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It's April 2014 - Part II1, how is your build?

Posted by bluemoon_1 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 17, 14 at 16:32

ok, new freak out. the shingles are going up today and i dont love the color :( tell me its because the shingles, bricks and siding are not all up and it will look good in the end...


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whoops- i am obviously so freaked out i cant even write Roman numerals :( sorry about that-cant figure out how to fix it.


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Michelle, email me and I'll give you the scoop on our contractor. You can click on my screenname to send me a message.


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musicgal -- how awesome that you are close by! What town are you in? Also, who is your carpenter that you are now best friends with? I'm RIGHT NOW getting my trim carpentry bids together. I'm GCing my whole build, and I'm always interested in referrals from others in the area. It's hard to know who to use sometimes!

Robyn -- yes, our kitchens are similar, as are our foyers. We are building very similar houses I think! What's the exterior elevation of yours look like?

Here's my kitchen:

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Juju, I will definitely email you tomorrow. :). I'm currently sacked out on my bed with my iPad (no email setup on it) under three very warm dogs. :)

Mlweaving...did you ever get my email? I did add mine to my profile in case you didn't.


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We moved in a few weeks ago but I just finished the control system for the motorized roller shades, which are on the outside of our windows. Ready for the Zombiecalypse!


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xc60- Thanks for the wood floor link!

Michelle1973- The marble is beautiful BUT... I own a cleaning service & the staining & rusting is horrific and IMO is a huge downside to using the material. Even in houses where people are meticulous the staining is ridiculous.

Hoosierbred- Ummm, it sounds like your painters are the ones w/ the problem & it's their responsibility to come up w/ the solution. "Only 2 options make the doors exactly as the were before or you're replacing them!" PERIOD!!!!

Indiana- It gets even better. We turned the corner to see the main level walls framed and it took my breath away. Fun times : )

Kelliethee- THANK YOU for bringing up the different finishes. I was in the dentist's chair when I got a all from my builder, she needed to know the color of the door knobs because she was ordering the interior doors, right then. WTF- I had been working on picking the brick & roof colors; hadn't even thought about the dang knobs. Then I freak out for about 1/2 a day wondering if ORB was the right answer knowing that I wanted brushed nickle for most of the faucets. Thanks to all that confer mix 'n match is where it's at!

Musigal- Love the shingles and windows- not a typical Michigan home, it's great!

Trusses will be set tomorrow. Now the house matches what I had in my mind. Excited for the next phase. Thanks to all for the inspiration, ideas and feedback. Here's today's pics:FRONT

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Michelle1973- Here is a link to the Marble Institute of America that might be helpful.

"Once heard the story of Meg Ryan installling all white marble in her kitchen and then taking tomatoes on the first day and wiping them all over the stone. We figure this is a ballsy way of seasoning the stone and also taking down the perfect white shine at the same time."
-I guess that's 1 way to fix it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Marble Insitiute of America


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Link to April Part II

Wow so many posts!

So by far Carsonheim, I think you have the best neighbors and they look like they will be keeping a pretty good eye on your property. ;)

mushcreek-Congrats on permanent power! Awesome.

skyangel-yup, so tough when you go from seeing through the walls to drywall. I have a couple things that I didn't 'see' until that stage too and thought WHAT??? Crazy but it's all good.

marjorie-April 28. So I *have* to be painted by then!

mommy-oh no! :( I can't believe it. I hope they figure something out for you and fast.

jdez-you missing an on-line shopping opportunity? You must be under the weather. ;)

michelle-was that you discussing finishes? I'm sorry I just caught up reading and I might be mixed up. We have one bath that is ORB, all door knobs are brushed nickel. And we went with the egg shape. I like how it feels in my hand vs. round and I feel like I can grab it easier. No other reason really. We have not picked out any cabinet hardware yet. Oy. Not sure when I'm going to get to that but the time is SOON!

Lets see. We had our shower measured for a door so we have that in the works. My sink came in yesterday (yay)! I ordered support brackets for the island - opted against the corbels as they were so pricey. I have 6 hidden brackets for $150 vs. 4 corbels for $800ish. Finally the weather has improved so I can open the slider, the fumes in the house were really making me feel icky by the end of the day.

So the paint, argh. After a 12 hour day painting the main area the color was casting a dusty PURPLE! Purple people, purple in the living, dining, kitchen. What the WHAT??? It was fine in natural light and by windows but the foyer and one other wall, NO. No way. I thought it was maybe reflecting off the blue painters tape but nope. Boo hiss! So back to the paint store I go and the new color is so much better. It's perfect! It looks like we thought the first one would. But, I lost a day and a half due to that so bummer! I am totally feeling my age I tell ya. Painting all day and my back and feet are killing me and my hands are permanently in the shape of holding a brush. Keeping at it though. DH is going to start wood floor tonight!

Here are a couple of pics.

Okay you know you it's looking like a home when the lego's start appearing.....and yes that is a huge almost empty bottle of motrin. :)
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Here is the fireplace wall. Shelves aren't in yet but this is where we are at so far. I think the corbels could have been larger but it is what it is! Focusing on flooring and paint for now. It is painted and this is the second color which happens to be BM Seattle Mist. I don't think it's reading true in this pic but anyhow it's a neutral.
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TGIF peeps. Safe travels Robyn.


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Glad I could be of help. I know originally I had bought brushed nickel lighting for the house and then I was like OMG we bought ORB barstools... so then I returned all the open area lighting fixtures and got ORB but kept the brushed nickel for the bedrooms and bathrooms. I figured I had the right finishes in the right areas. And of course only as the homeowner do you actually notice the differences where anyone else probably wouldn't. :)

bluemoon- It is probably because it isn't all up yet and you're probably used to seeing the house without shingles. what color are they?


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I forgot to chime in on the door knob. etc finishes- we are also going for the ORB on the door knobs/hinges, and I'll put that color into some of the light fixtures....All bath fixtures are chrome, but the kitchen faucet and bar faucet are brushed nickel. My kitchen hardware isn't selected 99% chance it's going to be brushed nickel also.

this is our foyer light except it's a semi flush mount with a stem, not a chain:

here are our island pendants:

and here is the dining fixture:

It's an open floor plan so depending on where you are standing in the space (like in the family room part of the 'great room') you will see all 3 of these fixture styles at one time


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autumn I love your fireplace stone and how it goes so well with the paint. Lovely choices! Your whole design with the arches is really striking.


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Carsonheim- We are on the west side of Huntsville proper, as close to College Station as to Houston. Our subdivision infrastructure was laid out in the '70s and there are still empty lots out here adjacent to the national forest. I will activate email and give you the carpenter's info- he has 2 houses in the pipeline after me and he works pretty exclusively for my GC- but man, can he produce some gorgeous stuff! Going up there tomorrow to see what else he's done this week.
Rhettdrive- Can identify with the "I need this decision and I need it now" experience, but getting a call in the dentist's chair is too funny. I know I try to stay ahead of them but they still catch me off guard sometimes... um no... I haven't picked out the patio pavers yet.


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Rhett, thanks for the info about marble....I'd never use real Marble....I'd way too much of a low maintenance kind of gal. :)

Autumn4...I LOVE the legos in the windowsill....that's what all this is about, isn't it? :) Creating a home. :)

I'm excited, I just sent off the email to the architect letting her know we decided to move forward with her. YAY!! :) An actual step forward! So, GC is chosen, and architect is chosen. We should have preliminary drawings in 3-4 weeks. I'm meeting with bank on Monday, and will schedule another one for next week as well. This might actually happen!!

MAGAZINES.....I love looking at magazines for inspiration....I currently have a subscription to Elle Decor, but I find it too snobby/out there....does anyone have any magazines they love that are a little more practical? Our style is transitional.

Thanks! Have a great Easter Weekend!!


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Autumn, what is the stone on your fireplace? I love that clean look. :)


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michelle- do you have a houzz account? That will give you endless ideas and pictures for inspiration. Any style you want- you can specify/search based on specific criterion.

Congrats on MOVING FORWARD- very exciting!


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Oh yes...I love Houzz....just magazines too. :)


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Hi Michelle-it's interlocking quartzite from lowes. I am on my phone so I will post a link later. It did go up pretty smoothly and overall very happy with it.


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Got a quote to wire the house during this stage for security alarm.....Whoa! Sticker shock!

It was on the list of extras and the budget is good so far, so I thought it was a good time to investigate. For a high quality, wired system with just basics, $3000. Xfinity or the like will do it for nearly nothing if you commit to a contract. Hard to decide, wired or wireless? Anyone else doing an alarm system?


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My future screened back porch. This will be attached to a 2-car carport, which, with cars removed, will be our outdoor covered party spot. In the future, when we win the lottery, we will put an outdoor fireplace on the far side of the carport for winter time get togethers. Hahahaha.....

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos


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Illini - you have chosen some beautiful light fixtures.

MFatt - I would skip the pre-wired and save the money and go wireless. But this is coming from someone who invested in a dog instead and he is afraid of his own shadow...lol.

Autumn4 - Your windowsill is decorated in the same theme as my LR and kitchen. Love it...ha! Your new paint color looks green on my screen but it's really pretty. Over the fireplace, it looks more neutral so I'm thinking that's the true color. However, if it is truly green, it goes really well with your FP which has never appeared to have any green in it. I'm thinking I'm not seeing it right but what I'm seeing is truly pretty, regardless.


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JDez- I haven't even gotten the quote for the "dream" outdoor fireplace. I'm still trying to swallow the $30k price tag for adding the deck off the kitchen!

Autumn- Design of fireplace wall is tops!

Kellthee- kinda like when picking brick & roof. I guarantee no one will ever look at my brick the way I did.

Illingirl- Thins up on the lighting.

Musicgal- She pulled another move like that on the fireplace. I warned her the next time that happens things will STOP until I've had a chance to think it through.

Michelle- Congrats on finding the right fit for your build. I look forward to seeing your plans.
And...KUDOS to all of you that are doing a lot of work yourselves and/our being the GC- I'd go insane.
Happy Easter GWers🐰


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Week 4 of framing is complete and we have a roof. All that's left for the framers is to finish a few bits on the interior and a couple porches.

Here is a link that might be useful: Roofing timelapse video is up too.


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Oicu812 - Your blog is so much fun. I love that you sent the kids to their room for climbing the walls. Lol


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Hi everyone! I reserved my slabs today for my kitchen. I love them! They are a quartzite called Branco Parana Quartzite. Looks a lot like marble but it's not.


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Here is another view. I'm on my phone so have to do these separately.


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Here are some of the pics I took this weekend of the framing in person. I actually walked through my basement and dreamed. :)


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Another shot. Sorry, no computer so I can put them in one post.


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Last one for the day.


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Wow that looks like it'll be a cool staircase! Crazy fast progress too.

I'm at work a lot these days, including yesterday and today so not a lot is getting done at home. The kitchen has flooring at least, and it's cool that all the tools that aren't needed anymore are being put away and scraps are getting tossed out. My best guess is that there are still about 85 more rows to go. I'll get there...

Also gotta pick out wallpaper sometime because the color of that will drive the color of the switches and outlets in the front living / entry hall areas. Grasscloth has that kind of tan-yellow sort of color so I might need to go with ivory or almond instead of the usual bright white.


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Robyn, I thought they weren't going to do the grand staircase in the basement, just the foundation in case you wanted to add it in the future? I love the quartzite. I may have to price that out for my ensuite.

schicksal, I love watching your progress.


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Robyn - Great choice on the slab. It is beautiful. Did you pick out windows and doors also? Your basement itself is looking like a grand place to live, so I am sure your house will be awesome.

Schicksal - Don't you hate it when work gets in the way? I sure do. But then again, if I didn't have to go to work, I wouldn't be able to build a house. I just recently got done scraping wallpaper from bathroom walls and I must say, I will NEVER put wallpaper into any house I live in....EVER!! I don't care how cost effective or in style it may be; however, I will not discourage someone else from doing whatever they want to do in their own house. Your floors are really looking good.

Carson - You are wanting gold ceilings? Yep...you're out of control....lol.

EDIT: Happy Easter everyone!

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amberm - Yup! You are absolutely RIGHT! They were not supposed to do the staircase in the basement but apparently the framers didn't get the memo. The good news is that my GC already had that as part of the bid.

Jdez - Yes, all the outside doors and windows are picked. I'm so happy!!


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Robyn, those stairs are amazing. Wow. Love the quartzite too!


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Have been Away for the last two weeks but happy to say we have moved in to our house on Friday Yay!!
Still getting settled in and a few things inside the house and landscaping is still pending but moving as planned has been great. I will post pictures and try to catch up with everyone in the next few days.


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JDez - LOL, yep there's a love/hate relationship with work. I love getting a check every two weeks, hate getting there at 5am.

All of the walls that will get grasscloth are prepped for removal someday. I learned that lesson from the previous owners of our old house. They were smart enough to do it, so I was able to remove the fake ivy/brick stuff from the kitchen in about an hour. I would seriously have sent them a thank you card or something if I could. I'm hoping it lasts since it's period correct for the place.


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Robyn, your quartzite is gorgeous, as is your grand staircase.
Ashkarsmom, I was wondering if you got in. Can't wait to see pics.
Maggie - Pictures! We all want pictures.

Carsonheim, step back from the ledge. In an effort to save you from that giant leap into the decorating abyss, we must all band together here to chant "edit, edit, edit".
Seriously, do you have a vision, or a "mission statement" for how you want your house to look? Wish i could find the post here. Somewhere in all the Home Dec Forum goodness is a post about creating a mission statement, and every decision you make re finishes, fixtures, fabrics, appointments, all should fit into your vision, fit with your mission statement. Somehow, I'm not seeing the gold ceiling with the toile with the flame stitch with the two-toned upholstered chairs...just a thought. ;)
Now, the gold ceiling in a dining room adjacent to a room with those elaborate sconces I could see. Or those sconces in a room with a gold ceiling.

I had a very busy week last week, yet found time to stop at a home dec fabric store that I've never been into. Eureka! I found 4 alternatives for master bedroom drapery fabric, every one of them are less expensive than the Thibaut fabric that was my original choice, every one of them fit with my vision for the room, and best of all, they all work with the color SW Rainwashed! Which means I can give the painters my colors now, I can have my rainwashed bedroom, and I have a choice of fabrics. Thought I took pics, but alas, I did not. I will today before I return these fabrics.


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mlweaving -- OMG you made me LOL! Perhaps I need a mission statement. Right now the default statement is "Everything that I want I must have" Is that not a good one???? :)

If I had to define my style, it would be something like "southern elegance meets cozy comfort with a touch of whimsy" I love a look that is a bit elegant, but not stuffy. The feel should never leave anyone uncomfortable, but should always feel slightly indulgent. Does that make sense?

In other news, we need to have an additional transformer put on our property because the electric meter will be about 250 feet back from the street where the current transformer sits. I've got guys out there trenching right now to run the conduit from the current transformer to the location of the new one. The trench is about 5 feet deep and about one foot wide. Because our land is so sandy, the trench keeps caving in on itself. The problem with this is that the utility company needs to visually inspect the whole thing once the conduit is in and make sure it is the proper depth the whole way. The trenching guys are NOT happy. :( We may have to abandon the trencher and actually excavate the whole thing like ten feet wide using the excavator instead. $ $ $ $ $ are flying out of my pocket.....


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mlweaving -- OMG you made me LOL! Perhaps I need a mission statement. Right now the default statement is "Everything that I want I must have" Is that not a good one???? :)

If I had to define my style, it would be something like "southern elegance meets cozy comfort with a touch of whimsy" I love a look that is a bit elegant, but not stuffy. The feel should never leave anyone uncomfortable, but should always feel slightly indulgent. Does that make sense?

In other news, we need to have an additional transformer put on our property because the electric meter will be about 250 feet back from the street where the current transformer sits. I've got guys out there trenching right now to run the conduit from the current transformer to the location of the new one. The trench is about 5 feet deep and about one foot wide. Because our land is so sandy, the trench keeps caving in on itself. The problem with this is that the utility company needs to visually inspect the whole thing once the conduit is in and make sure it is the proper depth the whole way. The trenching guys are NOT happy. :( We may have to abandon the trencher and actually excavate the whole thing like ten feet wide using the excavator instead. $ $ $ $ $ are flying out of my pocket.....


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We Have Trusses.....time lapse in the link below..

Here is a link that might be useful: Truss Install


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We also have Wall and Roof Sheathing

Here is a link that might be useful: Time Lapse Video


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Just got our first septic bid....heaving.....puking....fixin to pass smooth out


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LOL, when we started looking for land I had very few rules. No Septic was one of them......building my forever house on septic.

How much was your bid? I think ours was $15K but it included the initial dirtwork for the foundation, same company.


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Mfatt! You have revived me! $15k? Now I am so ashamed...it was no where near that high. We budgeted 3k and the bid was double for a HOOT treatment system. Did you say 15k? Oh, I must go have a drink for you. And then one for me.


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Ha ha, try to make someone feel better and it back fired on me. It was about 10K I think for the pressure system and install and then 5K for the dirtwork. I don't really recall but I now feel ripped off :)

Yes, have a drink for me.


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Does it make you guys feel any better that we have to pay about the same to the city to hook up to the sewer?


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I'd give up an organ to be on city gas and sewer! Seriously.

Our old neighborhood was all septic and they finally brought the line in and it was $17K to hook up. No thanks.


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I'll have a drink for Amberm too.


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I met with a bank today and got a verbal preapproval on the loan amount we were hoping for. So....looks like we're going to build a house! Can I get in on these drinks too? :)


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Our septic quote is right around 5K. It's a conventional system, not aerobic. I guess that's not too bad.

Michelle -- YAY! Yes, join in the drinking party!


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Michelle1973, that was my task of the day as well today! I've got plans submitted to the city, insurance all checked out and bank pre-approval. Once we get the permit I'll sign papers at the bank and start scheduling some work!


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Yay Michelle and ZG!


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I'll have a drink for everyone!! :) lol

Dad is coming to finish my bar top this weekend, so I can order the Chicago rail...or rather, get the price for the Chicago rail and start saving so that I can order it. ha....

Congrats, and welcome to the other side Ashkarsmom...it's amazing here!!

Just can't stay away from this thread tho. lol :)


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So I would join in but that is probably not conducive to cutting in with straight lines. ;) Sick kiddo so off to the doctor today to make sure it's not strep and my car overheated and we are now installing head gasket #2. I HATE that car!

Painted til 2:30 a.m. and still the bedrooms to go and the dreaded stairwell but we are getting there! I will post a couple pics tonight. DH has the wood floor almost completely finished. We are getting there people!

mfatt-our major stipulation was natural gas NO propane and we paid a pretty penny for our lot but YES natural gas! Septic didn't really bother me. There is no city water/sewer in this little town anyhow so it wasn't even a consideration.

askhars - woohoo! Yay for you! So exciting and yes pics pics pics.

carsonheim and marjorie-oh my word. When I post 'finished' pics you are gonna wonder where all of the accessories are. ;) I don't have any decor picked out at all. I can't even THINK about that right now. I will be calling the decorator lady when that time comes for sure.

jdez-are you up and breathing or back down from the drinks? I hate high bids on icky stuff like septic and DIRT! Boo! Oh and I also am having the outdoor fireplace on our screened porch with the lottery winnings. I think that is a mighty fine idea. Only trouble is we don't even play so it could be tricky. Happy belated Easter to you too!


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Two more days till move-in, whoo hoo! The house is mostly done, just a few small things here and there. We got our free standing tub in our ensuite finally installed yesterday, a couple weeks late as the plumbers broke the first one and damaged our stair railings. But it's in now and railings are fixed. :)

When we built on our acreage a couple years ago the pressure septic system cost $35,000 and another $15,000 for our drinking water cisterns. I so wish we were building in the states, lol. I'm always amazed at the low building costs in some areas, and the high cost here.

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Morning!

We finally have permanent electric! Gas line was also run to the house from across the street.

The painter finally got done with our kitchen/island cabinets. Said he was done with our laundry/pantry cabinets, but we discovered they did not prime or paint the exposed sides of two cabinets or the toe kicks on any of the base cabinets.

And, one of the family room vaulted walls is the wrong color. Left top wall is correct color. Right is not.

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Close-up of paint colors:

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DH called the painter yesterday. Sight unseen, he said the colors must be an optical allusion! I don't think so. Geesh!

I'm just full of good news! :-) Yesterday, the trim carpenter dropped by to do a walk-thru. We had never met him before. We really liked him. He had worked extensively with the wood specialties rep we dealt with for our trim package design. He loved the cabinets DH had built. He said he was nervous when our son-in-law had said they would be installing client-made cabinets. However, he said DH's were beautifully made with no mdf in sight. Problem is, he doesn't think he can work us into his schedule until maybe June or July!!!! He was supposed to have gotten back with our son-in-law last night to say whether it's a definite no along with a revised bid for the job, but he didn't call.

So, now we are in the process of frantically finding another trim carpenter. This is one area we don't want messed up. We struggled finding one in the bidding stage in the fall, too. We are back to the waiting stage again. I'm beginning to feel like we will never get done with this place.


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Autumn - Sick kid, blown head gasket and painting til the wee hours of the morning....my first drink when I get off work (if I can handle it again) will be for you...lol.

Loribug - Why do I get the feeling that you have drinks for us on a regular basis? Thanks for your support and please do NOT stay away from this thread.

xc60 - That is some crazy amounts of money your spitting out. We have a low cost of living in my area of the country. My entire build budget would probably look like a good starting down payment to you...lol.

Hobbs - Looking good!

Hilltop - Aren't we closing in your move in date also? What's the word?

Hoosier - Is there a shortage of trim carpenters in your area? Our builder has two guys on his crew and those three together do everything from start to finish. So, we have to find trades that need certifications and licenses but other than that, our carpenter IS our trim carpenter, too. I'm glad I don't have to find different subs for all these different jobs. Some of them, we are doing ourselves. Yuck. Anyway, I hope you find someone soon. Waiting is torture.


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I just got the call from the trim carpenter that he cannot do our home. Boohoo! We have several leads and will be contacting them ASAP. Let's hope this doesn't take forever to get someone in. Unfortunately, we are at a standstill for anything inside until the cabinets and trim are installed.


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Hope I can jump in here with a reference to the mission statement that mlweaving_Marji mentioned. It was from the Home Decorating forum and it was from Dianolo, a poster that I don't see around anymore. It impressed me so much that I saved the entire post - will put it below. Also, one of Magnaverde's rules - " Decorate for the life you really have, not the life you wish you had." can be applied to home design as well as decorating.

Dianolo's post about how her home evolved from her mission statement:

We also have a plain vanilla ranch built in 1950. It was never MCM nor any style. It was just churned out as a tract home. The basic layout of bedrooms and living space was ok, but we opened the wall between the kitchen and living room, extended and moved the kitchen so the old kitchen is half of the new one and partly as our new main level laundry room. The rest of the kitchen is part of the extension and is adjacent to the new den we added on. Due to budget constraints, we only cathedraled the new extensions' ceilings and the master bedroom ceiling was vaulted as we extended there too. Where we did not raise the ceilings we added in skylights and a 5ft eyebrow window in the front of the house, boxed in like a skylight (and we have a skylight over the den up high). The greater amount of natural light is fabulous and it feels so much more spacious with the openings for the skylights and eyebrow window. We had hated the all low ceilings when we moved in. Our previous house had vaulted and cathedral ceilings over the living spaces and it was hard to adjust to low and flat. I truly think that being able to raise the ceilings and/or use skylights is one of the best features about a ranch.
Since the house was built with little style and updated with no style either (unless cheap and ugly are styles, lol), we felt free to create our own vibe. We went for retro modern with a 40s feel. What a modern person would have done prior to MCM is how I'd describe it. It has some deco feel to it but the lines are simple and not ornate.
Crown moldings would not have worked, so we have done simpler ones. We chose modest looking but well designed materials. No one would ever think it is fancy or frilly. We wanted clean lines but not sharp edges. It is supposed to feel homey and unassuming. Like a well worn pair of jeans that fit well. We want guests to feel at home.
If you come up with your own style mission statement you can check your choices against it. At one point, we fell in love with white marble and wanted that for our counters. Then one day, we figured out it went against all our other choices and was too elegant. We ended up with Corian in their Rain Cloud pattern, which mimics the feel of a white marble, but is not trying to fake anyone out. It has a softness to the look but with all straight lines and an eased edge profile, it looks neat. We ended up with Carrera marble in our master bathroom for the counter and in the faux rug part of our floor. That space is meant to be more grown up and fancy since it is our private space and not designed for the kids. The veins that make it great there would have been too busy for the kitchen. If we had gone for another look, I'd have loved to use the marble as I usually drool when I see it used anywhere. If I ever do a kitchen again, I would want qs oak with white marble or some other medium toned stained wood. The door style would be different as well.
We are happy with our vision and how the look has turned out (the gc screwed us on condition, but that will be fixed, someday). It is not plain vanilla any more! Our house looks like no other in our area and I dare say, it is now one of a kind. Hopefully, you find your groove and your end result reflects your style and vision, and makes you smile too ;)


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Autumn - wow that's late... I hear you about no drinking allowed. There will be none of that here until the table and miter saws go away. What kind of car goes through head gaskets like that?

xc60 - jealous of being so close to finishing!

Hoosier - how could they have missed the color so badly?

Yesterday wasn't that interesting at our place. Habitat stopped by and took most of the things we had for them. Trip #2 will be sometime later this week since they ran out of room in their truck for all that we had. I pulled up some of the old flooring in the server closet and found more bad plywood underneath. That closet is about 12' deep and will be cut in half next year during our master bedroom/bathroom/closets rebuild project so I'll let it be for now with no flooring.

After that it was flooring time and another 110 sq ft is down. I'm hoping to get up to at least 150 sq ft today. It's nice to see the tools, boxes and other things going away as the flooring goes in. It looks almost presentable as long as you look only at angles that don't let you see into other rooms.


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Schiksal- a Pontiac Torrent! First one failed only 2 years and 40k miles ago. The first and last that we will own. ;)

Hoosiers-oh no! l hope you find a carpenter ASAP!

Xc60- congrats!

Okay, back to painting! And thanks JDez, knew I could count on you girl. :)


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I'm with you all on the "extra" expenses that go into building a house. We don't have septic, but we did have to pay like $12,000 to put in a new transformer so we could get electricity and we had budgeted $3,000. Power company said it would take a 4 man crew 4 full days to get it in. In reality, it took them a few hours on two different days. We had a time and materials contract, so my husband has emailed the lady at the power company about when we are getting our credit and has gotten no response. Now she is on vacation until next week. I bet if they had gone over, we would have already gotten a bill for the difference!! DH is going to blow a gasket if they refuse to give us a credit....

Good news on the cabinet/paint fiasco--they are going to repaint all the cabinets to match the trim. Whew! But, it will take 5 days and we are supposed to move in May 16 and there's lots more do. So ready to be done!!!!

We got a lot done over the last few days. Lighting fixtures are in, kitchen backsplash is in (though not grouted), front door is stained, and we got the main landscaping done. Today, plumbers will be putting in all the fixtures, and the repainting of cabinets starts tomorrow.

Kitchen backsplash (no grout)

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Wine bar area with backsplash

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Stained front door

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Landscaping going in

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Dining area chandelier

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Entry chandelier

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Master bedroom chandelier

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DD's room

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Stairway sconce

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And there's our lovely transformer that we overpaid for and now have to cover up with bushes!!

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Wow!!! Lots going on here this week! I just got back from Utah on Sunday night. Lots going on at my build! We are having to make a lot of small decisions regarding our framing. I was able to walk through the basement and get an idea on size, etc. This week they have started framing the main floor. GC said we still have about a month of this process (including the trusses, I'm assuming). Here's a pic i took this morning from my property camera. That's our MB on the left side. The big window will be our sitting room. YAY!!! They have the dining nook wall up, too, and my laundry room which is attached to the garage on the front of the house.


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dlm2000, I remember Magnaverde from about 2003 on the HGTV.com forums. I've seen him mentioned here a few times and wondered if it's the same person. I just did some digging and reading, and it most definitely is the same person. Rule #1 was my favourite, "Never mistake shopping for decorating." It's come into my mind many times over the last decade.

I even thought of that when Autumn4 commented that her house will have no accessories.


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Our counters went in last Saturday. After the fiasco we had with the original slabs we choose, I have to say I'm thrilled with what we ended up with.

Our 500 lb. island going in.
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And the finished result.
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Perimeter cabs
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Master bath
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Half bath
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Guest bath
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Very cool slabs! It looks like with all the trouble everything ended up perfectly fine.


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Nhbaskets- It looks beautiful!!!! I love it!!! I'm so glad it worked out for you. Can you tell me the size of your island?


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mommytoty... I'm loving it! I so wish I had a landscaping crew :( We still have dirt. DH is an awesome dirt worker, but I'm going to have to get my uncle and friends to help me landscape. I'm not very good at it.

baskets, awesome kitchen (similar to mine in layout) you will LOVE that island. Lots of peeps told me mine was too big when we were building. NOPE it's PERFECT!!!

Our stone is going up slowly :) I keep forgetting to take pictures dang it. Hopefully we'll have a porch soon!!


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nhbaskets: We must be practically neighbors! Your stone installers are a couple towns away from me. Too funny. Small world. (We're building just west of 'shua.) Beautiful stone. Is that granite or quartzite? It reminds me of a stone called Tapestry from a quarry in Milford. I'm hoping to use that for our hearth.


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I think I might have just scored some real cypress wood floors for a dollar a foot. I don't think we can put that on a slab but by golly I'll do something with it. Only problem is, the guy don't know how much he has, we have to go measure it all. Matters not, its mine.


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NHBaskets….
Your granite is gorgeous! What are the dimensions of your 500lb island :)


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Ok. I am having a terrible time. The picture is what I was always envisioning and now its time to side and I cannot wrap my head around the choices. First: The open beams were not accomadated so it is another vertical sheet like the gable behind it. The stone is the staying the same, hardie board siding is going up in the back but I need to decide on shingles before they can do the front.

Dillema: Is it too much shingled are if we are using Hardie painted shingles, vs. the wood in the rendering?

Is board and batten siding too much if I throughw that in a few places? I was thinking darkly painted board and batten on the beamed gable in the pic. Then using it on the side of the garage, and also in the top 1/3 or so of the shingled areas rather than that ugly lacie trim.

I cannot decide but I must by 4pm...tick toc....

Thanks!

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Robyn and Pwanna-island is a little short of 9'x5'.
Loribug-I'm thinking the island is going to be party central!
oicu--we're located in Seacoast NH. The stone is Super White which according to the stone yard is a quartzite, however, here on GW the stone guru's say it's marble.

Our appliances were delivered today and we continue to have communication issues with the builder. DH just sent a scathing email as this is really getting old. They've told us the house will be secure, have put a lock box on the front door, but the garage door remains unlocked and subs leave other doors unlocked. Do others have this issue?


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MFatt - I love your idea. I love board & batten. I wanted to do our entire house in it but DH wanted the low maintenance brick. So we are planning to do half brick and half b&b. Everyone is still waiting for me to pick the siding. I'm still mad at the siding guy for his high quote the day before we needed it delivered so everything is still on hold. I'm stubborn that way. B&B is a traditional way of building around here. Ship lap and Drop 105 are also very nice but more expensive. Don't second guess yourself.

Nhbaskets - the same thing was happening to us and we were told by the sheriffs dept that if it was left unlocked, the copper plumbing would be stolen within a day or two. So, we went and bought cheap locks and had them keyed the same and put them in and gave one key to the main builder and one key to DH and one key to me. Now, if we aren't expecting you and haven't unlocked the door for you, you have to call one of us. One of us always drives by and makes sure it's locked in the evening if we don't get a "locked up" text from the builder. It's been working out really good but we are only a couple of miles away from our build so this wouldn't work for everybody.


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Another late late night Tuesday and I was in bed by 9 last night. I am an early to bed early to rise kinda girl so painting til the wee hours of the morning is a bit of a shock to my system. ;) But once I get going it's kind of hard to stop midway. Still have the bedrooms to go and the stairwell. I am making good headway though! Kiddo is STILL sick. What the world? This is the longest bug ever. :(

schiksal - I hear ya on not mixing drinks with power tools. When we bought our last house the sub was still in development and one day we saw a builder walking up to a job site with a case of beer in one hand and a saw in the other. Ummm............okay. We used to joke about how many beer cans we'd find in our walls if we did a demo.

bluemoon-so is it agreeing with you any more? It is very hard to picture things off of tiny samples. Are there any finished homes in the area that have your chosen colors so you could check it out? I am of no help except to say we changed our shingle color the DAY we placed the order for delivery. It's so hard.

illini-I love that foyer pendant you posted a while back. Have you been to the athome store? I am going to check it out for mirrors, etc. It's in the old target building in Jenison and I've heard good things about it. Worth a look anyhow.

nhbaskets-oh love it! What a beautiful kitchen!

jdez-okay so the paint. So strange, yes I think a slight green undertone in this one BUT it doesn't really appear that way on the wall. So dh says it's the perfect shade of GRAN, Gray and Tan lol. By the fireplace it looks more tan from the stone but toward the kitchen it pulls a bit more gray. Either way this one is a winner, went from BM 1550 Cumulus Cloud to BM 1535 Seattle Mist. I have already re-painted the ofc, the color was too intense with the other surrounding more muted areas. I picked that one and oy, not what I was hoping for. You have brick selected and locked down right? Just the B&B you are still struggling with?

mfatt-very sharp exterior. What did you end up deciding?

mommy-love your kitchen backsplash so pretty. And DS has the same little nook spot in his bedroom as your DD and we are also doing some shelving like that. He is pretty psyched for that little spot. I love those colors for a girls bedroom. :) Perfect!

I have been painting about non stop and late so I haven't taken many pics but dh did finish the floor the other day so I did snap one then, excuse the dust. Oh and we brought cabinets in and set them in the kitchen. Even though they are still boxed I am so so excited!!

Talked to the ID lady and she gave me a good solution to getting my shelves around the fireplace and having it look like I want - bonus! Now to have the time to get it done!

From foyer through living room to dining room:
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Laundry room - love the yellow next to revere pewter:
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Fireplace wall:
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OH and I found this tile that I thought would look awesome in the boys bathroom and it's $80.00 a square foot. Are you kidding me? Moving on......

Miramar Mix Backsplash Mosaic


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Autumn, the house is looking great. Your paint comes across as green on my monitor too, but I've long since learned that colors display diff on Mac than PC. Do you need cardboard to cover those floors with? I've got acres...wish I could send you some. I especially love the fireplace wall. Love the stone, the arches, the big mantel...all of it.

Sorry MFatt, I have no help to offer in picking siding. Ours is straightforward HardiPlank that we had painted white, so layers of materials on the exterior is something I just haven't thought about.

Nhbaskets, our island is about the same. 9' x 56" We are going to fabricators tomorrow to be there while they set the template on the stone.
Our house has a lock on the front door, but all other doors have passage knobs or no knobs at all. We got garage doors Tuesday, so we're now looking for our builder to also get our house locked up. Over the weekend the super long extension cord running from the elec box at the street to under our house to run the dehumidifier there disappeared. I too want it locked up. Twice we've gone out to the house to find random people inside walking around.
JDez, nice score. Do you have a pic? I'm not even sure what cypress looks like.
Michelle, really glad to hear that you got the go ahead! Have you met with the architect yet?
Illini, I didn't realize you were in GR. My son lives in Rockford and is a firefighter with GR FD. My daughter-in-law is a chiropractor in GR. Needless to say, I get there a few times a year. I met with Lisa last August (or maybe Sept) in Holland to look at tile/stone samples.

I've been immersed in window treatments and fabric swatches the last few days. Did I tell you that I changed our upstairs guest bedrooms paint and carpet in order to match a double wedding ring quilt I'm making for the adult bedroom?
I've really been struggling with the placement of the woven woods for the master bedroom bay. We have 3 full length windows with transoms above. I was envisioning drapery panels with woven woods behind, and doing an inside mount with the woven woods on the window area below the transom. Thank heavens for the internet and searchable pictures. Every picture I found of this set up, I hate. Ugh!


I never envisioned taking the woven woods to the ceiling and mounting just behind the drapery rod, yet that is what seems to work best.
This one has fixed panels, so no need for really expensive decorative traverse rods.
This is probably closer to what I'll do, except I will not puddle the drapery so far onto the floor. I want to be able to open and close them without a major readjust every time. And I think that amount of puddling just collects dust.

I plan to order the plantation shutters, the woven woods and the drapery fabrics for the bedrooms this week.
I'm between these two fabrics for the master. Both are a dead-on match for the color Rainwashed, so I was able to use my first color choice! Woohoo.

The woven woods I've chosen are Berkley woven woods, itzamal. Very fine reeds that are bleached.


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marjorie-I love that fabric you chose for the master. Very nice! I chose quietude for our master and I am slightly panicked that it's too bold. I will be cracking that can of paint open by tomorrow. Gulp. We had woven wood in our last living room and I LOVED them. They were a bit pricey for what we normally spend on blinds but they brought so much depth and texture it was well worth it. I think it was actually November when we met, after the Thanksgiving holiday I think. At any rate it was a long winter, lol!

Here is a houzz pic of it and it looks good I think, we have windows on the north and east walls:

edit:we have tons of cardboard too and have put it down under the cabinets we set inside and and now we need to cover the walkways also - tonight's task. Thankfully right now it is just dh and I and the kiddos that are working in the house.

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Lisa, I love Quietude. We're using it in the upstairs bath, I THINK. The granite is Waterfall, and i need to take the painted sample with us to the fabricator tomorrow to make sure the color goes ok with the granite.
It'll be lovely in your bedroom. Can you handle white or cream for bedspread? A textured matelasse white bedspread would be gorgeous with the Quietude.


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ML....yes, we met with the architect and loved her. She is VERY reasonably priced too. She's already been out to our property and is currently working on our prelims. She's hoping to have those to us in 2-3 weeks.

Also, ML, I wanted to tell you THANK YOU for the referral for Mike Nagy. I met with him and we decided to go with NWB as they currently offer a construction loan for 2.99%!!! WOAH. Our builder couldn't believe that rate!

LOVE all the colors you have chosen for your rooms, ML and Autumn. I'm probably going to use Quietude or something similar for our bedroom as well. Although admittedly, I'm not a drapery person at all....we'll stick some blinds in the kids rooms, otherwise I love the simple look of plain windows with the views beyond. :) I'm a minimalist that way. (Or wait, maybe it's because I don't know what the heck I'm doing with drapes!) :)


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SCORE! Got this Kichler chandy display model from a local lighting showroom for $200. Sweeeeeeeeeeet!

Here is a link that might be useful: My new chandy :)


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I decided to use shingles and vertical board and batten. My GC and husband think it will be too busy but I think we need a little more visual interest since we lost the beams. I need to go with my gut more often. I make good decisions generally but when I back pedal, I am my own worst enemy. Thanks for the confirmation! I will post pictures after it goes up. Hopefully in the next couple weeks we will be ready for paint.

Nhbaskets- Love the 500lb island. I really like the circular pattern and movement. Not too loud but lots of character

Robyn- gorgeous slab!

Autumn- Everything is coming together really nicely. Love the laundry room paint and tile

Jdez- Thanks for the support! I also love board and batten but the husband think it looks cheap all over. Whatever.

Marji- great fabrics! I haven’t even gone there yet, Lord help me when the time comes. Too much good stuff.

Carsonheim- Score on the chandy. I didn’t get as great a deal but I got all my outdoor lights for at least 50% off. They were Lowe’s brand though so not as exciting.


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MFatt -- I also got my outdoor lighting at Lowes:

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I price-matched to an online competitor at $172 each.
Then I had a 10% off total purchase coupon.
And I paid with gift cards that I purchased at Kroger using a 5% cash-back on groceries category card
While earning 2000 fuel points at Kroger, so 2x $1 off per gallon on my next two fill ups.

Discount mama is hard at work over here!!! :) Not quite 50% off, but pretty close ;)


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We got our development permit verbally approved today. That means that the city is no longer going to ask for changes and our architect can go ahead and work on the next round of drawings. The city now has to advertise in the newspaper for 2 weeks telling the world what we're building. After 2 weeks, we can go ahead and apply for the next round of permits. Those are based on technical components, and code requirements. So it's supposed to be much quicker. Either it meets code, or it doesn't, no waiting for neighbours to complain, or for the guy at the city to request gingerbread.

But, once we apply for those permits, we can go ahead and start building. We just can't go higher than the first floor until our second round of permits is approved.

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Congrats Amber!

Question for those of you who used Hardie siding or similar product. Did you use the factory painted siding or did you paint after installation? If you used the factory painted stuff, is there a way to touch it up after installation? My husband is worried that nail holes and scratches etc will show.


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Michelle, BIL (our GC) has said that it scratches SUPER easily. I apparently comes with a bottle of touch-up paint. Site finished siding isn't an option here because labour costs are so high.


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Got our building permit today with minimal annotations and no issues! I guess I made good plans! Bank on Monday and getting some sub-contractors scheduled in the next few days!


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Michelle, search "Nichiha" on this forum to learn about this brand of fiber cement siding, which we used based on recommendations here. The shake we purchased is factory primed @ $3/sf, and we're having it stained on site.


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Amber, are you doing the prefinished then?

Juju, I saw the Nichiha siding, and I love it....but the website says it's only available in a select few southern states. Which worries me that it's not made for northern weather. Or is there another reason?


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Michelle1973 - We tried to order Nichiha, (we live in the west) , but they said they won't sell out this way. There is nothing wrong with the product, they just said they couldn't keep up with the demand and had to limit where they sell for now.


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Unless we can get a better price for stucco, we'll be getting the factory finished stuff. We can also get factory primed, and have it finished in a local shop. This would allow us to do a custom colour, and the finish would have a longer warranty. But it's also about 50% more expensive for the material.


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Michelle, we ordered primed Hardie board and our painter is painting onsite. He has caulked all the holes and seams and will be painting it with two coats of SW Durations paint. I can't wait till he starts painting the outside. Right now it's a mismatch of primed siding and trim colors.


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We did same as Hoosierbred. Factory primed Hardie plank painted with 2 coats of SW Durations.


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Sorry in advance for skipping around. I see things and then forget to comment on them and then the thought pops back in my head sometimes days later. ;)

amberm-that is awesome news!

az-congrats to you also.

carsonheim and mfatt-keep the deals rolling. That is truly a good day when you can find deals like that! I think we are beyond that now. However we have 6 boxes of woodfloor to return which is about $600 bucks so that somehow now feels like 'extra' money even though it's not really. ;)

robyn-that is such a grand staircase. Glad they did it even though they weren't supposed to so that I could see it. :)

michelle-you know juju is in MI also right? So Nichiha has to be available somehow. I think you can email her through her screen name. Re decorating. Okay so we lived in our last home about 14 years - 1st house as newlyweds. I didn't even get the woven blinds and the fixed panels until about a year before we sold it. I am THAT challenged, hahaha! The way it was laid out I couldn't figure out how to decorate it so we had basic mini-blinds installed right off the bat and I just never did anything with it. It took a decorator to help me with the blinds and panels and it made a world of difference. I'll be repeating some of that in our new house since voila that is all I know. I am with you on minimal though. OId house in sub and needed blinds. New house I think fixed panels flanking the windows for decor but no blinds as our view is of the woods. This is the view from the back so our bedroom, living room, dining room. Pls forgive the snow - but this is one of my fav pics from this past eternal winter.
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marjorie-okay so I confess, I did have to google matelasse but was pleasantly surprised that it was what I thought it was. :) I love quilts - without batting. I like the weight and simplicity of them so that is definitely a consideration. I got on overstock.com and there were actually quite a few that I liked. I have a feeling I should have picked out bedding FIRST but too many things going at once so I haven't/didn't. It may be easiest to go with a white/cream and then just accent with fun colorful pillows.
I like this one: Madison Park Jocelyn but not sure the color is right, white might be too crisp for our trim? Or this one which is also a crisp white but has some texture to it - Ruffled White

And finally a quick pic of my painting flop. It was late and this was one coat and it was so harsh and bright next to the rest of our choices that I couldn't deal with it, took a pic which doesn't even really show just how bright it was and then painted right over it with a much more subtle color that is also in the pantry and half bath. After having to buy 5 more gallons of main room paint due to that snafu I just used a color that I had some extra of. I don't really feel like I have the time at this point to go through and select and purchase yet another color. I am just rolling on...

Wowsa-reminded me of something out of the golden girls or something or should be by water or in a childs room and we are in the woods!:
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Same space with new paint color - it's open to the rest of the house and this color is much more soothing to the eye.
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Autumn, even with you guys doing all your DIY, I think you will move in before us. Love all the photos you've posted! That new color is beautiful! The bright one isn't bad but I know how you feel. I always have gone by, if the color bothers my eyes, it's not a color for me. :-)

I haven't posted much because we don't have much happening. We are this close to firing our painter. Grrrr. He has held us up inside and out. We had one trim carpenter do a walk-thru on Weds. and have another one coming today. Really liked the guy from Weds. Hope his price is competitive. He said he was 1-1/2 weeks out since they were doing a roof (they do other jobs, too) but if it rained, he could come out a couple days next week.

Septic still hasn't been installed because the ground was too wet. He's hoping to do it beginning of next week. If we can get the painter to finish the exterior, we can get gutters installed and concrete poured. As soon as the cabinets and trim go in we can get plumber and electrician back in. So much still to happen.


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DS loves loves his blue so he wanted me to post a picture. ;)
The window walls are aqua marina and the other 2 will be silver but I don't have that finished yet. Had to let the blue dry before I could start. I hope to get to that today or for sure by tomorrow. At any rate - it looks great with the trim and it's vibrant just like his personality.

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hoosiers-yes it was like while scanning the area your head would just stop and snap at that office color. Now it all just kinda blends. Much less harsh. I really wanted a little aqua but probably should have just went with rainwashed or something? I liked it on the swatch but on the walls just too intense.


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Autumn, what is the color you changed too? It's beautiful, and stands out as different without being jarring.

Baskets, your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL. Love the Island color.

I'm so envious of everyone that's so close. Builder told me yesterday about 9 weeks left on his schedule.

We finally, after a couple of months of searching, found slabs for our kitchen that I'm in love with. It's honed Imperial Danby marble.


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jackson- I love honed and leathered! I couldn't find any around here except for black. :( Thanks. The color I ended up with is called Silver Threads and the chip is from menards I think? I used it in our half bath in the last house and really liked it so I stayed safe using it again this time.


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Thanks everyone for the feedback on the siding. I emailed our GC and he echoed what you all said. So that's probably the way we'll go. Juju....tell me more about the Nichiha....how did you get ahold of the stuff? :)

Autumn....thanks for making me feel better about my lack of window treatment knowledge. :) I've always loved the look of Plantation shutters, but I'm thinking they're way out of our budget. The view out of the back of our house will look very similar to ours. :) Maybe a deer peeking in once in a while....but that's about it.


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Autumn, your house is looking BEAUTIFUL! Isn't it exciting? And exhausting? But more exciting than exhausting! :) We're almost to the finish line!!!

Michelle, email me and I'll give you the supplier info for getting Nichiha in Northern Michigan. I had to jump through a few hoops, but I finally got the yes answer I was looking for.


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We did primed Hardie products to be painted on site too.


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Michelle, I forgot to say that my daughter used factory stained Nichiha. It is beautiful. They've been in their home 4 years now and it still looks as good as when they installed it.


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They poured the basement walls a couple days ago.

They wrecked the forms and water proofed the exterior. Too bad it is supposed to rain the next 6-7 days and they won't be able to pour the floor.


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Indiana, that is awesome!! We were at that same point last month. It's an exciting time!

Jackson - I love your marble! Just gorgeous!!

Autumn - Great paint choices! I cannot even begin to think of paint. Yikes!

They are still framing our main floor this week. Should be doing it next week too. I sent pizza out to the workers yesterday. It was funny because the delivery guy got lost and called me. I was like, I'm in Oklahoma!! Lol! So fun to build 3 states away! Cannot wait to be there in 4 1/2 weeks!

Here is a pic from today. One of the Great Room and Living Room vaulted walls went up.
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indiana-crossing fingers rain passes you by!

robyn-oh man they are really moving, it looks great! I think they are making swift progress. I bet the pizza guy was surprised. ;) Paint oh paint, it's quite something. I am sure when you get there you'll have it all together. So my oldest son chose a really dark color and dh was not liking it at all, it's gonna be a big mistake, yada yada. It turned out so nice! He even relented once he saw it. Goes great with the white trim. I'll post a pic later tonight. It's called elephant skin and that is exactly what it looks like!

michelle-ohhhh, I love plantation shutters but agreed, they don't fit anywhere near the budget. :( Sigh, as is the way with many things I like, lol!

juju-hello! I bet your build is coming right along. How is your neighborly relations by the way? That is a perfect description, excited and exhausted. I have been drinking coffee in the evening to keep at it. That is normally a big no-no for me when I try to hit my 9:30 bedtime. It works wonders for after midnight though. ;) Back to railing - I really like the glass also and I have seen it around here a few places but kind of forgot about it. We need to do something for our screen porch also. Haven't even begun to think about that!


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Had an awesome day! Spent the day getting siding. Got 12 inch board and batten cypress for the front gable and the second floor bump out, beveled lap cypress for the front and back porches, 319 sq ft of cypress ship lap to use inside the house (location to be determined) and a 16 foot cypress beam that we will try to turn into a 6 foot mantle somehow...all for half of our original siding quote! Oh, and also got some T&G bead board cypress thrown in for super cheap also. Our trailer wasn't big enough so we have to go back tomorrow. No telling what else I'll buy. I can't believe we had this kind of luck! I will post some pics tomorrow too.


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Lord help me now.....

I misread my contract and all my bathrooms are to be tiled countertops. I CANNOT STAND TILED COUNTERTOPS Like, never, ever ever can this be. Especially not bathroom. Apparently I misread the $10/ft tile and thought it meant floor but at the top it is clearly countertop specs. I am at a loss. I have 3 bathrooms and a laundry room. Our granite is $65/ft and I think I can do better than that but it won't really make up the difference. Should I pick nice laminate? Our house is pretty nice, I hate to top expensive cabinets with laminate and isn't the good looking laminate more than $10/ft? I am not knocking laminate but it wasn't my vision. Lots of things are turning out different than my vision :(


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So many nice finishes- I'm jealous :) Loving all these soothing shades of blue!

mlweaving_Marji , I know this isn't what I was supposed to be looking at, but I pinned your picture of that first bay window, because what an awesome furniture arrangement! I really like that everything is around the angled low table. I just want to curl up there with a book!!

I've missed about a week of posts due to everything falling apart at once. My kitty swallowed some thread and we were worried she'd need surgery to remove it, but it looks like she's taken care of it on her own (whew!). Side note- the folks on the pets forum are sweethearts.

Our house is STILL on hold because of the stupid new permit approval (all for changing from a 2 to 3 piece rough-in for the basement, which our builder forget to update. The county is giving them hell over it- going on three weeks with no progress waaaaahhhhhh).

Oh, and our landlords are trying to fix up/sell the house we're living in. Mini rant to follow, feel free to ignore. In the last two weeks we have had the dishwasher go up (when you turn it on it trips the breaker) and the washing machine flooded our laundry room (where I have all the boxes of stuff we've already packed). In the same two weeks we have had visits from, I kid you not: an appliance guy for the dishwasher, an electrician for the dishwasher, an appliance guy for the washing machine, a plumber for the washing machine, a second opinion plumber when they realized it was the 75 year old galvanized piping instead of the washing machine (the third plumber is coming to actually do the repairs next week), a handyman, a real estate agent, the landlords (multiple times), an exterior house painter and a landscaper. AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

I cannot wait to move to our quiet home where the appliances work and we hire professional workmen who don't stomp mud through the house and who actually clean up after themselves (and maybe they'll even know what they are doing!)... End rant. There, I feel better! This Disaronno is probably helping...

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schicksal - We're likely to put up some wallpaper for a couple of accent walls. May I ask, how are you prepping yours for removal someday? I've struggled to take some down before, but I've never put any up. Is it a product you put on the wall prior to hanging, or a certain type of glue?


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just wanted to pop in- it's been incredibly crazy in my world....between two of my boys it's sports 6 days a week, still trying to sell our house, and of course the continued attention needed towards our new build. And oh yeah, today are my oldest boys (twins) birthday- I'm officially a mother of teenaged boys.

Shelving has been finalized. I'll post some pics of the most notable area- my pantry.

Mantle and ceiling beams are up, sorry no pic yet. Went through the first round of paint selections this morning and I do think we are sticking with everything- the designer pretty much picked everything out along with the carpets. Our trim/cabinets are white dove. I'm sticking with white dove for all of the cabinets/vanities except the boys bath cabs, those are a warm grey. The great room area features SW Blonde, and the rest of the house has a mix of grey-blues and caramel tans with a pop of green (Koi Pond, Beach Glass) and golden yellows (SW White Raisin). Revere pewter in the master bedroom and another bath.

pantry wall 1:
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the front section is about 4 feet across, will have a countertop 20" deep, will house the printer and underneath the printer supplies and underneath the counter will have 2 rattan baskets for potatoes, onions in one, and fruits in the other. The adjacent wall is 6 feet wide and will house a wine rack and other shelves of varying heights and depths for canned goods, cereals, foodstuffs, and all small appliances.

this wall is the 'snack wall'. It's about 4 ft across and those four sections underneath will be drawers. It will also have a countertop and I'll put my fruit bowl, any baked goodies on the counter. The drawers will have items difficult to store on open shelves such as bags of bread, chips, small items. To the right of the snack wall will be my second fridge.
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another view of the "snack wall"
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I have missed so much but rest assured I am loving everyones slabs and kitchens and framing and floors and everything. So much inspiration to be seen here.
Autumn I'm intrigued by your ID's fireplace idea. Do tell. Thanks for the compliments on the lighting. I love the foyer light enough that I don't feel too badly I couldn't swing a lantern there. Your floors and paints look great. I gave my boys a half dozen 'grey blue' paint swatches and told them have at it. Oldest chose the exact same blue he currently has (SW Dockside blue) and youngest chose one called Poolside blue (bit darker).


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Nothing fancy really, just give it a couple of fresh coats of primer. With all the wallpaper I've removed, I could always tell when it was applied directly to nice, clean primer. I could pull the vouter paper layer off and the inner layer would stay on. I'd spray it with soapy water and pull it down 5 minutes later, but by that point it was about ready to fall down on its own anyway.


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Illinigirl, I'm super impressed with how much thought you put into our pantry. It will work out beautifully.

MFatt, oh dear. No, you definitely don't want tile tops in the bathrooms. Those are awful. We had them two houses ago. What about a Corian type material? If that's still out of your price range, I guess I'd go with the laminate, with plans to upgrade to granite when you have extra $$$.


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Mommytoty- your lighting is incredible! I have 3 books (about 6 " high) to go through, my hope is that I'm as lucky as you and they all come together.

Jackson- BE-U-TI-FUL slab!

MFatt-Oh no! That seems kinda sneaky. Good luck! Keep us posted.

LadyBrown-"CHEERS"...I'll say a prayer for ya.

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Mommytoty- your lighting is incredible! I have 3 books (about 6 " high) to go through, my hope is that I'm as lucky as you and they all come together.

Jackson- BE-U-TI-FUL slab!

MFatt-Oh no! That seems kinda sneaky. Good luck! Keep us posted.

LadyBrown-"CHEERS"...I'll say a prayer for ya.

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MFatt- I would highly recommend you do some remnant shopping! I think you will be surprised what you can find! I found gorgeous Lagos Blue Quartz for my powder room vanity, Ceasarstone Concrete for my 'drop zone', and absolute black granite for a fairly long wet bar. We also found Kasmir gold large enough to do our 7 foot by 42" bar island (but we decided to go in a different direction). It's out there! You can find it! You just need to be persistent.


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Aaarrgh! Theft. Weird weird theft.

We live about 30-45 minutes from our build site, so I've had a camera posted on our job site, recording time lapse video so we can watch some of the construction in action. We're only able to get up there every 7-10 days, so it's nice to have the progress recorded for posterity.

Got the camera today. It's 12-15 feet up a tree, in a water-proof housing, with a couple bungee straps. It's real tiny and hardly noticeable.

When I got home, I discovered the camera had been turned off and the memory card removed! Why steal a $50 memory card and leave the $200 camera??

My initial thought is something happened on the site (injury, theft, mistake,...) and someone had the forethought to take the evidence.

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MFatt, I'm considering using a company called Granite Transformations for my ensuite. They do thin sheets of granite and quartz on top of a plywood base. Their primary market is facelifts for dated kitchen and bathrooms, without having to rip anything out. But they can put it into new builds, too. I got an estimate for a tub deck (undermount tub, with the deck extending into the shower). It was about half the price of quartz slab. I don't know if they have dealers in the US, but perhaps you could find something similar?

Another option is Stonepeak ceramics. They make tiles that are up to 5'x10'. So, no grout lines. They don't seem to sell them in Canada (despite the fact that they advertise on Canadian home renovation shows), so I don't know what they cost. But surely they are much cheaper than granite?

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New here, but I've been spending the last few weeks reading the forum (I went back to early 2013). Just a couple of comments and questions for now:
mommytoty I LOVE your lighting. Where did you get it?
carsonheim Your Kichler chandy is To Die For! How exactly does it work that you get a showroom light? Did you just ask for the one on display? Or had they already taken it down and marked it down? You're my kind of girl (or guy?). Love a fellow bargain shopper.
JDex - Where did you find the great deals on the ship lap and board and batten? Everything you bought sounds like something I'm gonna need, and I'd sure like to find a deal!


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JHester -- welcome!

The lighting showroom has a once-per-year "garage sale" where they get rid of overstock items, special orders that got returned, that kind of stuff. This particular chandy was the display model, and it actually has a teeny tiny bit of damage on one of the arms. That no one will ever see. Unless I point it out. And even then, maybe not.

I also bought this chandy for $250 from a different lighting showroom. Same deal, annual clearance sale.

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Call your lighting showrooms and see if they have an annual clearance sale or something similar. Flooring places also sometimes do this with their in-stock flooring, especially when a particular style is being retired.


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Sorry I haven't had a chance to catch up lately. Wanted to post pics of the some of the cypress we bought. Not a big deal to most people but I love natural wood, even with its maintenance issues.

Here is a close-up of one piece of our clapboard siding:

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The dirty wood on top is the small bundle of ship lap we purchased. We haven't decided yet what we are going to do with it. This was all they had left and it is just a tiny bit over 300 sq ft. It has been sitting in a warehouse for three years so I will have to clean the dirt off of those top pieces. At least two pieces have broken edges but for what we paid, we can't complain.

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This is our huge timber that we will somehow turn in to a mantle (in the background is the board and batten that was already covered):

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This was some "shorts" that we got a good deal on, T&G bead board pieces that are 3, 4 and 5 foot long. Most people don't want these short pieces. I'm toying with the idea of using the wider flat side on the reverse and "white-washing" it and then using it as a kitchen backsplash with my stained alder cabinets. But, I don't know, I might chicken out on that one.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I have the GC measuring exactly how big each counter is so I can remnant shop. I have seen Granite Transformations and I will check there too. The FX Formica is nice but I think/hope I can do remnants cheaper.

oicu- odd they didn't just take the whole camera? LOL at the camera to monitor the camera :)


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Ok, I've been reading and trying to catch up. Sorry if I missed someone.

Mommytoty - Your house is just beautiful. Like magazine-worthy type beautiful.

Robyn - The framing looks great. I'll bet you can't wait to get back out there.

Nhbaskets - Your kitchen looks amazing and that island is awesome. I hope your DH is doing well.

Autumn4 - I am loving your paint choices. The office looks a lot calmer with its new color. You only have one day of unemployment left to enjoy, so I am hoping that you are done painting, your little one is feeling better and your car is fixed so that you can enjoy your Sunday and relax.

MFatt - I have complete confidence that your exterior will be stunning and I am just as equally sure that you will find a solution to your countertop problem.

Carsonheim - Nice score on the lighting! I love it when somebody finds a good deal!

Jackson - Beautiful slab!

Michelle - When we were pricing fiber cement, Nichiboard by Nichiha was about 15% cheaper than Hardie. Just food for thought. I don't know which one is better.

Indiana - Yay on the basement! Boo on the rain....

LadyBrownCoat - Soooo glad your kitty is ok. I hope the permit issues get cleared up soon.

Illini - That pantry is almost as big as my kitchen...lol. It looks like it's going to be awesome.

RhettDrive - Nice progress. Have you already stood in the windows and looked at the view? Bet it's nice.

Oicu - I don't know what's worse, the fact that you have a person of that caliber around your build site or the fact that you've lost one whole week of time lapse recording of your once-in-a-lifetime build. It's time for booby traps...lol.

JHester - The cypress was purchased from individuals, not big lumber businesses and that is how it's done. Contact me through my member page through email and I will give you some phone numbers if you are close to Louisiana or don't mind coming here.


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Oh wow, thanks Jdez!


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illinigirl - Where'd you get the materials for the shelving? I was thinking about starting that this week for our pantry but don't know where it comes from.


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Flooring is almost in. Between the area in the picture, a couple of rows at the left/right side of the pantry, a coat closet and underneath the dishwasher I estimate under 8 hours of work. The trouble is I only have 4 hours between work and a get together this evening.

Coming up next, I need to get the new front door and start talking to a local glass place to make the three windows and sidelight out of reeded glass because that is holding back finishing the walls in the entry hall and front living room. Actually I'm going to be held for people to finish the floor and materials to come in so I'll sort of be doing odds and ends for a little while.


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Shicksal, our trim carpenter is building our shelving using (I believe) a birch ply that came from Grayco Building supply. You've got Grayco up in Charleston don't you?

I really admire your, and everyone else's, DIY here. My DIY days for construction are behind me, and I'm really happy to pay someone else to spread paint, nail on trim, etc. But my DIY regarding fabricating window treatments are coming up fast. And slipcovering the furniture that won't get reupholstered right away...

For everyone commenting on window treatments, there are several good threads here on the Decorating Forum on window treatments. And really, even if you don't intend to cover your views, window treatments soften a room and complete a decorating scenario. It is good to give some thought to the windows in the build process.
Good article on Houzz re window treatments
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Unfortunately now, we don't have one in the Charleston area. But your lead for what they're possibly made of should help a lot. Thanks! :)

And thanks for the head's up on window treatments. Those are definitely something I'll need help deciding on since we don't like the huge, heavy blinds that are everywhere.


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I totally agree Marji. We have a view home we use as a business and my mom refused window treatments. It looks unfinished to me. Even treatments that are left open all the time are a nice addition.


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Been cleaning and packing all day. I really wish we would have sold our house before we started building like so many of you did. Oh well, hindsight's 20/20. Anywho....made Cap'n Crunch chicken strips today. DS and DH loved them. I didn't think they were too different than the ritz cracker chicken but pretty good. Different anyway. Ok, back to work. Sorry for getting off topic. Just wanted to quit working for a minute and had nothing interesting to say...lol.


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My living room is turning into a warehouse. If you look waaaaaay up at the top of the boxes you will see my design assistant hard at work :)

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Separately, I visited several homes in our local Builders' Association Parade of Homes. Here is a little bit of eye candy:

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Carsonheim - I'm thinking your assistant is about as helpful as my two assistants. One of my assistants (DS) keeps unpacking toys that I'm trying to pack in his room while I'm not looking. And then I hear giggling from far away hiding spots when I yell his name. I swear I will never be finished...(scowling on the outside while laughing on the inside.)


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carsonheim, what parade of homes did you visit? I enjoy going to different parade of homes in areas outside my area.


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Hello all!

The good, the bad and the ugly...

The kitchen cabinets are being set tomorrow - woohoo, whoohoo! I can barely stand it - and it's my first day at my new job so I won't be around to watch. :( We were able to get the master and boys bath cabinets into the bathroom but they aren't completely set. I love them so far though.

Master (wonky angle, I think I need to get in the shower to get a better pic. Just thought of that now):
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Boys bath - natural hickory (I am really loving the layout of their bathroom, I think it will work well):
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Oldest DS room - elephant skin:
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I made good progress, truly I did (talking myself out of a tizzy here). I am not finished with the master and the stairwell. That is all I have left BUT I am starting to panic as carpet comes on May 14, we have baseball games every.single.night and Saturday from this point forward, I work til 4 now starting tomorrow and dh just went to afternoons today so it's all me for baseball x 2 kiddos. Gah! I need a paper bag...breath in breath out.

Need to pick out backsplash and drawer pulls pronto. Not sure when I will get to that either...

Would you believe I painted the other 2 walls of my little guy with the blue rooms bedroom with gray paint. It's called SILVER bells. This paint was also for their closets as I didn't want bold or dark in there. Anyhow - it started looking lilac. UGH. You have GOT to be kidding me! I kept going as no choice, no time, not buying MORE paint and after pulling the blue tape I think it truly is gray but it does cast lilac reflecting off of dh's other blue walls. Good thing he doesn't care. I think when carpet is installed it will help?

Backsplash help - anyone have any references to a tile that is on a mesh both matte and glossy? I kind of like a little mix of both. Looking for brick or mini-brick. I have googled and found it tough to find results with BOTH finishes in the same backsplash. And just from the couple brief convo's dh and I have had I am thinking we are not going to agree on what to choose. :(

mfatt-grrrr. I hope you have some options. I think that is really strange that tile counters were spec'd in. Is that pretty common where you are? All I can say is a girlfriend bought a house years ago with a tiled island - small tiles. She used cleaning that grout as a punishment for her kids when they misbehaved, and it straightened them right up. Nobody wanted to try to get the grape jelly out of the grout with a toothbrush, lol! I think others suggested some good alternatives for you.

illini-love your pantry. It's going to be awesome!

carsonheim-now you just have to wonder how on earth that cat got up there without tipping any of those boxes over!

jdez-oh I remember that pain well. In the 10 months we have been in the rental several items have crept out of the storage unit into this place. More to pack....AGAIN!

schicksal-looking great! I know the feeling on the time availability crunch.

marjorie-I want more pics! I am kinda wishing we had a window seat in our bedroom now.... I think we'll have room for a chair and that will be nice.

Alright peeps, bedtime for me and yes I know it's only 9:40.


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aries -- Bryan/College Station TX parade of homes. It runs two consecutive weekends, this and next.

Here is a link that might be useful: BCS parade website


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Just broke ground at the beginning of the month. Finally seeing some progress now!
Is there a way to post more than one pic at a time from iphone?

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carsonheim, thanks for the information.


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Joallen - Congrats. The only way I know of to post more than one pic is to use photobucket.

Autumn4 - The hickory is beautiful. And I love the elephant skin too. Which white did you use for your trim? I chose Chantilly Lace as my exterior trim but White Diamond looks better in incandescent light at my current house for the interior trim but may be too white. They are both BM. And what happened to you using wood for your backsplash? I picked up some short remnants of some four inch wide tongue and groove bead board and I'm thinking about flipping them over and using the flat side as my backsplash (I only have about 110 sq ft so not much else I can do with it).


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Autumn4 - Hope your alarm clock didn't quit working today....Sending good thoughts and prayers your way as you start your first day at the new job. Try not to think about your cabinets as the boss is telling you what to do....hehehe. And I guess we're lucky, we only have baseball 4 days a week.


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jdez-aw, thanks J. it didn't, my internal alarm had me up on and off from 5 and dh climbed in at 2:30 and that also had me up. It will take a bit and then I will sleep through his middle of the night arrivals. Backsplash - I know! I just can't make up my mind. I like what I have seen of it. I think I have DIY and decision fatigue in that we've done tile so I know we can do that pretty easily. Shiplap, well what color, stain or paint and then getting it up which I am sure cannot be hard but oy, just tired I think. I'm hoping with the cabinets in and counters on it will all come clear to me. That was quite a score on your cypress. I totally agree, grab it and you can always find a place for it!

edit: We color matched our cabinets for the trim. Shiloh's 'soft white'. It is close to white dove but definitely creamier yet. ID found a close color in the fan deck but I can't remember what it was - it wasn't in the true whites part.

joallen-I also use photobucket. :)

oicu-okay that is a weird theft and I was thinking surely they stole or wrecked something and didn't want to be busted on camera but NO? That is good of course but how strange. Have you put up another with a buddy to watch over it yet? It would be interesting to see what the second camera sees.

I forgot to add last night - if you remember my over the top drama with drawer guides (hahaha)...master has the Hettich soft close drawer guides. The kitchen has blum. DH opened a drawer in our bathroom and gently pushed it and it indeed did not close - didn't grab just like the display. So it will be fine for in there but I am so *happy* that I went with blum in the kitchen. Woot woot!

Happy Monday! I best scoot into the shower and make COFFEE.

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Uponahilltop - Are you moving in yet? We want pictures!!


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Carson and Aries - My friend just invited me to a Parade of Homes. I tried to link the info in case you might be interested, I hope it worked. That's only a day trip for you Carsonheim. I can't go. DS will still be playing baseball.

Here is a link that might be useful: New Orleans Parade of Homes


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Out of town for a few days and looks like lots of progress for some of you!

Autumn--Great progress on painting! Love your colors :)) Hope the new job is going well!

JHester--Thanks for the compliments on the lighting. :) I shopped all over. The dining area chandelier I found online through One Kings Lane (love so much on there!); the master bedroom chandelier and the entry chandelier are from Ballard Designs; and my DD's light is from IKEA ($49!). I had these amazing glass jugs from Pottery Barn for the island and they were just way too HUGE! So, I had to return them and just bought some new ones from Crate & Barrel. Simple glass pendants, but with a jute rope cord. Can't wait to see those up!

JDez--Thanks so much for your compliment!! So hard to select all the peices individually and so gratifying to see them come together cohesively!

nhbaskets--Beautiful kitchen!

mlweaving--Love your fabric selections :)

jackson--Ahh, Imperial Danby, one of my favorites! Wish it had been in the budget for me!

illini--Great pantry! Looks like lots of natural light. I thought about adding a window in my pantry, but it is fairly small and just didn't seem like the best use of space in my case.

We are down to three weeks!!! Woohooo! I started packing yesterday. I am going to be so exhausted by the time we are moved in that I'll just want to plop down and do nothing for weeks, but no rest for the weary--there will be lots of unpacking and then lots of shopping to furnish the place!!!


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I would love it if some of you would take a peek at my house plan. It's titled Help with floor plan please! and is in the building home forum. Who better to look at it then those of you currently building!? Thanks in advance!


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Okay, okay people here are pics........so happy! Yay!!!

First the teaser - quietude for the master. It's not a great pic but I was trying to get an accurate representation of the color. DH thinks it's a little green for him would prefer more blue but he doesn't hate it and I can handle that.
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And the cabinets or at least where we are at so far. TADA!!!!!!!!!

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They are hoping to finish up tomorrow. There will be a dishwasher at the end of the island. The crown molding also will have to go up. So far I am liking our aisle sizes. Woop woop!

mommy-wow I think I'll be feeling the same as you when it comes time to pack. Too tired, too DONE. :) Thanks for the kind thoughts as I start a new job. The learning curve is such a bear but a necessary evil. I am excited to be there.


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Mommytoty - wow.....3 weeks? I am so jealous!!! I know I'm breaking a commandment there somewhere but I'm tired today and I just want to be finished so I can only imagine how badly you want to finish towards the end. I've still got a long way to go. Our DIY time is kicking in and things are going to really slow down after this exterior is finished.

Autumn4 - I'm not on Facebook but I tend to want to make conversations on this forum that have nothing to do with building or gardens so I will refrain from being nosy and asking about the new job and just say that I hope it's a happy, long-term relationship. Your cabinets look sooooo good! Ok, I was really zooming in and checking them out. I noticed that the whole microwave wall is extra deep to accommodate the MW but you get bonus depth for extra storage along the rest of the wall. Awesome design there. The soffit above the cabinets, will it meet the crown or is it sunken back from the edge of the cabinets? Ok, I have never seen pics of the kitchen floor, I must have missed it somewhere. Jae likes a lot! What are they? Are they waterproof? Dog proof? Kid proof? What color stain is that on the island? Is that Seattle Mist on the wall in there too? It looks more gray. Ok, sorry about 20 questions. I love it all.


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Autumn, love the pics. Love the white cabinets with your floor! What is your floor?


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jdez or shall I call you Jae? :) -are you finished insulating? What is next in your DIY world? So the blasted soffit! Argh! The main hugemongous support beam goes right through there and that is why there is a soffit. Who puts soffits in these days, everyone is busy taking them OUT! Boo! So I *think* the crown will be in front of it and up to it so you won't see a big gap. I hope to find out when I get home from work tomorrow. See, see I told ya! It IS Seattle Mist and it does look gray in the kitchen. Crazy color but I do really love it reading both ways. Island stain is gray but the wood reads through yet. It's called silas and it has a black glaze over it - Shiloh cabinetry. Good grief I hope the floors are life proof but they are wood so they will patina. They are hickory and more rustic with the hand scraping, etc. which I hope will help hide all that 2 boys and a dog have to offer. With it being so open I didn't want a huge transition in flooring so we kept the living/dining/kitchen all wood. So yes, to accommodate the MW and the fridge (or keep it from sticking way out) we pulled those base cabs on the fridge wall forward 6" and the uppers there are 18 or 19" deep, I already can't remember. Doh. Anyhow, with it being so open I didn't want 6" of the side of the fridge hanging out. Bonus that the counter will also be deeper there and that is where I anticipate the toaster and coffee pot to live as well as it being lunch making station. They should all be easily tucked out of view too. I have a very love HATE relationship with FB myself and typically only get on there when prompted by someone else. I have worked in purchasing or materials besides a brief 11 year stint in healthcare when we started a family. Healthcare because they offer part time work and quite a variety of it. So now my kiddos are older and I am back in Purchasing but not in automotive or manufacturing anymore. Breath of fresh air to do something different but still in purchasing. I like numbers and I like variety. I too hope it's happy and long lasting as I am not a job hopper kinda girl. Thanks for not asking, lol. I don't mind. ;)

Michelle-thank you. They are pre-finished solid hickory. They had 2 stains and we picked the lighter one (tobacco I think they call it), the other is more a java really deep color. We thought it would show too much dust so we stuck with this one and I like it. It also kind of grounds it as the fireplace and mantle were looking a little formal to me and I think the floor adds back some casual feel. We are not formal people at all.

So mini-rant - dh is adamant about wanting cup pulls. 1 - I don't like them as I like to reach from the top not the bottom and 2 - what? why on earth does he care about the pulls and 3 - who uses the kitchen and not just to get a glass for a drink. Pfft. Shaking head. I hope he doesn't mind me going out to the barn when he's building it and insisting on flower boxes or something........turkey. Unfortunately for him I am just as adamant about NOT wanting them. I get his point, they would look nice and I get it he likes the look but they'd drive me nuts to use so it's a no go.


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gorgeous cabs Autumn! So happy to see them go in! LOl on the cup pulls. good idea on the extra deep counters. And also loving the elephant skin paint. We had a whole 'support beam' thing in our basement too. Once it was drywalled/primed it stopped bothering me. It will disappear about 3 minutes after we start hauling boxes into the house.

Joallen- congrats on breaking ground! Now it begins!

Mommytoty- home stretch-yay!

schicksal- I don't know the materials for the shelves. The trim carpenters supplied it.

It's going to be about 3 more months to move in for us. It feels like we've finished making most of the selections now. Painters are getting started this week. Still trying to figure out what to do with our cedar timber mantle (that is not reclaimed but I wish it was). I asked if they could rub some dirt on it :)


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