Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve finally been able to make some good progress on the house build, even though the weather hasn’t been the most cooperative. Actually, for the past month, every week has had at least one day with extreme weather. Fortunately, most of the severe weather has gone around us, although we’ve still seen some doozies come through.
As we’ve gotten more familiar with life out on the prairie, we’ve begun to settle into a routine for our day-to-day activities. This has now allowed us to turn our focus more onto the house building, rather than the more regular every day tasks. But, boy, has the time flown by; it’s difficult to believe that August is almost half over.
In the past two weeks we’ve been able to get a load of gravel delivered, upon which we will build the house. Because we are building the house on top of the ground, the gravel and sand will act as a good cushion against frost. We have an old farm house on the property that has been abandoned out here for at least fifteen years and it is just sitting on blocks. So, we felt that it would be pretty safe to build our house on a similar foundation. If we want to have a more permanent foundation later on, we can build one in the coming years. Right now, we just need to get this portion of the house done, as much as we can, before the snow flies.
Once we got the gravel leveled and packed down, we placed the blocks, which we’ll be using for footings, and constructed cross beams for the foundation. After that, we build our framing for the floor and today, we began laying down plywood for the sub-floor.
Once we get the sub-floor down, hopefully by Wednesday, the more difficult part of the build should be over and we can really make some progress getting the wall and roof framing done, Lord willing.
It’s been a lot of work and it will continue to be so, but it’s been enjoyable and very fulfilling. There’s something about standing back at the end of the day and looking at something you’ve constructed with your own two hands and ingenuity. It also helps to have faith and trust in the Lord and go where He leads you.