Building Our Dream Home, Part 2

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An exciting moment during building our dream home was when the roof was put on. Suddenly it went from a concrete and steel foundation into a structure, a structure that will become a home – OUR HOME! Now I’ll be the first to admit that construction bores me… I mean, I want it to be finished so I can put all the finishing touches on it!

It still doesn’t quite look like a home yet.

We went with a material called Q-Deck for the ceilings, which was later painted white on the inside, to give our ceilings a cool industrial feel. Q-Deck is a metal cladding that’s great for insulation and pouring concrete on top of, and also as a waterproof base for our roofing material.


This picture is from the back of the house. In between most of those steel beams there will be windows, giving it a ‘glass wall’ effect.


Here the front walls are starting to get framed in, almost everything in our house is framed in steel! One of the biggest reasons was to keep the inside open, without too many interior walls or structural beams.

There’s my husband & my daughter on the roof!

The center section of the house holds the bathrooms, and in the end will be clad in brick. This is the only part of the house that will be bricked, everything else will be concrete, glass, or zinc cladding.

Concrete floors after being poured, with in-floor heating tubes sticking out.

 We built our home “opposite” of a standard home, where the bottom level houses the bedrooms and a living area, and the upstairs has another living area, dining area and kitchen. Downstairs we poured concrete, which we will later polish to a salt and pepper look. The concrete floor has an in-floor radiant heating system that is water based.

I am super excited for all this work to be finished up so we can start painting walls, tiling bathrooms, decorating – building our dream home!… but until then – it’s a construction site! Stay tuned for more!

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11 thoughts on “Building Our Dream Home, Part 2

  1. I can’t wait to see what your house looks like, from the sounds of it, it’s going to look like it’s straight out of home style magazine!

  2. This progress looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m a little envious as we are nowhere near being able to buy/build our dream home yet. Until then I’ll just live a little vicariously through you! 😛

    1. It’s honestly been a struggle! It’s taken a couple of years – not just of construction – but because we’re doing it ourselves, the planning, the permits, everything seems to take forever!