Well, I’m happy to report that after nearly 1.5 years worth of weekends, our lake house just had it’s final inspection and we PASSED! No more inspectors and we can move in now. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. No more deadlines, no more possible hiccups.
When we embarked on this project so long ago, it seemed like we would never get it done. All those cold weekends installing the siding, roofing and trim. All the back breaking sheetrock. All the mistakes and fixes. All the blisters, sore backs, sore legs, sore arms, sore “you name it”. I think the best part about it is that the financial impact is coming to a close. Sure, we’ll spend some money on some things for the place but all the huge construction costs are behind us. I knew that it would be expensive to build the place but it was really pretty amazing how the little things added up. I have a huge folder in my office that has every receipt for the place. The last time I added it up, we had spent over $35,000 on materials and labor (for the few things that we subcontracted out). It’s been awhile since I’ve added up all the receipts though so I’d put the total cost at about $45,000. Somehow we managed to pay cash all the way along which, when considering the total, amazes the heck out of me. How did we dig up that kind of cash?
Oh well, I guess the money fairy must have been looking out for us. Now the number one priority for us is to start building our emergency fund back up to a much more comfortable level.
Here are a few pictures of the interior: