Friday Five: Lessons Learned While Building

 If you look around, lessons can be learned in everything. No matter how old you get, there is always something to be learned.

My husband and I are building a place or me to write and it’s been an interesting experience. I’ve learned a lot about actually building and as I thought about it, life.

Here are some lessons:

1. Gather everything you need for before you begin – It took us two trips to the home improvement store to get the needed supplies.
2. Having a second pair of hands makes the work go faster – At times I didn’t know if I was holding up the process, or actually helping but we got a lot done. Not to mention, having an extra person for holding and fetching.
3. Have a plan – this probably goes along with number one. The better the plan, the fewer mistakes. As I am thinking about upcoming projects, having a plan also makes things more efficient.
4. Communication is key – My husband and I work pretty well together, but we still needed to have some clear understanding. Of course, it saves on arguments and hurt feelings.
5. Measure twice, cut once – I’m not sure where this adage comes from, but it is most definitely a good idea.

One thing I am finding very interesting is that lessons come in the most unexpected places and, perhaps, not necessarily welcome. I believe that lessons come when we need them most and can often be painful. However, these are the ones that stick with you the most.

What were some of your most unexpected lessons learned?

From Raw to a Masterpiece

My thoughts over the weekend went from “I have no idea how we are going to do this” to “OMG, I am getting old.”

We spent the weekend working on a small writing space for me. Having more land means more opportunities. There are so many possibilities.

We began early Saturday morning. I say early, but it was probably after 9:00 on what was promising to be a warm day. Here is a picture of the building before.




This pile of lumber and steel will eventually be an actual building. I think we forget that everything, including ourselves, begin with something like this:

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All it takes is a little time and the right elements and a masterpiece forms.


Of course, the middle part is where the magic happens.

As with most things, you need a good foundation. As I hope to be able to use this in the winter, we began with insulation.

This is where the realization hit me that I am not as young as I once was. This thing is heavy and we had to flip it and adjust to get it just right. Also, the height difference between my husband and myself was never more apparent (there is about a foot difference).

Though we had to stop in the middle of the day due to the heat we managed to get the entire foundation complete before stopping for the night.

End of day one.
End of day one..

I discovered muscles I haven’t used in many years and was still sore the next day when we began again.

I learned a lot during this first day of the build. One, we’ve never really built new, from scratch. We’ve added onto our house, but that is more retro building. This is the first time that we’ve done this. The learning curve was a bit different.

My husband, who doesn’t work in construction, still knows what he is doing. There have been a couple of hiccups along the way. When isn’t there when doing home projects, but it will be wonderful when it is finished. I am grateful for all his efforts.

Finally, the best thing I learned: how to run the miter saw.

Who knows it may end up in a story someday.