Custom 155,000 Home Nearing Completion (25 photos)

conifersAugust 15, 2007


I'm building on six acres for a conifer collection and conifer tree farm and this house is a result of a plan my mom drew and had final renderings drawn up by our local Menards. Almost everything came from Menards.

Originally we were going to use logs, then we checked prices for log siding, and finally as our budget has bursted around the seams, we are using Vinyl siding that will have a woodsy-feel.

I'm approximately three weeks waiting to move in and due to other constrictions which held back finish work which include floors, tiling, and various other(s), our water line will be completed this week (takes water to cut ceramic flooring and tile) as well as electrical not yet ready but house is completely wired (we're getting jerked around) - you'd see signigicant details, already.

I'll re-post when it's all finished. The interior is pine car siding (toungue and groove) and I'll have a Flat Screen mounted above my fireplace and surrounding the fireplace/tv wall is a stone product we also purchased from Menards. That's probably one of the highlights of the house in my opinion. A greenhouse will be attached under the south side deck and each room has a deck escape with a sliding door. All one level (with basement) - 2 bedrooms, and an open living room kitchen.

Hope you enjoy touring "my dream home."

Land: (6 acres 30,000)

Excavation/Basement/Sewer: 22,000

Electric: 6,000

Well Hookup: 2,000

Heater: 6,000

Miscellaneous money I don't know about (mom's in charge) - most-likely another 5,000

Labor and materials - the remaining (84,000)

Luckily our contractor is a friend and he does it all or (what he doesn't wish to do such as excavation, etc - even though he does do it all). We're lucky to be paying him 700 per week. His buddy, 500 per week.


The house is built on the left of the seperating tree-line:

West-facing front of the home where you'll soon see a deck. All lighting throughout including under the deck eave is can-lighting (recessed):

Everything connects well. This door accesses the garage from the deck.

This is the basement south wall where a sliding glass door is (easy to move things in or out of a basement) and the window next to it, I'll be able to see into the greenhouse as well as open it to allow cool air from the basement to penetrate. The sliding glass door acts as my entry into and out of the greenhouse, however I enter the elements to do so. This allows for more wall space within the greenhouse (usable space):

The attached greenhouse will drop in under this south-facing deck:

Back side of Home/Garage (attached) where a small deck will be built off the door (kitchen door):

Pine car-siding going up with hallway leading to bathroom on left of Master Bedroom and second bedroom/computer room behind bathroom. Photo taken in living room/kitchen area. A door to the garage is in the center of living area as well (not shown):

Living Room:

Master Bedroom. Closet & built-in linen closet which is directly across from the bathroom. This is where I'll keep my vacuum cleaner and linens. All closets including this small linen closet have heavy pine bi-fold doors (not installed).

Smaller South deck (30 feet?) (eight foot width) leading to west-facing front of home (55 foot deck approximately):

You'll see the white recessed lights - remember, flat-screen (I chose a 39") will be mounted in the center above the fireplace while surrounded in a stone. The ceiling boards were pre-stained and pre-laquered prior to installation:

This is the side of the kitchen area where I'll have a tall 2 person table up against the wall. The kitchen cabinents are visible and is the other half of the room:

This is the other half of the living room which leads to the basement. Natural lighting from the window:

Jacuzzi Bathtub and Plastic Surround from Menards. Since the tub is an oversized and we bought a surround for a normal tub, my contractor had to add extra framing and we'll finish it off with tile or something. The bathroom is pine car-siding as well, but it will be white-washed. A pair of stackable washer and dryer is directly behind the bathtub:

The living room ceiling fan was up on payday, last friday. Of course the molding is not stained but it is now going on:

Hope you enjoyed my flow.

Take care,


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Wow Dax! You are makin' progress fast! It looks fabulous! I can't wait to see the attached greenhouse. Excellent job.
What can lights did you choose for your deck? I'm trying to find some for mine.

~Dawn (mamabirrd)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2007 at 8:24AM
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Hey Dawn!!

The can lights I put a call into my contractor to find out for you. I could have mistaken that the same lights are thru and thru. In any even I'll find out for you and I'll have to take a photo of them installed. I'm missing that photo...

The greenhouse arrives next Monday but first we are going to create a concrete base! I'm excited to have concrete.

Hope your home too is coming along.


    Bookmark   August 15, 2007 at 10:35AM
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Hi Dawn,

The recessed lighting above the deck came from Menards and I have all the information for you. I brought my camera today but didn't bring the battery.

Here's the info though:
Thomas Lighting
PS1RM convertible IC/non-IC
Air Seal
bar code: o 20389 16050 8

Have a nice week.


    Bookmark   August 17, 2007 at 4:57PM
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Thanks a million Dax! I only have a week or so to get my lights so I appreciate your help.

Our new place is comong along great. Laying brick right now.

I'll be waiting for some greenhouse install. pics. : )


    Bookmark   August 20, 2007 at 5:52AM
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I'll be looking forward to seeing your whole project!

Hope you're having a lot of fun!!


    Bookmark   August 21, 2007 at 12:29PM
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Got some more photos this morning and yesterday the electrical finally got installed. Now after the very first telephone call which was done during May... we have power. We really got jerked around and big-time. But it's over with.

That fan with the big blades (ceiling fan) does actually push pretty good air. The bigger blades do have an effect. I'd say it could be 25-35% stronger than the typical, decent ceiling-hugger installed in the 80's. That's all I got to go on.

Here's the goods:

(Have a great weekend) Dax

Dawn: There are four on a span of maybe 30-35 feet?

This is the true color of this ceramic tile (just rained):

I've been waiting for that fireplace stone wall for a month. However, it is I who is not in charge! lol

    Bookmark   August 23, 2007 at 3:17PM
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