New house: framing

I was really hoping to document this whole house build process as we went along, but it has all been going SO quickly and keeping me SO busy, I rarely even have time to post a quick picture to Instagram!  The framing on our house started at the beginning of September.  We got home from our annual Labor Day vacation and the framing had not only started, but was really moving along!


front door


living room window


view from the living room towards the school/media room


property view from the driveway entrance

So, as a reminder, our property has 2 (kind of 3) different parts: the main house (with the garage/loft attached) and the barn, so when you see all these pictures, it looks like 3 buildings.



beginnings of the barn!


Our framers have been so amazing!  They are a big crew and work quickly, but are also so patient with me whenever I have questions.  Here they are showing me where the stairs will go so I can envision it.


garage (my parents’ loft will be above it, attached with a glass bridge to the main house)


view from the barn (on the right) toward the house


I have never been able to stop this boy from climbing!  I just have to have him chill out a little around the subs because he worries them!

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view from above the garage, down into the first floor of the house (before the connecting bridge)



the backside of the garage, the loft getting framed in.


2nd floor going up on the barn and loft


My parents standing on their future front porch


GIANT beam going in between the dining and living room


the barn loft getting trusses – it went up so quickly!


barn fully framed and getting sheeted


the big window wall lifted into place


view of the big window wall from inside – the fireplace will go in between the windows


start of the bridge!


view into the kitchen




inspiration pic of the bridge connecting the main house and the loft


The second floor of the main house getting framed.  This is Sean standing in our bedroom.


master bath


barn deck going up


main house getting trusses


view from the upstairs hallway


It was so fun being INSIDE the house when the framers were putting up the trusses! (yes, I was being careful)


2nd floor up in all 3 buildings!


front porch roof


inside of the barn – where we’ll have a game/hang out space


inside of the barn – where the RV will go


underside of the porch roof – the beams will all be painted black with the tongue & groove wood stained


Silas’ room


one of the girls’ room


working on the loft porch roof


roof getting sheeted


view from the living room – main living space is vaulted to the second story



loft porch roof – so pretty!



So many pictures, but I wanted to catch you up!  This process has been so crazy – each step is so much fun and exciting, but also filled with more decisions and questions than I ever expected, so lots of stress in this as well.  I am shocked at how much of my days are spent in meetings for the build or shopping for products.  I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but just barely!


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    Just love seeing all of the progress so much! It is all so beautiful already and is fun to think about what you have in mind for it! Have fun!

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