The First Floor

The moment many of you (and my family) have been waiting for is here….

The first floor of the house has been built! Our construction project has been in full swing! Every single weekend we work on the house. We have been building the house since September 2015, when we got our permit. My father has been teaching everything he knows to my husband, Matt, and he has been learning so much!



This was the first official wall we stood! It was a long, rainy day, but we did not let that stop us. We had just finished laying all the plywood flooring and we didn’t want to go home without standing our first wall. We were all tired, wet, and cold. While we were cranky as we built it, we were all very happy once we stood it.


Matt and I with the first wall we built together.


The next day, we were able to get more work done. We built the walls for the kitchen.


If you look to the right of the photo below you will see rebar on the ground in a grid. One weekend Matt and I cut and tied all that rebar. Matt will be pouring more concrete and we will have a concrete foundation in the garage.


The next wall we built was the one separating the kitchen from the living room. Then we built the wall that runs down the length of the house. 20160418_073120.jpgIMG_0828.JPGIMG_0829.JPG

Another amazing sunset at Camp Neypes.


The view from the kitchen window.


Here is the entire first floor framed.


Mom, Dad, and I built a really neat pantry. It has an angled wall and is not a boring rectangle. I can’t wait to see it all done with a cute, little glass door.


Unfortunately, we had to continue more concrete work. We didn’t take any pictures of Matt pouring concrete, but here I am finishing the concrete Matt poured.


The house from street view.



Matt and I will always have these memories to look back on when we are old. Although it may feel like we are sacrificing a lot in the present, thinking of the fantastic future we will have makes it all worth it.




The Floor Joist Part 2

The previous post showed the prep work behind putting the floor joist in place. First, we had to complete a seal plate around the entire house and we had to have three beams running down the middle of the house. Once these things were completed, we got to start putting 2×6’s in place. Here is a picture from under the house in the future kitchen. Each 2×6 board has a metal bracket holding it in place.


Here is a photo afar that was taken when half the kitchen was done.




Once all the floor joist where in place we got to lay the plywood floor. The house really started to take shape at this point!


My job this day was to nail down all the plywood. We had to have a nail every 6 inches. I am getting really good at swinging the hammer again! The metal rods you see sticking up behind me are the ones that we placed in the foundation at the very beginning. We will stand the walls on these metal rods and the house will be bolted down all the way to the concrete.


My father and husband were working on the pipe that will have electrical wire in it. They needed to make sure it was in the correct position for when we stand walls.



A beautiful sunset before the plywood was laid down.Getting to this point was really something else because we had worked so hard to get this far. Watching the house come together is such an exciting feeling.

The Floor Joist

SO much has happened at the Neypes homestead these last couple of months! The last time I posted about the house it was the beginning of March and we were wrapping up the foundation work. I was beyond relieved when I knew block work would be over! After we laid all of the blocks we had to fill every SINGLE hole with concrete!! This is me half way through one of the longest walls in the house. 20160312_111251.jpg


The system of pouring concrete into every hole was tiring and tedious. I would stand on the scaffolding as my husband and dad brought me buckets of concrete. I would then pour the concrete in the hole. As you can see in the picture, the blocks in the front of the picture have concrete already poured into them. My mom had to take over for me one day because I had to go to a Teachers Pay Teachers meet up in San Diego. She finished the out cove which is the section behind me in the picture.

Once the block work was finally over, we got to start wood work!! Here is our first load of wood from Home Depot!! I was so excited to go to Home Depot and start buying something  other than concrete!



Here is my dad setting up the middle beam for the floor. This beam may appear to hold all the weight of the house, but it actually does not. It is just there as a formality. The house does not actually rely on it in any way. The weight of the house will be distributed to the block walls. 20160319_130001 2.jpg

This picture shows the beams in the dining room and living room.



These beams are known as the floor joist. They will be the base of the first story.

In this picture Matt is putting the seal plate around the entire house. This is what the floor joist will be nailed to on the outside. There is a foam piece of material underneath the wood to help prevent bugs and other things from getting under the house. 20160319_125951.jpg


Watching the wood work begin has been rewarding and long awaited.