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Old 07-12-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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A Personal Project That Went From A Drawing To A Home


Some 15 years ago, my wife and I converted a barn to a house on property we purchased. It was great until our kids grew up and left me and Connie, my wife, to ourselves. The barn conversion was big. Way too big for just me and Connie.

So one day, about 3 1/2 years ago, I was toying with an old 2 story Queen Anne design for my house plan archive and showed it to my wife. She loved it and said she wished we had built something like that in the first place. Without much more than her mentioning that, I started modifying the plan to her's and my own needs.

Also, about the same time, my brother in law had sold me an entire barn full of rough sawn lumber he had cut many years ago and never did anything with. It's almost embarrassing how cheep he sold it to me for, and better yet, there was more than enough to frame an entire house.

Connie and I started working right away in our spare time and three years later, we are almost finished. The link below is a pdf of the plan and some photo's of the finished work are attached. For some reason I couldn't attach the pdf. Must be a glitch somewhere.

Anyway, what do you think of it. Not bad for a couple of old duffers with a little spare time on their hands...

http://drafting101.com/house.pdf
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:13 PM   #2
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Oh, and by the way, all the windows, all the cabinets, and most of the doors were built in my wood shop...
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Looks quite nice to me. Thank you for sharing.
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Looks like a 3 year project. You've got **** everywhere.
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Looks like a 3 year project. You've got **** everywhere.
No, those are older pics. We have since emptied out the downstairs and moved all the tools and such upstairs in the back bedroom. Kitchen, living room and entry all done. Guess I need to update the shots. I'll probably do that this week.
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I don't care what anyone says---white cabinets are cool.
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No, those are older pics. We have since emptied out the downstairs and moved all the tools and such upstairs in the back bedroom. Kitchen, living room and entry all done. Guess I need to update the shots. I'll probably do that this week.

Looks better than my house which took me 6 years
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Looks very nice, hats off to you and your bride

But you really should bead,tape and finish all the drywall before starting any other work. You are making that step a lot more difficult for someone.............Are you that ''someone''? Just say'n
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Yeah, I learned the hard way about finishing the sheetrock before doing the wainscot. But the downstairs is completely done now. Yep, I'm that someone.
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Looks better than my house which took me 6 years
Why 6 years if you don't mind me asking?

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I don't care what anyone says---white cabinets are cool.
Yer darn tootin... I love em as much as I enjoyed building them.
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Why 6 years if you don't mind me asking?

Yer darn tootin... I love em as much as I enjoyed building them.
Typically a contractors personal house takes 15+ years, 6 is really good.
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Typically a contractors personal house takes 15+ years, 6 is really good.
Ya know, after thinking about it, you are probably right. They are too busy working on other folks places.

Attached is a pic after the sheetrock and wainscot were finished...
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Typically a contractors personal house takes 15+ years, 6 is really good.



That is quick. Just some trivia,Thomas Jefferson was his own architect and general contractor (by the way,GC,s were called undertakers back then) it took him 53 years to complete Monticello !
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That is quick. Just some trivia,Thomas Jefferson was his own architect and general contractor (by the way,GC,s were called undertakers back then) it took him 53 years to complete Monticello !
You would think he could've taking time out from building a country to get his house done.
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^^^MNLD - I was typing that out as you posted you just beat me too it.

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That is quick. Just some trivia,Thomas Jefferson was his own architect and general contractor (by the way,GC,s were called undertakers back then) it took him 53 years to complete Monticello !
He did have a few other things of importance on his plate during those 53 years...

Original OP - nice looking so far!
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Just to get a tad philosophical,when one starts to do something with no idea how /when it will get completed,things usually start to line up and the path becomes clear. Your starting with a piece of paper and a pencil and ending up with a house is a classic example. I guess that is why the old saying "a trip around the world starts with one step forward" got started.


Anyway,keep posting the pictures,I enjoy viewing your project.
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Thanks. I'll have some new picks soon I hope. I'm wanting to move in before fall sets in.
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You would think he could've taking time out from building a country to get his house done.



Well,it is kind of good he built the country in a slightly different way he built his home. With his home he was quoted as saying "my favorite pastime is to put up and tear down".
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Just curious, is it an optical illusion or is that wainscot extremely tall or taller than what you usually see....
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Just curious, is it an optical illusion or is that wainscot extremely tall or taller than what you usually see....
Higher... 48" with a 1 3/4" ledge. My wife and I both liked that as opposed to lower.

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