A booming Detroit housing marketing means a shortage of labor! After the basement was poured, approved by the city, and back-filled – we sat. And sat. And sat. For six long weeks. Apparently, there is a TON of demand for carpenters and our builder struggled to get a crew to commit to framing our house.
A few weeks ago they started (yay!). Unfortunately, they only worked one week before having to stop on our job to finish up an issue on a previous job. Not a great sign, but I was hopeful it didn’t mean anything.
We were told they had 5 days of work to finish up on their prior job. Well, 5 days turned in to over three weeks! The weather wasn’t helping us, we got a lot of rain during this time. Last week, I got a call from our builder that the crew was MIA and was no longer responding. They were making the call to pull them from the job and find a new crew.
Deja vu? I was really starting to believe this was the cursed project and it was never going to actually be finished. First, we lost our builder (read all about that here). Now, the framing crew is walking off the job? I was starting to think maybe it was us (although we only saw this crew one time, so hopefully it wasn’t!). Our building was looking for a new crew and told me he wasn’t sure if it would be 2 weeks or 6 months (say what?!). Please lord, I cannot handle a 6 month delay!!!
Last weekend, the old crew re-appeared. Saturday they delivered their tool truck and a fork lift. Monday they showed up on the job. Hooray!
It’s really awesome to see the house taking shape. Seeing how the structure sits on the lot and where things will end up. It’s nice to see the rooms starting to take shape (and I am starting to dream about all the fabulous finishes!).
One interesting thing is that the rooms feel SO SMALL during the framing process. I remember feeling this when we built our last house. It seems backward, but once the drywall goes up, the space actually feels larger (strange, because it’s more closed in). I’ve had to take a measuring tape to the living room just to make sure our furniture will fit in there (it will!).
**Building Tip: getting out ahead of the design and selection process is important. We had to confirm with our builder where we wanted the fireplace to sit (how high off the floor and how far it should extend in to the room). I had to have a quick pow-wow with our designer to discuss the fireplace design and built-ins surrounding so that we didn’t make a decision that we would later regret!