When I first began planning this project in earnest--back in January--my thought was that I would build the JayBee and move into it before winter set in. It was a nice idea, but I had no clue at the time just what was headed my way during the spring and summer that would seriously reduce the amount of time I had available for the project. By April, it was clear to me that keeping to the original timeline would be impossible. As many have suggested, I could pay others to do a bunch of the work (assuming I could find eager, competent help--not necessarily a sure thing, I've sadly discovered) in order to keep to the original timeline. Since one of my major reasons for taking on this project was my desire to build the home myself, that solution was simply unacceptable to me. So, I've revised the timeline, in order to keep building the house myself--and preserve my sanity and the *fun* in the project.
My plan now is to move into the JayBee sometime next spring or summer. (I'll just have to limp my current, sad house through another winter.) I really have to get a roof on the building (next phase), finish the exterior walls (frame the entryway and the west-end bumpout), and install the windows and door before the snow flies. If I luck out (both weather- and time-wise), maybe I'll get some of the siding on the house before we're buried in snow and/or dealing with sub-zero temperatures. The excavation for the water and septic lines won't be done until next spring. During the winter, I'd like to work on the interior... I can always dream, can't I?