It's August 2013! How is your build progressing?

aries61August 1, 2013

I guess I'll start this. Hard to believe that it's August already. Let's see your progress.

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autumn.4

We closed on our current home and are moving into the rental now. At least that is out of the way so we can focus on the build.

We have our driveway permit (yeehaa). Plans are still in process - hope to start quoting in the next couple of weeks.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 9:06PM
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degcds

We are still chugging along! Interior trim is almost finished up, we have less than a week left and then painters start! We are also ready for landscaping! (Almost just have the gutter conductors left which should be Saturday!) also they should be putting the automatic cover on the pool tomorrow and the laminars! Outdoor kitchen and fireplace are coming on Tuesday and landscapers start on wed! Yay!! We are so ready for this to be finished up! The vineyard is doing well, many of the grape vines have already grown near a foot! Guess this weather has helped someone get a good start but slowed down a lot of other stuff! Our actual contract with the builder ended the 29th of July, but we have until August 29th with the bank, unfortunately the builder had more than 7 weeks of doing nothing when there was lots to do and good weather, now they are scrambling to get things done. Which causes concerns for us with lack of quality- so far we haven't seen anything but we are waiting.

But for now here are some pictures!

Mud room built ins!

Kitchen counter tops going in! Still waiting on the island legs to come in! Ugh!

Hidden pantry!

Foyer

Great room fireplace

Upstairs landing

Little balcony over looking great room

Stairs with bench built in- still have to finish the wainscoting down the steps and case out the window!

Master bed- ship lap wall is in! Can't wait to see it painted!

Hall between master bed and master bath- closets on both sides!

Pool patio from the master balcony- they just had finished sealing the concrete

Basement steps with wainscoting!

The pub!

Basement rec- room fireplace

Sorry for the poor quality photos, IPhone pictures!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 11:27PM
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cvazqu

Looks great, degcds! A couple pool questions, if you don't mind: What kind of concrete treatment do you have around your pool? It goes all the way to the edge of the pool, too, yes? And then do you have tile in the pool right beneath that or what exactly? It looks fab! Thanks!

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 3:51AM
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degcds

Cholibeans-
We did the stamped concrete, and the concrete is actually the coping as well, it looks very light compared to the rest of the concrete which came as a bit of a shock because the pool builder said they wouldn't seal the coping. And actually the pool is a vinyl liner pool, and the tile is just printed on there. attached is another picture pre concrete. The gray around the top is the track for the auto cover.

-Clayton

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 9:05AM
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LOTO

The electrician has about 1 day of work and carpet goes in all of the bedrooms on Monday and we will be moving in...new furniture was delivered and stored in the garage. The sprinklers and sod need installed badly as we have a yellow lab (outside dog) and he loves the mud and then sleeping on the porch.
This is a Don Gardner Lennon plan with some minor changes.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2013 at 2:39PM
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CamG

Progress is slow, but they tell me they will finish in 8 weeks or so!

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 8:21AM
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LOTO

No wonder your progress is slow...they are building your house upside down!!!! :)

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 2:11PM
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carsonheim

@Autumn.4 -- we are in the EXACT same place. Moved to rental on 7/31. Man, this rental is TOUGH! so small, and have most of our belongings in 3 storage spaces -- eek!

Getting ready to send plans out to bid. YAY!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 4:07PM
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niteshadepromises

No roof just yet but we do have all the walls, 2 stories and most the windows framed in. The plan is complicated and its moving much more slowly than we had initially anticipated but thats the story on most builds I guess!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 7:22PM
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saftgeek

Unfortunately our family suffered a great loss and my heart just hasn't been into building. My sister succumbed to cancer after a very heroic battle. Losing a family member puts a lot into perspective. With all the chaos in a build, don't lose sight of what is truly important. Make time for things that matter...

Here is where we are as of now...

Sunday was spent digging in about 1200' of conduit for the electric line. Believe it or not we never turned a stone till the last 25'. My operator was surprised and commented it had been a long time since he was able to dig so long without hitting rock.

We are building high on a bluff, overlooking the Missouri River. This is a picture of our "Great Wall of the Osage". I was happy the contractor decided to rake the wall and give us a more rustic look.

I am really looking forward to having two separate garages. Here is a picture of our basement. You can see where we will have a two-car garage under our upstairs two-car garage. This was a bonus and allows me to have a workshop and a garage.

I am hoping the weather will clear out and give us a window of opportunity to get the floor poured. I hope everyone continues to make great progress...

-Saftgeek

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 1:42PM
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DLM2000

saftgeek I am so sorry for your loss and can well understand your heart not being in it regarding the build. It is all about perspective, isn't it?

You are moving along - looking good! Great treatment on the wall - it could look very earthy and natural with a bit of moss growing on it.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 2:13PM
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sparkler39

Decgds - I love your railing spindles (as well as the rest of your house)!

Saftgeek - I'm sorry for your loss. The wall is beautiful and I do like the textured look.

We're getting SOOO close! The floors have been stained, lights are being installed, tiles are on their way, and the kitchen cabinets are going in today! Will definitely have more photos to post tonight!

Here is a link that might be useful: House-Building Blog

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 10:27AM
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autumn.4

carsonheim-well...rental is OLD as in dirt floor basement with brick stairs. I do NOT go down there. It's mostly all crawl space. It was also ready for us 4 days AFTER we closed. So we moved it to the garage and then again to the house when it was ready. We stayed with parents in between - tired of eating out is an understatement!

We are getting bids now too and finally sorta settled in to the rental. It will all be worth it right?!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 4:29PM
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Spottythecat

degcds- wow, you are the furthest along! Getting really close with all the finishes!! Looks awesome! Lots of character and detail!

Autumn - getting closer each day....you will be building soon!

LOTO - I take that back...YOU are the furthest along! Looks just beautiful! I really like your fireplace wall.

saftgeek - sorry for your loss....you are making progress on your build! You can include an element of your sister in your home....plant a tree, a photo tribute etc...celebrate her life.

We are in the drywall stage...I will post some photos...

Pam

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 5:13PM
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Spottythecat

Roof done, stucco done. Columns need stone bottoms and cast stone caps that separate the stone from the white part.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 5:20PM
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Spottythecat

Drywall install...

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 5:22PM
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Spottythecat

Back of the house - still working on columns and retractable screen housing. Windoors are in too!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 5:24PM
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Spottythecat

Master bedroom view....I don't think I will leave my room...love the view of the lake!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 5:30PM
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sparkler39

First day of the kitchen install! I can't wait to cook in that kitchen! Appliances arrive tomorrow!! :)

Here is a link that might be useful: House-Building Blog

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 11:54PM
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flgargoyle

Nothing photogenic to show, but I'm making progress on plumbing and electrical work- almost ready for rough-in inspections.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 6:27AM
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autumn.4

saftgeek-I am sorry I just quickly skimmed yesterday and missed your post as it was still trying to load pictures. I am sorry for your loss. Perspective indeed, a good reminder to live in the moment and love the one in front of you.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2013 at 10:34AM
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Houseofsticks

Saftgeek- I am sorry for your loss. I hope some of the memories you share with your sister can one day bring you peace. Glad your making progress on your build.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 1:36AM
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zone4newby

We're about ready for sheet rock & siding!

Can't wait to see it all come together!

Here is a link that might be useful: Our House Blog

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 9:16PM
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ontariomom

Saftgeek,

I am so sorry about your sister! What a loss. Hopefully, as mentioned above you can do something in her memory on the build.

Sparkler,

I am so exited to see your build get so close to completion. That kitchen looks wonderful. Nice choice in cabinets, floors and paint colour. It that your dining room to the right and kitchen straight up from stairs?

Carol

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 9:34PM
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boschboy

We have a driveway! Flooring is almost complete and the main staircase is being stained. Still waiting on stone fireplace to be completed, appliances to arrive and painting of trim. 3 1/2 weeks until closing!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 9:15AM
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saftgeek

Thank you everyone for your sympathy. I have been dragging my feet for a few years on this build. My sisters all wrapped a brick and gave them to me for Christmas two years ago... unfortunately, the bricks have disappeared. I really would have loved to use the bricks in my build. I know they wouldn't have matched, but that wouldn't matter... it only makes for a better story.

Time heals all wounds and fortunately I have a very large family. We have been leaning on each other and will continue to do so in the future. Posting the pictures and providing some free advice was therapeutic for me.

Thanks again and I wish you all continued good progress in your builds.

-Saftgeek

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 9:31PM
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equallydivided

Paint! Can you tell, I'm not using white trim - and that was a decision made with me on one side, and EVERYBODY else on the other. But, it's what I want!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 2:42PM
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sweet.reverie

We moved in last week! I love it so far. The house is perfect. We are trying to be really conscious about the things we put in the house and choose things carefully so it is not put together and wont be for awhile. I have been super busy but will post a few pics when I can.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 7:51PM
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Raidersfans

I've been reading this forum forever but this is my first post. We are currently building our second home. We actually just got started (broke ground today). It's so exciting to see everyone's homes and I can't wait to post pics of my own :)
LOTO: What color is your siding? My husband and I both love the color!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2013 at 10:01PM
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willytaylor

Welcome and good to hear that you are building your second so I am expecting the pics of your home very soon.. Its a great place to share the experiences.
sloping block specialists

This post was edited by willytaylor on Wed, Aug 14, 13 at 5:54

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 2:46AM
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autumn.4

sweet.reverie - can't wait to see the pictures! Enjoy! Are the girls in and settled?

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 12:48PM
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LOTO

Raidersfans,

The horizontal siding is James Hardie Timber Bark and the shingle siding is James Hardie Light Mist....prepare for sticker shock when pricing the James Hardie Shingle Siding.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shingle Siding

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 3:04PM
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MTguy

I wish I was as far along as you all! I finally have a plan and bids accepted and the engineers just got the stakes put in. I'm going to try and chronicle the whole project and then use my posts to make a book. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully my writing skills are better than they were in college. Here is a picture of my stakes in place and you can see the process at www.ultimatehomestead.com if you want.

Here is a link that might be useful: my build log

    Bookmark   August 13, 2013 at 8:08PM
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zone4newby

We've got sheetrock. :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Our home blog

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 6:24PM
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abrshafer

Brick and stone finished (except the columns) and drywall is finished inside!

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Meg4440Roberts

Siding is almost finished

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Meg4440Roberts

Stone is starting on the front

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Meg4440Roberts

Painting almost completed inside and we have lights!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 4:02PM
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Meg4440Roberts

Living room light

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 4:03PM
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Meg4440Roberts

Master bath light

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 4:05PM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

Love the lights Meg!!

We have footers :) woohoo!!!

And my hubby who loves to play in the dirt!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 1:11PM
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renton123

Framing throughout the month :)

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 2:26PM
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loessismore

Just beginning our build. Not the best lighting in this picture, but site work and clearing is just about finished. 1000 feet of driveway to be rocked and builder contract to be signed next week. Hope to begin construction in September!

Meg--love your lighting! Can you share what you did in your entry/foyer area with the posts/columns? It looks like our entry is similar with it open to the great room and I'm still not sure on how to better separate the foyer area. If you have a picture, I'd love to see what you did.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 6:31PM
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jennybc

One side of the porch is completed, this pic was mid day. The front is 2/3 done... My back is aching, it might take forever. But it's GREAT to relax on!
Have to finish the porch to finish the siding and start the soffit.
Jen

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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

Yay Jen, a PORCH!!! :)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 2:29PM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

Yay Jen, a PORCH!!! ;)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 2:30PM
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degcds

We are still moving along, all the trim has been painted, and hardwood floors are going down, its so exciting having the subfloors covered up after 7 months of looking at them! Also landscaping has started, a little disappointed in some of the plant sizes so we are having them take them out and going to upgrade some sizes, the Japanese maples just look so small. Hoping to be in the second week of September!

Master Bath- They are going to make the wainscoting boxes symmetrical, I can't stand they are different sizes.

Ceiling trim work being painted!

Upstairs hallway hardwood done!

Pub flooring is down!

Hardwoods going down on the first floor!

Dinning room

Office looking into dinning

Landscaping in the back yard

And I finally finished mulching the vineyard today- took a little over a week and spreading 70 cubic yards really stinks but it looks SO good.

And finally got to enjoy the pool and hot tub and the fireplace- although our wood we cut in the spring is still a little green, I used trim scraps to get it going! ha ha

Everyone's homes are looking so good!!!! Can't wait to watch them all come together!!

Clayton

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 10:49PM
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mrscarrots111

Almost drywall time here...

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 12:49PM
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jkliveng

mrscarrots, love that style, may I ask where you found inspiration or plans?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 2:50PM
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mrscarrots111

Hi and thanks, jkliveng,
It's the Davenport plan from Southernliving. I liked that Federal/Greek Revival look... plus it is only one room deep, so a side view gives a tall, narrow look as if it were a hand-built old farmhouse. I think it was originally designed to slide into a narrow city lot sideways...we plopped it down facing forward on 12 acres here in rural Indiana. It's looking like maybe early October...we shall see...

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 2:59PM
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sparkler39

Degcds, your house is GORGEOUS! I can't decide what part of it I like best; that pool is stunning!

Equallydivided, I LOVE your black trim! I tried to convince DH to let me do that in our main living space but was overruled. Oh well, at least I got my black kitchen cabinets! I can't wait to see your finished rooms!

MTGuy, your lot looks beautiful! I love the flowers in the foreground.

We're SO close now! We settle next Tuesday and the moving van comes on Wednesday! It's hard to believe that by this time next week we will be setting up our new house! There are still a few little things to tweak here and there (discovered a broken ceiling light shade this afternoon, still waiting for house numbers, floors need final coat, etc.) but we passed county inspection today and are on track to close on time!

These are a couple of my favorite photos:

I always wanted a BLUE front door. I definitely got it. It's a bit brighter than I expected but I do like how it stands out amongst the black and brown doors in my neighborhood. (Excuse the weird house numbers, we stuck some cheap ones up so we'd pass inspection).

The kitchen! People tried to talk me out of the curved island but I LOVE it! I can't wait to bake Christmas cookies this year, no more balancing racks on chairs!

And from a different angle:

Foyer chandelier:

Mudroom/Nook light:

Main floor bathroom:

Master bathroom shower:

Here is a link that might be useful: House-Building Blog

    Bookmark   August 21, 2013 at 10:39PM
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akshars_mom

Great to see all the pictures. I have been reading this thread every month for some time now and it great to see the progress everyone is making. We just pulled the permit and should start Monday. We need to move to a rental this weekend and I am dreading it.

degcds, Your house is beautiful with all the details. The pool is great. Can you please share what is the size of your pantry.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 12:36AM
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cloudyskies

Beautiful houses! Neat to see the Davenport in a photo--I've been poring over plans for weeks and the Davenport is one I came back to a few times.

We moved into our rental last week and are supposed to close tomorrow on the home we're selling.

We looked at a house last night built by the builder we're planning to go with. A relative of ours built a high-end house with him but we wanted to see a more average home. We were impressed with the quality and square footage for the price. The owners just raved about this builder so we're pretty sold on him.

Right now Field of Dreams is my favorite houseplan but I'm worried it won't fit the budget...I found Holly Ridge Farmhouse the other day: http://www.salaarc.com/portfolio/holly-ridge-farmhouse/
Cape cods aren't my favorite but I don't mind this one. Maybe we can come up with an affordable cross between Field of Dreams and Holly Ridge :)

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

sparkler I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!!

It is very similar to mine, and I've had that curve/angle island shape in my mind from the beginning. People have tried to talk me out of it too.

I'd love to hear how you like it after you break it in.
Thanks,
Lori

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 11:30AM
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bevangel_i_h8_h0uzz

Sparkler and Lori -

I'm not usually a fan of kitchen islands but if I were going to have one, I too would prefer a 'curved' or double-angled style like Sparkler's. I do have a kitchen peninsula shaped like that and I love it! My sink is in the center section and I have a raised bar on the seating side.

I too have noticed lots of disparaging remarks about 'angled islands' but I have noticed that the detractors never address the functionality (or lack thereof) of that shape island; they always just dismiss the shape out of hand as 'ubiquitous' or 'overused.'

Well, the double-angle gives you tons of surface area to work at within easy arm's reach. I have 11 linear feet of counter-top all within easy reach of one spot. Plus the double angle maximizes the seating space on the back side of the island. I can easily seat 6 - 7 people at my kitchen bar and they can actually all talk to one another instead of being lined up like birds on a telephone wire. Plus, if I'm working, none of them is in my way when I try to reach the fridge, stove, dishwaher, sink or any other part of my work space.

The only functional critique I've ever heard anyone make is that you lose storage space from two big triangular shaped areas where the base cabinets come together to form the angles. But, if you have the cabinets custom built by a cabinet maker who knows what he is doing, the center section can be designed and built as an isosceles trapezoid so that you don't lose those triangles of storage space at all.

And even if you use stock cabinets, it is possible to add panel doors to the back side of the island to access those triangular spaces. Properly finished, the panel doors can be a decorative element and not even noticeable as "doors." So even if you don't actually finish the interiors of those spaces out but just leave them as accessible "voids" between cabinets, you can still use them to store stuff like holiday candlesticks, flower vases, and other seldom accessed items. No need to waste the space.

IMHO, this is a case where the REASON that the particular shape island gets chosen so very often is precisely BECAUSE the shape is so very functional. So don't let those who are trying to talk you out of it convince you unless they can give you FUNCTIONAL reasons for choosing some other design.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 3:38PM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

Thank you bevangel. I have come to really appreciate the thought, knowledge & detail you put in your posts!

I think you may have just sealed by deal for me.

My only other thought is to do something like this picture. Only b/c we play cards a lot and do kind of a round robin with 3 or sometimes 4 tables. It would be kind of fun to have it be multipurpose, and I think I have the room.
I've not finalized my cabinet layouts yet so going to talk to the KD. As of right now my kitchen is just like sparklers only the full height cabinet next to her fridge is on the other end with my micro/wall oven combo in it.

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ontariomom

Sparkler,

You kitchen is wonderful, the island, and backsplash are gorgeous. I love your lights especially the star light and drum lights. That baths are perfect. My favourite though, is easily the blue door!!

You have made fantastic choices! Nice to see a split foyer so elegant.

Carol

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 8:07PM
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sparkler39

Loribug, thanks! I'll definitely report back on the island functionality! I chose it because I knew I'd want a space for people to sit and chat when I'm cooking. But I like that I can be working on something like decorating cookies or pulling pork and be able to talk to someone in the living room or even just watch tv. It's also just so much more space in general, my current house has less than 4 feet of workable counter space. I can't wait to get in there and use it!

Bevangel, you're exactly right! We went ahead and closed the triangles for now but at some point we're planning on having our kitchen installers put in a hutch in the dining room that matches the kitchen cabinets as well as a bookshelf in the living room. At that time we're going to open those back up and make two little "display shelves" where we can stick additional cookbooks. Can't fit a lot there but can make it a little more functional.

Carol, thanks!! I can't wait to do a little landscaping around the front door to really make that blue pop! :)

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 11:05PM
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boschboy

2 weeks until closing! Still need some touch-ups inside but other than that we are on track.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 1:51PM
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EACX2

Started framing this week! We are hoping to be in by Thanksgiving.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 2:29PM
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rbattaglia24

@Meg4440Roberts - what color is your siding and stone if you don't mind sharing?

I'm new to the forum and we are just starting our build now. Plans are finalized and they just started clearing some land today.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:29AM
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Meg4440Roberts

Loesismore- our columns will be finished out with trim and picture frame molding, the columns meet a half wall that is about 36" tall. Hope that helps?

Rbattaglia24- our siding is by market place? Color is new graphite. It's a charcoal color that can take on some brown undertones when direct sun hits it. Stone is by Versetta Stone and do not have a color for you on it, sorry.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:50PM
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loessismore

Meg--That helps alot. Would you mind posting a picture of your entry that shows it a little better? I would really appreciate it, having trouble visualizing how it all comes together. Thank you!!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:47PM
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jdez

We are at the very beginning of our build. We bought a 3 acre lot outside the city limits. We bought stock house plans that I have tried to attach. I might have been supposed to put this on the small house forum because we are only a family of three. We are waiting for our builder to finish work on another job before we can go any further. In the mean time, we have to clear some trees from our lot and put in a culvert. I will try to post pics throughout this process if I can figure out how. If you look at our plans, we are going to remove the French doors from the MB and the desk from the dining area and add a laundry room but that is the only thing we are changing. Any ideas and/or advice is welcome.

Here is a link that might be useful: JDez house

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 10:42AM
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Meg4440Roberts

Loesismore- here is a little better picture of the columns and half walls in the living/entry way area.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2013 at 4:34PM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

Foundation going in!! whoohoo! :)

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 2:44PM
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dutty

MrsCarrots - OMG... I LOVE your home. I used a Greek Revival plan as my inspiration but somehow we could never quite get to what I wanted (too much S.F., hurricane zone restrictions on roof pitch, etc.). Sigh. I'm jealous and can't wait to see how it all comes together!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 3:42PM
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dutty

Saftgeek - I'm sorry to hear about your sister. I hope that progress moves along smoothly at your place and you can start enjoying the process a little.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 3:45PM
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dutty

Loribug - That banquette is AWESOME! So clever and cozy. Looks like the perfect card playing table and it's so unique... I've never seen one quite like that!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 3:48PM
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dutty

Uggh... this process has been a NIGHTMARE for me but we are painted on the exterior at least (except the doors which will be black). The fireplace people have basically made our life a living hell and have put us a month behind AND the roofers (in the middle of rainy season) have taken a MONTH to do the roof. Can you imagine?!?! So, we are still taking in water at the chimney and are at a stand still with drywall. Of course, insulation went in and is getting wet upstairs by the leak. Sigh.

Here are the latest pics. I'm still upset about the false double peak. It was supposed to be a true bump-out but the porch needed to change and that changed the roof line which changed the bump-out. I wanted to kill it but was over ruled by just about everyone. Other than that, I love my exterior. :)

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amtrucker22

Dutty... I can understand your frustrations but your exterior is gorgeous!!!!! Love the looks of everything!!!!! Keep with it.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 4:52PM
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zkgardner

Dutty, I am in LOVE with your home! What color roof did you choose? Did you do hardi board and batten?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 5:16PM
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zkgardner

Dutty, I am in LOVE with your home! What color roof did you choose? Did you do hardi board and batten?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 5:17PM
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DLM2000

dutty I am speechless - what a gorgeous house! I'd build a mini-me version of that exterior in a heartbeat. Put the double peak angst behind you - it works and does not look overdone or out of place. Can you share what area you're building in?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 5:27PM
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dutty

Thank you so much, everyone! Much of this home was designed ourselves and is a one-off build so I think I only see the mistakes and things that are wrong and lose sight of what I do love. Your comments brought me some joy on a day when I was frustrated to heck about some of the things that have gone wrong.

MrsFireman - Yes, that's Hardi smooth board and batton on top and under the porches is lap siding. The roof is a "cool roof" and the color was plain old black. :)

dlm2000 - Thanks for the thoughts on the double peak. Uuggh... everyone else likes it and I'm not sure why it sticks in my craw. I will try to take your advice and let go. :D I am in SW Florida. Yes, a black roof in SW Florida but it was just something I had to have. I'm crazy sometimes which I think the red barn illustrates. LOL.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 8:09PM
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zkgardner

Dutty, What color white did you go with? Were working on a similar design, board and batten, white farmhouse look. I love your white and im torn between wineberry red windows, or black like you've done:)

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 8:28PM
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dutty

MrsFireman - We LOVE LOVE LOVE our white... it is so amazing in person. The pics don't even do it justice. It's Sherman Williams Westhighland White. We painted a bunch of whites and reds on the home and just kept visiting the site at all hours. It wasn't even a contest for the white... it won hands down, in every light, with every red. It's just fantastic. I'm even considering using it inside, too!

Are you up north? I'm assuming so if you can have red windows! :D Because we are in a hurricane zone, our windows are impact rated and that left us the choice of white or black aluminum frames. I'd love to see red windows... such character!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 8:48PM
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zkgardner

Dutty- That is a great white! I hadnt seen it before, I added to my ideas book. Thanks!

What is the reason you did lap siding on bottom and board and batten on top? It looks beautiful, and something I hadn't considered before seeing your home.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 10:19PM
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zkgardner

Dutty- That is a great white! I hadnt seen it before, I added to my ideas book. Thanks!

What is the reason you did lap siding on bottom and board and batten on top? It looks beautiful, and something I hadn't considered before seeing your home.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 10:41PM
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dutty

mrsfireman - Ya know, that was a last minute decision. It was two-fold actually. First, I was concerned that the board and batten would be a bit overwhelming if I used it everywhere. It felt like we had a lot of tall windows under the porch that would break up the batten spacing in strange ways and coupled with the battens on the porch ceiling... I was nervous.

Secondly, in driving around some of the historic parts of town, I noticed that the old Florida style homes were mixing sidings, shingles, and decorative elements in really cool ways I hadn't noticed before but it started to grow on me. That gave me confidence to pull the trigger and change under the porch to lap.

I'm glad you like the white. I had never heard of it either and was expecting to use one of the favorite whites here on Gardenweb but thankfully I stumbled upon it and it's really lovely. It reads true white but has such a creamy depth to it... it's easy on the eyes.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2013 at 11:44PM
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jennybc

Dutty- love the look!! Also love the double gable and the white! And the red garage. I am pushing for our detached garage to be the classic red barn color too.

Lori- so excited for you!!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 8:09AM
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mrscarrots111

Dutty, the heck with my house, yours is amazing!!! Classic and modern at the same time...love it!!!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 9:53AM
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mrscarrots111

Dutty, the heck with my house, yours is amazing!!! Classic and modern at the same time...love it!!!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 9:54AM
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mrscarrots111

Dutty, the heck with my house, yours is amazing!!! Classic and modern at the same time...love it!!!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 9:58AM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

omg I'm with carrots... Dutty.... your house is amazing.

when can I come live with you?

I'm starting to love that little alcove island more & more each day. I've not sprung it on dh, or anyone buy y'all at this point. It's our little secret. I don't want to get my hopes up until I can really work on the sketch & scale, and with the KD. In my mind it's all a bit taller, almost like a bistro table, but idk how that will work.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 1:37PM
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Herewegoagain

Dutty,

Love the look of your new home! We are working on the plans for a similar build and would like to know more about your "cool roof". Is this different from your standard metal roofing? If so, is it more expensive. Thanks in advance for your info. Can't wait to see some interior pics.... will be watching!!!

Terri

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 12:10AM
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autumn.4

Dutty - very cool house - the white is so crisp. Modern and classic at the same time. Love it!

We applied for our building permit yesterday YAY! The well is to be drilled next week Tuesday. We are hoping to break ground in 3 weeks. Let's get this show on the road!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 7:45AM
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jennybc

More porch... Side 3... I think I can get all members of garden web on it when finished!
Lol

Jen

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 9:18AM
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anytime3213

Dutty, I love your house! This is the house my wife and I have been looking for. Would you mind sharing the floor plan and what house this plan was based off of? We are building in Ohio.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 9:39AM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

WTG Jen!! when's the party? :)

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 10:48AM
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dutty

Lori - I REALLY love that alcove. I do hope you'll be able to do it because it's just so unique and cozy. Like I said, I've never seen one like it before that picture you posted. It's a WOW factor. :) When do you meet with the KD?

Terri - It's a standard metal roof but the "cool roof" is a coating. There are a lot of colors available and each one has different levels of reflectivity and "coolness". Of course, black is the WORST but still way better than what I'd have in S. Florida without the cool technology. Yes, it is more expensive. For our home, it was about 10K more than what was budgeted. At the time, it seemed like a worthy upgrade. Now that I'm further along in the process and EVERYTHING seems to be an upgrade, I might have made a different decision but I still love the black. I think there are a few companies that do it so if you just google "cool roof" it'll come up.

Autumn - YAY! Breaking ground is such a relief when it feels like things are finally underway. I'm still waiting on my well... interesting that yours is being done first. My build seems a** backwards in so many respects. Ugh. Many blessings for a successful build.

Jenny - Nothing better than large porches (as you can see from my pictures, I love them) and I agree... when's the porch party?!

Anytime - I'm glad you like the home! It's not based on any previous plan or home... it was a labor of love from start to finish with an architect. We looked for stock plans for ages (years) but given our unique taste, we never did find one and finally gave in and hired an architect to draw what we wanted/envisioned. I have older versions of the floor plan that I posted during the design process but it's changed so much and I'm not sure if I have the recent floor plan in a digital file. I'll have to dig.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 3:24PM
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autumn.4

Thanks dutty-we are doing our own gcing and dh wanted the well done first soooo...the well will be done first! :) I will take your offering of blessings, we are referring to it as our 'big adventure'. LOL!

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 8:22PM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

Dutty- I'm loving it more & more, but I'm torn.

I'm trying to set up a time to meet with the KD, who I know will have ideas... It will be a few weeks though.

I know there's a kitchen forum, but I might start my own thread on this. :)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 11:00AM
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degcds

We are getting closer! They are saying September 15thish. We are ready to be in! Lighting and electrical are wrapping up, plumbing was suppose to start today but nobody showed up for that. Still have painting, including exterior trim paint touch up. Landscaping is almost wrapped up too! It's been a long 8 almost 9 months! Yay!

Master bedroom

Can't wait to see the paint colors go on!!

Love everybody's homes!!!

Dutty- I wanted a home like yours so badly but the other half wouldn't budge!!! It's beautiful!! I can't wait to see your progress!!!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 6:01PM
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dutty

Autumn - Good for you!!! We wanted to do our own GC'ing but we totally chickened out. I wish we had the guts. You rock!!!

Lori - Yes. That banquette needs its very own thread!! If you can make it work it will be wicked cool. :) I can't wait to see.

degcgs - You must be soooo excited. Somehow I can't imagine getting as far along as you have. I'm a downer these days and I swear I live anticipating a cataclysmic disaster that will make it so I never finish this home. I LOVE your touches... the shiplap in your master, the pool, your backsplash, the copper roof, the trim. It's a wonderful eye-full! And, it makes me miss my home. I'm a transplant from Chicago and your home reminds me of where I grew up. :)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 6:59PM
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Lori (loribug26_gw) Wagerman_Walker

dutty - I started one here: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/build/msg0811302419037.html?8
but no one is really commenting yet. Maybe what needs to be said has already been said. You're right, if I can get it to work "wicked cool" it would be!! I've had lots of shape ideas, but I think I've definitely narrowed it down to these two.

wow transplant from Chicago to Florida! well you've still got wind I guess lol :)

degcds - love the island lights! and the chain covers :) I used to work in a lighting store, and we covered all those yukky chains with black velvet. I'm not sure which was worse. I started making my own covers out of scrap fabric. Lot's of people liked them. I also made one for the pole on my outdoor umbrella to hide the light cord that ran down it.
I love lots of other things about your house too, I just notice lights... a lot. lol :)

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 9:05AM
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mwedge

After 5 months of wrangling with the city we finally have our permits and broke ground last week. Here is what we are building. The wait is killing me. Has been 1 year since initial designs were started with the architect.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 11:06AM
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worldinapapercup

We just had our roof trusses installed on monday, which was pretty exciting! Really excited to get to the fun stages so many of you are in though! I'm beyond impressed with everyone's homes. Dutty, your home is pretty much my dream home, lol.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 6:07PM
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degcds

Dutty- I feel your pain, our builder has been less than stellar. I have been lucky enough to be able to be on site every day to answer trades questions and make sure things are they way we want them. I think we would still have another 3 months left if I weren't on site to answer their questions. Our builder has done some very shady things but have been able to make him correct things. We still have our attorney involved and will until the home is done completely. It's sad the builder took to extortion to keep us from firing him until we figured out it was all smoke - said we did something wrong on the contract and was going to turn us in for it, once we consulted an attorney he laughed and asked if we actually believed him. I am not looking forward to our big meeting on wed. Going over overages and credits, blah. The only thing getting me through all this is knowing that one day we will not have to ever go through this again, and even though it seems we have lost a whole year, we won't be spending time down the road changing things because they weren't done right the first time! And knowing in 2 months we will be settled in and will get to enjoy our home! You'll get there!! I can't wait to watch your house progress! Do you have any interior photos?

Loribug- I have this odd obsession with not wanting to see chains. Haha I love the light socks, I never knew they existed until I found houzz, the umbrella idea is great!! We have an umbrella coming out of our outdoor kitchen and I wanted to put lights in the canopy but didn't want to see the cord!! And I saw your thread about the kitchen island. I am curious which way you decide to go! I do feel like if you have an open floor plan someone's back will always be to the other space. It was that way at our old home and will be that way at our new one, we just have stools that swivel or have no back so they can be turned sideways to talk both directions! I do really love the island with the built in bench though! That is wicked!!

Got more of the exterior painted, and trim punch out is almost complete. Painting and plumbing starts on Tuesday!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 11:44PM
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autumn.4

Our building permit is in! House is scheduled to be staked out on Tuesday, well drilled on Thursday. Filed easement for the electric company to have access to our property to run utilities.

It looks like we will be breaking ground by the middle of September! Can't wait! Crossing fingers sub timing will all fall in line in a relatively smooth pattern. Also crossing fingers for a nice fall and a delayed or at least not EARLY winter!

I hope everyone is having a safe holiday.

Lisa

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 11:39AM
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lmccarly

Dutty, I still LOVE your house. Stick with it, it'll be great when this is all over!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 9:52PM
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I'mhisladybug Moore

Wow, you all have been an inspiration for my husband and I. We are undergoing our home building process now. I'm so excited! I would love to see an updated picture of the finished homes. Also any suggestions on brick and stone combinations would be great. Can wait to post my foundation pictures. Here's my floorplan and front elevation. Not a big fan of the stone placement, (maybe, I just cant visualize it ;)) HELPPPPP me out please!!!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2015 at 6:17AM
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amfm11

This is a picture from a few weeks ago. But as of today, the foundation is done and backfilled! Waiting on the sub-zero Chicago temps to go away so framing can start!

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jn3344

You guys are on the August 2013 thread! Might want to post these comments on the February 2015 thread.

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