When Bud and I moved to Dubois, Wyoming in 1995 Bud crossed one more item off his bucket list—he began designing and building a house (mostly) by himself.
We should have written a story about it, but we lived the experience instead. Here are just a few photographs of the dream home we named, Ten Forward (our living space) and Moonstrike Gallery and Studios (our creative/work space).
May 2, 1995 First step: Finding land with a view
May 14 Digging a well
Framing June 25
And more framing June 25
Then the roof June 30
June 30 Bud had already built raised beds outside our living room windows so I could plant bulbs for spring!
Same raised beds...one year later
June 30 Our view
August 4 finishing the roof
August 27 Almost done—outside anyway!
September 20 Can't stop for snow!
September 24 Bud put up the drywall & I did most of the mudding...but not all in one day
September 30 Staining the wood floors
October 5 Building the stairs
The royal couple descending the stairs for the first time
November 16 The last soffit (left)
Nov 18 Cabnits for the studio
Nov 20 A few windows
December 1 Finished enough to move in!
Dining room on left, kitchen center, living room where the tile starts
My creative space where I made dolls and wrote children's books to accompany them.
June 1996 Enjoying the fruits of our labor on our upstairs deck with our king cat, Hisha.