Sunday, September 23, 2007

South and West



Here's what the house looked like on Thursday. We've done quite a bit more work to the North side, which you can't see from this angle,since then. I'll take a picture of that when it's finished.

3 comments:

Karen B. said...

Oh my gosh, Sabrina-what a beautiful house. Lots of hard work...

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

Thank you, Karen. It really has been a lot of hard work. Clancy and I salvaged building materials and windows from 5 separate houses that were slated to be torn down to begin. Every other piece of lumber, except for some sheet goods, is from Clancy's own saw mill. He also reduced the windows to the original sashes and built new frames for them from scratch. Each door is an antique-except for the bathroom door. The double doors that will eventually be painted green and hung on the north side formal entry are salvaged from the old Brainerd train depot. Several rooms will also be floored in salvaged 100 year old maple flooring. Sinks are out of other buildings and Clancy ( and a few friends ) have built or are building the cabinets for them.

It has taken us a long time to get the project to this stage-even though we have been living in it for three years now. It has been this incredible journey to build our dream house from scratch. The learning curve has been intense-Clancy had not built a house before. We really are beginning to see the fruits of our effort. But truly, truly...we will be happy when the majority of building is over with. :)

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Thanks for sending me here, Sabrina. What an amazing project to take on! I'm a bit jealous.... I had a very similar dream once (either to do what you've done or take an old treasure and completely restore it, like my family's vacant "century farm" house in Kansas), but did not marry a man who shares that dream -- not even close! But I have many blessings in my life and marriage, so will focus on those. :-)