We have one shell of a house! Here it is in all of it’s framed glory (fascia is starting to be painted):
We also have most of our rough-in plumbing (this is going to be the double sink in the kids’ upstairs bathroom):
We’re starting to get to that point where we actually have to make final decisions that are not going to be changeable later on (e.g., we picked all the shower and bath trim this weekend because the plumber has to put the valves in the wall this week and the valves correspond to the trim). We’re coming OFF the paper now and seeing choices being made into reality and I have to admit that I am not quite ready for this yet.
Pretty much one of the best things that you can do when you’re preparing to build a house is to have everything that you possibly can chosen ahead of time – paint color, fixtures, outlets, tile, doorknobs – down to the model number where applicable. Or you can put it all off until absolutely the last minute, try to stay a step ahead on your decisions and hope you don’t cause any delays. Which is, you know… a different way to do it. Ahem. (E.g., we found some shower trim that we liked online but it turned out to not be available in stores and would have to be special ordered and wouldn’t be here in time for the valves to be put in the wall, so we had to go with something similar off the shelf instead. Lesson learned.)
Because of the way my brain works, I have not been at all interested in that aspect of things until now (even going so far as to throw away all the paint swatches and idea books that Noah brought home from Home Depot). Before now I couldn’t picture how any of this was going to actually look and feel and BE and so to try to pick out finishes was an exercise in overwhelm. Which, don’t get me wrong, it still is, but it’s a lot different trying to imagine flooring and wall color inside a space I can actually walk around in than trying to conjure the whole thing up in my mind based on some flat lines on a piece of paper.
Another reason, though, is that before now I can’t honestly say that I truly BELIEVED that this was actually going to happen. I knew that the IDEA was to come out here and build a house. But beyond that, in my head, it was just a reason to give people to legitimize why we moved into a bus with four kids: “We’re not crazy, we’re pursuing a goal.”
I held back from fully vesting myself in the idea because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I didn’t want to pick out doorknobs and cabinet hardware that I loved only to find out it wasn’t going to happen. I protected myself from disappointment, but now that the dream is becoming reality, I am unprepared.
I guess it’s not one of the worst complaints for a person to have (“Oh no! This wonderful thing that I didn’t think was going to happen is actually happening!”), but it does remind me why Noah and I make such a great team. He kept his eyes on the end goal the whole time and is seeing the results of his perseverance to that end. I like to think that I have helped keep us grounded in the reality of today and make the practical choices that have enabled us to get this far. Like living in a bus to save money!
Speaking of the bus, Noah and I have been talking about what we want to do with it once we actually move out of it. Several ideas have been tossed around: keeping it for guests to stay in, renting it out on AirBnB, letting the kids use it as a giant play house, etc.
However, the more we think about it, the more we think we should sell it. There are lots of reasons (including the fact that the legality of someone living in it on the property is somewhat questionable). But I think the main reason is that once we are not living in the bus, it is still going to require maintenance to keep it from falling into neglect and disrepair like it was when we first got it. It would make me really sad for that to happen because we didn’t have the time to take care of it properly.
In addition, I would really like to pass it on so that someone else can have the same opportunity that it’s afforded us – a place to live to save a ton of money for a dream – and continue the legacy.
Soooo… if your lease is ending around mid-December of this year and you’re looking for an adventure, let me know… I have just the thing for you!