the frame walk

Although most of the world seems to have come to a complete standstill due to COVID-19 concerns, building has continued on our home and we’ve reached another milestone in the process–the “frame walk” is complete. This on-site meeting was described to us as “an opportunity to view the inner workings of the home–electrical, ductwork, and plumbing–before the walls are covered with sheet rock.” It’s an opportunity to walk through the house in its current state with the builder himself and ask questions.

Because we’re still in the midst of quarantine, Seth attended the in-person meeting with the builder and our realtor, while I stayed home with the kids and watched via FaceTime. We confirmed locations of outlets, sinks, and ceiling fans. Everything is progressing according to plan. Because construction is considered “essential” right now, we haven’t encountered many delays yet. Our builder estimates that we will close between mid-June and Labor Day, which is a broader range than I’d prefer, but we’ll adjust!

Here’s a photo update on how the house has progressed since my last update:

March 8th, 2020: As promised, the framing process has begun. We have a first floor, complete with a front door and a fireplace.

March 15th, 2020: The second story is up! I wonder how many times I’ll climb these stairs in the years to come…

March 22nd, 2020: The roof and dormers are taking shape. This was the first time we let Caleb walk around the construction site so that he could see his room (his will be the front one above the garage).

March 29th, 2020: Some spaces in the interior are starting to take shape now. The bathrooms have bathtubs, and the shower in the master bath is all framed. The fireplace in the great room is coming along too. The final picture captures what the view from our breakfast room will be–it’s honestly one of the things I’m most excited about in this house.

The next steps are insulation and exterior brick. We look forward to our visits every Sunday to see the weekly changes–it’s definitely a bright spot in the midst of these uncertain times.

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