No Pain, No Gain

Oh, how I hope this saying has some truth to it. If our gain is measured by our pain, then we are going to have one nice looking house eventually. From scrapes and cuts to bruises and stings, we’ve had a fairly rough week. I have to say, though, I’m really proud of how much progress we’ve seen in only 7 days. In case you have no idea what I’m rambling about, here’s a short run-down.

Last Saturday, we bought a beautiful 1.3 acre piece of land. The only HUGE catch is that this land used to have a 2-story house sitting on the property until a tornado ripped the top story up and sent it…somewhere. So all that was left was a beautiful piece of land, a walk-out basement, and a monster of a mess. But the deal was just too good to pass up. It is one of those properties that you can just see yourself sitting on your back deck sipping some ice-cold sweet tea or on the rug in the living room with your family looking out over the rolling hills in the evening. BEAUTIFUL!

The deal has turned out to be an even better one than we initially thought. We pretty much paid what we would have ended up paying for 1.3 acres in any beautiful area but we also got a walk-out basement, all connected utilities, most of the lumber for the basement walls, and the floor joists for the top floor. We’re so psyched! Here’s a couple of pictures so that you can see what the property looked like when we first started working.

And here’s a few pictures of the inside since we’ve ripped out much of the disgusting sheet rock walls in the basement.

We’ve made a lot of progress since these pics were taken, however. Here’s the basic probable layout of the top and bottom floors:

Basement Floor

Top Story


We plan to put an awesome shade of blue siding on the house to offset the white metal roof that will (hopefully) adorn our new home. The front on the house on both levels will contain huge windows to make the most of the beautiful morning sunlight. But don’t expect any of these pictures too soon. That’s still a ways down the home-building road.

Have you guys ever completely remodeled rebuilt a home damaged by natural disaster? Or maybe you’ve redone only a small section thanks to mother nature? Leave a comment and let us know!


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