How To Build A Love Nest

.: A blog about building our home in Colorado :.

 

Septic comes together

After many long days of digging rock, exploding rock, digging more rock, pick-axing rock, then digging more rock (get enough idea yet)… we’ve finally begun the construction phase on our septic system. We’ve filled

5/22/17 – Excavation Continues

Well were finally back at it  the snow has mostly melted and septic excavation resumes. Spent most of the day jack hammering rock. Don’t know if you know this but it’s really hard stuff!

5/21/17 – Tile

As we find ourselves stymied for another day by nature’s snowy goodness — we took this opportunity to check out another used building supply store.  This one was amazing – and overwhelming in choices.

5/19/17 – Building Permit

I am suuuuppppper excited today. After much fretting about schedules and timing and building and nature — we got our BUILDING PERMIT !!!!! Our driveway passed it’s rough-and-tumble inspection and the house plans are

5/18/17 – Nature !!!

Sometimes your best laid plans are blocked by mother nature. Who am I kidding – mother nature always ruins plans !!!! This is particularly true in the high mountains of Colorado where a spring

5/17/17 – Septic System 1

Today we started digging the septic system leech field. This is some challenging terrain because we have to dig 5′ down on the low side of the hill and up to 7′ down on

5/14/17 – Well Road

Kori did an amazing job digging out a temporary road for our upcoming well digging activity. The truck that is coming in needs an almost flat road that’s 8 feet wide because its 14′

5/13/17 – Driveway 4

Driveway day 4 was a doozy! Kori’s dad dropped by and Kori moved all the tree stumps I so lovingly abandoned on the side of the road. Quite a task for her first time

5/6/17 – Driveway 2

Day 2 of driveway-pa-looza. Jayme came out to help which greatly sped things up — until the massive thunderstorm rolled in and we ducked for cover. After a while we saw a blue patch,

5/5/17 – Driveway 1

This is day 1 of digging our new driveway. I received the backhoe just before this video and had to learn how to use it first! Then I got down to the busy work

Shed Progress

Here’s a video of our shed building progress over the last couple of days.

The right tool

There’s an old adage about “using the right tool for the job”. There’s also one about “time is money”. Occasionally these intersect at “right tool for the time”. We hit this intersection while building

Growing our strengths

Let me just say this, not all of this project plays to my strengths.  A project of this size can’t possibly play to all of my (many!  ahem…. ) strengths.  In fact, the beauty

Permits and plans and papers

And this week the paperwork tide shifted.  This was the week that the paperwork that so intimidates me –I’m coming to terms with the fact that I don’t have a lot of trust in

It’s a House !

Today was a busy day for the LoveNest household. We filed an updated driveway plan with the county (and discovered we immediately need to do a 3rd filing), then we filed for our building

Vent Hoods

I LOVE vent hoods! This is not an overstatement or hyperbole. There’s something amazing about a well-designed vent hood that effectively whisks away the smoke emanating from a perfectly crisping item in a pan,

Erosion control

Before major excavation, we are required to put in erosion control.  The internet made it seem so easy, so with out brand-new-to-us-certified-pre-dented truck, we rented the largest trencher Home Depot carried and headed up

One discounted tile at a time: the bathroom

Personally, I don’t understand why people what huge bathrooms, or two his/hers sinks (or other non-herteronormative equivalents).  Things I want in my bathroom are warmth, light, and a towel within reach.  And to not

Certified pre-dented truck

As Richard said, we just bought  a truck.  A certified pre-dented truck.  It is also canary yellow.  Or perhaps 35mph-turn-ahead-sign yellow.  Or perhaps daffodil yellow.  And let’s hope it’s not lemon yellow.   Here’s

It’s Truck Time!

There was hemming… There was hawign… Gears shifted and grinded and then it happened. We bought a truck! A truck has been one of our major house-related purchases that we knew needed to be

Light Switches

You know one thing I never expected to disagree with Kori about on this project? Light switches. But we found ourselves at an interesting impass a few weeks back and it led to some

Latest House Plan Update

Here’s a visual update to our latest house plans. We have played with dimensions a lot moving things around as we placed windows, and debated the fine points of deck size and commode gappage.

Making Stakes

Today I decided to make some stakes for marking out various locations on the property. Locations that need to be marked include the septic field, well, driveway, and house. 3 ft. Pine Grade Stakes

Under-Counter Appliances

We got our first appliance and drum-roll …… its a microwave !!!!! Why am I so excited? Because this isn’t just any old microwave – its an under-counter microwave. A what you ask? Let

Closets? Scmosets!

One of our newsletter subscribers (you have subscribed have you not – click here) asked a very astute question the other day – where are the closets? It’s a good question and one I’m

Chainsaw Head-to-Head

We have trees and those trees (unfortunately) need to find their way into our bonfires (and hopefully shelves). So what is a guy to do – except buy a chainsaw! Did I mention a

The Floorplan

It has come to our attention that we don’t have a floorplan of our house yet. But wait – we do !!!!! Below is our current plan which results in about a 900 sq.

North? or North?

One of the fancy new techniques we can do with technology is to take out AutoCad drawings and overlay them onto satellite imagery like that seen in Google maps. This requires setting a point

When 2 become 1

Previously we posted about the possibility of redrawing our property lines to maintain two having two properties but better orientated for setbacks. We have gone around and around on this idea but finally made

Windows !

Our first purchase for the new home is complete and it’s …. WINDOWS !!!! Kori and I rolled down to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (ReStore) because they were having a 25% off

First contoured sitemap

Today I finally got contour data imported into Revit and was able to create a 3D sitemap. Below is the first picture I’ve created showing the sloped hill, flattened area for driveway, and the
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Man is the only animal to borrow tools

Today we joined the Denver Tool Library. This is really a very cool option for those who need use of a variety of tools but don’t have the space, money, or allowance of a

Let there be light

One of the things Richard and I agree most clearly on is: lots of windows. I would say that at heart I am a desert child, growing up on the California/Nevada border with a

Italian kitchens

It’s hard to say what small things will leave an impression and inspire you for years to come. In 2009, I lived out of a backpack, spent many months bumming around S. America and

Initial survey, April 2nd

All full of nerves and excitement, one week before we were scheduled to close, with our offer accepted and only paperwork to wait on, we drove up to do an initial survey of the

Plans and soup

Over the last month or so we’ve been soaking up the excitement of being land owners and on the way to building our little dream home. So, what do we want?  Well, we love

LiDAR

One of the many factors we’re trying to decipher is the lay of our land for a septic system. Ideally we would like the leach field to be downhill of the house and septic

Property Lines – To Be or Not To Be

Our two properties are approximately 4 acres each and are both long and skinny. Naturally the preferred views have our house pressed right up into a corner with 30′ setbacks (as required by zoning).

those formative childhood years

  Until the age of nine, my family and I lived in a small house on a grand 14 acres of land in the Palouse in Idaho.  It was a double wide trailer, to

Understanding Your Property

Lot Features Property View: Mountain View Lot Size (Acres): 8.01 Street/Road Desc.: Dirt Road Road Maintenance: County Topography: Flat, Gently Sloping, Rock Outcropping, Sloping Lot Features: Cul-de-Sac Land Use: Residential Zoning: Res   The