Saturday, May 26, 2012

Day 5 - "Wash, Rinse, Repeat" (Rows 3, 4, and 5)

Today we just continued where we left off yesterday.  Stack blocks.  Zip tie blocks.  Add rebar.  Repeat.

Some blocks need cutting down to size so that process is a little time consuming.  If we would have known what size the blocks were before we designed the house, we would have designed the whole part under the front entrance just a little larger so we wouldn't have to trim every block on every row in that section.  If you can use full-sized blocks, you save yourself a whole bunch of time and possible frustration.  We know that now but wished we would have known that then.  If you plan to design and build your own house, keep that in mind!!

Finally, Mr.W says we have one of the cleanest job sites he has worked at.  We have a secret for that.  This is what the kids do when they need some discipline.  Works quite well as they don't particularly enjoy it (therefore, it makes a great discipline tool) and we get a tidy job site!  Win, win!

At the end of today (today it was just us again) we have mostly completed 5 rows (part of the wall will remain unfinished until right near the end so we still have access to get in and out of the basement).  Since the basement is only 7 rows high, we are almost 75% done this part!  Though I would love to finish it quickly, my forearms especially are thankful for the day of rest we get tomorrow!


  1. Wow that is so cool you are building your own house! I can't wait to see how it turns out & I'm sure you can't either haha! :)

  2. I am just loving watching your house project (did I say that already?)...its like we are really there even though we are hundreds of miles away. I love how you are doing this as a family.


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