One day after the land changed hands ( and several of us felt cheated out of the opportunity to purchase, but that's another story), Bud QUICKLY decided we were moving. When I say quickly, I mean he decided on Thursday that we would be out by Monday!! Trilby was already married, Travis and Tasha were in college, and Trina was just a few short weeks away from graduating from high school. Technically that Monday we became homeless! We packed up with LOTS of help from family, moved Trina to Kalona to her adopted grandparents' home, and Bud and I moved in with Trilby, Mike, and Payton. We then began to look at acreages to buy. We had looked at a house about a month before, but we decided it was just too small. Then it sold. I always liked the little Cape Cod style home, but it was just too small. After six weeks, and the first sale falling through we were the proud owners of the little Cape Cod style house.
After eight years of cramped holidays, and an ever growing family we decided to add on. Well, actually the plan was in my head since the day we bought it! But, the only way we could afford everything we wanted was to do most of the work ourselves. And we were raised to do things ourselves if we could. So, we set out to adding on. A friend drew up what I had in my head, and we went from there. We did everything except pouring the basement, setting the rafters, shingling the roof, and mudding & taping the walls downstairs. It was a LOT of work,
several arguments, and MANY late nights (often in the cold!). Thank goodness for our relatives who helped. Our house now looks like this:
Then we started finishing the basement about a year ago, but that's another story for another day because it still isn't completely finished!
We come home tired and lazy now and can't imagine how we did all of that work while still working full time. But it was well worth it!
What things have you done for yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it?