December 13th, 2013
It’s been a boring 3 weeks since my last update. The house has been going at a snails pace – during this time, most of the work has been done on the outside.
Board and batten over the garage door and in the breezeway that you can kind of see here:
The shingle roof and standing-seam metal roof made some serious progress.I’d say that’s getting pretty close to done on the front!
And the roofing on the back got finished up as well. Love that metal!
The brick columns were built (before it froze), and then it snowed and snowed and snowed.
The beams also were covered in cement fiber board so that they can be painted white.
They continued siding around the side of the garage.
We had 4 of these awnings installed on the exterior of the house as an architectural detail. Our siding guy is ready to be done with them though, because each of them is completely wrapped in medex (weatherproof MDF), including a “fake rake” to make it look like the rakes are exposed. This way the maintenance is greatly reduced to your standard painting.
Here’s Mr. Project inspecting the work. You can also see the faux vent at the top of the gable.
The rear of the garage has an open gable with more board & batten and 3 cute windows.
Another awning over the man-door out the side of the garage. This one actually has a function of keeping you dry if you’re trying to get in the garage.
And the siding continues!
And we finally hit the house again!
They’ve gotten a little further in the rear of the house, but there is so much snow, I haven’t ventured back there!
Now you’d think in all this time that a lot would be happening inside the house… no such luck. The temps dropped so much that we needed to heat the whole house in order to do the mud/tape work. But we didn’t have the gas trenched/hooked up yet. And that took some time… about 2 weeks. So the inside kind of just sat there. Annoying… but kind of nice to have a little intermission from decisions.
Finally a week ago, the heat was a go, so mud and tape started. Here’s the mud room (ha!):
The utility hallway:
The vaulted family room:
The other hallway:
View towards the master windows:
The reading room looking up to the loft space:
These photos are a few days old. They’ve made some progress since then and are just a little further along with mudding and sanding. Hopefully drywall will be done by Wednesday, and we can start with tile, wood floors, door install, and trim work.
Speaking of door install… we got one of our single-panel doors installed and just love it:
It’s fun to see something that is pretty close to being a final fixture in the house. A little paint and a nice door knob and thats one thing thats done! (it’s the little things that keep us going.)
Of course during this small respite, Mr. Project has been enjoying all the extra time to get cabinets done. He’s been able to build the linen niche cabinets. These gorgeous “x” doors are just amazing in person. He wasn’t too excited to build these, but we both can’t believe just how beautiful they are. They will coordinate with our front door, which also has 3 X’s.
These are the lower cabinets for the linen niche. These are done now, but I don’t have a final picture.
My very kind and hard-working brother-in-law has come down a few saturdays to help in the shop. Here the shop is quite abuzz with activity. With his help, Mr. Project was able to get all the closet cubbies and drawers built.
Including this sizable unit for my craft room closet. (cannot wait to have access to my craft supplies again!)
He built this cubby set for the playroom closet. Organized house here we come!
And I can say that with complete enthusiasm because, let me tell you, we are living in CHAOS!
We’ve got piles and piles of boxes and 25 cabinets all in this rental which was too small to begin with. No surface is free of clutter or boxes or coats. I clean several times a day, and there is just no containing the mess because nothing has a real home. I really cannot wait to unpack all of our stuff and have a place for everything and everything in it’s place. I LOVE organization, and I feel like I’m living in the most disorganized fashion with absolutely no control. It’s enough to make me go crazy. But I KNOW there is the light at the end of the tunnel. And my hourly mantra is “5 more weeks, 5 more weeks” of course it was “6 more weeks, 6 more weeks” for about a month there while we were stalled. lol. But whatever it takes to get through without ending up in the loony bin, right?
So that was our last 3 weeks. The pictures make it seem really exciting, but we feel like we’re crawling along compared with how fast everything was before. We met with flooring subs today, and I think from this point out, things are going to go incredibly fast. I wasn’t looking forward to the holidays slowing us up, but it might be nice to have tiny breaks for Christmas and new years during this go-go-go time. Whew! We’re approaching the finish line, so fun and stressful at the same time! I’ll try to update weekly from here on out to keep up on all the little things happening.
November 30th, 2013
Who doesn’t love the occasional painted floor? I think they look so beautiful and bring so much character to a room.
My craft room has a cement floor. Originally, I was thinking engineered wood flooring. But then I thought about how awesome a painted floor would look in the space.
Mr. Project is not so convinced that it will look nice – or that I’ll actually do the work myself (I hate painting!), but I think it will really make the room unique, so I’m motivated. Hopefully that motivation will get me through!
So now all that is left is to pick a design… I love the idea of a simple stripe or diagonal stripe like above. But there are so many awesome stencils… These are the ones that are in the running
So which one do you like best? I’d love to know what you think. I’m not sure about colors yet, but so feel free to recommend colors. Should I go bold or neutral? Or do you just think I’m crazy?! I think I may be a little crazy to take on this project.
Oh and I found all these awesome stencils at Royal Design Studio
. Has anyone used one of their stencils or similar for a large project?
November 22nd, 2013
I cannot believe it’s been a whole month since I updated last! So much has happened in the last 4 weeks. It’s been hard to update because a lot has been internal work – electric, HVAC, etc. And so all the pictures (or lack there of) are just more framed walls. But this last week and a half, we’ve made some really great (visible) strides.
Okay let me start where I left off… All the interior walls and ceilings were framed, and the exterior including roof was all sheeted. With the roof now on, the HVAC and plumbing could be finished. The subs got in and out really fast and got everything buttoned up and ready for the 4-way inspection and then drywall.
All of our laundry dryer vents were these recessed boxes that will keep the vent hose from taking up any extra depth in the room.
While all of that was happening, the windows got delivered! Yay!
And the next day, the windows were all installed. The house really started to come alive at this point.
We tried to keep the windows interesting (but not too expensive) by having most of the opening-windows be single-hung instead of sliders. If we had more money in our budget, I would have loved to do casement windows. Maybe on our next build! We saved some money by having fixed windows for some of the smaller windows and in the dining space. Also originally we wanted black/bronze colored windows instead of white, but the price came in 2x as high as the white windows… for the exact same windows! So we went with white.
(dining section of the kitchen)
And here is the front of the house with all the pretty windows.
And the side/rear side. Just a few missing downstairs. I just love all my windows.
I was chatting with the neighbors and got this picture of the home from a slightly different angle. It looks really nice from this angle. Also if you notice, the roofing has begun – it’s not much further than this still. But all the shingles and metal strips have been delivered.
So I really should have updated at this point, my excuse is that this was a few days before halloween AND Leo’s birthday, so I was just overwhelmed getting all of that done (and I still need to post about those two events as well!!).
The next thing that happened was final framing changes/fixes. Lots of just little things here and there to prepare for the 4-way inspection. They also put up our garage door/window awnings.
Here is the garage awning going up. Apparently I didn’t take any pictures of the window awnings. This awning will have open rakes and a metal roof.
Also in preparation for the 4-way inspection, the siding guys came and put the paper up on the house. With the windows, siding paper, and roofing paper, it really starts to take shape! This was actually the day we had our 4-way inspection, and we passed with flying colors!
The next day, on the inside, insulation started going up. We did blown-in insulation on the exterior walls, and batting on interior walls and attic areas.
And as soon as the insulation was mostly done, the drywall got dropped off.
And the fiber-cement siding got dropped off as well.
And before we knew it, drywall was going up!
So much happening so fast… And the final result…
The whole house is drywalled!! Well at least the drywall is hung. We’ve got to get doors and turn on the heat to get the mudding happening (it got very cold all of a sudden). It really is crazy how fast we got to this point. And now it’s scary, and exciting all at once. We’ve got so much to get done, picked out, and purchased in order to get this all finished up.
Back again to the outside… we had 2 weeks of really warm weather, so they wanted to pour our concrete so it would cure without any freezing issues. picking our concrete shape etc. was pretty stressful. But I’m happy with how it turned out.
We have a driveway! and front steps! And then happy days are here… the siding installers started on the front of the house. We had them panel out the bump-outs.
And then they started hanging our siding. The siding planks are 12″ tall, it’s hard to tell here how dramatic they look, but they are really big and bold. I love them so much. I wish we would have just done siding on the whole house!
Under the front gable, we put board & batten.
And the siding is on the rest of the front areas, and will wrap around the side and back, with just a few accent areas to break it up.
This was pretty much one day of work for the siding crew. I can’t wait to see the whole thing all finished up.
So this is where we are at as of today. The weather is supposed to be nice next week, so hopefully the siding and roofing will get finished or close to finished.
It’s amazing how much has been done in a month. And daunting how much is still left to be done. It’s so much fun to see it come together. And now I feel like it’s really going to happen and it’s really mine, but I just have to manage my excitement until we can actually move in and make it really ours.
October 28th, 2013
It’s taken me a long time to finalize my design plans for the master bathroom. I’ve waffled between a rustic style (lots of wood), a warm look (gold tones in hardware), and an elegant style (crystals, marble, and lots of white). I realized that all of the images I kept coming back to were really elegant white bathrooms. So I just decided to go for it and have a really elegant space. The nice thing about this white bathroom is that it is directly adjacent to the master bedroom which is going to be a very dark navy-toned gray color (French Beret by Benjamin Moore). So it will be a striking contrast from the dark master to the light master bath.
Okay so some quick inspiration first… This bathroom is from the UV Parade of homes this year. The home was built by Millhaven Homes, and designed by the amazing Caitlin Creer. Some components are the same – white walls, elegant sconces, marble floors/shower. I wanted the cabinetry to contrast a little so I chose a pale gray, and went with solid white quartz countertops instead of marble.
(more images of this home)
Here is the layout of our master bathroom/closet:
Right as you walk in (lower left), there is a make-up vanity with a chandelier over it. Here is my elevation:
I’m going to go with a desaturated navy for the vanity color. I’m trying to decide between BM’s Hale Navy and Baby Seal Black… This placement was inspired by the Life In Grace Master bathroom. I love the concept of seeing a pretty area instead of seeing all the utility spaces of the bathroom. Also allows for a bit more privacy when no one in your house ever closes doors!
As you turn the corner you’ll see a double vanity. I designed a furniture-style vanity that will be the pale gray:
Then across from that is the bathtub etc. You get the idea. So imagine those images with lots of white, shiny silver and sparkling crystals.
Here’s my style guide (source links at bottom of the post).
Some of these items we found as local and online close-out type places and the Restoration Hardware outlet in Vacaville, CA. We got some really great deals, and have already saved several thousands by doing some bargain shopping. I’ve been also shopping online sales for knobs/pulls and lighting to save even more. The marble flooring/shower surround and mosaic shower floor is from BuildDirect. They are my go-to for bargain-priced flooring. I haven’t found anywhere else with 12×24 marble tiles that comes close to their pricing.
So what do you think? Do you like the bright white bling bathroom? Or would you prefer something more subtle, warm, or rustic?
Oh I just remembered this image – I’ve been loving the paneling in this bathroom:
I’m trying to decide if I should give Mr. Project even more stress and tell him I’d like our master bathroom to be paneled out like this. I think it would be a nice way to frame out the mirror without doing a “frame” and give the sconces some framing etc. There really isn’t a lot of open wall space to do… It could look amazing and bring in a more farmhouse feel. What do you think?
Obrien Wall Sconce – Visual Comfort
Marble 12×24 tile – BuildDirect
Marble 1″ hexagon tile – BuildDirect
Single Hole Faucet – Hansgrohe
White Quartz Countertop – Hanstone
Square Undermount Sink – Kohler
Canley Crystal Pendant – Horchow
Antique Tub Faucet – Kohler
Hydro Systems Lacey Soaker Tub – Mountainland Design Closeout Section
Tresham Toilet – Kohler
Grafton Hardware – Restoration Hardware
Manor Court Chandelier – Restoration Hardware Kids
Glass Knob – Restoration Hardware
October 20th, 2013
My week 6 update ended with the basement and main floor being framed, but no trusses/roof on yet. The house sat for just a few days, and then on Thursday the 10th, the trusses were delivered:
We rejoiced because we weren’t expecting them until the 15th. So awesome to save a few days in the whole process instead of lose them.
So on Friday the 11th the framers showed up first thing in the morning and started preping, and by noon they began to put them in place.
It was awesome seeing the house start to really look like a house.
And on Monday they started sheeting it all up (which is great because winter is on its way!)
The roof has this farmhouse break angle across the whole main roof and along the single car garage roof. That part of the roof is all going to be standing-seam metal. The gables, shed roofs, and awnings are also standing seam metal.
We try to not take Ollie to the construction site too often because he likes to run around and explore (can’t wait until we actually live there so he can spend his days exploring). But when we do take him, he’s just so cute, he wants to collect rocks, and go up and down the stairs. We have a giant gravel pile, and he’ll bring his digger and just play and have tons of fun in the rocks and dirt.
He was so adorable on this little ladder, but he wouldn’t look at the camera but just kept laughing because he wouldn’t look. So of course I began laughing with him. I love his little personality, and he just gets sweeter and cuter every single day.
They made quick work of the roof sheeting, and got on the shed roofs as well.
Love the detail on the side of the house – these windows are the library/reading room.
Along the back – you can’t really see this from this angle, but there is a shed roof over the dining room.
And here the front side view with the shed-roof over the transom – and you can see the roof angle change here.
Once the trusses were put on, the inside of the house looked like this:
We had all (well all except a few where the furnace will be) of our trusses scissored or vaulted, so that we could play around with the ceiling heights in most of the rooms. The framers were amazed that we wanted to drop ceilings and have flat ceilings because around these parts people just love vaulting ceilings and having “plant shelves” above rooms and closets. We have a few vaulted spaces, but mostly just elevated flat ceilings. After the framers finished sheeting the roof, they started in on the ceilings and the small framing details.
Here’s the hallway ceiling now framed flat:
We vaulted the kid bedrooms, and we plan on having a wood beam at the center of the vault:
The master ceiling is crazy. We weren’t expecting a huge girder truss in the middle of the room, so we had to improvise and keep it open in the front (transom) and then straight across in the back.
The ceiling in the reading room was 16 feet high, so at the last minute, we decided to take advantage of the vaulted ceiling and create a loft space above the hallway and open from the library. The space is actually really big – about 8×10 and about 5′ high. While the kids are little, we’ll probably just use it as storage, but once they are old enough to enjoy it, we can have some sort of access (spiral staircase??)and it can be a reading loft – an awesome place to just get away. Who am I kidding, I’ll probably use it as a place to get away with my kindle as soon as we move in.
Today, we walked through after a weekend of being out of town, and saw our double-sided fireplace all framed out. It looks amazing in the space. So gorgeous and the perfect size/presence in the room. I love how it goes up into the vault. I also love how it separates the family room and the kitchen, but they are still open to each other, just not all the way open.
The fireplace guys also installed the basement fireplace. I’m still working on the design of this fireplace wall. But I’m excited to see how it turns out! The whole basement is really going to be just perfect.
So after 8 weeks, thats where we’re at! The rough plumbing is all done. The HVAC in the basement is complete, and they should finish up the main floor this week. We’re meeting with the electrician on Tuesday for our walk-through… Which means that I have one day to finalize all my fixtures and placement. So stressful! I swear lighting has been the hardest part of designing the house. Every light fixture has it’s own personality and finding the ones that fit just perfectly and blend with adjacent fixtures is incredibly difficult. Oh and did I mention doing so under budget (not happening)? I’ve got most of them chosen and purchased, but there are a few spots that I’m still trying to figure out.
I imagine the electric and HVAC will be done and we’ll be ready for the 4 way inspection by the end of October. And November will bring drywall! Which also will bring trim work and built-ins (Mr. Project get ready!). And while all that is happening, hopefully roofing, and siding!
Now that the ceilings and roof are in, it’s really starting to feel real. Now that I can see and feel all of the rooms, I can imagine living there and really see in my mind how the spaces come together. Everyday I’m so excited by the progress, but also stressed about what we need to get done and all the decisions leading up to being done. And pretty much no matter what we do, this home build is just FLYING by.