It’s been over a month since I’ve posted an update. Some people have been asking if we’ve either given up and decided to become trailer trash for life or if we’re all moved in to the house again.

Maybe in two more days.

At least that is what I tell myself everysingleday. The truth of the matter is, we will be lucky in two months if we are painting and moving back in. However, in order to get through each day living in the trailer I tell myself, “just two more days and we’ll be done!” If anyone out there is a runner you probably can relate because we make mantras like this with every breath. Sometimes when I’m running I will count all the street lights that I pass, then on my way back I count down from ten. Maybe it’s just me. But that’s how I cope. I lie to myself until it becomes reality. I like to call this positive thinking.

Others call it what it is: denial.


So where are we exactly in this project for reals? We are about 99.8% complete with everything we need to do before we put in insulation and start the next phase: Drywall and Finish Work.


See…lie to yourself til it’s true. It works almost every time.

Our inspector came by with his boss on Wednesday for them to both check it out. I guess the people at city hall see our house as a “teaching moment”. Apparently second story house additions aren’t done very often – especially with floor trusses instead of I-joists and especially not without a general contractor. They gave us a green light to call for combo inspection next week as long as we make a few minor tweaks…so minor they aren’t even worth mentioning.

I would have updated sooner, but all the guts of the house are absolutely boring details. The photos all just look the same.

Down and dirty highlights from this past month:

  • Lath inspection passed
  • Drywall delivered
  • Insulation delivered
  • HVAC upstairs and downstairs complete
  • Electrical complete – this includes rewiring the entire downstairs – what a nightmare that was, the smoke detector circuits, low voltage wiring for entire house network and smart tv’s.
  • Framing complete – all blocking, all nailers, all straps/ties/clips/nail plates, all of it done. phew. soooo happy about this hurdle
  • All the exhaust vents and a whole house fan (thanks to all our friends who talked us into this one)
  • A million other minute details not worth mentioning that are all expected to be in the wall before you actually close the wall up.

What’s left? Not even a day’s worth of work.

By next week we should be insulated and probably drywalling. Then the pics will actually start to look good again.

If anyone out there is interested in adding a second story to your house feel free to email, we’d love to hear from you!



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