Just the Facts, Ma'am

Summary of the project: Construction of a house and attached mother-in-law cottage in the Sunset Hill part of the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.

Main House: 2800 livable sf--2 stories plus an unfinished attic and partial basement.
Cottage: 1000 sf--1 story partially above a garage.
Lot: 8100 sf with alley access, facing due south in a single-family zoned neighorhood.

Budget: Approximately $200/sf excluding the lot. Owners are serving as their own general contractor and contributing a lot of "sweat equity!"

Financing: Conventional 30 year mortgage on lot, home equity loan and 2nd mortgage for construction.

Timeline: Perpetually behind schedule!
  • Purchased lot in May 2008
  • Sold former home in August 2008
  • Lived in old farmhouse on the lot Septemer 2008-September 2009
  • Designed new house March 2009-March 2010
  • Moved out of farmhouse and into temporary housing September 2009
  • Got building permit April 2010
  • Removed oil tank and had contaminated soil cleaned up April 2010
  • Deconstruction of old house May 2010
  • Excavated and poured foundation June-August 2010
  • Framing August-October 2010
  • Roofing done October 2010
  • Rough plumbing and heating October-November 2010
  • Windows installed November 2010
  • Electrical completed December 2010
  • Hardie brand shingle siding applied January 2011
  • Foam insulation installed March 2011
  • Drywall installed April 2011
  • Interior and exterior painting completed May 2011