house repair #1: DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT !

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Blog entry by patron posted 01-03-2010 07:39 PM 3083 reads 0 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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yesterday was my 10th anniversary in my own home !
i was busy then , so i am posting this now .
i had originally thought that i could sell and retire into a new life ?
not going to happen . to much to do ,
to get it finished .
like my life , my house is a work in progress ,
and i have come to value both !
thanks for looking , have a great year !
this is looking at the front porch . and back deck .

going up the entrance ramp of said porch , front door is here and it goes on to back deck .
it is 10’ wide by 60’ long ,

back deck , 20’ wide by 50’ long , covered to 12’ all along the house .

front ( future hallway ) view from entrance door ,
the 2×4’s on the ceiling are top plates fro 2 bedrooms and closets ,
presently used as my shop , started a new shop , but presently only posts
and cement footers in place , maybe more this year ?

living room , looking to kitchen on right ,
and thru arch to entrance hallway and bedrooms and bath to left .

from kitchen over breakfast counter to living room,
windows and sliding glass door to back deck .

well that’s some of it , there was nothing on the property when i got here ,
been homesteading ever since . did all the work myself , with occasional help as i could afford it .
and the occasional friend help ( thank you all ), had 2 roof raising parties .
the house is 40’ x 40’ (1600 sq. ft . ) , lots of work to go , but am sure thankful ,
it’s all paid for !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 07:54 PM

David: That is some cool pad man. I can understand why you are so proud of it, you done good.
But you may have opened a can of worms here by displaying your home. Did you take into consideration that by making this showing and stating that its paid for would attract a bevy of single L Jockettes, or was that the plan?
Nice feeling to have your own place and icing on the cake when you did it all. Super!!!!

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 07:57 PM

Hey Bud
Thanks for the tour. Like me you have alot going on and projects to complete . Looks like alot of room inside and out . Happy tenth year at your home.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 08:01 PM

Beautiful home David. Wow, the possibilities are endless. I wish mine was paid for.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 08:07 PM

roger , that was ( and is ) the idea , still waiting for that lady to make it into a home !
most of the ones on the dating sites ( i quit looking )are now retireing ,
and want to go some where and drink wine .
maybe in 5 years they will come back and want to settle down ?

jim , i’ve gotten to the point , that taking my time is part of life also ,
so i’m enjoying working or playing !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 08:10 PM


Happy Anniversary, indeed!

My wife would probably kill for a deck(s) like that … with a view like that.

I hope, one day, that I can get the sense of pride in accomplishment that comes from tackling a construction project. Mine won’t be of the magnitude that yours is, but … just … something.

I like the lug wrench-as-woodworking-tool, too, but … might suggest that the eggs will keep longer if put in the fridge ;-)

As to selling it and retiring … yours is the kind of place that so many of us dream of retiring to. Where would you go from there??

Absolutely beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 08:11 PM

David, thanks for posting your blog about your homestead. However, I must tell you, it makes me sick, homesick that is! LOL. I grew up in Texas just across the border from NM and have always wanted to move to New Mexico permanently. It is a great place and I envy your location. However, moving there is not in the cards, since SHWBO is a native Kansan. You know what I mean, I think. I managed to spend several months at Los Alamos a few years ago and that was one of the most enjoyable times I have ever had. Unfortunately, it looks like I am just going to have to be satisfied with periodic trips to your state in order to get my batteries recharged. So keep on updating your progress on your property (as well as your woodworking projects). I, for one, will get a vicarious sense of having been there from your pictures.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 08:12 PM

What a great view and an amazing project!

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 08:14 PM

Beautiful home, beautiful scene!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 08:15 PM

Nice place David. I also like that arch shape. You still have some work to do, but it looks great. It’s good to have a lot of home building projects. You will be very satisfied each time as you complete something and take it into use, and eventually you will have it the way you want it. I love your location. it must be very quite and peaceful at night and with good air. Mario was asking about the snow and it reminds me that in 1965 I drove through Albuquerque NM on my way back to California in a snow storm. It was pretty strange to see the desert covered with snow. We have -7 degrees celsius right now. What is the temperature there?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-03-2010 08:29 PM

What a deck!!! What a view!!!
This is truly a work in progress… in this case, it is the journey and not the destination!
If you finish it, you’ll just find another one to work on!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 01-03-2010 08:39 PM

what a great project with the right surraunding to build it in an congrat´s with the ten year in it
I like the arche´s , the deck and the wiew


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#12 posted 01-03-2010 08:43 PM

One big AT-A-BOY! Looks like a great place, almost like mine. Homes are never finished, just wanting more and more improvements especially with handy people like us … LOL. Keep plugging away and oh Happy 10th.

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#13 posted 01-03-2010 09:13 PM

thank you all for the encouraging comments .
here are todays views with snow and temp. ( Fahrenheit ) ,
mountains to the southeast .

my new shop floor start 30’ x 40’ on west side of house ,
with water tank and pump house in back ground .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 01-03-2010 09:19 PM

Wow, nice house. Why would you leave that? Love the view too! And of course the kitchen!

-- Janice

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#15 posted 01-03-2010 09:23 PM

don´t forget to ad some solarcell´s as well


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