I think the most exciting part about building a house is seeing it framed..... and that first time you turn on the electricity..... The thrill of seeing what was only a blueprint turn into a real home is awe inspiring.
The biggest cost of building my home was the foundation and retaining walls. Normally a fire wouldn't cause so much damage that you'd have to rip out the old foundation, but a firestorm that melts cars to the ground is a different story.
Another thrill in the building process is seeing the roof go on. At that point you know the job is someday going to end. Which up to that point doesn't seem possible.
What's really hard is spending the whole day with contractors and having no place to sit. Gloria made a chair out of a cement block while my dad inspected the work being done on the floor.
The windows arrived and my dad checked them out to make sure they are all accounted for. He'd built homes before and knew the importance of checking and double checking every detail on the spot.
At last the structure takes on the appearance of a real home, but we are still months away from moving in.
My dad was fanatical about the paint job being done right. He fired the first crew of painters because they didn't have an eye for perfection. He wanted the walls so smooth that when you ran your hand over them, they would feel like glass. That's what 1930's Art Deco was all about as far as he was concerned.
DANCE WITH MY FATHER, BY CELINE DION.
Check back tomorrow to see the finished product as Georgia and I show you around our home.