Picture a small house...The saga continues

mushcreekFebruary 22, 2014

It's been a long time since I've posted pics on our house build, and the old thread was full, so here is the continuation. If you haven't seen it, here is the first thread.

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/smallerhomes/msg0515015511080.html?10

The drywall is up, and the first round of taping and mudding is done.

Here is a shot looking in the front door, through the foyer to the living room:

The living room:

The back of the house from the living room, through the dining room to the kitchen:

The kitchen. The sink goes under the big window on the left; the range is between the two smaller windows. The prep sink and fridge will be on the right:

The basement stairwell. You can see the angled window returns I designed to lessen the tunnel effect of the thick ICF walls.

The master shower opening:

It sure makes a difference getting the walls done! FIY- the ceilings are 9' 6" throughout, and the tops of the windows are 8'.

Here is a link that might be useful: First house thread

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schoolhouse_gw

This is getting even more exciting! Congrats to you Mushcreek. It looks great so far. You've done alot of work and you should be proud.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 6:58PM
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ellendi

Thanks for the update.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 8:21PM
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lavender_lass

I can just picture the finished kitchen! All those windows are wonderful...and the detail on the last window is so nice :)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 8:31PM
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NashvilleBuild42

Mush- great light! You must be so excited now that it is easy to envision the final house. Can't wait to see more!

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 8:24PM
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marti8a

Very impressive Jay! Whatever are you going to do with your time when you finish the house?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 10:24AM
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flowerladylorraine

Wow, how exciting to see progress on your house! You've done a great job.

FlowerLady

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 2:32PM
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nancyinmich

Jay, your angled window returns are so smart. They bounce the light all over the room instead of directing it in straight lines as the tunnel-effect window returns would. Now you can't be hanging curtains on the sides and losing that nice effect! It is so nice to see your progress, thanks for the tour.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 9:04PM
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mushcreek

Luckily, we're out in the woods, so there is no need for curtains.

Not much to show lately; I have been working on the HVAC system. Now that the weather has finally improved, I'll be finishing up the outside.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 7:34AM
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Shades_of_idaho

Looks wonderful. Those window returns are lovely. Great idea. Your kitchen is going to be a joy to work in. The shower arch is also really nice. So many personal touches.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 6:25PM
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Moccasin

Jay, I saw windows framed in at those angles in an old farmhouse/villa in Italy. That makes those walls give up more light to the interior.

So glad to keep abreast of your progress. It is really a house now, not a dream on paper.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2014 at 12:17AM
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mushcreek

Desertsteph reminded me that I hadn't posted here in a while. Not much new that you can see; we had a rough winter, so I concentrated on working behind the scenes. Now that the weather is nice, I'm working on the exterior again.

Since my last post, I finished up the attic in preparation for the insulation, which will be coming soon. I spent a lot of time sealing every little gap and crack to prevent air infiltration. Not glamorous, but worth it in the long run. The HVAC units have been installed and are up and running. These are 'mini-splits', or ductless heat pumps. They are incredibly efficient and quiet, both inside and out. The interior wall units aren't all that pretty, but after a while you don't really 'see' them. All of the electrical work is complete and tested other than hanging some ceiling fans and decorative light fixtures.

I finished the stucco on the lower level, and the stone work on my Craftsman columns out front. The rest of the column will be the typical square, fat, tapered Craftsman column. In the back, I set up posts for the deck, and footings for the outer posts. I'll be putting the deck on soon, as it will give me a comfortable work platform for putting up siding.

Here's the front porch siding starting to go up. I'm painting one coat prior to hanging the siding, and I'll do another coat once it's up. The trim has been painted, and the windows themselves will be a dark red, as well as the front door.

The stone columns:

The heat pumps, inside and out. I mounted them up off of the ground to keep them free of dirt/grass/leaves/snow, and it makes them easier to service.

The back of the house, showing the posts and footings for the raised deck. It will be the same height as the main floor.

On another note, these are my kitchen drawer pulls. They are off of printer's trays, and I had to find 34 of them! Scavenged off of ebay:

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 10:19AM
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lavender_lass

Wow! You've been busy :)

Everything looks great! I love your 'pulls'. It's so nice to see your plan come to life.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2014 at 7:25PM
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Shades_of_idaho

Jay your front porch posts are really nice.

The heat pump I think is the same as we have here.
Mitsubishi is our brand name and it is so nice and quiet. You barely know it is on until it runs through whatever it does just once in awhile and even that does not bother us. The air conditioner part works well too. We have a single head mounted in the master bedroom and it heats the whole house. It cut our electric bill to 1/3 of what it was. So happy for that. It is also user friendly. We also mounted our out side part up high but it is over 6 foot high to be totally out of the head bashing way. LOL

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 1:39AM
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desertsteph

those pillars are looking great! did you do the stonework on them?
I don't think the ac unit on the wall look bad either. you most likely will never notice them.
love the door transom too. wish I had those over my doors.
The stuff you've been doing may not stand out but it's stuff that needs done. Then you can move on to things that are more visible.

It's gonna be a wonderful home for the 2 of you. Is your wife up there with you yet?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 1:53AM
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nancyinmich

I admire the stone pillars, too and love your choice of windows and the wood moldings you have around them. Is there a connection with printing that made you choose the drawer pulls? Or did you just like the looks of them? They have heft and interesting details and make me eager to see the cabinets that they will go on.

Things are coming together. With walls in place, move-in can't be too far away now. Will you and Mrs. Jay be moving up from the basement one room at a time as things get done? Or will all the painting get done, then all the flooring, then the kitchen and so on and you end up with a big move-in date where you bring in all of the furniture at once?

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 12:54AM
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Moccasin

I was thinking the pulls were a nice touch too.
Actually, they are the original things, not copies or reproductions, very "Restoration Hardware" looking. Whatever you paid for them, they have the appearance and attitude of quality. Not putting down new manufacture, but you have the real thing, Jay.

The posts out front, you must have put those together yourself. It seems each stone was placed perfectly. Which one did you build first? Can YOU tell the difference in the first and the last one? Or did you practice on something less important. Those bases for the posts set the tone for the quality of the Craftsman ethic. You are building your own true Craftsman.

Have you posted pictures of living in the polebarn this last winter? Isn't that what you said you thought would happen? If you did, I sure admire your wife for dealing with living there, or being on her own over such a hard winter.

Thanks for all those very good photos of the building process.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 1:53AM
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mushcreek

Truth in advertising- I didn't do the stone work, although getting the mason to do what I wanted, versus what HE wanted was a full-time job! Since we sold our house in FL, we're more inclined to hire out some of the work to speed things along. He did nice work, but grumbled about the small stones the whole time. He wanted to do nice easy TN flat stone, which would be all wrong on an authentic Craftsman. He also thought the columns were too wide, and too tall. I've photographed enough of the 'real thing' to know what's required.

I have no connection with the printing industry; I just happened upon some one day and thought it would be a unique touch. I paid an average of about $6 to $7 a piece; no more than a quality new pull would be. Some are painted; some aren't, so I'm going to try a finish technique I learned from a Czech blacksmith. I'll post pics when they're done (unless they don't come out too good LOL).

My wife is here full time, and we camped in the basement all winter. Outdoor temps got down to 3 degrees F., but the basement stayed in the 50's with a space heater. With the HVAC up and running, we are upstairs, but still in camping mode until we get a Certificate of Occupancy.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 12:24PM
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schoolhouse_gw

I'm always so excited to see your update posts.

The columns - love them. Good for you for sticking to your guns, I find that SO hard to do and end up sometimes nearly in tears after giving in to the contractor's whining.

You should be proud of what you have accomplished.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 1:18PM
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Moccasin

Schoolhouse, I feel as you do, but my opinion is they always give women a hard time. Make us feel our wishes are exhorbitant and unrealistic. That is one reason I'm so far behind in my remodel plans. It's taken a long time getting my wishes down on paper.

Good for Jay. He knows how to deal with another man.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 3:29PM
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desertsteph

' you must have put those together yourself. It seems each stone was placed perfectly.'

that was my thinking. but good for keeping on the guy to get what you wanted.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 10:46PM
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Moccasin

Yes indeed, keep after what you want. Now, the guy knows what a real Craftsman pillar looks like. How else was he to learn.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 11:20PM
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lavender_lass

Well done!

Schoolhouse- I find that if you just stare the contractor down...they'll usually do what you want. Of course, I'm tall, so I stand a little on my tip toes, when I do this...and that seems to help.

In fact, I pretty much do the same thing, when I tell the horses to behave. Hmmm...... LOL

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 1:52PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Lass, when I had the garden folly built I told "John" that I wanted floor boards to run length-wise, not straight across. I just happened to go out as he was beginning to saw the first board - he was ready to cut them short (to go cross-ways). I reminded him about what I told him in the beginning. He said I didn't say that. I said yes I did. He began to throw all the boards back on the truck, literally. I asked him what was he doing. "Well I have to go buy longer boards now!". pout pout. ugh.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread MushCreek.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 5:18PM
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idie2live

Wow! Everything looks great! I really love those windows. They remind me of the windows and doors in one of my aunts houses.
The stonework is simply amazing. It is so good to see your ideas take shape.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2014 at 10:33PM
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mushcreek

I was a bit under the weather Friday, so I stayed indoors and fixed up a couple of the antique light fixtures I've been collecting. The ceiling fixture originally had the bulbs pointing down, but I wanted them pointing up, and the sockets and wiring were shot anyway. I mounted new sockets, and covered the bottom holes with cabinet knob back plates. The bulbs are LED, so the whole fixture only draws 15 watts. It hangs in the foyer. I have the middle pendant, but I need to repair it.

The wall sconce is one of a pair I bought. The electrics had been removed, and someone was using them with real candles. I put in new candelabra sockets, and wired them up. They need smaller bulbs, though.

I also have two pairs of porcelain sconces for the bathrooms that need refurbishing. The best part is that I've been finding the 'real thing' for far less than the cost of reproduction ones. The LED bulbs cost more than the ceiling fixture did!

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 7:26AM
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Shades_of_idaho

They look wonderful Jay. I never would have known the lights were supposed to point down the way you hid that hole. The fixtures are really beautiful.

Seriously considering the investment for the LED bulbs here..

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 2:28PM
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writersblock

Wow, you've been amazingly lucky. Around here fixtures like that would go straight to ebay at $$$$$$. It all looks great.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 2:31PM
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mushcreek

Actually, I got them on ebay. $60 for the ceiling fixture; $50 for the pair of sconces. I search under a lot of different terms on ebay; some sellers don't use the right terminology. Any fixture that needs work, even if it's just re-wiring will go much cheaper than ones that are in operating condition. I spent about $25 in parts (other than the LED bulbs), and spent less than an hour on the ceiling fixture.

I paid $45 for a pair of vintage porcelain wall sconces for the bathroom, while reproduction ones are $160 EACH!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 7:36PM
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writersblock

Wow, you did amazingly well. Congrats!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 7:39PM
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desertsteph

whoa - those fixtures are awesome!!!!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 5:15PM
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mushcreek

I guess I'm due for another update! I just about have the outside finished. It's been tough with wet weather on and off. On the rainy days, I work inside. I put up all of the ceiling fans, and a tin ceiling in the kitchen. The master bath is about ready for tile.

First up are the ceiling fans. We love them, so we spend a lot of time picking them out. In order, here is an original 1906 Westinghouse in the living room, a Hunter we bought years ago in the dining room, and a new one from Modern Fan Co., which was bought to complement the tin ceiling.

Here are some outside pics. I think i am officially in love with the roof brackets!

The front porch ceiling. There will be two ceiling fans and a nice swing eventually.

Finally, an 'art shot' of a foggy morning recently. We love living out in the country!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 3:51PM
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Moccasin

What a classic home you are building, Jay. I admire your dedication to the project, and the results are worth the effort. It seems that you are lost in a time warp out in your piney woods, and you could just as easily be building this house in the 1920s as now....except for the electronics and fancy appliances, right?

Thank you so much for the update.And for that artsy shot of God's sunbeams blessing your property.

MY update, still a project only in the planning stage. The best is yet to come. Being FINISHED will be the best thing about it. Of course, my DH and I are too old to do the work ourselves....except part of the demo....which I am pretty good at doing! hehehehe I can always tear something up.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2014 at 5:10PM
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nancyinmich

Very nice, Jay! I can only imagine the peacefulness of your setting, your artsy photo gives a glimpse, though! I can see why you are in love with your roof brackets. They are very cool. I love the tin ceiling and await the finished kitchen. The glimpse of the hood looks fascinating.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2014 at 12:46AM
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lavender_lass

Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing...and lovely picture of the sunlight streaming through the trees :)

    Bookmark   October 1, 2014 at 7:56PM
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schoolhouse_gw

That kitchen ceiling is special. How much work was it to install? Good job. Have enjoyed following your progress.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2014 at 8:39PM
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desertsteph

I always enjoy your updates! It's coming along great!

please keep posting more pics.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2014 at 4:43AM
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mushcreek

In some ways, the tin ceiling was easy to install; in other ways, it was tricky. You have to measure carefully and lay it out just so. As it turned out, the tiles and trim we used came out exactly right for the size of the room. I didn't plan it that way; just lucky, I guess. You have to have something to nail the panels to, so I sheathed the ceiling with plywood instead of drywall. On an existing ceiling, you could put up furring strips.

The hardest part (other than the awkward position of working straight over head) was getting the trim right, and using a different tile for the center of the room. If you look closely, you'll see that the center tile, where the fan is, is a different pattern.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2014 at 6:34AM
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Shades_of_idaho

OH Jay. It all looks so good. The tin ceiling is amazing. Als love the Art shot . Just beautiful.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2014 at 5:32PM
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wordie89

Jay, such a nice photo journal of your progress. I love the Westinghouse fan (Dad worked for them for years) and the red brackets and stone anchored columns. And what a good idea on the angled returns for the window. It looks graceful, too.

Keep it coming! and thanks!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2014 at 10:32AM
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lookintomyeyes83

Aww, the pics don't work for me, I was hoping to see them!
Any chance they are up on a blog somewhere else?

    Bookmark   October 29, 2014 at 12:53PM
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Shades_of_idaho

Naween. Are you on phone or computer? If computer have you tried clicking SHIFT and REFRESH at the same time to see if you can get them to come up? They are great photos

    Bookmark   October 29, 2014 at 3:02PM
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Moccasin

Jay, how about making a nice craftsman style sign with the name of your house on it....

Mush Creek.....and then some Frank Lloyd Wright style design on the rest of the plaque, also using the lettering style so popular with craftsman and prairie signage.

I like the name Mush Creek. You built a NEW historic home. reminiscent of days of old style with new comforts. Many wishes for contentment there.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2014 at 10:20AM
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uncledave_ct

That is simply stunning! You have a terrific eye for pulling all the details together the way you did. I especially love those roof brackets!

    Bookmark   October 30, 2014 at 12:50PM
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lookintomyeyes83

Photobucket shows all of those photos as broken links for me, not sure why. "This page can't be displayed"

    Bookmark   October 30, 2014 at 2:01PM
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lavender_lass

I'll try forwarding this thread as an email. May not work...but we can give it a try :)

    Bookmark   October 30, 2014 at 2:29PM
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mushcreek

Thanks for the compliments and well wishes! It's truly a labor of love. Not sure why you can't view them, Naween. I started a blog a couple years ago, but can't figure out how to get in to my own blog to update it. Maybe I'll start another.

I like the Mush Creek name, too. It is a local creek; I have no idea where the name came from. I've probably mentioned this before, but there is evidence of former moonshine activity in our woods. I'm sure the 'shiners used the creek as a water supply. IIRC, Lavender Lass came up with Bootleg Hill Farm, which is a cute play on the moonshine history. The other name I like is 'Timely Manor' (borrowed from someone else). Maybe Timely Manor at Mush Creek Hill Farm?

I did reach a milestone Saturday, finally finishing all of the siding. It was the longest, most tedious part of the whole build. All that's left outside is some gutter work, a bit of paint, and the upper part of the columns. Just in time, as we are going to get very cold this weekend. Now I'll focus on the interior, and dabble with the porch columns on nice days.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2014 at 5:10PM
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