Here’s my thoughts (so far) on framing the house. I will preface this with I haven’t built a custom home before, BUT, I do have knowledge in this area. Not the Pinterest version either.
May we began the phase of framing and I thought that we’d make up for dear lost time thanks to Concrete Sloth. (See this post if you have no clue what I’m talking about.) I clearly had too high of expectations, maybe? I dunno.
There are plenty of houses being built in the area and they seemingly “pop up” pretty fast in the framing stage. So I was under the impression, that when we were told end of May… it really meant end of May we’d be weathered in and starting on the good stuff inside the house and preparing for a late summer move in. NOPE. If you build your own home, be absolutely sure of two things. #1, don’t skimp that contingency percentage. #2, don’t believe the time lines. It is the very last part of June, and the house is still not weathered in. This means no wrap on the exterior walls to prepare for siding, no roofing material is in place, and no windows or doors are installed (ok, except one). There will be a crap ton of dirt, debris, trash, and just random crap on the inside of your house, and likely countless birds nesting in places you don’t want them. For us it is barn swallows tracking in soooooo much dirt and junk. And bird poop. They hope to have this done mid August. Loan default is August 30. Pray for a miracle.
Trusses finally were set (photos here) and I’ve just been way too depressed about how slow this house is coming together to write about it. Besides, framing is only exciting for like a minute. You see the house take shape, but then you cannot move forward yet and do the fun stuff! Also in this stage, you must complete HVAC, plumbing and electrical install and get one really fun inspection at the end before you can drywall. I am *convinced* that HVAC is the KILLER OF DREAMS. Seriously. I had this lovely visions of decor, and art, furnishings in certain places. That dude seriously came in and original plan swiped all those and crapped on them. It took a few meetings and both of us compromising (to which I admit I suck at) but most of it should be “less noticeable.” At least it isn’t the hall of vents that I envisioned from the original schematic. You need those intake vents, but man they are ugly no matter what you do.
The other thing I did not want was a soffit in the basement. They just *scream* basement-y. Guess who has the world’s ugliest soffit in the main room down there? Yeah, this girl. Whatever, I know their game and I just want a freaking house by now. Desperation leads to conceding. I’ve lived in a fifth wheel over a year now. Sanity slipping away… So, yeah, there’s a big ol’ soffit down the rec room I need to hide. I have some good ideas, but no funds so that will be a project for down the road. We also opted to put radon mitigation in. Rumor has it that it will be required in Colorado soon anyway, might as well hide that as best we can. Plus, get that carcinogenic crud outta my house.
Oh, and the plumbing. That was a fun little saga. To be continued.