Friday, August 16, 2013

Building an Addition


Things have changed slightly at our house since August 1. Our son, daughter-in-law, and their family have moved in with us. Kevin and I are building onto our house and will be moving into the new addition. Our oldest son's family will be living in the main house.

Right now they're waiting for their house in the suburbs of Minneapolis to sell and are trying to stay out of it while the realtors have showings and (hopefully) get it sold. Yes, our son is a systems analyst and so is able to work from anywhere that has internet - which is really a wonderful thing.

 Getting Started...

Right now in his free time, my husband and sons along with the rest of his small crew are working on remodeling part of the basement for an office and laundry room, a kitchen, a spare bedroom and bathroom. Then we're putting on the addition with a living room and master bedroom - after the excavation for that has been done.

 The trees on the right are coming out to open the view. Our son has already opened up that view quite a bit more.
(Don't worry, they're weeds: Box Elder trees. They mostly grow up at a diagonal and then fall over.)

We're going with ICF block for the addition. We'll keep our southeast view, our son's family will have the south view from the deck along with the NE and SE view from the [soon-to-be-built] front porch.


  The New Parking Lot

I'm hoping the days somehow have extra hours and that they're full of cool weather and sunshine! There's so much to be done, and at the end of it we'll be moving all our stuff out of the house. At that time we'll also be downsizing considerably (except for the books) and some of our favorite items (cookstove, hutch, piano, etc.) I can't tell you how much stuff we have accumulated in 24 years and must sort through once that addition is built.

We'll even have a gas station!

And of course, as anyone who has ever been involved in construction knows, everything done is dependent upon everyone else's schedule, i.e. all the various contractors involved and all the possible delays that inevitably occur. E.g. 'Where are our rafters??' 'Oh, didn't we tell you - the rafters are backordered until March.'  or 'No, we have no record of your order.' (No, that's not an actual conversation, but it is the type of thing that can, and often does, happen during any construction project.)

BUT...

At the end of it all, we will have family nearby. And that's a wonderful thing!

Who wouldn't love this!


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29 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Judy a lot of work ahead however in the end it will be worth it to have family near by.

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

A lot of upheaval, but how nice to have you family there.

Suzan Sweatman said...

OH this is going to be so much fun to watch Judy!!!
A LOT of work - but fun - and you get to have the munchkins close to you!
XOXO

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

Oh Judy, God bless you! You make me tired just reading about all you're doing! It's going to be wonderful and fun! I'm looking forward to watching your progress.

Jenn S said...

That is definitely a lot of work, but work that will be well worth it, for sure! Good luck! I hope everything runs as smoothly as it possibly can!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What a big change that will be for you! I hope everything goes well with building the addition.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

A lot of work, but you will feel so good after the sorting out is done and a new place - how exciting :-)

Deanna said...

Oh, how wonderful! We have a guest house on our property which our adult son lives in. We would love to have another place here for our daughter and son-in-law (and his parents who live with them). A family commune is my dream. Enjoy those grandchildren!

NanaDiana said...

Wow- Judy- That is going to be a big lifestyle change. We have thought about that happening at some point in time but not sure if it would work right for our family. I am so happy YOU are able to do this. What a wonderful convenience for both families- some separatness and, yet, some connection, too. Good luck- I hope the project moves along quickly- xo Diana

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I hope the construction project goes smoothly and quickly for you and your family. It's wonderful to have loved ones nearby!

TexWisGirl said...

wow! quite the undertaking. AND life shift! you are generous souls to give them your space and share daily life.

Terri D. said...

How great that you are doing this now and will have time to enjoy having family so close, and for later when you may need a little more help. A huge job ahead of you, but a very worthwhile project, for sure!

Debra Hawkins said...

Aren't you the most amazing mom ever! Letting you son move in and building an addition to have more space! I hope everything goes wonderful!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Oh my goodness! I am so excited for you! Having family close is wonderful! (Lol! though occasionally it can feel too close!)
I know how you feel about packing and sorting and moving! Even if it isn't far away, it is a lot of work!
Happy construction and hopefully things will go smoothly. Looking forward to updates!

Susie said...

Judy, Good luck on all the re-dos and addition. I know about accumalation of "stuff"...I lived in my house in town 36 years.Had a place for everything...moved here got rid of stuff and still can't get organized. xoxo,Susie

Babs Richman said...

How nice to have your family close to you. Good luck with the addition.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Love your parking lot!

Exciting times ahead for you!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

My older kids live in Mpls and Lakeville.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Goodness, you have such a fun exciting huge project ahead of you! I am wishing you great weather. I grew up in Minneapolis and visited Wisconsin often! thank you for dropping in and your sweet words!

Carol

Eileen said...

It's a wonderful and generous thing you are doing. Lots of upheaval and changes ahead. I hope it all goes quickly and smoothly for you.

Lynn said...

This is wonderful-and generous of you but everyone benefits-and it certainly looks like you've the outdoor space and once the indoor space is sorted, perfect, no!
I say you are all lucky.

Carla TePaske said...

WOW! I am so happy for you! xx oo

Chatty Crone said...

I DO KNOW how much stuff you can accumulate over the years! lol
You have a lot of blessings going on there! It's wonderful.

laurie said...

Wow that's fun news! So blessed to have your family so close!

Denise said...

Nice family time.

Samantha said...

Eeeek! You'll be busy for a while yet then!!! I bet you're so happy to have them near though :) x

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Talk about being busy,I hope there are no delays and everything gets done right on time!! Can't wait to see it all finished!!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Wow, you are going to be busy!!!

J_on_tour said...

Exhausting work but rewarding to have the family nearby. You might have to create another Parking lot :-)

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