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Hubby's Project ~ #1

We bought our first "real" house in October 2008 (we lived in a mobile home prior to purchasing this house), so we're still really excited to be here! My hubby, Allen, has always wanted his very own shop/workshop, but we've never had a nice enough, or big enough, yard for him to have one. Well, when we bought this house, there was a perfect spot in the backyard for him to build a shop! He was SO excited!

Here's our "real" house...

I thought it would be nice to share his progress here on my blog. To give you an idea of where the shop is going to's pretty much where I was standing when I took the photo of the back of our house.

Here are some photos of his progress so far...

This is a pic of the footing on one side of the foundation.
He dug most of these by hand! That was some back-breaking work!

Here are the footings all the way around,
with the batter-boards up.

Here's the very first load of gravel! Woo-hoo!

Here Allen, and my cousin, Brian, are spreading
out the first of MANY loads of gravel.

They've still got a LONG way to go!! The gravel has to
come up to 4 inches from the top of the batter-boards.
Whew! I'm glad I wasn't recruited to help. :p

Bring on the concrete! Here's Allen dumping yet another
load out of the "Georgia" buggy. It took around 30 loads
to get it up to the top of the batter-boards.
Allen decided to use the buggy instead of having the
concrete truck come down our driveway,
and risk cracking it.

Here are the guys spreading it out,
before it gets too dry.

The finished concrete slab had to cure for a couple of
weeks before the framing could begin. Just this past
Saturday, Allen & Brian started framing the walls and
putting them up. They've already
put up one and are working on the second.

I fell asleep on the couch (wasn't feeling too good)
and totally missed the second wall going up!
Here are 3 walls already more to go...

Allen's Dad, Bo, is helping him cut braces to go
on the walls that are already standing.

The fourth wall is now up, but it's already too dark
for me to take a photo of it. I'll try to keep updating
as the progress continues.

We can hardly wait to see it finished! This is so exciting! :)
Come back later to see more photos....


  1. Wow your house is lovely and it looks like the shop is coming along great!!!

  2. Thank you! I truly wish you could come and visit me ~ that would be awesome!

  3. Y'all have a nice house. :) Your husband's workshop is coming along nicely. My husband wants a workshop too. I have no idea why though. :p

  4. Thank you! LOL

    Allen loves tinkering with mechanical things: autos, lawn-mowers, ATVs, etc. ~ he really needs somewhere to work that's out of the weather, as well as, somewhere to keep all of his "junk"! hahaha

    ~ Lori

  5. It looks as thought he's going to have his workshop done in no time! Yay!

  6. Hi Susie!

    I'm glad you came over! lol

    Yes, it's coming along pretty well. He's hoping to get the roof trusses on this weekend, if there's not too much rain.