The end is in sight! It seems hard to believe that exactly two months and eight days ago, the first bit of earth was scraped aside to make way for our Simple House Project at the farm. In those short 70 days, we have gone from a pile of dirt – to now sitting on our semi-complete back porch late every evening dreaming of a full-time life at the farm.

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The inside looking up at the loft of the Simple House. There is still a lot to do in the coming weeks to finish!

There is still much to do in the final 41 days before our target move in date of September 1st, Well…actually, a tremendous amount still to do! But for a dream 5 years in the making, every day of work seems a  lot more like fun than anything else.

This weekend was dedicated to staining the porch floor, building the kitchen island, and framing up the bathroom cabinets. All of course while continuing to scour the garden for this year’s pest of the year – the tomato hornworm. Yes – we still always make time for the garden! 🙂

The coming week is set for the final rough electrical and plumbing inspections, and hopefully the go-ahead to insulate if all is passed. After that, it will be time for us to start installing the shiplap walls and ceilings, apply the acid stain to the concrete floors, install the kitchen cabinets, and of course – move in!

For this week’s farm update, we thought we should you the progress to date in both pictures and video

We have posted a photo tour below at the end of the article – and for those that like video, here is a quick walk-through to show the inside “guts” so far.

It’s time for us to get back to work! We hope you enjoy – Jim and Mary

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The Simple House In Photos..

Late May – The ground is scraped off – and the footers and foundation get ready to go in. 
May 20th – The ground is leveled off, and the footers are poured for the base of the foundation. The square cutout in the middle is the deep post footer for the main beam in the middle of the house.
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The Simple House as it stands on July 16th, 2016. The exterior is all but complete, only needing the gutters and a few final touches before final grading.

01 Front of House

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The “back” of our house, which actually faces the road. We still have to add a small pergola style entrance overhang to the back door
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The exterior barn doors we built and added to the road facing side of the house. They add a little interest to the back side, and also carry the theme of the farm.
The garage is complete and ready to go! We used the same cedar siding on the house to match
The garage is complete and ready to go! We used the same cedar siding on the house to match
The porch overlooking the farm. We just finished applying the final coat of stain this weekend.
The porch overlooking the farm. We just finished applying the final coat of stain this weekend.
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The inside of the main room – although the overall square footage is small – the openness makes up for the lack of space
The future kitchen area
The future kitchen area
The radiant heat tubes that will heat the entire house. These will be hooked up to an on-demand water heater.
The radiant heat tubes that will heat the entire house. These will be hooked up to an on-demand water heater.
The laundry and bathroom stud walls are all set to go
The laundry and bathroom stud walls are all set to go
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The inside looking up at the loft. There is still a lot to do in the coming weeks to finish!
The view from the loft
The view from the loft of the simple house

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12 thoughts on “The Simple House Photo/Video Tour Update – 41 Days To Completion!

  • July 26, 2016 at 8:09 am
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    Beautiful!
    we are also living in a small space (1100 sqft with 4 kids) right across from our 20 acres. We are planning to build another small house on the farm in the future.
    I love your blog! I have to admit that I am curious as to the cost of this house. We are looking into a few different options.

  • July 25, 2016 at 11:07 am
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    I have enjoyed reading about the progress, but I loved the video. Thanks.

  • July 25, 2016 at 9:33 am
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    I love seeing your progress! You’re way ahead of us! We just had our land cleared , but are doing pretty much the same thing. Question: how does Shiplap compare to drywall cost wise? I definitely wanted a wall with shiplap but now rethinking 🙄

  • July 25, 2016 at 8:02 am
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    Nice!! Thanks for sharing! You’ve probably mentioned this before, but does this mean all your kids are out of the house, since there’s no dedicated space for them?

  • July 25, 2016 at 5:34 am
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    How fabulous! I love the efficient use of space. What a beautiful vista you have of the farm. Continued blessings…

  • July 24, 2016 at 9:03 pm
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    I admire what you are doing. I love to see what people are building. Love that show Grand Designs and seeing people have a go hands on at project managing and the build itself. Would love to do this if I were younger. Cannot imagine trying it now as you need a lot of oomph physically to get it all done. Please continue to post your progress and especially when finished. You have such a wonderful view from your deck. I am sure you will enjoy many happy times there. Well done!

  • July 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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    It’s coming along nicely!!! Love your ideas for the inside as well as the outside. Beautiful views all around. Great video and pictures! Thanks for sharing. Will be looking forward to the next house info:-)

  • July 24, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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    Absolutely love it. My dream house.

  • July 24, 2016 at 11:33 am
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    The builders in our family’s rule of thumb……when the sheetrock is up, taped and textured, you are half way done. It is all the finishing inside work that takes the time.

  • July 24, 2016 at 10:36 am
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    Really awesome can you say how much you budgeted ?

  • July 24, 2016 at 8:44 am
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    Exciting! Great progress and I love that porch!

  • July 24, 2016 at 8:32 am
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    I love your houseplan!! Is the stained concrete your final flooring?

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