Had to start a new one.
Here is a link that might be useful: August Part 1
JDez - I keep telling my DH that he won't like the person I will become if I have to live with his DM for very long. I will need lots of prayers and a lock for my mouth lol
Renee - Behave. Lol.
Renee-I don't think my dh was prepared to handle the woman I became while renting......I think building a house plus anything else spells trouble. :O
j-well think of it this way - end of Sept should be great comfy temps for moving!
Geraldo was a no show today, but we passed our final plumbing inspection-yay! The housekeepers were there yesterday, so it is much cleaner- although not as clean as it's going to be:-) But, the Silver Fox and I put away dishes and DVDs, sat on the edge of the tub enclosure and marveled at the slate and the light coming through the clerestory windows and skylight and counted our blessings.
Randy the Mason put our house numbers on today.
PS. Amberm... I will hang around until my buds are all settled in at least:-)
music-I want to see the house numbers - that makes it officially 'official'! :-)
I will take a picture when we go back up there Monday. Yep, that does make it kind of official doesn't it. It won't be quite real until they cart the port-a-potty and the big blue dumpster away. That's supposed to happen on Monday:)
musicgal you are *so* close! YAY!!!! Blasted Geraldo! My work crews no-show 3-4 times a week. I should be in my house by Christmas....2018
Autumn - speaking of renting, today I vacuumed my entire rental place...all with the vacuum plugged into the same outlet. Yup, it's that small. Kinda convenient actually ;-)
JDez -- I love DH's DM. She is delightful. But I can't stand staying over at her home. She has one bathroom. The last time we stayed there over the holidays there were 8 adults and 2 children. no. just no.
Musicgal, I agree about it feeling official with the porta-potty and dumpster gone. I couldn't wait to get rid of both! Congrats on "almost move-in!"
I need to get motivated again to get more decluttering done in the garage. But I've kind of gotten lazy. I guess I needed some rest.
We been up to our eyeballs in water issues and landscaping estimates. The RO systems the plumbers provided just aren't beefy enough to work with our sodium laced well water. We are working with a water specialist in Wisconsin now and it's gonna cost us a lot more $$$$. So until we get things all figured out, we are using bottled water for all drinking and cooking. I even have to hand-wash all silverware as if I run through dishwasher it gets rust spots!!! Bad bad sodium. And, it smells sometimes. I'm not a happy camper. We are starting with one system to take out the smell. It should be shipped to us next week.
I had contacted three landscapers several weeks ago. All three came out. We met two of them this week to see designs and get estimates. I called the third one on Monday and he was supposed to have come two days ago but didn't show up. Haven't heard from him. And I'm not calling again. I don't want to work with someone who can't keep appointments. We like both design plans they came up with. It's gonna be hard to choose.
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Hoosier - Sorry about the water issues. I hope y'all get that figured out soon. I bet your landscaping will be awesome no matter what plan you choose because it already looks good to me with no plants at all...lol.
So DH and I can't decide if we should do a range (36" gas) unit or a separate range top and built in wall oven. What are you all doing??
Michelle, I have a 30" Maytag dual oven/range. The smaller oven gets used 90%of the time. It heats up instantly due to its size, but it still fits a low baking pan. I'm not willing to give that up. So I went shopping for a wall oven that would incorporate a small oven. No luck. I found one that's small, but it's small width wise. It wouldn't fit a cookie sheet. The salesman claimed it replaced a microwave. But the first thing I asked was "does it make popcorn?" No. Then it doesn't replace a microwave. And it was $4k.
All the wall ovens and ranges were individually more expensive than my oven, and couldn't give me the option I want. So I'm sticking with my 30" dual oven/range combo. But I'm getting induction this time.
Michelle - We got a 30" freestanding stove. I got an LG one that is bluish-purple on the inside. I'm a sucker for pretty stuff. To he!! with functionality.
just wanted to stop in and say hi - I've been lurking for several months now, but as we have an accepted offer and close on our lot next week, I figure now is the time to join! My husband and I will be building our first home in southern WI early next year and are equal parts terrified and excited!
We never intended to build but after several fruitless months of home-searching, the idea was repeatedly presented to us and we met with a pre-fab builder and just did not want to go that route. Well, at my dentist's office of all places, the topic came up again and everything fell into place rather quickly. So I owe a big thank you to my dental hygienist for bringing up the fact that she is building - not only are we now using the same custom builder, we will be just a few houses from each other! My husband and I are mid-twenties, so a bit younger than the usual building set, but we sincerely hope this will be a place where we live for many, many years!
I know I will have many questions as we go through the process - but I will start with just an easy one as I admire all your lovely pictures :) How have you organized all of your research and planning materials? Would an app like Evernote be useful or do you keep everything in a giant binder? I like to remain organized and I won't lie and say I'm not just a little bit excited to go out and get a colorful new binder! I should state that we will not be acting as GC, so I may not need quite as big of a binder as some of you ;)
I look forward to to sharing with you what I expect will be an exciting, frustrating, stressful, and hopefully worthwhile experience!
For now, here is the before shot - the view to the west on our 1-acre lot. The big oak tree is the back of the lot and will stay, as will the trees to the left. The power lines aren't our very favorite thing, but the view of the fields and trees behind is quite lovely.
JDez, I love the blue interiors. I was considering doing gas because I could get it with blue inside. If they come out with a dual oven induction range with a blue interior before I need to purchase, I'll be all over it.
Welcome, goosie. Are you doing a design now, or had you already chosen a model?
I heard that our granite install got moved up to today, so I had to sneak over and catch a peek. It's starting to look more and more like a home.
Up in the bathrooms, the counters are also being installed. Tile setter is also working to finish up the steam shower.
The floors are getting a second coat of clear today. They're starting upstairs and working down to allow the granite installers and electrician to finish some work downstairs and clear out. But the tile setter really wants to do the shower today, so to stay off the floors, he's run a ladder up and is climbing in & out of the bath thru the 2nd floor roof.
This means finish plumbing and appliances can be done, next week hopefully. Also hope to get the landscapers in next week.
2 weeks until the movers arrive....
we've been through a few of the builder's homes and essentially have a design picked out that we like. There's a few changes that we have discussed and would work out when we sit down with the designer. He doesn't really have model homes - just a book of floorplans he's done previously to get ideas from. They are open to doing whatever we would want. We have a couple pdfs of previous ones we like, but I've never been quite sure if it's ok for me post them online, so I haven't.
carson-I could stand in one spot and reach the sink, toilet and tub in the bathroom at the rental. It made cleaning a SNAP while grossing me out at the same time. :) Woot woot to quick cleaning!
michelle-30" gas convection slide in KA, single oven but it does have a warming drawer. Out of all of our appliances it is my fav BUT I'd pay close attention to BTU's and where the high powered burners are. 98% of all my cooking is done on the power burner. I wish both of the larger burners were in the front. I wanted the Bosch 700 but dh was already choking on the cost of the KA, lol!
music-I hear ya. Those build site 'fixtures' sure do stifle the view. I hope they come around and pick them up for you soon.
Welcome to the newbies. I gotta get back to work!
The movers came today to inspect the furniture.
oicu, that's some dedication from your tiler. I feel like around here it would be "oh, okay, call me when the floor guys leave. I'll rebook you then."
musicgal, your movers are sitting down on the job. I assume you hired them for their cuteness?
Music - That looks like a very thorough furniture inspection. I thought of you last night when I opened a bottle of wine from the Georgetown winery. That stuff is awesome! I wish I would have bought a case of it...lol. On second thought, good thing I didn't.
Michelle - I am buying the rest of my appliances on Labor Day weekend to save a few bucks. If they are anything like the Memorial Day sales, you can save a bundle.
Goosie - Welcome to the forum. I used a big binder with labeled dividers. One section for permits, legal papers, etc, one section for interest payments to the bank, one section for recurring bills like temp electric, porta potty, etc), one section for "sub invoices", one section for accounts payable (stuff I didn't pay until I just had to), and insurance stuff. The entire front section was pictures and ideas and quotes. Anyway, when our loan balance got pretty high, I put the binder away so I wouldn't puke. Now I just spend money like I'm a Rockafellar or Walton...lol. Good luck with your build. I hope you enjoy the process.
Oicu - Your countertops are gorgeous! I especially like the bathroom one.
Amberm - A microwave replacement that doesn't pop popcorn? Who invented that contraption? Lol. You are so practical. I love it.
Oh I have a pic of our fireplace wall. Dang, I can't find my phone. Let me call myself and I will post it later.
Ok, here it is. My picture looks funky. I must have hit the wrong button. Anyways, there will be stone on the fireplace eventually and a big hunk of cypress for a mantle.
oicu- race you to the finish line:-) Beautiful granite- love the movement.
Amberm- hired them 'cause they work for pur'eed food. All muscle power there-
Welcome goosie- lots of adventures ahead.
Jdez- That is going to be a very inviting room. The balance is nice on either side of the fireplace.
Musicgal- love your little helpers. So cute!!!
Lots of progress today! I need to bring my nice camera and take some good pics. Here is our kitchenette cabinet. I love it!!!
Here is my kitchen so far!
thank you jdez! I'm a binder girl myself, but now that I have more time at a desk, I find myself wanting to store things I catch browsing online as well, which is why I ask about an app.
if you have any of that make-believe Rockefeller money left after you get done, send it my way please ;)
goosie, I use Pinterest for stuff I find online. Invoices, quotes, and permit documents are stored in Google drive, so DH can access them.
JDez, I like the fireplace. Is the TV going up on the left? I don't know what the deal is with the expensive "microwave" is. It's a Miele, and the salesman was talking it up as some kind of super oven. I guess you can reheat food in it really quickly. But the first thing I thought of using it for was popcorn, and no.
robyn, loving the cabinets. I think you're going to be racing oicu to the finish.
I think we're going to be buying our first building materials at Lowes this weekend. I got a quote for "contractor's rates" for foundation insulation from a builder's supply place, and Lowes is about a 3rd the price, and they're doing a spend $300, save 15% this weekend.
goosie- before I went to sleep tonight (it's been a long day for Nana) - I wanted to tell you something that's been of use for us as we've been in the building process.
Nothing speaks to guys like pictures.
We kept a hardcopy notebook with photo duplicates for the subs.
My carpenter does/did not have an email address. He is good. I gave him pictures out of my binder.
He reproduced them.
So use apps for yourself, but have plenty of pics for the subs.
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Goosie: Welcome to the forum! This place has been both a treasure trove of information and a support group. (like a 12-step program for those trying to kick the construction habit.)
Regarding your Q on Research: I became a big fan of Houzz. They let you make ideabooks of things you like. It was helpful to email our architect, builder, kitchen designer, tile designer, etc...pictures of things we like to really get on the same page. Many people who post pix will also answer Q's and tell you exactly what products were used.
I'll 2nd what musicgal said though. Some of the tradesmen we've dealt with just don't seem to do online stuff. Even our GC. He has email, but being in the field doesn't really have time to look at it or respond. Printing photos and handing them in person is a great idea.
PS, beautiful lot.
musicgal: Hope you're not paying by the hour. It's gonna take 'em all week to move that. Unless they disassemble it. Before those movers try to move that cabinet, you might want to get them jacked up on sugar and caffiene.
amberm: I've gotta say, we've been real impressed with the work ethics of our builder and his sub-contractors. He uses the same subs for all his jobs, and has for years, so all the trades are familiar with each other and work well around each other. It's not been uncommon for us to find 2, 3, 4, or more different trades working around the house at the same time. When we tried that at our last place, I'd have guys complain that they need the space to themselves. I've also gone over at random times: 6am, 8:30pm, weekends, and have found a straggler or two, there voluntarily, who wanted to get in to get the job done. Probably also helps that they're all from the same town, or nearby, to where we're building. Aside from easy availability, we're going to be neighbors with these people, see them all around town, so maybe there's incentive to do well. It's been refreshing.
JDez: Your fireplace looks just like ours! We don't have the built-ins, but our stone was just delivered the other day.
robynstamps: Wow, that's a huge kitchen! I bet thanksgiving day will be amazing there. Enough space for a feast. Is your island cabs a different finish from the perimeter? And are those full-overlay, or inset?
Here is a link that might be useful:
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Amberm- Are you going to be buying a lot of your own materials? If so, it does pay to shop around. I don't know how it is 'north of the border', but around here, Lowes and Home Depot are only competitive on a handful of things. Lumber and plywood were close, but I still saved a bit going with local yards. Items such as re-bar (we used 2 tons!), steel studs, hardware, nail gun nails, and miscellaneous stuff like foundation sealer were orders of magnitude cheaper from either small local outfits or online. Things we've bought online include nails, lock sets, all sorts of hardware, and even our mini-split HVAC units. Since I'm buying (and installing) every single piece of this house, I shop very carefully.
We'll use the big box stores for plumbing fixtures and tile. We can't afford 'showroom' prices! I have gotten some good deals on appliances at the big box stores, too.
Welcome to goosie- looking forward to watching your progress. I'm officially the World's Slowest Builder, so I'll be here long after you're gone, and musicgal's movers are in college!
Goosie, another fan of houzz and spreadsheets and binders. I think I had it all! My son-in-law and DH were in charge of GCing. I handled organization of all paperwork. DH & I handled spreadsheets. DD handled entering invoices into construction company software and printing out checks to contractors. I handled all communication with bank for construction company. We made a good team.
I'm down to two binders which we go through all the time. One contains the bids from each contractor and any notes of communication we've had from them. It is divided by trade. And, as each trade was totally done, I would move them to the back of the binder. DH only wanted contractors he was still dealing with in the front of the binder.
We would checked the invoices received against the initial bids and any changes along the way. Believe me, we've saved some money by keeping these handy. Our plumber charged us $1500 more which was included in the initial bid. He credit us for it after we scanned his bid he couldn't find. Same thing happened with our electrician. We had made notes from a phone conversation that he would credit for an electrical box and he forgot to credit it on his last invoice.
The second binder is strictly financial - house-building budget with printed out spreadsheets and invoices from contractors sent to bank for reimbursement. And spreadsheet to match bank's construction loan. I did those once a month after every bank draw.
Here's the craziness of binders and bins I used at the beginning because I was on overload with so much info. I got rid of both of these down the line. I kept brochures and catalogs in both of these at first.
Regarding having photos available in print and digital format. Throughout the build, we soon became used to which contractors embraced technology and which did not. That being my field, I was surprised at the younger ones who didn't use email or text for communication. But, didn't judge them on that. I also printed out photos and kept them in plastic sleeves inside the house for contractors. I designed our fireplace and the guys loved that I had a picture exactly like I wanted it to look. Same thing with our trim carpenter. He recreated anything I had in a photo and used them all the time. Just yesterday, our landscaper was so happy that we brought a photo of the waterfall designs we like. He said that was the key. He said we could talk and talk, but if we all didn't see the same photo, the result could be different in each of our minds.
Digital version of fireplace design:
Actual fireplace right after stone was installed:
And another one after the trim carpenter and DH built the mantel:
Display of some of the printed stuff we kept down at the site:
We also took tons and tons of photos throughout the build process. I organized them on my computer and DH organized his on his iPad. We both have iPhones and have Photostreaming turned on so when we took photos with our iPhones, they automatically showed up on my Mac computer or DH's iPad. We use the photos ALL the time - showing almost every contractor, furniture store, paint store, shopping for anything for the house, where electrical and plumbing were located behind drywall, where blocking was installed for hanging things. Plus the dates that we took the pictures (which shows up on my computer or DH's iPad) have come in handy more than you'll know!
I hope this doesn't scare you. I've been called a little OCD in my organization. :-) For me, having things where everyone could find them was so much less stressful than having to look for things for hours.
oicu812 I think my city is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. We also have to compete with the oil industry, a lot of skilled trades get taken up north to work on the rigs. And we had severe flooding last summer and a lot of people are still rebuilding from that. Last week, one of the suburbs got hit with 3 nasty hail storms over 2 days. There's damage to at least half of 25,000 homes. I'm having roofing and siding companies retracting their bids because they're suddenly REALLY busy. So in this environment, if you've got one job that requires you to climb a ladder and go through a window, most guys would just move to another job and come back when the site gets easier. I can't say I blame them.
MushCreek We're probably going to be sourcing a good amount of our materials. The foundation guy is supplying his own stuff. But he's refused to do the insulation on the outside of the basement because he thinks it's overkill. So we have to do this part ourselves, so we bought the material ourselves. For framing, we have to supply the lumber/joists/trusses, but I believe the crew supplies the fasteners.
I actually hope to be able to source the siding myself. I want stuff that most people have never even heard of. There are 2 different products, both competitors to Hardie, but both offer colours I can't get from Hardie. But all the crews I've contacted for quotes try to suggest Hardie as an alternative. If I have to do the legwork to figure out where to buy the material, I'm not going to pay a premium for the trade to buy it for me.
Plumbing and light fixtures I will source myself so I'm not limited to the selection and prices that the plumber/electrician can get from his 1-2 suppliers.
We spent about 4 hours today picking up the rigid foam insulation. We had to go to different stores because neither had enough stock on their own. And there was an issue with their computers. We were buying enough to get an automatic contractor's 5% discount. But we were spending enough to get a promotional 15% discount. The discounts weren't stackable. So the computer would give the 5%, and not the 15%. We argued it, and had to get a manager to come and override it, and they had to figure out how to ring it in. So DH pointed out this is why contractors don't shop around for better pricing. In this case, we saved more than what BIL charges for his time. But I'm sure there are situations where a contractor could spend 3 hours looking into various sources and only save $5.
So now we have a stack of insulation in our garage. I'm following carsonheim's example. :)
thank you for all the information - Hoosier, the pictures didn't scare me at all! I immediately though oooooo I can get different colored folders! We aren't GC-ing so we probably won't need the level of detail for subs/invoices and such as the project manager will be handling that, but I'm glad a couple of you shared the picture thing, I wouldn't have thought of that beforehand. They followed that fireplace example perfectly! I have been on Houzz a few times but it had been a bit overwhelming to look at so I need to back in to that one slow!
So it sounds like my good friends Excel and Google Drive will be heavily used during this process - as well as a binder with hard copies of pictures and such. Awesome, I feel better having a plan of attack!
and Hoosier, I'm probably going to steal that exact naming system you have there!
goosie-we gc'd and used the same set up as Hoosiers. We had a box like that with a handle that we could take along with us PLUS I had all the draw information and waivers in there since I had to track that too - you won't need to do that though. It worked very well and was easy for the both of us to use and know where everything was which is a *bonus*. Funny how things work isn't it? We have found subs and materials tips from the most unlikely sources - such as the dentist or the physical therapist (where we found our carpet and install source). :D
robyn-those cabinets are so very pretty and have such depth. I can see why you love them! Are you going to make it in before school starts? Or do you homeschool? ARgh I can't remember!
j oh j-what a very cool fireplace wall you've got going there. That is awesome and it's going to be so nice. Great job! Curious if you were following a houzz picture or was that your own design masterpiece? 2 thumbs up! What is the size of your cold storage space? Could it possibly double as a neat fort for DS?
oicu-did you just want to pet it, lol? I love the 'waves' in the stone. Ahhh.
michelle-fall is approaching. I purchased some Grand Traverse sweet harvest wine and thought of you - as if you have vineyards in your back yard. ;)
Rainy today and looks to be for the rest of the week. Good thing the barn roof is shingled. Plumber came back and finished up. HOT took awhile to travel to the master bath. No biggie but I am glad the recirculating gizmo was installed - especially before winter. I need my long hot showers.
Ha Autumn...I wish we had vineyards in our backyard! :). We will have an organic tea place just about in our backyard though....but I suppose that doesn't work quite the same. :). Yum..,I love GT wine...late harvest Riesling is my fave. :)
Amberm - Yes. DH's huge TV will be on the left side of the FP, blocking that ship lap from view. But, it really was the most practical place to put it.
Autumn4 - I actually drew a picture on a piece of paper of what I wanted it to look like. I couldn't find a Houzz pic that was exactly what I wanted but I am sure the design was somewhat Houzz inspired from piecing together ideas from pictures. What is cold storage? Is that my closet upstairs? If so, DS can't have it. That storage closet is mine...lol.
JDez, cold storage is an unheated, uninsulated room in the basement, maybe under the stairs, where you keep stuff you want to keep cool.
Wow! Everyone's making wonderful progress. We're taking a break from unpacking and decorating to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon in the new house!
jdez-hahahahaha, lol! Yeah - I meant that very closet. :D Nice work on making a sketch come to life.
michelle-tea while different yes is still good. I have acquired a taste for it as I've gotten older and more 'mature', lol!
Anyone bother with pillow covers? I am thinking about trying that instead of buying new but some places have accent pillows so cheap I don't know if I should bother.
Jackson - What a homey looking place you have. Your baby seems to be adjusting well.
Amberm - Thanks for clarifying. A foreign term down here in the swamp.
Autumn dot four - No basement. No cold storage. No fort for DS...lol.
More delays here. Electrician was supposed to finish all of the electrical this weekend. He didn't. He gave me about three reasons why he couldn't finish and said something about tearing out concrete. All I could here was "blah, blah,blah" as I walked to my car and left.
Jdez-I thought the closet was cold storage or something? Above the garage with no heat? Do you not even need heat down there in the winter??? If so, I hadn't thought of that one. I know no basement - good gravy you should see our basement. Stuff everywhere. You must be the master of organization and not a saver to endure no basement. :D Where do your 'extra' building supplies go? Paint, tiles, wood...etc? It's like the voice on the phone on the peanuts isn't it? I asked dh when they were coming back to finish the crown and all I got was silence...that's not good.... So did they give you a new date for finishing electrical?
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Autumn - My storage closet is climate controlled with a/c and heat. It is part of the big bonus room upstairs. Date on electrical? I had a bad attitude and was not listening. I honestly don't care at this moment. And paint, tile, wood, etc has been stored all over the new house and our current house, in every closet, on the porches, in my car, in DH's truck, etc. Master of organization I am not.
Amberm- Cold storage in the deep South= where you keep the Nyquil.
I am so tired. AArgh. Moving deserves a category of its very own. It would never get any posts because we who are moving, are too tired to be creative in any way shape or form:-)
Updated pic! All the stone and stucco is on. Paint starts tomorrow. Yay!!
Musicgal, I had a good laugh at the Nyquil. And I'd probably be on the moving forum constantly, as a means of procrastination.
Autumn, I buy my pillow covers from Etsy. I find the cheap pillows either ugly, or have poor filling. Nice, fluffy pillows with nice fabric aren't cheap.
I got an email from the foundation guy today, and he may start on the footings tomorrow. He still won't do the basement walls until they spray concrete, but he's still keen to get started. DH is happy about that because the weather forecast isn't giving us too many more days good for pouring foundations. He's realized he may not get his garage until the spring. :(
Musicgal - Hope the move is going well. The suffocating heat doesn't help I'm sure.
Robyn - Your house is looking beautiful.
Amberm - I hope your footings get started soon. Winter must come early up there.
Winter comes very early here. Most people here live in denial, though. We usually get some form of snow in September, and everyone's shocked when it happens. We also get pockets of warm air all winter, so we regularly have nice warm, brown Christmases. And we'll get a melt in February, and people start thinking spring, then are left crying when it's still snowing in May.
your kitchenette cabinets are gorgeous mind sharing the wood species and stain?
Bobbbieg - Our painter cabinets are maple. Colors are BM White Dove and Steel Wool.
Bathroom countertops and tub deck was supposed to be in last week but they still don't have them ready. The tile guy was scheduled to tile the shower and around the tub this week. Now, he can't do his job because he can't put up the tile until the tub deck is installed and he wants to do it all at one time. We hired him when we chickened out of doing it ourselves. So, no electricity, no shower tile, no bathroom countertops and all were supposed to be complete by the end of the week. I don't see it being done in the next four days. I am so bummed. The delays are killin' me.
Went away for the weekend w DH for our anniversary. Just a drive over to Austin to enjoy some down time. Left Thursday night, and -- of course -- no work happened on Friday at the house, nor today. I went over at 3 pm to meet a fireplace installer for an estimate, and the place was empty. Looked exactly like it did Thursday evening. Still a number of items for the framers to do, and the plumbing guys come like one time per week. I call them and leave messages and they don't call back. And don't show up. They suck. I hate them. If I never build another house, it will be too soon!
That sucks, Carson. If it makes you feel any better, they probably wouldn't have been there even if you hadn't gone away.
We have activity in our hole!
robyn- the exterior looks beautiful. I can aleady envision it landscaped in my mind's eye.
JDez-thanks. We are all moving like Gila lizards in the 104 degree (car thermometer) heat. So, so glad the AC is on so we can work in the house.
Amberm- right after I made that "cold" joke, I felt one coming on... so I may be sucking down Nyquil tonight. My kids and grandkids have all been at the house helping, and a lot of dust has been flying around. Suffice it to say dust and stress are enemies of vibrant health:-)
Carson- I am feeling your pain, girl. Rude to make appointments and not show up. Still no CO for us because of the long lost missing iron railing promised us almost every day for 2 weeks. But the moving truck is coming tomorrow, and we are thinking about our options if Geraldo is a no show tomorrow.
JDez- you've got to wonder how these guys ever get any referrals when they just stick it to your schedule like that, because one thing invariably affects the next thing in the sequence of getting things done. My tile guys and paint guys hated to work at the same time because the painters listen to Country Western music and the tilers to Accordian hits from South of the border. I didn't care what they listened to, as long as it motivated them to work a bit.
As for settling in, here are the latest pics. First, the house number I promised to Autumn. It's official.
Here is the house name sign on the lightpost.
Looking across the island, towards the breakfast nook and the study behind its pocket door.
Kraus 36 inch undermount. It is not too big- Just right for any roaster or tray I ever need to scrub.
music-oh JOY! It is all lovely! Now - are you sleeping there yet?
Tonight, if we get an OC. My bed will be over there, at any rate.
Movers are going over to the storage unit to pick up most of our stuff at 8. I am doing all the laundry right now and making boxes.
Amberm - That activity looks promising. Might we see some concrete soon?
Musicgal - Everything just looks so beautiful. You need to call Geraldo about 20 times a day.
Autumn - What's happening in your fair land? Progress on the barn?
EDIT: Carson - I feel your pain chickadee. Right there with ya.
This post was edited by JDez on Tue, Aug 19, 14 at 7:51
Wow! everyone is making so much progress!!!
Since it was a nice weekend, and we still are waiting on the framers after 10 days (!!! killing me !!!) I decided to pour the garage slab just to keep progress moving on the house. We made final grade preps using a shop lot at 545am, concrete truck arrived at 630, and I was feeding my workers breakfast after a job well done by 745. Good start to a beautiful weekend.
Here is a picture of the guys doing a little finish work.
And here is a picture after I power washed it once we got the saw cuts done on Sunday afternoon. Are my lines straight???
Autumn, I have been meaning to ask you what color will your front door be?
Robyn- your home looks absolutely beautiful!
Music- love that backsplash and what gorgeous countertops!
Amber- yay for progress :)
Our latest news is that the foundation was poured one week ago. Now we have waterproofing, draining, garage slab, and about 3 inspections before framing. I cant wait for framing, i just want to finally step foot in my house. Here's a crummy pic our builder sent the morning the foundation was being poured.
MrsB, I just took one of those pictures myself. I got a pump truck. Waiting on the concrete truck, I guess.
Well hello there!!
Welcome to all the new posters. Glad you can join us :)
Musicgal - love the backsplash! That really caught my eye in the showroom when we were looking.
Robynstamps - lots of progress! Nice exterior. When are you moving?
How are my batchmates doing? How is your progress? We are on the 2nd week of taping/texturing/painting. Yesterday, most of the ceilings have been textured and I think he (yes, there was only 1 worker I believe) will move on to the walls today, after the ceilings are done. Nothing too exciting these days. I was told masonry and exterior will start later on this week. Looking forward to that.
Anyway, I have a question for those planning on window coverings. Looked through the Hunter Douglas selections (that is mostly what we have here), and I don't see anything that I really want. In our current house I think we have the Silhouette, but I hear that it is quite expensive. I absolutely hate cleaning blinds though. Are there any other alternatives out there? What are you all doing? We have tons of windows for both the main floor and second floor, to maximize the views. Don't want to spend a fortune, hopefully, as I would still want curtains or roman shades on there. Any ideas?
Here is a picture of the basement main area, with taping and ceiling texture, as my progress pic :)
northpole -- I am lagging so far behind you! I'm still waiting for the framers to finish interior and exterior work. And my plumbing contractor comes one day per week. And the HVAC guys are waiting to get finished for the electric guys to do their work. But electric guys are delayed on getting started blah blah blah. It's a nightmare. If I finish this house this year it will be a miracle!
I thought I would share with you a before picture that showed out house before we gutted it, re-cladded it and added an addition.
Here is where we are today (Front)
Most of back:
The front with garage railing Photoshoped in plus the garage painted the same colour as the siding (had to draw in the trim board when we did this). Wish we had Photo Shopped in grass too LOL.
Here it is showing contrasting colour (the grey from window trim) on the garage door.
Can you please tell me if you like the garage with or without the grey trim board? I had a separate post on the home decorating forum, so I apologize to those of you who saw it there. The votes on the thread were rather divided on the contrasting trim board for garage vs the solid colour garage which is why I am still unsure.
Inside my teenage son and my DH are almost finished the rough-in plumbing. We have finalized almost all the finish choices. We switched out a few ceramic choices from what we had been planning. We are still searching for a medium brown engineered hardwood floor. The ones we find either go too red or orange or are too dark. Anyone have an engineered floor brand to recommend that is medium brown?
I have spent tons of time on the Maria Killam website and learning about her colour choosing technique and philosophy on creating a timeless look. I have almost completed an on-line course with her as well. Lots of very valuable information which led to us changing a few of our original finish choices for more timeless ones. You might want to check out her website as I have found it invaluable (will be more useful to those in the early stages of construction and not those who have done with their interior house choices).
Jet - Good job on keeping things moving.
MrsB - Framing will be started before you know it and it will be a whole new ball game.
OntarioMom - I think I like the garage without the gray trim, the first pic. I'm not sure why, that was just my first choice. You house looks awesome, BTW.
Northpole - Your basement looks huge!
musicgal: Love the back splash behind your range. That island is nice too. Is that a quartzite?
OntarioMom: I like the garage with the contrasting color. It adds some visual interest to what would otherwise be a large flat slab.
We're on the home stretch, trying to get finished before labor day. There's still a lot to do though, so that means lots of folks in every day and good day-to-day progress to see.
Shower tiles finally done. Still waiting on fixtures and door.
Stone mason has started on the fireplace.
lights, landscaping, appliances soon. Then another coat of paint all around and the final clear coat on the floors. Then (hopefully) move-in.
robyn, your house is stunning! I'm very jealous of the hint of mountains in the background. Looks like a beautiful setting.
musicgal, may I ask what type of island countertop you have? It's exactly the kind I would love to have!
OntarioMom, I like the contrasting trim. With the beige paint and brickwork, it has a tudor look to it. Not exactly tudor, but maybe a modern interpretation of it. That's probably why you're getting the conflicting responses. Some people LOVE tudor style homes, some people HATE them. So, do you love or hate it? That should help you decide.
We got footings yesterday. I stopped by the lot to take a photo of the forms ready for concrete. I was surprised to see a pumper truck waiting at 8:30am. And then the concrete truck showed up. It took exactly 23 minutes to pour my concrete, and the truck was gone. The finishing work took maybe 20 minutes more. So I went from looking for the forms, to Oh My God, I have footings! Yay!
I've been looking into getting temporary power for the site. We have a pole, which is on loan from BIL. He used it on his last build, and just pulled it out of the ground and moved it to our site. There are components on it to get the power from where the electric company connects at the top of the pole to an outlet at the bottom of the pole. None of that has been touched since BIL used it at the last site. But the electric company won't connect to the top of the pole until it's been inspected by the city. Fair enough, they want to ensure nothing came loose in the move. So I called the city to get it inspected. I was told by 3 different people, I need to get the electrician who originally configured it to pull a new permit and then they'll come and inspect it. Can I pull the permit myself? Nope. Only a master electrician can pull an electrical permit. So, literally, you want me to hire a master electrician to make a phone call for me? Yep. Gee, that seems like a great use of his time. Stupid city.
Ontariomom, I like the contrasting trim. Great job on the house! You almost cannot tell it's the same house! Great choices.
Carsonheim - sorry about the delays. Hope it moves faster for you in the coming days.
Oicu812 - nice shower! I think we have the same tiles. I like your accent though. I let my husband win on the choice of accent tile and he went with a bluish-grey-white palette. I like those colors, not sure though about having them in the master bath as the blue doesn't go with anything else in there. We'll see. Yours is very elegant.
We were not able to go inside the house today as it was hazy from the texturing. Here's a picture of the garage. They applied primer to the walls today. Curious as to what wall and ceiling texture you all are doing with your houses. We had no clue on what to go with, so we went with what we have in our current house, which is orange peel for the walls. Hopefully the orange peel is not out of style these days! Hahaha! We would have liked smooth but it's an upgrade :/
Your shower looks great! Can I ask how large it is? Did you end up putting in more than one shower head? We are trying to micro-plan our large shower and wondering about placement of controls, 1 vs 2 shower heads, bench etc.
That is some garage! If I showed you the before and after of the back of the house you would definitely not recognize it as the same house (used to be one floor on back and now it is 2).
amberm, That is very exciting. Glad to see you are staying ahead of our Canadian winters. Concrete around here goes up in price in November so best to get all that done soon.
musicgal and robyn: So exiting to see you at or near the finish lines.
hoosierbred: Some organizational system. Great ideas for those of us who are organizationally challenged.
JDez: Those built-ins around the fireplace are going to be wonderful!
OntarioMom, concrete is more expensive than GOLD around here. I cringe whenever we have to do anything with concrete. If it went up even more, I think we'd just shut down until spring. As it is, DH is thinking the garage is going to wait until spring, and he's bummed. Come to think of it, the garage is a separate permit from the house, and we're required to start within 6 months of getting it. For that reason, we TOLD the architect not to apply for it at the same time as the house. He ignored me, and applied anyway. If we can't pour concrete before winter, we're going to have to pay to extend the permit. Argh.
OntarioMom: Our shower is about 5 1/2' x 7'. We're going to have one large multi-spray-pattern overhead shower head, plus a diverter to a hand-held on a slider bar next to it. We're also having a steam unit, hence the need for a bench.
northpolehome: The tile is a high-def porcelain in a calatatta pattern. These high-def tiles are pretty amazing. Great depth and variability. Real hard to tell its not marble. (At least for me it is.) The accent I think was a suggestion by the designer at the tile shop. We told her the general style/feel we were aiming for, and that we envisioned a couple bands going vertically. It's a great detailed mosaic. We're also using it for our vanity backsplash.
oicu-oh soooo pretty. Great job, it looks fantastic.
Running late for work gotta run. I am reading when I can though. :)
Went yesterday to see a house with the brick we are going to use on our house. Still love it!!!
Also selected a family room sofa, but will have covered in a deeper jade color velvet:
Aaaand, picked out my family room rug -- a steal from the Home Depot!
Yesterday was shopping day :) Since my sofa is special order it will take about 12 weeks for it to come in, which seems to be right about the time we should be moving :) fingers crossed.
Oh, y'all may remember our horrible exterior door order... new ones are to be delivered this morning. Fingers DOUBLE crossed that they come in and are in good condition!
Carson - hope your doors are in good shape this time around.
Oicu - your shower is absolutely beautiful. Like some kind of spa or something.
Amberm - stupid city is right! It is just ridiculous what all you've had to endure to even start building.
oicu, that shower is stunning!
Officially signed paperwork and handed over lots of money yesterday. We own land!
amber-I don't know how many times I can say ridiculous but it proves accurate every time you post about permits and the city. GRRR! Yay for footings though, that is awesome!
northpole-moving right along!
carson-love your shopping finds! That rug is awesome. And you still loving your brick is a good sign! :)
goosie-yay! That is just the beginning of money flying out the door!
I have been 'busy' shopping during my lunch so not able to post. And shopping just is not my thing. But the interior decorator brought over enough stuff that I could actually envision what else could work so I am *trying*. I am almost ready to take a couple of pictures, lol. I ended up having to order a rug through work. That will be a couple of weeks. The jute one that had a lot of good texture was actually very dirty? It let off a ton of sand and I've got enough sand coming in from the outside. I knew I wouldn't be able to handle that so back it went. Switched out pillows for the couch to make it last a little longer. Slip covered the chair that was an eyesore in the room and that made a huge difference too. DH hung panels in the dining room too - makes the very large window look humungous! Living room needs to be hung still but that should be accomplished this weekend. We really have had no visitors to speak of but my Mom is bringing a couple of ladies over on Monday so I've got to get cracking with clean up (so much dirt comes in from no yard and open windows it's nuts).
I have had trouble sleeping/adjusting (umm that is a mild interpretation) and I think I have discovered the issue which is totally self-induced. TOO MUCH CAFFEINE. ARgh! Let the cleansing begin this girl needs some SLEEP.
Happy Thursday everyone.
My laundry room cabinets arrived!!! About half of all the cabinets are installed in the house!!
North, I forgot to answer your question about textures. Up here, walls have never been anything but flat. Flat ceilings are preferred, but expensive. My current house had popcorn everywhere when we moved in. But it's universally hated. I've scraped it off on about half the main floor. Everyone other than the high end custom homes had it until the mid 90s. Tract homes are getting more subtle orange peel type textures now. I'd like to do flat everywhere, but the budget may force me to do a slight texture.
Road block today. We were supposed to have the side of our hole sprayed with concrete. Our house is 4' from the property line, and the neighbour's house 4' on the other side. So the hole has a pretty steep edge on that one side. The cribbers are not wanting to work with a steep, unsecured wall above them. So they insisted we hire another company to come in and spray the wall of dirt with an inch of concrete. So we've been waiting 2 weeks for that. I have been phoning them all week for a confirmation that they were coming today. I took their lack of response as a confirmation. Surely, if there was a reason they weren't coming, they'd have phoned me back to let me know? Nope. They didn't show up.
So I called the cribber, who supposedly works with this company all the time, and asked him to call them to get a story. He replied that nobody has heard from this company in weeks. He's waiting on them for other jobs, too, and they haven't returned anyone else's calls either. Bah! So now I'm calling around looking for someone else, and I just keep hearing "You should call these guys..." The ones who were SUPPOSED to do it today.
One guy suggested I call the big pool company in town and ask who they use. I tried that, and they bring in guys from Montreal when they have a need for it. There aren't a lot of pools around here (it's 50F today, who needs a pool when it gets down to 50F in August?). And their guys just got on the plane to go home this morning. Argh!
I have suggested plywood, which is what BIL uses on all his other jobs. But our hole is a foot deeper than most of BILs. If any other trade decided to just not show up after several confirmation calls, I'd fire them. So now I'm looking for a way to fire these guys.
Carson: love all of your selections
Robyn: what gorgeous cabinets, that shade of blue is beautiful
Amber: so sorry about the roadblock, how incredibly frustrating.
We made the trip out to the lot and snapped some pics of our foundation today. Because of a 50 ft setback minimum, the backyard isn't as large as we had hoped and hubby is not thrilled. I think it's fine and hope it comes together once everything is filled and landscaped.
This post was edited by MrsB1227 on Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 19:36
The cribber agreed to let us use plywood. The wall of dirt has been there for 2 weeks. We've had some of our heaviest rain, and hottest days, and the wall has not moved. So he's more comfortable with the wood solution now.
He was hesitant to suggest it himself, though, because he didn't know if I'd be able to find anyone for that either. He said his guys don't have time to do it, and he didn't know if BIL had time to do it. I told him to let me worry about BIL. Between him and DH, we'll get it done by early next week. BIL is busy tomorrow. So DH and I will get the materials on the weekend, and DH will take Monday off work and help his brother.
So, we still have footings, which I didn't post before. And, depending on the cost of the materials, we just saved several thousand dollars.
Amber...you are such an inspiration....battling away at these guys....I love it! Hoping you get past all these roadblocks and have smooth sailing soon!
Robyn....loving that cabinet color...I might check into something similar!
As for me....we received two ridiculously high bids on our revised prints (the ones that were supposed to be within budget) and I was about ready to give up. Luckily, a friend referred me to a builder who also quoted the house, but also realized that there were finished specified in the plans that were super expensive....things that made everything custom (doors, windows, trim, you name it, our quotes were all custom, which we never specified). So, by paying attention and communicating with us, new builder has our estimate currently within 20k of budget. Yeeeehaaaaaaa!! So we're officially a go. And, we just got our appraisal back from bank on construction loan....it came in high enough....another step I was really worried about. Now....we're just super excited!
amber-handling a build in your area is more than a full time job....kudos for keeping things going as best you can.
michelle-awesome news! Sooooo....what's next? Do you know when they could get you scheduled in? And sigh, have you been hearing that this next winter is predicted to be similar to last? I cringe at the thought. But rejoice that I am no longer on a super busy road with a detached garage. Whoop whoop!
Autumn....don't you dare say the "w" word....lol, I'm refusing to believe that this winter could be like last....I still have PTSD after last winter. :)
Next steps....I applied for well and septic permit last week and got that it a day (sorry Amber), tomorrow I'm applying for land use, then GC will apply for building permit after that. GC is going to work on scheduling excavator 2-3 weeks out to give us time for loan to close. So, we could potentially be breaking ground in a few weeks!! Yay! Pinch me!
Wow! Building a house is getting to be really stressful. I find that I am noticing EVERYTHING and second guessing almost all of my choices. I hope that it all comes together nicely. I'm having a lot of anxiety now that we are coming to the end of the build. We are supposed to be in by the end of September because we have to be out of our rental but I'm not sure that will happen. We will have to live in a hotel. All 7 of us. I know it will be all worth it in the end so I don't mean to complain. I feel very blessed to be able to build this house. I'm sure you all understand my emotional roller coaster.
Here are some of our pics.
Window seat in one of my boys' rooms.
Casings for the first floor entryways and doors.
robynstamps: Home stretch is stressful. It never looks like you're gonna make it. We're in the same boat. Only one more week before we need to be out of our rental. No lights, no appliances, plumbing fixtures half done, no landscaping,etc etc. Tell them to put priority to the items required for an occupancy permit. Everything most else could be completed after. Also, book your movers, tell the builder your stuff is coming in on a certain date, and that you'll be homeless unless he finishes by then. Then ask him if he can set up a tent in his front yard. ;)
Hotel living is awesome. We did it for 2 months last year after selling our home and having our purchase fall thru. Find one of the "suites" hotels (we did Residence Inn) with buffet b-fast and a pool. Our kids loved it. Waffle bar every day, Tuesday Taco nights, swimming every night. TV in their bedroom. Their own bathroom with unlimited hot water. Maid service daily. Free cable & internet. No utility bills to pay. Has it's benefits. Silver Linings. A wee tad bit crazy stupid expensive, but fun.
(And if we have no occupancy permit next week, we're probably going back.)
Michelle1973: Congrats on the forward progress. Good things come to those who wait. And you'll be in the house for years, so a few extra months will pale in comparison to the benefit. Your timing might work out great too. If you're starting now, the big spring/summer rush is probably winding down, which means subs should be more available, and hungry to keep working, in the fall and winter. Get dried in before winter and you're golden. Finish & move by late spring next year.
Yay, Michelle! If things seem like they're dragging, you can always tell yourself "at least I'm not back where Amber is!" ;)
Robyn, I feel like you've been moving so quickly, you'll be done with time to spare.
Your choices all look amazing. I think it is coming together beautifully and quickly. Love the laundry room cabinets. Ours will be blue too, but darker than yours. I wish I had gone for lighter fresher colour like you LOL. There is always second guessing.
Yikes Calgary does sound tough to build in. We have had an open permit for over 2 years. I don't what we would have done if we had had to extend our permit every 6 months. They will probably change the rules in our city after our slow build LOL. Every once in a while the building inspector nags us to book another inspection -- I am sure he is sick of our project dragging on.
Thanks for the extra photos on your shower. Ours is roughly 4 feet by 6. We also thought to put a bench in, and want it under the water flow. We will have both a rain head and a hand held shower. Do you happen to have a floor plan of your shower area for us to compare notes on. I am sure getting sick of all the micro planning one needs to do on every last detail of a house.
Yesterday, we drove 7 hours round trip to a quarry where we had gotten our stone exterior steps. One of the steps was damaged, and we needed a replacement. It was near impossible to find anything the matched. So we settled for a step that I hope will do. I hate settling!
Forgot to say to Carson that I like your chosen brick, furniture and area rug. Good idea to think through the decor at this stage. It will make it easier when the painter wants the wall colours and also help to ensure the hard finishes (ceramics, counters, surround) all work together with the furniture.
Musicgal: LOVE THAT SINK! I was thinking about putting a stainless steel apron sink in our laundry room just to wash our toy poodle in and to wash delicates. We will have a slop sink installed in our garage... so no paint or gunk will be used in our laundry sink any longer. Do you have the dimensions of your sink. How deep is your sink?
Wow there are an awful lot of beautiful homes going up across the country out there!
Nothing too exciting here yet to show in pictures yet. Builder will start framing next week (weather permitting of course). So I should have some pictures by next weekend, hopefully.
We have been picking out tiles, flooring materials, and backslashes so I can coordinate the colors with the cabinets, countertops, sinks and toilets in each bathroom.
Builder wants to know all our plumbing fixtures...particularly our tub for the master. So next week I need to get bathroom toilets, sinks and tubs selections all finalized. I have already decided on a Mia Jason Tub for our Master Suite since it has Microsilk/Bubbles combined. I will probably look mostly at Kohler toilets and sinks for the rest of the house.
Zoe - that sounds like a really nice tub. I hope you find the perfect fixtures for your house.
Oicu - you have me thinking about selling everything and just moving into a hotel...lol.
Robyn - everything you have posted looks beautiful to me. You will soon move out of the second-guessing stage and slide right in to the "I don't care, just get it done!" phase. That is where I am currently existing.
Amberm - what beautiful footings you have. Glad to hear about your savings on the wall.
I woke up dealing with a crisis and now that I have faced Crisis #4 for today, I am giving up and have settled in. I plan on being sloppy drunk before going to bed. The quickest, most affordable therapy available. Cheers, my peeps!
robyn-I think it's totally normal to second guess at that stage. It's torture but it seems to happen to most (or so I think). :) It's going to be great!
oicu-that sounds divine! I never thought of it that way. We were so busy we ate out a lot anyhow so that wouldn't have made a difference either.
j-boons farm? Please tell me no...
michelle-I know - last winter I had a 45 minute commute to work. I think I gained a few gray hairs over it. Now if I wasn't working outside the home this year I'd say bring it on and just sit by the fire. But since that is not the case I'd prefer a break from white knuckle driving.
amber-what is new up north?
Running a 5k tomorrow - it's supposed to be 70 degrees at 8 a.m. and it's so humid - ugh. That is too hot for me for running. Kinda feel like skipping it. Oy.
Another 50F day here. Is it too early to pray for Indian summer? Going to pick up the lumber to build our wall tomorrow.
Okay, I went over to the house tonight with my SLR camera. The pics are MUCH better!! Let me share a few. It's starting to look like a real house!
This is the view from my Great Room into my kitchen. We have the loft above where they built me a sturdy bookcase for my scrapbooks. I have a ton of them!! It is right next to my craft room upstairs.
Laundry room cabinets!
These 4 drawers all fit a laundry basket!! I'm so excited that I have a place I can put folded clothes and then run them up to the kids' rooms.
Here are more views of my kitchen. They measured for the counters today. They start fabricating on Monday!
One of the kitchen islands.
My hidden kitchen pantry.
Real nice there robyn stamps! Love the kitchen. I have always looked for your build posts. such a great lot and a gorgeous house!
Those pictures are stunning, Robyn. What a great design and lovely choices. The grey/blue islands are amazing. Fantastic idea about the laundry basket drawers!
Robyn - It is gorgeous!
Autumn - It was NOT Boone's Farm. Mission failed though. I fell asleep before I was officially sloppy. Guess I am old.
This post was edited by JDez on Sat, Aug 23, 14 at 8:14
Finally back from vacation and busy getting ready for kiddos to start back to school on Tuesday...I can't believe how fast this summer has flown by. Came home to lots done on home...siding should be finished this week. Stone done most of the way around except for the front which will have to wait until my front doors arrive (my fault as I couldn't decide what I wanted!). Inside most of the plumbing, electrical and HVAC is finished. Inspections to be done Tuesday after Labor Day and then we are on to insulation and drywall. All plumbing and lighting have been ordered and now I am working on Tile and Counters...so many decisions to make!
Robyn...your kitchen and cabinetry are looking fabulous! Stop second guessing yourself as if the rest looks like those your home will be beautiful!
Northpole...you look like you are ahead of us on some but not on others. It is interesting to see the different order each of the builders uses.
Michelle...congrats on moving forward!!! You must be so excited that this is actually happening. After all we went through, it took me until the framing started to believe that it was actually happening:-). The one thing I can say about having so many problems actually getting to the build is that when things come up now they seem minor and not nearly as big a deal as actually getting to the build!
Amber...congrats on finally having footings! Good luck with your wall this weekend!
Oicu...your shower is beautiful. You look like you are getting close to making your move in date...how exciting!
Music....how's the new home??? Hope you are enjoying settling in and that Geraldo finally showed up with your railings!
Ontario...I like contrasting trim on your garage doors...I think it gives you a much more custom look. I can't imagine being at your build for as long as you have (and living in it as well!!). Most of my family is in the Toronto area...what part of Ontario are you in?
Autumn...hope your 5k went well! My DH did his 7th Ironman last weekend...everytime I go to one I vow that I will get back into running but it never seems to last that long...always do better in a class when I have others pushing me to achieve more. Running has the advantage of being able to do it at any time any place, though!
Carson...I really like your brick choice! When we first started this house design process we thought we really wanted a red brick home...then the reality of the cost of having brick shipped to central PA set in and we chose to go in a different direction! Did you get your new doors and window trim issues sorted out? It seems like we are still at pretty similar stages.
jdez...your fireplace wall looks great...one of the great things about this site is seeing everyone's personality coming out through their custom builds!
Welcome to all the newbies...hope your process is going smoothly!
Here are my most recent pics...can't wait to get rid of the dumpsters so I can get a good one!
Side stone work...
Close up of stone...
Close up of paneling...
Beautiful house people: I have been following this thread since May when we first made the decision we were going to build instead of buy.
I was hoping to be further along than we are, but as I am learning by reading through all of your posts, there are so many issues that arise. The subdivision was supposed to be approved by the county at the end of May/beginning of June and my GC said as soon as the county approved it we would be digging the hole. Well the county wouldn't approve it because the concrete inspector left the job site when they were pouring the last 50 yards of concrete for the subdivision and then wouldn't approve it because he wasn't there.
Fast forward to August 12th, the county approved the subdivision. On August 13th, my GC applied for the permit, received the permit, and had a hole dug that afternoon. On the 14th we had footing forms set and on the 15th the footings were poured.
We should have the walls for the basement poured on Tuesday assuming it is dry enough for them to finish setting the forms on Monday.
Things are moving so fast which I am greatful for but seems crazy because we don't even own the lot and haven't put down any money or anything (besides have our plans agreed to between the owner of the land, the gc and ourselves). I love living in a small community where a handshake and your reputation are still more important than a signature, but as an attorney I would still love to have some paperwork and an abstract.
The big challenge we are currently facing is our GC wants to get the outside sealed up as soon as possible to avoid the weather and farming dust that will soon be coming. He wants us to pick siding color, window trim color (if any) and the front door. Who knew that front doors were so costly? We are currently thinking the Mountain Lake color from Diamond Kote with Grey window trim to go with Terratone windows, grey shingles, and a dark dusty blue front door. The biggest question is whether we go with white trim or grey trim or no trim.
Robyn - What color is your laundry room cabinets? My wife and I love the color and really think your idea of having a laundry basket in each drawer makes a ton of sense and will be stealing the idea.
robynstamps, love the kitchen. Custom cabinets?
Beautiful house you have there. I love the paneling and exterior cladding. We live in Guelph, Ontario which, in good traffic, is just over an hour west of Toronto Ontario, Canada.
Everything is just gorgeous. We have had a tumultuous couple of months. After we finally (6 weeks long) passed our insulation inspection around the fire sprinklers inside we had a few terrible things happen. My GC had a massive heart attack and was hospitalized for a week only to find out he needs a full transplant. No bueno. He has a partner but its been affecting their business for obvious reasons. We are being flexible but there's only so much delay we can tolerate at this stage. We had hoped to be done around now but now we are thinking November if we are lucky. This past week they have hung all the drywall and started taping and mudding.
On a more depressing note, my MIL ran over my furbaby of 11 years last week with my 3 young sons in the car. I am in such a funk I can hardly type this out. I hope to be excited about our build again soon but I am really burnt out at the moment. I am excited for all the progress I see. Robyn you have a beautiful home and the progress is making me sooooo jealous. I recall your job starting and moving at a good clip and I see it still is. Happy for everyone's progress and its all looking really great but Robyns I have watched from the beginning and its really starting to finish up nicely.
Robyn: your kitchen would make me turn into Betty Crocker! So gorgeous
HappyValley: what a beautiful home, the siding and stone combo is really lovely. Love the molding also.
MFatt: so sorry about your GC and your poor little furbaby. Hoping your kids are doing ok, what a tough thing to go through.
mfatt-oh no! That is a lot to handle on top of a lot happening with building that is by itself stressful. So sorry. That is so traumatic for the kids and you and your mil. She must be beside herself. :( Gosh I was in and out of build funk without either of those huge events happening. Hugs to you.
happyvalley-I haven't run much 'since the build' which is about a year now - ouch. So this was a nice short one. An iron man would be such an awesome achievement - 7? 7 for one person? Hats off! The furthest I have run is a 1/2 Marathon - 3 times with the last one last September. Didn't start jogging until my late 20's. Weird. Your home looks great! Was it you that said see the personalities come through? Would it be awesome to have a progressive dinner type of night and tour everyone's homes? How fun - if we didn't live clear across the country and beyond from each other. :D Love your siding/stone combination.
robyn-soo pretty. How can you second guess that? It's going to be great. :) I would *love* to cook okay bake rather - something up in there! So you have to take a pic of the hidden pantry door so we can see where it is. I have looked and looked.....
j-okay just checking. With 4 catastrophe's in a row you've got to wonder. ;) How is Saturday treating you?
Yesterday just one cup of coffee, today I tried to do with nothing but I just cracked open a coke. Ugh - headache.
So post build ugh - a girlfriend sent me a pic of a sign that I think is a great reminder:
It is vertical and it says:
"It doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
Great reminder for me and my overly critical self. :) It would be nice to be finished though...lol!
OntarioMom, for some reason, I assumed you were in Toronto. I grew up in Ontario, pretty much everywhere BUT Toronto, and yet, after 12 years out west, I now assume everyone's in Toronto. :P
MFatt, did you mention your GCs heart attack before? There was someone whose GC had a heart attack AND lost a finger on their job. I'm so sorry about your furbaby. Puppy? I hope the boys are handling it well.
happyvalleyhome, I love the panel detail, will you be painting it? Or will it stay white?
Yes, I might have the day he called. He is 3 weeks post heart attack now but he just returned to the job site complete with O2 tank. His partner lost the finger early on in framing on our job too. Great memory.
I did search high and low and find a new puppy. My kids are really young and that is the best thing to help with the trauma and grief. I myself could've done without a puppy right now but you know us parents, its all about the kids right! Also, throughout this process I have honed my fine skills at being an internet shopping ninja and found a great breeder who happened to have two older puppies whose ad had expired. Price was right, pups is halfway potty trained and 100% kennel trained so I am pretty pleased.
OntarioMom: Here's the floor plan of our shower, for you to compare notes:
Our fixtures are on the short wall to the left of the door. The wall to the left and bottom have unfinished spaces behind them, so we avoided putting any plumbing there. The wall to the right, we figured water would splash out the door. We had planned for a full width bench, but then realized we wouldn't have enough space to stand comfortably and shower. So opposite the door is a 3 1/2 foot long bench. Just right sized to sit and steam. (but unfortunately not long enough to lie out on.)
JDez: RE moving into a hotel. Coincidentally, the manager of the Residence Inn we stayed at said there were 2 rooms where people moved in permanently, one 5 years the other going on 7 years. There was another family who planned to be there a few months but stayed a year and a half because they were comfortable and took their time on their house hunt. Another family there 9 months after their house burned down. If you add up all the bills associated with your home's monthly upkeep, you'll find it surprisingly not much different from a hotel. Got my retirement plan figured out now. ;)
robynstampslove that secret pantry. Jealous. I really wanted a secret passage or two, but couldn't work it in. Guess I grew up watching too much Scooby Doo.
happyvalleyhome Love the style of your home. Do you live in a mountainous area with many other craftsman style homes? Love the stone and the sweeping arch over the front door.
We're are not going to make move-in. Appliances aren't showing up until late next week, and floors need another coat after that. We DO have to move out of our rental, so our stuff will go into the basement of the new house and we'll go.....unknown.
MFatt Oh, soo sorry about your dog. Must've been horrible for the kids and MIL to live thru that. At least the kids will be able to have a lot of bonding experiences with a young pup.
bennenrkc:Welcome and congrats. If your builder is anything line mine, you'll be amazed at home much can happen so fast. If they're there crankin' every day, in a month you could be framed and windowed and roofed. Take lots of pictures. THis is the time when the changes are large and dramatic. Nobody notices wires and pipes getting run.
oicu-2 thumbs up to scooby doo. ;)
mfatt-sounds like a great job on a half way trained pup and crate trained, double bonus!
MFatt - so sorry about what happened. I hope you take time for yourself recover as well.
Autumn - what a great idea for the home tour. Really wish that is possible!
Bennenrkc - welcome! You mentioned the colors blue, grey, and white, and that is our combination for our exterior! Good luck.
Happyvalleyhome - the exterior is looking great! Happy for you, my friend. We have started exterior last week, but it should have been done earlier on. We have a round window as well! In fact, that held up the exterior work a little bit because it was a wrong color and had to be replaced, so they waited for it. Inside, they just got done painting. I think cabinets are next. I love the panelling on your exterior. What is that made of?
Amberm - thanks for the input on the texture. We were actually charged to do some of the walls flat, in preparation for wallpaper. So we didn't go to all flat everywhere because of the upcharge. Quite content with how it turned out though because they made the texture really fine, so that is great. The only thing is, the walls have been painted, and we noticed they didn't do smooth walls on the areas we plan on putting wallpaper on :/ We'll see what happens on monday.
Oicu - thanks for the details on the shower :)
Robynstamps - LOVE the colors of the kitchen. That was what I had in mind at first. White and gray. Love it!
Here's a pic of what the workers have been up to last week. They started at the back, and masonry is working at the front.
Thanks for the detail on your shower. That is helpful.
Your exterior looks wonderful. Love the blue.
Benner...congrats on getting started! There are parts of building that seem to move so fast (like framing) and then parts that seem to move so slow (mechanicals!!). As you can see from my pics I am a big fan of white trim as it makes everything else pop so I would go w/ that...fwiw.
Carol...I know Guelph well as I grew up in Oakville and went to university at Laurier....passed through many a time;-). Guelph has great access to the TO area but still keeps its small university town charm!
Mfatt...you just can't seem to catch a break with this build. So sorry for your fur baby loss...that must have been tough on everyone involved:-(. Hopefully the new puppy will bring everyone joy (and not too much work during this crazy time!)
Autumn...My dh got into Ironmans in his late 30's as a way to keep from getting injured from repetitive running...he finds the training a major stress reliever from his crazy job. I have done 10 milers but that is as far as I will probably ever get. This build has definately not been good for my fitness levels! I agree that it would be great fun to have a progressive dinner...I want more than just a sneak peek at the finished homes than what we get here!!
Amberm...the paneling (and all the other trim) will remain white with the stone below and the siding on the sides.
Oicu...thanks for the compliments...we live in a valley surrounded by mountains (have a hard time calling them that as I lived near the rocky mountains for awhile and these seem more like big hills!). Our neighborhood has a few craftsman style homes....but there really is a mix of all styles which is why we like it. I really like simple classic lines but lots of detail and the house grew from there;-)
North...posted at the same time...love the color of the siding! It is really striking with the two different sizes of panels.
As far as the paneling, I designed how I wanted it to look and then my builder's crew hand made it using some sort of azek material. Looks great and will be maintenance free!
happyvalleyhome...beautiful home! I'm guessing you live in Provo? ;)
Hi everybody- just checking in really quickly. I am WAY off the grid and will answer your questions as soon as I can spend some time at a hotspot. Can't wait to catch up with you all.
Painting has begun! Almost done with the basement. White Dove and Revere Pewter. Love it!!
Robyn - Your basement is looking just as good as the rest of your house.
Northpole - Love your siding.
Musicgal - Did Geraldo ever show up?
Happyvalley - So cool that you designed the panels for your house.
Bennenrkc - congrats on getting to the starting point.
Autumn - How do you find time to run? When I have spare time, I want to use that time sleeping. Says a lot about me right?
MFatt - Sorry to hear about your baby and the setbacks with the GC. I am cheering for you girl.
Laying here on the floor of the almost empty rental, enjoying the last drops of our internet connection in this place. I do not have internet or cell service at the new house, so will try to catch up when I can at IHOP or the golf clubhouse.
To answer some of the questions....YES. Geraldo FINALLY showed up three days ago. The powers that be kind of looked the other way and allowed us to camp on the premises the first few days with the understanding that we were basically homeless. So... Tuesday night was our first night to sleep there and we had the majority of our iron up on Friday. The wine grotto door had to be taken back out for a tweaking.
Oicu and goosie- the stone is quartzite. I asked for white macaubus crosscut and the Omni stone guy brought me to those slabs which on my receipt read Calacatta quartzite. So, a rose by any other name...
It is quartzite though- hard, hard, hard. And I am loving not having to baby it.
Zoe- I will measure the sink depth for you, but you can find the measurements on Amazon where I ordered it. It is the 36 inch single basin... never had one so big or deep and I am loving that too. Took more pics yesterday of how the the rooms are filling up. Want to just say how I marvel at the way everything changes so quickly for y'all in just a WEEK! Oicu, it will be very soon for you- these last weeks have been like natural childbirth;-) We still have a ton of things the builder needs to address, but it is SO good to be there and not here where I sit as Brad and Dad take my piano to the lake.
Starting to put out the kichen stuff.
We have a place to sit-
From the other direction. The Silver Fox is ordering his TV in the next week.
The piano corner near the windows. Soon to be filled by Brad and Dad.
From the dining room. View through the Pella gliders onto the courtyard.
Greetings everyone! I have been so out of the loop for the last week and I will be spending some time today catching up.
The reason for me being out of the loop is because I am officially a daddy now!!! :) Our beautiful daughter was born on Wednesday the 20th. Her name is Hadley.
And yes she will hopefully love football! lol
As for the house, they finished the floor joists and decking on Saturday. I am hoping when I stop by today the exterior walls will be standing. I will update with pictures tomorrow.
Congrats on beginning to settle in Music....everything looks great!
Happy valley....what is your siding color?
Jet.....congratulations!!!! She is beautiful!
music-yay that you are in and that they turned a cheek for you while you were homeless. Stressful! It looks fantastic. So do you play the piano?
j-it started after babies. It was my only 'me' time - my sanity. And it had to occur at 5 a.m. so I could be back home before dh went to work. That was about all I had. Now I use it to also exercise the dog (multi-task) and center myself for the day. Reflect on what has transpired, what lies ahead. And I have seen some gorgeous sky's that most people sleep through. ;) I hear the birds wake and see the weather before I have to drive in it. I walk/jog outside year round. That and my shower are priceless. Don't touch mama's shower or her exercise time or else...lol.
jet-congrats! What a cutie! You can always hope she likes football? ;)
robyn-can you believe it? Wow and at first you weren't going to finish the basement immediately right? Awesome!
Barn windows are framed in and the sheeting has started. :)
Congratulations Jet!! Is this your first? She is a cutie for sure!
Congratulations. She is absolutely adorable! She will bring you so much joy -- even if she loves dance more than football.
Jet08- congratulations she's is beautiful! ! Love the name, it's my 4 1/2 year old daughters name also
Jet08, Congratulations, she is perfect!!! Love the flower on the football hood/hat thing. We have a house full of Hadleys ;-)
Here is a link that might be useful: Hadley light fixture
Congrats Jet08- I have a four month old that has completely changed my life and is actually the primary reason for the build.
Ran into our first mistake today. GC poured the footings for the garage today and I went out there tonight and I thought they looked a little small. Turns out he poured the footings 2 feet to small. So a 26' deep garage instead of a 28' deep garage. I am curious to see what happens tomorrow and how he decides to handle it. Meanwhile I hope that doesn't mean that I loose my 28' deep garage. Has anyone else ran into something similar and how did they fix it?
Tempe....if you mean Provo, UT, no. Robyn is the one out west in UT while I am out East in PA.
Robyn....it is starting to get close for you! I started reading around the time you started building so you will be the first house I will have seen from the ground up! Paint looks good...I have my color deck out on my dining room table as we speak trying to figure out all my colors!
Jdez..how's it coming along? Did you solve your crisis and get some solid finishing work done this weekend?
Music...it's looking great! You must be so happy to finally be in!
Jet...Congrats!! Enjoy your precious bundle....the time will go FAST! My oldest dd starts middle school today and it seems like yesterday she was that size:-)
Michelle...the siding color is Misty Shadow. I love it!
Autumn...that barn is going up fast! Bet you can't wait to have everything done
I am off to get kiddos ready for school...two new! schools so it should be an interesting morning!
Thanks everyone! She is our first, and yes, I will be supportive with whatever she is into.. even if it isn't football lol
Wow. Love all the pics. Dumpsters should be at my job site today to tear it all down. Framers used the wrong nails. Tearing down to foundation. New materials and good framers should be there by the end of next week.
This post was edited by jasburrito on Tue, Aug 26, 14 at 10:27