And now, it looks like this!
A lot has happened in the past couple of weeks! The new updated list looks like this...
16. Framing completed
17. New windows and door installed/moved, plywood walls up
18. Roof framed, plywood-ed
19. Shingles and siding picked out
20. Inside wall dividing old house and new house removed
21. Shingles and siding installed
22. Inside electrical work started
23. Electrical line over house REMOVED!
24. New septic tank installed/lagoon dug
I've already fallen off the wagon a bit in documenting every. little. thing. but we're still progressing and starting to move onto the inside finishing stuff now.
|Inside wall removed! (and messy house, additions are hard)|
|Closed in walls and roof, ready for shingles and siding|
|New siding and roofing colors - and a new hall door.|
So now the general contractor we have been using is done with his part. We hired out for the septic and lagoon work (happening today) and we'll be having someone come in soon hopefully to put in a new heating and cooling system. We have a crazy old furnace and never have had more than a window AC unit in this place, so it will be nice to have real AC next summer!
We are planning to do most of the electrical and plumbing work ourselves, and hubs and his dad already started in on the electrical, which included installing a new breaker box and running it to the old box. To be honest, I know next to nothing about it and didn't help at all, but I do know it took longer than expected, and we spent one night with no electricity in the entire house except for two extension cords hooked up to the main power line outside. It was... interesting... kinda like inside camping? But it was up and running the next day, so all is good now.
I've also been meaning to share our floor plans to show what we started out with and where we are hoping to end up...
This is our old floor plan. It was about 800 square feet, give or take. We never used the "front door" in the living room, and always came in through the kitchen on the south side of the house. It was just one bedroom, with a really large closet, but that closet gets really small when it's your only storage space. This house was the perfect starter size and has served us well for many years. But as we don't have the option of moving more than a couple miles from our current location (due to the hog barns - have to be close at all times in case of an emergency), adding on just made more sense.
This is close to what the new plan will look like. The addition went on the north side of the house, on the side closest to the road. Our driveway (where that first picture was taken) runs along the west (bottom of the floor plan) side of the house.
We are keeping the original kitchen and bedroom/closet. We are moving the living room out to make space for a dining area. (Off topic - we have never had a kitchen table in the current house. There was literally no where to put it, so we ate at the coffee table on the couch for five years). We're also adding on two bedrooms, a second bath, a linen closet between the bedrooms (not pictured) and a full basement under the addition part which will have storage, living area, and a laundry room.
In the current house the eventual plan will be to change the old bathroom into our master bath, and move the door so you access it through our closet. We're also moving our bedroom door to the hall, instead of in the living space. There may also be some pantry redos in the kitchen area but we don't have those plans quite figured out yet.
While this is by no means my dream house layout, we tried to do the best with what we had. We didn't want to have to move or change much in the current house to save money, as we have a very small budget and a lot to cover. We basically needed extra bedrooms and living space. Having a basement was a non-negotiable for us, both for the space and for the storm safety aspect, since we get our fair share of tornado-like weather around here.
There's lots of little things I would have liked to do a little different, and I'll probably find more as we go along as well. But for now it's double the space we had before (triple if you include the basement), and that's enough for us!
Anyone else ever put an addition on your current house while still living there? Built a house and done the finishing work yourself? The dust doesn't bother me too bad but it's starting to get a little cold at night so we're gonna have to do insulation soon so we can start heating it!