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Some encouragement for those whose lives are not perfect.

Last year I wrote a humorous article about how we made a mess of things moving to the country without any prior knowledge of how to do it right. In spite of our bungled methods and lack of finances, we did survive and I hope to be an encouragement to others whose life may not be perfect.

Two years ago we tore down an old house (built in 1932). It was very well constructed and gave us quite a time taking out all the nails one by one in an effort to save the wood. We managed to save approximately 60-80%, losing only the stuff that was badly weather cracked.

In 1932 when the house was built, the men had no power tools. Every nail was hammered in by hand and every hole hand drilled. They didn't have power saws or electricity. Here, we ourselves, in 1991, were still using the same primitive methods as we also didn't have electricity and even our generator and chainsaw broke down.

We used the same frame, boards and every piece available from the old house, putting it back together in four mo One of our major expenses was gasoline, as we tore the house down 15 miles from here and brought it over one pickup load at a time. We also had to buy insulation. (The old house didn't have any whatsoever.) And we bought rolled roofing for the roof. We did all of the work ourselves, which was quite a feat, since we had no building experience whatsoever.

My 70-year-old mother did her share, as well as our 17-year-old son, and Nando even sandwiched in two trips to Mexico besides. (His mother sent him gas fare.) And I juggled working in the garden, herding goats, feeding critters and all my other work as well as working on the house.

We still need to put the siding on the house as well as make decks around three sides. We have no flat land, so had to build the house on a hillside. That makes the bottom side of the house start at eight feet off the ground. We want to build a fruitroom under the house. These are minor things we can do little by little. We also have to put flooring and insulation in the loft. We were lucky not to have a cold winter this year, as all of our heat went out through the roof.

But hopefully this summer we can get the minor things out of the way and before long it will be finished.
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Title Annotation:building a homestead house
Author:Amador, Patty
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:May 1, 1993
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