Today is the 5th installment of 26 in our year-long series called “The Simple House Project.” Every 2 weeks, we publish an article covering the process from start to finish. We hope to document the challenges, trials and tribulations of creating a simple house that is extremely cost-effective, energy-efficient and earth-friendly – using only the space we truly need to live comfortably. You can see the entire collection of stories here :  Simple House Project

Creating A Timeline…

One of the best ways to complete any large project is to create a building timeline showing what needs to be done – and by when. In fact, it’s really the only way to keep everything on schedule, moving forward, and perhaps most importantly – on budget!

Since we are responsible for coordinating the entire process of the “Simple House Project” – having an accurate timeline is critical. It will help us keep the flow of the process on track – letting us know when we need to have everything from the foundation poured to the kitchen cabinets installed.

Coordinating the entire project can be simplified with a building timeline (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock / Franck Boston
Coordinating the entire project can be simplified with a building timeline (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock / Franck Boston

Our timeline is unique in that in addition to coordinating the various hired trades for the project – we will also be responsible for completing most of the interior. In addition to drywall, installing floors, hanging cabinets and painting – that also includes building many of the items that will go into the house – like the kitchen island, table, bathroom vanity and sliding barn doors.

As part of that timeline – we also have to consider when to sell our house. It’s funny – every time we write an article for this series – it makes us realize just how much there is to do. All the more reason for a timeline!

The Timeline Plan:

During the past three months of 2015, we finalized much of the paperwork side of the house – including foundation and building plans and the soil tests for the septic and well systems.

The TImeline Plan (click to enlarge)
The TImeline Plan (click to enlarge)

While the actual building process won’t begin until the dirt begins to move in late April or May – there are many tasks that we can get started on during the pre-build months of January through April. Projects such as building the interior barn doors and kitchen island.

Not only will building them save big money on the budget – it insures they will be ready to go when needed during the build. Of course, in addition to all of that – we just want to create a lot of what goes in to our home!

The Variables:

Last but not least – we realize there are going to be variables in the process that can change the timeline. No matter how much we plan –  things like the weather, material delays, or of course “human error” can all change the timing and outcome of the project. And then there are the “what if’s” of the process.

For us right now, the biggest “what if” is our current house. As in what if it sells too soon or not soon enough?  In an ideal world we would put the house up for sale in August, sell it by the end of September, and move out and into the new house November 1st.

We hope completing projects like our back porch remdoel will help our house sell quickly when the time comes
We hope completing projects like our back porch remodel will help our house sell quickly when the time comes

However, early Spring is simply the best time to put homes on the market. We’ve decided to put the house up for sale in May, realizing that yes, it could sell fast and leave us scrambling a bit – but we would rather have that option than the thought of being saddled with two places for very long.

At the end of the day, if the house sells quickly, we can deal with it. As a positive, since the house we are moving to will be small – it’s not like we will have a ton of items to put into storage! After all – it is called the “Simple House” for a reason! 🙂  As always, you just have to go with the flow and have fun with the process.

If you have missed any of the previous articles on the Simple House Projec, you can see them all here : Simple House Project

Happy Building! – Jim and Mary

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7 thoughts on “The Simple House Project Timeline – Finalizing What Happens When

  • April 22, 2016 at 11:51 am

    What happened? I just found this and was excited to follow along and the posts stopped after 5???!!!

    • April 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Hi Beth – actually – just Winter happened 🙂 We resume the posts this weekend with our Sunday update and they will carry through as the home is built this Spring and Summer! JIm

  • February 17, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I saw your chicken talk at the Cleveland Home Show and have been enjoying reading your blog and checking out your work. Looking forward to following along!

    • February 18, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Jill – We are so glad you like the blog and thank you for taking the time to comment to us! We hope you liked the chicken talk and glad you are following along with us now! Jim and Mary

  • January 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

    It’s really awesome that you are sharing this! I’ve enjoyed perusing your site often and imaging what it would be like to have such a situation to have goal lists like you do. Building a place to live is just too far out for my mind to wrap around, but the strategy of using a timeline for goals seems smart and I look forward to seeing this goal unfold for you (according to plan!)

  • January 5, 2016 at 1:53 am

    We put our home up for sale and it sold quickly – cash sale – and the Buyers paid earlier than expected. The place we were in the process of purchasing fell through so we really had to scramble. We ended up renting back our home at a very reason price of $300 per month (although this did hurt because our house was paid for and it was uncomfortable making payments!). We found a place but due to time constraints, we really worked our tailbones off moving in a hurry. We were packed and ready to go, but we moved ourselves and it took many trips in one day – 3-4 trips back and forth (that’s a lot of packing and unpacking our truck and trailer) – total days to move everything was 13-days! Talk about being totally exhausted. But it all worked out.
    Don’t stress about your house selling – be happy it does – and move on from there.
    Your plans are great and I hope all continues to run smoothly for you.

  • January 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I love your plans, if I were younger and healthier, I would still be thinking of doing the same thing. Love seeing someone else still living their dream. Don’t get me wrong, at 66, on dialysis, I am happy to still be alive (genetic disease). Good Luck, which you won’t need with all your hard work. I am still trying to get the garden spot fixed more like yours, but as I wait for my brother to get the young trees off the spot, I am doing raised bed gardening and getting my asparagus beds established.

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