Home. We have a home. We have a roof over our heads, functional bathroom, and a warm wood stove. Most importantly though, through all the stresses of our home’s construction, we still have each other to enjoy what we built together. And that is my home, Josh, Moose and I.
It took me a long time to gain the motivation to write this post. Though the house is by no means finished, writing this post almost felt like an end to an exciting ride, and part of me wasn’t ready to get off that ride. It was an intense and exciting summer as we built our home together. We couldn’t have done it without the immense help and support we received from family and friends. Thank you all! And finally in early January we moved into the place we had poured everything into, literally. It was amazing and unbelievable at the same time.
We began this process with the goal to build our house and move in by this winter. Many times it looked like it would not happen, and with good reason. We had never built a home before, much less an earth bag home. But somehow, we did it. We actually did it. It was an exciting process and somehow writing this post would mean it was over. But now we can move onto our next adventure, building a life in Alaska. We can play outside, build businesses and have time for friends and family again. And that is what we’ve been trying do to the past few months since we’ve moved in. I just finished a gorgeous sunrise skate ski and Josh is in the sunny mountains skiing in fresh snow with a few friends.
When I last wrote we had just finished framing the interior walls. Over the next month we installed our plumbing and hired a friend to do all the electrical work. Water we could handle (Pex is awesome for those that don’t know) but electricity, no thanks. A professional can have that one. Then in December we took a break from the work and flew to Mexico to spend some time with my family, the beach and warm weather. Apparently mosquitos, Black Poisonwood trees, food poisoning, and a nasty cold decided to tag along on our “relaxing” vacation. Oh well.
While in Mexico we hired someone to do our sheet rock work on the interior framed walls. We came back to a fort transforming into a home. We had rooms. We spent the next few weeks painting. Finally in this gray winter we could add some color! Guacamole green for the bedroom, sunrise orange for the living and utility rooms, turquoise and sky blue for the bathroom and mint green for the kitchen cabinets.
Shortly after we got home from Mexico the well guys came and installed our well pump. Finally we could turn on our water and test all that plumbing that Josh and I did ourselves but never tested. Probably not the smartest idea but hey, it worked out. I almost cried the day we turned on the water and wanted to hug anything and everything. Our house was coming together. We had electricity, natural gas on the way, but water, good clean water we had payed a pretty penny for but had yet to see, that was a big deal. We’d be able to flush a toilet (HUGE when you’ve been squatting outside all Summer and Fall), take a warm bath, do dishes, etc. We were beginning to have a functional home!
Next we got to have some fun. We built a bathtub surround from cedar and sheet metal, our own personal spa!
And kitchen counters from 2 x 6 tongue and groove pine covered with Epoxy. They look great but man that was by far the stickiest, messiest thing I have ever done and I’m glad it is over.
Then we put together our bathroom and kitchen, connected our hot water heater (hot water!!!) and in early January we moved in.
Since then we have been getting settled in, doing small house projects here and there, but mostly just trying to enjoy what we built and live a little. There is still a lot of work to do but there is time for that. The big push to move in is over. We have a home.