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Home-Building 101: The Beginning

For those of us who’ve never built a home before, it’s a learn-as-you-go process.  For the Gurney gang, it’s definitely Home-building 101.

Things have finally started, though, which truly seems like a miracle.  The 10 acres we purchased almost 3 years ago has been long paid for.  The pipe fence is up with a super-cool entrance Josh welded and painted himself.  The gravel trucks have come and gone.  The walking trails through our woods are evident – they’ve been formed with love, lots of tramping, cruising on Gators, and riding on tractors.

We’ve been patient.

We’ve waited…

and waited.

Living in a tiny two-bedroom trailer house was only supposed to last months.  Instead, it’s been years.  BUT, there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

There have been some interesting set-backs, most recently storms and tornadoes.  Wet ground tends to cause havoc for concrete trucks.

Luckily, they made it in with the help of a really expensive tow-truck.  The footing is in and stem wall is up.  Praise God!

Notice Josh and Wes keeping an eye on things?  We are ALL really excited to be making some form ANY form of progress.

We now have plumbing and the beginnings of our Geothermal Heat and Air system.  I’ve even decided where to put the floor plug in our great room, which is no easy decision I tell you.  Who knew?

This week we’re HOPING to get the stem wall capped off and the pad finished.  If we’re really lucky, the framer will begin, too.  However, the weathermen don’t seem to be too cooperative.  So, every one of you say a collective prayer and cross your fingers and legs for the Gurney Gang.

I can’t take much more of this trailer.  I may lose my mind and forget how to take photos all-together.  Then where will you be?

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  • MelodyA. - May 17, 2010 - 7:08 am

    So exciting. But you always have to add on a few months to the end of the projected end date. Never know what will happen to stall the project. We built two houses and in the end were so glad we did.

  • Shannon - May 17, 2010 - 10:03 am

    How exciting !!! Heather and Jeff are almost finished with there new house. I hope you girls had fun at the snap shot class for Mom’s this weekend. Kammerin sure seems like she had a good time !!!

  • Charla - May 17, 2010 - 10:05 pm

    It seems like forever, then you are 4 days from moving in and it seems to go by so fast! Good luck and good weather to you!!

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