.

Exterior painting was completed. Interior walls were primed, then painted.


Cabinetry got installed in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Entryway tile was laid.

Kitchen island and pantry were completed and baseboards installed throughout the house. Then the appliances were installed.

Ceiling fans were installed. Toilets were installed in the bathrooms. Countertops and backsplash were added to the bathrooms and kitchen.

Carpeting was installed and all the interior doors hung.

The final step was landscaping the front yard.

And that is how this…

Became this…


The only thing left to do now is move in. That will be happening in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait!


That’s it for now. Peace out!


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.)