Things are moving along at an amazing pace. The framing is simply flying up and we can see the house taking shape before our very eyes.
Ready for another Instagram time lapse? Here we go:
Isn’t it just so exciting you can’t even stand it?!
It’s totally different seeing the house in REAL LIFE instead of just on a piece of paper. We’ve been kind of taken by surprise by a few things the engineer included that we didn’t realize just from seeing the plans. For example, we didn’t know that he had specified TEN FOOT CEILINGS on both stories. That is… tall. And it winds up making things like doors and windows cost more because they have to be bigger than the usual size, so that’s a bummer. But on the plus side, we have huge windows facing beautiful views and I love them so much I want to squeeze them.
The future kitchen (what you can’t tell from the picture is that the window, which is going to be in front of the sink, is 6 feet wide and 5 feet tall – just in case I want to stand up straight inside the window frame or something):
On the down side, we realized almost as soon as the concrete was poured that we should have included a drain in the garage and the laundry/mud room. We also forgot to include a side entry door into the garage and we’re debating whether to pay the extra cost to have one put in. We did request to have our front door scooched over a bit because it was so close to one of the windows that we wouldn’t have been able to trim either of them out.
But other than that, everything looks great! The framing should be done in another couple weeks – they’re already starting on the second floor. We spent this week looking at windows and doors and I realized that building a house requires having opinions on things like door panel patterns. Which I don’t. Not yet, at least – I’m sure I will develop some very definite ones before long and I will go around judging the panel patterns on everyone else’s doors with a keen eye.
On the whole, though, being able to walk around in the space has really helped me to be able to envision how I’d like it to be when it’s all done. I’ve been heading up to the house once the framers have finished and walking around with Pinterest pulled up on my phone (if you’re interested in seeing some of my inspiration, you’re welcome to follow me here).
In other news, we have an injured chicken that we’re taking care of. I found her the other morning straggling around on the ground with a big gaping wound in her tail:
Apparently, injured hens need to be separated while they recover because otherwise the rest of the flock, attracted by the sight of the blood (and then discovering that chicken is delicious), will peck at her until she dies. BUT if you keep them separated too long, the rest of the birds will forget who she is and attack her when she’s reintroduced. A perfect catch-22
Upon researching all this, I also discovered that our rooster to hen ratio is far too low. The ideal number should be around thirty hens to one rooster and we only have five! A lower ratio can lead to him getting too aggressive with them, indicated by bald spots on their backs and heads (check) and possible injuries which the other chickens will then attack and make worse (check) . If we had any doubts about keeping the rooster, they are gone. Now we just need to figure out how to get rid of it. (Anybody want a rooster?)
So, there is your lesson on how to not turn chickens into cannibals. You’re welcome.