The Final Chapter
Tiling of three bathrooms is all that remains. The master bath in particular has considerable tile work. It’s a tedious and messy job, but the end result is just what we were looking to have. This last step, along with the final cleanup, was all that remained prior to the final inspection.
The end became a bit interesting for us, since the home we had been renting suddenly sold and we needed to vacate. This resulted in our general contractor putting on a full-court press to get things done in 30 days. The focus was on completing any items that would prevent a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) from being issued by the county. Toward the end of the 30 days, an inspection was called for. We ended up with a temporary CO. It was temporary only to the extent that exterior stairs from the lower-level walkout French doors and stairs from the front porch to the driveway needed to be completed. This allowed us to move in prior to Christmas 2011.
Our dream is now a reality. After all this time of imagining, planning, choosing and building, the hard work is over. The finished product is a dream come true, and we are very ready to settle into a new beginning in our log home.
Would we do it all over again? There’s probably a split decision in our household on that question. It’s probably a decision that is too soon to properly consider. Like most things worth doing in life, there are ups and downs to the journey. Was the journey worth the time, effort and money? We would answer that with a resounding “YES!”
Thank you for traveling with us and allowing us to share our experiences with you. We hope you have been able to answer some questions in your own minds if you are considering building a log home. Perhaps this will help you to make a more informed decision. If you move ahead with your dream, we hope you will be able to avoid a few of our pitfalls. Nevertheless, your journey will be just that — your journey. Be assured, you’ll have a few pitfalls of your own. But you’ll also have your own joy and satisfaction.
And now, if you’ll excuse us, we think we hear the lake calling. Honey, is that a loon?
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