By now, you know how much I love building a house, so when I was told my home would have to be converted to accommodate my family, I was really excited.
I’ve built many houses myself, but none were as big and beautiful as my new home.
It’s a tall order, but it’s a challenge worth taking.
Here are the steps to build a house that you can afford and is ready to live in.1.
Choose a location.
My house is located in the Washington suburbs, and I’m looking for a location that will accommodate my entire family, so I picked the suburb of Lynnwood.
It will be hard to find a home with more open space than the two houses on my property.2.
Choose the right materials.
To accommodate my four- and six-foot-tall children, I chose to use wood.
Wood is easy to work with, and it’s one of the cheapest materials available.3.
Choose your roof.
I chose a steel-reinforced concrete roof, which is much stronger than the old wood ones.
It provides good coverage and looks great.4.
Choose an interior.
My family loves their traditional wood-framed homes, so we’ll be moving to a steel fireplace for our living room.
We’ll be able to put our family’s favorite things like our old kitchen, dining room, and living room on the back porch.5.
Find the right kind of roof.
Most people opt for a steel roof with a large window, but I’d like to use a smaller one.
My new wood-frame home will have plenty of open space, so the smaller window will be perfect for entertaining and relaxing.6.
Design the house.
My kids are both in kindergarten, so my main task is designing the house in the next year or two.
I’m going to create a layout that makes the best use of space.
My main living room will have four bedrooms, and the dining room will hold six.
My living room and living area will have an open plan kitchen with a fire pit.
This space will be filled with a few dining tables and tables for entertaining.7.
Get some structural support.
My wood- and steel-framing house will be big enough to support my kids, so it’ll need some extra structural support to make it look sturdy.
I’ll use some plywood that will give it a sturdy look.
It’ll also be hard for me to remove it, so there will be a lot of glue involved.8.
Design a roof.
To get the most out of the steel roof, I’m planning to use some kind of a “wall of glass” type roof that allows me to put a large screen in the front and a smaller screen in my back.
The wall of glass would allow for a view of my house and my children, and my kids can see into my back yard, too.
I also want to make the roof appear like it’s floating above the ground, so that I can walk around it when I’m not working.
The screen would be suspended from the back of the building, which will give me a lot more control.9.
Add some windows.
To make my new house look bigger, I want to add a couple of windows in the back.
One window will allow my kids to look into the kitchen and my living room, while the other will give my living area more open access.
I want them to be able see out to the patio and the street, and to be allowed to look through the windows into the backyard.10.
Get more windows.
I’d also like to add more windows in my kitchen.
I have a small dining table, but a large TV and stereo are too much.
I will add some windows in both bedrooms, too, so they can view out to our backyard.11.
Build a driveway.
The garage is my primary living space, and as long as my kids are in school, I need to make sure they’re able to walk up and down to the front door and back door.
A driveway is a great way to keep things organized.12.
Install a water heater.
To keep my family warm during the cold winter months, I’ll install a water heat pump in my basement.
The pump will provide a steady source of water to cool our house.13.
Install an air conditioner.
To help keep my house cool, I installed a large-screen air condition.
My water heater can run in the summer, so this will be useful for keeping my kids cool in the winter.14.
Build the stairs.
I plan to build the stairs from the ground up, but they will have to come from the inside.
My basement will have a staircase that will take us all the way up to my living space.15.
Get the windows fixed.
I love my old-school wooden-frame homes, and they’re so easy to repair.
But I’m also looking for windows that will last and look great