It didn’t take too long with a crew of five people to get all the trusses up. It’s really starting to look like a house now.
I spent the last few days amongst the constant damp and cold weather putting up all the bracing and eave brackets. Strange how I have to keep buying lumber. I thought I was done with that.
I’ve lived a life of great frugality which now affords me the ability to achieve the dream of building my dream house in the country. That habit of frugality is constantly gnawing at me as I spend hundreds after hundreds of dollars on more lumber. I have to keep reminding myself that it is all within the budget and it’s OK. Combined with the fact that I’m not working and bringing in a guaranteed income makes it even more freaky. Still. It’s OK.
My budget is $100,000 and I expect to end up far below that. So far my costs have been $40,000 and I still have around $35,000 expected to spend. A large chunk, $10,000 will go to the septic system. I didn’t expect it to cost that much but it’s in the budget.
Hopefully, I will start putting the roof decking on this week. It will be really nice to get that done so my framing won’t keep getting wet. I used pressure treated lumber on the exterior wall sills but not inside. I never expected it to be so wet for so long. Hopefully, it won’t be a major problem. It is supposed to be dry all this week. I requested a whole month of dry weather. I still need to trench for the power and water lines.
Overall, I’m in good spirits and enjoying the work. I ordered the air conditioning system yesterday. Summer is coming quickly and I need to be ready.