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It's July 2014, How is your build progressing? Part 2!

Posted by Autumn.4 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 16, 14 at 7:59

Kicking off part 2.

Great to see everyone's progress - love those sphere lights - so cool! Why didn't I think of that??? ;)

Link to July 2014 Part 1


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Musicgal- OMG your windows!!!!!! Gorgeous!!!!! I just love tons of windows :) very pretty vanity too.


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carsonheim- they've been dirty for so long, I almost forgot I had a view.

jackson- thanks. That faraway view is what I see from the kitchen sink, and the near view of the guys is what we will see from our sofa.

Autumn, we have two of those in lieu of pendants over our peninsula, since we have the nifty linear Kichler fixture over the island at a different ceiling area. The orbs just seemed to go with everything. Really pleased with my very inexpensive "placeholder" fixture near the windows. We would like to eventually get an art glass chandelier for this area, but that is not in the budget right now.


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Next time I come up, the media center should look a lot different. The original mason came back, and he is a perfectionist- so I am hoping for good things. Here is a pic of before.


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This is the product they will use. Much lighter than full cut stone.


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Have a spare second so here goes - I have been trying to read but....super ultra speed reading as of late.

music-those are just really clean lights but with some style. I think they would go in a lot of houses. Love all those windows! Natural light is so nice!

j-yes - I love the windows. :) What's new???

carson-did you post new updated pics and I missed them?

illini-soooo, have you turned that faucet on and let the water hit your blanco???? Hmm hmm hmm??? By the way - where are your bags and wraps? In the island or kind of over by the fridge? I have mine in the island lower drawer but I am thinking about moving them (island stack is smaller and that would be a good spot for drying towels). Hang on hubby - more rearranging to come!

Ordered the wood for the porch overhang ceilings - no they are not done yet either. Also ordered the stain for the front door - that is my job so wish me luck. I'm not sure how that one will go. My inside staining went okay but I haven't ever attempted a door and it's not wood, it's fiberglass. So - I'm not sure how it will take stain.

Crossing fingers that when bil comes to help dh frame the barn he will be able to finish the crown in the kitchen and baths and I can take my doors in to get the glass. Ohhh, very excited for that!

Free time over - keep the pics coming!


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autumn- hilarious! My husband locks himself out ALLL the time leaving our one year old inside. Luckily we have a key in the garage. It's ridiculous.


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Kellithee I curse them daily! Who's brainiac idea was that anyway??? We need to hide a key...


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We have so much going on at the house with everyone trying to finish up. Subs are tripping all over each other!

Landscaping has started, sod is coming tomorrow.
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Tile guy is finishing up in the master, so happy with his work in here! Plumber installing finish plumbing as well.
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Trim carpenters are installing all the hardware throughout the house.
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Outdoor kitchen and screened porch are coming along.
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And a gratuitous repeat shot of the shutters and front porch, just because I love them so much.
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Almost to the finish line!!!


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Hello everyone! So much progress! Congrats! We are at the stage where we're seeing a lot, too...framing the 2nd floor right now.

Autumn- hi again! What are your exterior colors? Gorgeous!


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Hi tamara. The siding is 'storm'. Stone is stone craft Tennessee blend. Have to think on the shingles. We change at the last minute and now I am confused. Maybe certainteed weathered wood?

You need to post pics! Nudge nudge! ;)


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OK, OK, Autumn you've guilted me into it! Here is our progress to date. So exciting! So you're siding wasn't painted, it was produced as that color? Our siding will be painted and we are still choosing the gray.


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Ohhh look at that! It is coming right along. I enjoyed that stage too. Yep-ours is vinyl.


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We got our warranty. I am doing a happy dance.

Last week, we got our engineering stamp and the architect was all excited to apply for our final round of permits to start digging. I had to tell him to wait for the warranty paperwork.

Since then, my BIL-GC pointed out that our plans had no information on how to build the foundation. So I called the architect and he said the engineer never told him what to put in. Called the engineer, "Oh, you wanted us to engineer the foundation, too? We just did the walls." Do people really get one engineer to do the walls, and another engineer to do the foundation? And why didn't the architect notice that the engineering wasn't complete? Argh.

So, the engineer did his math and sent the info right away. Now we wait on the architect to add this info to the plans. I spoke to him at 8am this morning, and during the conversation, I mentioned that we are no longer waiting on the warranty. He said, "So, we could apply next week, then." I really should have said, "Actually, if you get those drawings updated today, we could apply tomorrow." I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, since the plans have to be printed on paper, which takes another day. So, that would be Monday. I just hope he doesn't push it to next Friday.

Although having the permits in by next Friday would be freaking awesome, too.


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amberm- congatulations! That's so funny about the "duh" moment for the engineer. Makes you wonder if there is any communication between the trades and professions at all sometimes.

You will soon have a well executed foundation excavation going on, and hopefully no more lot maintenance on an empty lot!

carson, love your winding stairs. That really is quick progress to have them framed out.

I am back at the rental stuffing boxes and selling furniture. Sold a queen sized 4 poster bed that I couldn't use. Cha ching:)


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Jackson2348 - what is your tile in the master bath? Very nice! Also love the landscape design.

Carsonheim - I think we are progressing quite at a similar pace! We just finished framing walk through. Windows are almost all up, and shingles are also almost done. What's next after that? When is your projected move?

NWHobart - LOVE your fireplace and the wood wall beside it. Amazing!

Hoosierbred - Congratulations! Have you posted pics yet? Did I miss it?

Musicgal - the corner windows, that is my dream!

Can anyone comment on what size island you all will be building? The cabinet makers just marked where the island will be and I feel it it much smaller than I envisioned :(

Another question I have is about security system. If anyone here got a wired system, what system did you install? The bids are for a Honeywell Ademco and a Gemini (?). Thanks!

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Nothpole- ours will be 4'x7'. one cabinet maker told us we could only fit a 2'x7" in our area (keeping in design guidelines) 2'...i'm afraid my plates would fall off of that...

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Northpole-9x4 but our sink is in it. It's 'large and in charge' but it's functional. :). I don't think it looks awkward in the space. Love it.

We will be doing a wireless system of some kind. Right now we are using our old standby golden doodle system. :D


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Hi all,

Looks like everyone is progressing nicely. We are finishing up final framing details while we wait for our windows to arrive. They were supposed to be here Wednesday but looks like it won't be until Monday. Am keeping my fingers crossed as it would be nice to be fully closed in. I guess it gives me another week to finalize lighting and electrical...any tips to pass on? Am super excited as my front porch went on today. Here are some pics...
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Dining room view


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Pocket office


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northpole, my current island is 3'x6'. The new house will be 3'x 9-10'. I have smaller than recommended aisle ways, but it works for us. I will probably go to 36"-42" in the new house, but 4' would be a waste of space.

I find 3' is a really good width for the island. I have a bank of cabinets on one side, and an overhang for seating on the other. I can comfortably reach the middle of the island, stretch to reach the far side.


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Great room view


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Great room fireplace and built ins wall (with master showing behind)


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Windows :)


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Front entry

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You guys who have moved in must be a lot younger and energetic than me! We haven't spent the night in the new house yet. We passed the final inspection but still haven't gotten our CO yet. We thought we'd have it by Tuesday but no. The final inspector told us we could move in any time after he handed us the green slip.

We moved everything from storage last Friday and Saturday. We placed the beds in each room. And I directed the guys to put boxes/bins appropriate rooms. We had to get our bed put together before Monday because our family room furniture and box springs and mattress were being delivered Monday morning. Saturday we had our dining chairs delivered.

I've been unpacking boxes and bins and washing linens and towels and running the dishwasher over and over again. I've also got soft hands from doing a lot of handwashing dishes and pots and pans and whatever. Some of this stuff was boxed up for almost 2 years! It's a lot of work! I can so sympathize with all of you working people and those who have children. It's exhausting.

I really like my dish and pots and pan drawers. Still don't have dividers for silverware and utensils yet.

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I have enough skillets to cook for an army. I'm getting rid of some of these. I already have two big boxes for Goodwill.

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I just figured out what could fit in the blind corner cabinet unit today: Crockpots, toaster, food processors, hand mixers, and food saver.

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DH is making shelves for the upper cabinets today. I ran out of room to put things without them. I've almost filled the left side of my big pantry cabinet with stuff, too.

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So, the only bed put together and ready is our bed. However, it sets up so high that it takes a two-step step stool to get up in it! :-) We bought a low profile box springs too. DH and I say we need ramps to get up in it and need toddler guard rails so we don't fall out. It's a beautiful bed but I told DH it isn't practical for old people like us to have a bed that is as high as our island, 36"!
DH has come up with several options to lower it about 10".

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I haven't done much with the new furniture but place it. We may make some changes but that will come later.

Here's the family room from one view. Boxes still need unpacked and there is a swiffer duster in the entertainment center.

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Here's another view. The coffee table/ottoman is huge. Lot bigger than I thought. I had bought that tray at SAMs and thought it was going to be too big, but no way!!

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Here are the chairs I bought to go with the pedestal table I had purchased online. For everyday purposes we are only going to put 4 chairs at the table and keep the other two on each side of the cabinet we got. Originally I had bought the cabinet for the entry way, but when I found that Craig's List desk for the command center in the entry, I decided to try the cabinet by the dining area. It's going to work perfect there and I can store china and placemats and other things in it. We are also going to exchange the two armchairs for side chairs. The arm chairs are too hard to get in and out of with the pedestals and they take up more room.

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I guess I took a long enough break. Got to unpack another bin. We hope we spend our first night in the house this weekend. It's too hard spending days here and running back to daughter's to eat and sleep.


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musicgal -- yes, we seem to be moving at a good clip now. I'm really happy about that. I have a meeting with the owner of the framing company for a walkthru tomorrow... still a few things to do but coming along nicely.

northpolehome - I agree, we are in about the same stage. Wanna have a race to see who gets in first??? Probably not me, LOL. Regarding island size, ours is 3x8. I think it'll work out just right.

happyvalley -- your place looks great -- really lovely views! You seem to be about the same point as northpolehome and I.

Hoosier -- love those drawers! I just can't wait to be in my new place with a beautiful, functional kitchen. The rental duplex we are living in has the most gawd-awful kitchen. It's horrid to work in and the 30-year-old dishwasher hardly cleans at all. We had it serviced, and the repair guy just said "that's what you get with an old, cheap dishwasher...." sigh....

So I'm now ready to get my first draw on the construction loan. My bank contact quit, and they have been shuffling me around from person to person.... I really need some of that money so I can pay for the work that's been done!

Oh, I purchased my DR wallpaper today as well as sconces for master bath. Here they are:

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Northpole, our island is 12' X 4' and I had to seam the granite in the raised bar but I love it.


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Everyone's houses are looking amazing. I am jealous of all of you that are in framing without rain... our house was soaked and we finally just turned off the dehumidifiers that have been running 24/7 since the roof was finished in January. Hardwood floors were installed and turned out beautiful
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NWHobart, are you in the WA/OR area? I suspect rain causes a lot of issues for building around there.


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Hi all!! I had to take a step back after the disappointment last week.

We have regrouped and are feeling optimistic again. The plan is to take a few hundred feet out of the main level, a TON of space out of the second floor (we currently have almost 1400 sq ft on the second floor....that's just three bedrooms and two baths!). And, I think we are going to drop one of the bathrooms upstairs too....we didn't want to, and husband is really holding out on me, but I think we can get buy with just one up there....the second one was for my son, and heck, he'll be 13, almost 14 by the time we move in. :)

Other cost savings....cutting a BUNCH of windows, which I don't think we'll even miss (architect went crazy with windows), simplifying the trim package, and possibly straightening out the garage (which is currently at a 45).

We are also going to take more control of the build....we are checking to see if bank will allow us to owner-build.....if not, one of the general contractors we considered earlier is willing to do a "co-build" with us...basically he would manage the build until it's closed up (excavation, foundation, framing, roof, windows) and we were manage the rest.....saves a TON on the GC fee.

So....all in all, we're hopeful that these changes will get us our house within our budget. And still hopeful to break ground yet last summer/early fall.

Owner-builders....did you have a hard time finding a bank to finance?

Illinigirl....are you in???

Carsonheim.....looking good!!!

Amber....almost there!!!

Hoosierbred....so exciting!!! You are going to be mostly unpacked before you even move in!! :)

NWHobart....beautiful floors! What are they?

Happyvalleyhome....looking gorgeous!! Love your view!!


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Michelle, we are technically OB. DH's brother is a GC with a few custom builds under his belt, so he's going to manage the subs.

We have talked to 2 brokers, each with prefered banks they deal with for draw mortgages. But we haven't actually gone through the process because we have enough to get started.

The first bank wanted thorough, detailed quotes from 2 subs for everything from excavation to light bulbs. There was also a mention of putting up a "bond", to ensure that the bank isn't going to lose too much f we completely bugger it up. But I didn't get into details about that. It sounded like before the bank would give us $100k, we had to give them $30k? But maybe our equity in the land might have qualified.

Alternatively, we could list BIL as our builder, and they would look at his experience and we'd have no problem. But then the bank would only release funds to him. So he'd have to pay the subs. Or we pay them, then we get the bank to give him the money and he pays us back?

The 2nd bank was a little less formal. The broker would have to present a sales pitch to the bank. We'd have to convince them we could do it, but no set requirements. We'd show them our budget and how we came up with it. But we could say $X for walnut hardwood rather than having 2 written quotes from hardwood suppliers. Having a consultant GC would help, and our own financial situation would be considered.

I have been off work, so I've been collecting those quotes in preparation. It's a LOT more work than I expected. For every 3 companies I contact for a quote, 1 actually provides it. Some respond with a simple, "No thank-you." Others promise a quote, and after reminding them a few times, I accept that they are simply not interested. (Or they are, but if I have to chase you to get a quote, I probably don't want to hire you.) DH came home early today and heard me on the phone with new subs. He thought I was nuts starting the conversation with "Hi, would you be interested in quoting for a new build?" Until the 3rd call ended abruptly after I asked that. "Oh, okay, thank-you." He was shocked. He thought I'd been exaggerating. :P

It got a lot easier when I was able to start getting quotes from BIL's guys. We didn't have detailed enough drawings for a lot of stuff, and there were a few things he didn't have a guy for, so the first few months I was on my own. Then I called a few guys and dropped his name, and boom, quote the next day. Although this morning he mentioned that even he's having trouble getting an excavation quote. (I have 3 as of today!)

All this is a long winded way of saying that a self build is cheaper, but you work for it. And we haven't even broken ground yet! :P


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Thanks Amber...I appreciate the financial info. Ugh, I hate having to work with banks. We were the GC on out current home....but that was so much easier because er borrowed the money from family, then we got a mortgage. So, we didn't have to deal with that nonsense. Can't do that this time for various reasons, so we'll see what bank will do.


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On the other hand, we're both kind of control freaks, so we'd be heavily involved anyway. :P


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Totally! Us too!! :)


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I will try to elaborate more tomorrow from a real keyboard.

We used BIL as builder, he did do the framing and some of our carpentry work. We paid him as a sun. Dh did all quoting etc. I handled all banking, invoices, sworn statement and waivers. Basically BIL did have to sign the sworn statement for each draw that I emailed. He signed and scanned back and bank accepted that. I wrote all checks and handled the waivers. We tried very hard keep it from being a pain In the butt for him since we don't live in the same town-about 40 minutes. Because we had a large down payment they allowed a scanned signed copy vs having to have it notarized with BIL every time. We ended up with 5 draws.

It worked pretty well but I was so glad to be rid of the bank!!! I am so glad to hear that you can get there from here! My oldest also has frequent bowel irritation...we only had one bathroom at the rental. Now with 2 1/2 you can imagine the joy of not 'fighting for it'. They have only one bath upstairs that they share.

I have a couple of things I would have done differently with the statement submittal. We floated a lot of the bills between draws. I will come back tomorrow and share if it would be helpful.

Hoosiers-your bed is there and you have dishes and skillets (oh my)-what more do you need to sleep there??? But then again I am sure your daughters home is much more comfortable than the rental we were at. That was definitely a kick in the pants out the door, lol.

Okay I have got to head to bed, too many late nights....dragging!


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Carsonheim - we are hoping for an October move-in. Not sure if that is possible at all. We did the framing walk through this week. Just started HVAC and plumbing today. Most windows are in and we have shingles :). For your wallpaper, are you doing floor to ceiling or is there wainscoting at the bottom like in the picture? I have been going back and forth on the wallpaper in the powder room because it will be floor to ceiling. Not sure how I feel about that.

Happyvalleyhome - I would say the 3 of us (with Carsonheim) are "batchmates." That is so fun.

Michelle - glad to hear you are moving forward. Good luck!

NWHobart - looking good!

Thank you all for the info on the island. It seems like the depth is about 3-4 ft for most. I have my sink on the island as well (not my first choice) and there is about a 21 inch overhang from where the sink part is, so I guess overall that is within the 3-4 ft range. Still feel like it is small :/ Maybe because my current island is sink-free. Hopefully when I see it, it will be big :)


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Michelle, did you delete the thread with your plans? I noticed it was gone. But I didn't know you could delete threads.


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Amber...yes, I asked mods to delete it. I wasn't communicating my needs well (I really only needed to cut 15%, but made it sound like I needed to cut 30, etc). And I didn't like the direction the thread was taking....I just really needed to step back and regroup.

Thanks for your advice though....I did take it to heart!


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I understand completely. I've wanted to delete my own threads here at times. I was just surprised.


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Musicgal- Thanks for sharing all of your pics. Your progress and choices look AWESOME!! We are not far behind you, maybe a month or so. Please keep sharing!

Jackson - Your landscaping is really coming together, along with your house! Love it!

Tamara - You are at a really fun stage in your build! It seems like there is something new everyday during framing. It’s also so neat to see your plans come to life!

happyvalley - Looks like we are on about the same phase as the build. We should be in by mid to late September. We started the first week of March.

Carson - Your windows are AWESOME!!!! I can feel your excitement!!

Hoosier - Wow! I’m jealous that you are already so moved in. I am dreaming of that day!

nwhobart - Your house is looking AMAZING!!! Wow!!

So much has been going on so quickly but it seems like everything looks the same. Right now the framing was one of the most exciting parts!! They started insulation this week and drywall is scheduled for Monday. Outer wrap is almost done! They have inspections tomorrow and then start the stone on Monday. The roof is pretty much complete! We passed all of the inspections for the inside framing, electrical, plumbing, and heating & air. I can’t believe that we are in the final two months of the build!! They will start the landscaping in a few weeks so that it will be ready when we move in. So exciting!!! Here are some pictures!


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Insulation!!


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I just breezed through this thread a bit.... Nice to see the new and older names piping in with progress. Can't sleep and movers come in a few hours.

Musicgal yes those windows are amazing!
Nice framing happy valley and Robyn
Carson your house is looking fantastic!
Hope you get your COO soon Hoosier. Love the furniture!
Kitchen looks awesome Hobart! Great floors.

Thanks to those who asked about me. :)

Yes I'm moving the silgranit based on the few test drives I've had on visits to the house.

Not in yet! Out on Friday, in on Saturday!

Won't have internet for several weeks. Ongoing battle with Comcast. We may not get service until more houses are in the neighborhood. And I've been told charter is taking over in Michigan. FYI. May have to resort to att or Verizon hotspot. One is slow and the other expensive. Ugh. And att can't get to our house until August 11.

So that's my minor update. There's still a long punch list of items to get done by the builder after move in. Backordered fixtures, kitchen hardware- received the 12" pulls and they are massive so I may return them and but smaller ones. The 12" ones are appliance pulls I guess so not only longer but thicker and deeper profile. I don't know that they will look right.


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Robyn- Stunning setting, just amazing. I had to hand over my computer to my husband so he could see the mountain behind your house.

I've noticed that a lot of posters here have picked really nice places to build, whether that is in a subdivision like we are, or on acreage. A lot of thought has been put into the location and orientation. Happyvalley- pretty vistas from almost every room.

Carson- That will be a stunning space with evening chandelier light on that metallic. I need to pick out wallpaper for my feature wall in the master. Might do that today... you inspired me.

Hoosier- love your drawers... lol. Seriously, good allocation of storage within reach. Kitchens are changing, and the guys who build them sometimes don't "get" why we would want to put dishes in drawers. I told my carpenter I was buying inserts for my drawers and he looked at me like I was from Mars. I had to explain how it works. He could only comprehend a vertical stacking system... not a peg horizontal stack system. My drawers are not as wide as yours but I have plenty of them, so I can still do basics near the sink.

Happy valley, you posted your framed pocket study. Here is my pocket study in the Master. That rail gets a glass work surface.


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After 18months of construction, it finally looks like a house from the exterior and interior trim is starting.

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Cypress ceilings on patio:

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Two sided vanishing edge pool with wet edges on sides facing patio.
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View from the 4th floor deck. You can see the Gulf of Mexico if you strain really hard towards the right half of the image:

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And I leave you with this bit of genius. Getting the lift stuck on the side of the house added a few days of unnecessary delays.

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Vatofl, GORGEOUS!!!!! Love everything!

Robyn, I love how your house looks in front of that mountain. Talk about a view!

Musicgal, thanks for posting your pocket study. That's similar to what I've been looking for!!!! I have a similar space in the back of my laundry room that I have dedicated as my computer/office. However, I have an open space to the right of the window. I'm not closed in. Still trying to figure out the shelving on the left and some type of built-in in front of the window for the computer.

I'm procrastinating going down to the house this morning. I've been packing things up in our "apartment" at our daughters. Good golly, how could we have had this much stuff up here? We used every nook and cranny: under beds, in cabinets, on bookshelves, in dresser, in closets, and stacks behind the sectional. I feel overwhelmed this morning. I better get over my pity party and pack some clothes and head down to the house. We'll never move at this rate. :-)


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Wow love all the beautiful homes some of you all are building! We are getting our foundation started now... I just got these from our builder


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Not sure how to post a bunch of pics all in one posting. But here is another picture from our builder.


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And the this one.


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Musicgal, the pocket office is another way things have changed! We no longer need a large dedicated study, we're working from laptops and tablets. We just have space for the printer and shredder and some file drawers.

Robyn what a gorgeous backdrop for your house!
Love the wallpaper Carson. Perfect level of bling!
Hoosier good luck with the move.
Michelle, I'm glad you've been able to step back and find a way to stay within budget and keep the feel you love in your house. I'm also glad you were able to have that thread deleted; it was not headed where you wanted to go :)

Wallpaper going in powder room this morning! Hard to tell on my phone but it's navy on crisp white.


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Someone asked about my tile in the master bath. It's Cote d'este exedra. There's a thread in the bathrooms forum with more pics and a link to where I found it, titled Porcelain Calacatta.

And the electricians are here installing decorative fixtures. Here's the one above my island:


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jackson -- what is that wallpaper? gorgeous!


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Carson it's Antonia Vella, Grata. Thanks!


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Hi all. Everyone's progress is looking good. I've been super busy at work. I've had to work different shifts, all hours of the night. That particular project is all wrapped up. Nothing has been done at our house but cabinets will be put in this coming Monday and DH and I are going to stain them sometime during the week. We have a lot of small things we need to get done also so I will be over there every evening. Ok, sorry I have nothing to contribute. Hope everyone has a good weekend.


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jackson, simply wonderful linear pendant over the island. I do think this is the wave of the future-it makes such a statement.

Vatofl- beautiful job with the Italianate details. Your house is gorgeous. I find that Florida is much better at understanding Italianate, Tuscan and Spanish Revival style houses for some reason, than my part of Texas.

zoe- you will be so happy you took pictures of where they are laying your lines. Soon you will have a structure on that lot to walk about and feel out your space- exciting times.


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Thanks for the compliments. Our architect did a great job with the details. At first I was hesitant to use an architect, but he really added a lot of value to the project, and believe it or not helped us save a ton of money.


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NWHobart and Jackson - Looking at your pics it looks as though you have some ceiling speakers.. I am assuming for a whole house audio system.. Just curious which system you guys are using..


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Valtof-love the cypress!

Illini-sending you good vibes! Re the cable. I shake my head. Charter must be busy conquering the world cuz they haven't yet shown up here. Supposedly by Monday. Not holding my breath.

Hoosiers-that is quite the collection of skillets! I don't think I have half that many. I am loving my drawers for that stuff too. Did you ever share what your backsplash is or a close up of it? ;)

Jackson-very cool wallpaper! I wanted a rug similar and dh wouldn't have it. He stunts what little style I do have, ugh! I like that island lighting too. Nice work.

Northpole-are you having seating at your island? I can tell you we seat 3 on the backside very easily, 4 would still be comfortable and 5 doable. Our fourth stool is on the end. 9' gives a decent amount of prep and did clean up space for me. I wouldn't want 3' if I had seating-due to the sink. We built a false wall behind the cabinets to keep the overhang at 15". It also provided good support for the braces we used.

Michelle-sounds promising! I can see why you removed your post but I enjoyed looking at your house, it has a lot of charm. :D. Even though you didn't ask (haha) after living with our mudroom now for a couple months I think I would have placed our lockers across from the double door closet we have instead of in a space all their own. I think we could have simplified there-since it is supposedly our 'forever' home. We have a lot of locker space. I possibly went overboard since our old house had zero closet space. I may eat my words come winter.

JDez-cabinets Monday! That is exciting stuff! Hope you can rest up this weekend for all that staining!

Slightly OT: we bought a new mattress that is only 10" thick. You would think you could find standard sheets but no. Everything is deep now and they are way too loose and too sloppy. I had to order some on line from bedding.com and they are considered 'shallow' pocket. Anyone else run into this? I haven't been able to locate flannel yet. I hope we like the ones I just ordered, Geesh. Still searching for a comforter. Mostly all I find are duvets. Anyone have any thoughts on those? I fear the insert would bunch up and I wouldn't like that. I guess I am old school. The hunt is still on.

Stone is finished. Lumber is here and my office cabinets. I hope we get them set this weekend. That would be exciting!


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Thanks Autumn....and trust me...once we get the changes all set on our plans...I'll post them again (just maybe within one of these posts....not on the main forum) :)

And regarding the duvet covers...I've had two and I don't like them....they don't bunch up too bad, but they never look right when the bed is made....sort of messy looking....I much prefer the look of a quilt. Although I agree, it is harder to find quilts/comforters.


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Robyn- what a home and a view! Beautiful!
Jackson- gorgeous wall paper!!

I love seeing everyone's progress. I'm away for a few days and can't wait to get back and see if the 2nd floor is finished. Picking stone for the FPs on Monday- should be fun!


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Jackson2348, is the wallpaper textured? Where did you purchase it?

Autumn.4 - yes, we have seating for 4. We barely use the island seating though since my kids are still very small. Thanks for the comments on that.


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Happy Saturday morning everyone.
Great seeing everyone's progress.

we are officially 6 weeks till move in- ready or not. We did not sell our current house, instead we are renting it to a family for a year because they are about to start building :)

There is so much to do at the new house yet. We should be fine as long as our project manager keeps a tight schedule- haha yikes!!

A few things that happened this week were:
Our well was dug.


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Tile was started.
This is our D bathroom floor


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And the brick out front.
have a good weekend everyone!!


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Northpolehome, the wallpaper is just smooth, no texture. I ordered it through my local BM store, although it's available online. There are several color ways; I was dying for the hot pink but DH nixed that pretty quick.


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MIA is going to be my new screen name. Nothing to really write about as I'm still at more or less of a standstill. I have been following everyone and am so jealous of all the beautiful progress :) My banker even called to inquire if something was up since we hadn't requested any $$$ draws lately. My GC and Husband got into a 3 week pissing match with the fire marshall about the insulation on our fire suppression sprinkler system pipes. The water district made us put in a third type of meter, not required but their "discretion" and then it changed the specs for the inside stuff. We finally got through that mess, framing inspection is going great and then they asked for a certified letter from our truss company saying that the trusses were installed to their specs. No where did it say we needed that. We could have been working on that for months, truss co. is super busy, so we could have it on hand. I am emotionally spent.

Upside, I picked some BM Affinity (Frostine, Silhouette, and Granite) colors for the exterior and the sample boards look fab so I am at least excited about that. We were hoping to be done in August but with the delays I think we will be lucky to be in by October realistically. GC says drywall will be done in 3 weeks so I am hoping they can at least stick to that. This is exhausting.


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MFatt (aka MIA) - I feel your pain on the fire sprinkler system. We had our share of pissing matches including one where I walked in to the house to find my laid back husband in a full on screaming match between the fire sprinkler sub and himself over the fact that we didn't want sprinkler heads in our "cold" attic spaces. Sprinkler sub claimed we would regret it if our house caught on fire... our children were in the home... basic fear mongering. My husband was furious. DH threatened to drain the whole system after we passed final inspection. Most single family homes don't have any sort of fire suppression system. We were doing our due diligence and following the rules by installing one. DH is a flooring contractor and he gets 75% of his business during the cold months from burst sprinkler pipes. I come from a commercial construction background with my day job so I felt comfortable giving this sub some feedback on his delivery and coming to a successful conclusion on issues when a conflict arises. We're all on the same team and we believe in your system but please let's just be practical.

BTW, I had to redo most of the insulation tenting on our system as well, just to meet the fire marshals requirement. When he came back to reinstall he asked my husband who redid the work, when DH told him "my wife" the Marshall said it was the best install he's even seen and I should start doing it for side work. :-).

I hope everyone has a productive weekend. I'm headed out to the house now, hope to have new pics of more work done on Monday.


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NWHobart- Are you in unicorp. King out there? We are probably dealing with a lot of the same stuff if you are. I am beginning to hate this process and it was so fun and exciting at the beginning.

<-----can't wait to be done :/


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Great progress, everyone. We just got back from 3.5 wks travel. It was nice to get away from the daily research & decision making. When we left the drywall had just gone up. Now it's all painted, trim is in, most of the doors and flooring, stair railings. Gotta get to work on picking light fixtures and final stone decisions. Gotta poke the GC too to be sure it'll be done on time. We're out of our rental contract in 4 wks and school starts up after that. I'd hate to be in yet another temp housing.

I've got to go back now and scan thru all the July progress. This is a tough forum to miss for a few weeks.


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Mfatt and Hobart-wow. We don't have any of those codes around here-as far as I know anyhow ( if we do we are not compliant). It is exhausting. One of the truss companies around here was leveled in a tornado a couple weeks ago. Not the one we used but I hear they were already behind due to being busy and now there is no projection date for those waiting. I cannot imagine how many people are now at a standstill. So glad we are past that point.

Oicu-how exciting to return to see all that progress. I hope your trip was fantastic and you are refreshed to finished it up with renewed vigor!

Mlweaving-are you in????

Michelle-yep-don't think duvets are for me. ;) In my search I read reviews of people talking about ironing their sheets. Ummm, no. That is not for this girl. I want it to LOOK pressed but I am not gonna iron it, no way do I have time for that.

Hope everyone is having a productive weekend. We started on the office desk but dh I working this weekend so it was brief. It's looking better already though! One of our outsells will be covered by one of the drawers though. Bummer! I suppose when you don't really have a vision for the space at electrical walk through point it's bound to happen.

Decided on dark and I like the contrast. View from kitchen:



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I am pretty sure my county doesn't want anyone to build. I also live in the land of 10-15k permits. Awesome.


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Hi all,

Northpole & Carson...the race is on and I wonder who will finish first! It will definately be fun to see what happens when at each of our homes since we are relatively close. Each contractor seems to do things a little differently. Our contractor says we will be in before Christmas. I am hoping for Thanksgiving as Dec 1 is when we are supposed to give our home to the new owners.

Autumn...I loooove my duvet. Have tried quilts but the puffy lightness of a down duvet is the only way I can sleep. We keep our house super cold at night so that I can sleep with it and my husband doesn't roast! The trick is to get an insert & cover that have fabric ties in the corners. I have never had to iron mine as it is a nice one with a high thread count. Will admit I got one of the basic ones from PB for the guest room and I end up ironing occasionally it as it wrinkles like crazy after washing:-(

Oicu...welcome back! How great to come home to so much progress!

Michelle...glad u are able to work something out and will be able to move forward. This building business can be so frustrating!

Jackson...loooove that wallpaper and I am not even a wallpaper person!

Jdez...good luck with the cabinets next week. I can't wait to get to that stage...it probably won't be til October, though.

Robyn...the setting for your home is just beautiful. You are a bit ahead of us as we are projected to be done in December and started mid May. I have enjoyed watching your progress as then I know what comes next!

Musicgal...love your office space...how clever to have the glass insert! My builder and I joke that I am building this big house and I am going to end up spending all my time in that little pocket office! At least it has great views, too:-)

Mfatt...hope you are turning the corner on your build struggles...it seems like it has been an endless cycle of them. Hoping for smooth sailing for you for the remainder of the build!

Bit the bullet and ordered the Electrolux full fridge/freezer w/ louvered trim kit yesterday. My appliance guy was able to get a great deal on it. Love that it looks like a built in fridge at a fraction of the cost. Am hoping I don't regret giving up the extra cabinetry space for it...at least it should help bring my cabinetry quote down by a bit!!!


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Had a talk with the tile maestro today and laid out (literally) the backsplash pattern. Someone is doing my stair treads for 150 per... after reading some of the stories here I felt I got off easy. The grout is in some of our critical areas now, yay. The most exciting visual differences today were the pavers on the porch (Valestone Domino) and the media center surround. First the porch.

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Now the media center. Pardon the ladder-


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A picture to demonstrate the raised dishwasher in its open position-


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The grouted hall.


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Autumn, I'm a duvet girl. And I don't iron if I can avoid it. (DH's shirts get done when the pile is over taking our bedroom furniture. :P ) Wrinkles tend to be worst when I first put it on, but lessen over time. If it really bothers you, taking the cover out of the dryer hot and putting it right on the bed would probably really help. I tend to leave mine in a ball in the basket for a week or 2. I really am the world's worst housewife. The ties on the inside are good advice, but I've never seen them on any duvet or cover I've ever bought. You can sew them in yourself, but I've been too lazy, and our duvet doesn't slip enough for it to bother me.


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Media center from a distance-


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Wow! How exciting to see others playing the waiting game and to see all your homes' progress. I bought a spec town home that had just started framing in April, and now it's got the cabinets and the lighting and electric is almost done, plus they put in the oven and microwave.

I don't have good recent pics of the interior because the electricians have been there during my last two visits, but here are a few exterior shots to give you an idea of what it's like. It's an end unit that will have a decent-sized side yard with room for my hot tub and a fire pit. I plan to get lots of use out of those two balconies. The front one is off the master bedroom and the side one is off the third bedroom, which will be my office.


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EmmJay- very exciting progress for you. I can tell you are invested in your home! Love the balconies. Wish we would have insisted on a balcony for our guestrooms but we opted out due to cost. Please come back here OFTEN! We need to represent all the different and amazing styles out there right now.
Please show us your interiors when you feel comfortable. We all learn from one another.

One more pic from our gameroom, I just love the look of this thing-


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I love it Musicgal! Your progress is amazing. Love your game room fan.

Emmjay - Your house is beautiful!

I ran by the house tonight and took a few exterior pictures. They are all ready to start the stone on Monday! The drywall is also scheduled for Monday. Insulation is almost finished. We are about a week behind schedule but other than that it is all looking on track. We should be moved in by the 3rd week of September. We started digging the basement the 1st week of March.


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Here is another view of the back side of the house.


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P.S. They started the soffits yesterday!!! I loooooove them! We are doing bronze for the color.


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So excited to finally have something to contribute :). We live in a tiny house on the property we are building on. Our current home will be turned into an ADU when we finish building.
We just submitted our plans etc. last week. We've been working towards this for the last year with wetland studies, surveys, septic approval, well approval etc. etc. It will take 3-4 months for us to get our permit. (Unincorporated King County...lucky us!). In the meantime we applied for our clearing and grading permit, we should get that in a few weeks. We are OB and this will be the second home we have built in this area. I'm trying to just go with the flow and not get to upset when things don't go as planned. Hahaha!


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Thanks for weighing in on the duvet. I stumbled on a current thread in home decorating discussing not using a top sheet with a duvet. I was dumbfounded. I don't know a single person that does not use a top sheet, completely foreign concept. I never knew why some sheets were sold separately, maybe that is why. Learn something new everyday. :)

Mfatt-I think you might be right. That is ridiculous and building with all those obstacles would about push a person over the edge. Building is hard enough in it own right. :(. What state are you building in again?

Happyvalley-thanks for the tips. I suppose then the inserts are fitted with a loops to accommodate the ties? I think if it was secured and not loose in there I may be able to cope. As luck would have it te one pricey comforter I found went in sale half off yesterday at Macy's. Woot woot! I hope we like it when it arrives. It also was offered in a duvet but I went for the comforter. I hope it's good quality. Our old one lasted a good 10 years-loved it but it was finally just literally worn out. I have been searching ever since and they definitely don't make them like they used to.

Northpole-as your kiddos grow I bet you will be using that seating a lot! Perfect for snacks and light meals, conversations while cooking, home work -you name it. I have not had water splash much past the faucet which was my main concern with sink in island. :)

Musicgal-your pavers-love'm! Love the wood up to the stone in your built-ins too, very sharp.


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Good Morning! We spent our first night in the house last night! Didn't sleep much at all. We are hoping tonight is better. Yesterday was huge day of moving out of our DD's home and moving rest of our furniture in the house. Then DH and I went grocery shopping to stock up on EVERYTHING! I was so exhausted and sore, I couldn't get comfortable. New mattress, new bed, new house. But love spending this morning here drinking coffee and looking out at tons of birds, deer and a blue heron. Kind of made up for little sleep.

I won't attempt to comment on everyone's build as my mind is mush today. But have read along and been nodding, sighing, smiling and sympathizing with all of you.

We have found things we already love and things we have to get done ASAP. Love love love our master shower. The water pressure is great and I love my handheld shower and shower head down at 'my end' of the shower. And the bench was fabulous to use. But our well water needs to have a better filtering system. We have hired a water specialist. This sodium laced water left my hair yucky.

DH is installing our bathroom handles right now. He didn't like trying to get open drawers without the handles. And he's also installing towel bars. We hung our towels on our closet rods last night.

We only put away fridge and freezer food last night so I've got to figure out how I'm going to arrange the pantry pullouts. That's first on my list. After that I need to unpack our clothes and put in our closet and dresser.

We had a new AT&T phone line run last week and it lasted one afternoon. It hasn't worked since. They haven't trenched it yet and it's just laying on the ground. Maybe a critter chewed it. I called in for repair but they can't get back out here until Thursday. In the meantime they called me Thursday and said we would have Internet available Monday. I told rep not happening if the phone lines aren't fixed. Grrrr. Direct TV is coming tomorrow to install.

We are having the concrete poured for our driveway and two more walkways mid this week. Glad we got all our stuff moved before that since we can't drive on it for 5 days.

That's it for me. Better get moving and put the groceries away. It's so nice to finally have our own home again and not have to drive down here every day.

No pics as the house is a wreck!


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We are in Washington. Some of the cities are pretty easy to deal with but we are just outside the city limits so we deal with the county rules and regs. Its gotten so bad that developers have really started pushing for the annexation campaigns to get more land into the city limits. It takes too long and too much $$$ comparatively. I am talking a small area too, we are not out in the country, just on the wrong side of the fence so to speak.

Musicgal- What light fixture is that one you referred to as inexpensive? The hanging one, I really like it, however what is inexpensive to me is relative when it comes to building materials I have found. :)


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Everyone has lovely homes!

Question for Vatofl: The cypress ceiling is that natural finish or is there a stain? Thanks!


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MFatt- It's the World Imports Hastings 12 light Foyer Lantern from Amazon. I bought it as a placeholder for $142. Here is the picture of it. I am really pleased with the size and the look enough that I am very pleased to leave it up until I can find the fixture that we had envisioned there, which would be a Chihuly type artglass chandelier... type, being the operative word, as the real ones are very pricey.

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Thanks for posting!!!! I have been looking for something similar and the price on that is fabulous. Now to give my Prime membership its daily workout. I have all my appliances purchased save the microwave. Turns out Amazon has the best price on that too.


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Bummer. The good price on the 12 light is sold out. I may pick up the 6 light version for $124. I'm keeping my eyes peeled.


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Swtceleb: the cypress is prefinished. It is #2 colonial.

Here is a link that might be useful: Synergy cypress


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Jackson2348 - thanks for the info on the wallpaper

Happyvalleyhome & carsonheim - excited to see where this will lead! :) I think we are doing HVAC and plumbing/electrical this week. What is on the schedule for yours this week? Closing for our current home to the new owners is Nov28. Even in that, we are very similar, Happyvalleyhome!

Hoosier - congratulations! Hope you get settled quickly.

Musicgal & robynstamps - looking great!

Ok so now, we need to decide on the security system. I have been reading through past threads here and noted that you can't drill into the windows because that will void the warranty. So what do I do with the windows then? I am also curious to see what others here have done. The bids we got have the glass break, motion detectors etc. Wonder if I really need all those. I am trying to keep the cost down, and I have never really heard of a break in here. But it is a growing trend to have security systems in newer builds. Anyone here have any advice?


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MFatt - yes unincorporated King County. Gotta love it.


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Hi northpolehome- We just got a bid on a wireless system, which was not my first choice... but the wiring got past us when we were at that stage a few months ago. Even so, our window warranty would have been voided too- so I am content to use a wireless system on our vulnerable areas.

The bid we got though was outrageous. So, I think we will buy our own kit and install it. There is no excuse to gouge people for a wireless system... they set up fairly simply and you can get a very nice system for under $500.
You just have to take your time lining up the sensors so you don't get false alarms.

We will have a couple of security cameras too, which have really improved in clarity and dropped in price. We have plugs in the eaves for the cameras so they can be mounted up high without needing a battery change. They will transmit images to our kitchen/study area. Basically plug and go.


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northpolehome, Carsonheim, happyvalleyhome, add me to the list!

Foundation/Framing/roof are done, electric/hvac/plumbing is going in this week for me as well! Shooting for insulation/drywall in the next few weeks and a move-in in November! I should really post some pictures.... Will try to sometime this week.


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So, how much of your budgets did you allocate to alcohol to get you through the build process?

We're supposedly all set to apply for our permits tomorrow. We require "engineers letters" for foundation and structure. We got the company who is supplying our trusses to "do the engineering". I was under the impression that my BIL/GC uses them for his projects. The guy my architect uses was unavailable. We've had to go back once already because something was missing.

I got a call this afternoon from someone I sent the plans to for a foundation quote. He tells me that this company we paid to "do the engineering" has not engineered our foundation walls. And since they are a wood company, they can't engineer the concrete stuff. And we don't have all the paperwork the city is going to need. So I call BIL, to confirm that they do his concrete engineering. Nope. Apparently *I* told him they could do concrete engineering. How would *I* know that? Ugh. How can the architect be planning to go to the city tomorrow without this? When is he actually going to look at what we have and confirm he's ready? (There are a couple of things I think I need to give him that he hasn't asked for yet, so it doesn't surprise me that he has missed this.) I have put quotes on "engineer letters" and "do the engineering" because I don't know exactly what I need. I'm trusting the people I pay to do it, and those who are asking for it to know what I need.

So I'm in a panic, about to call the engineering company BIL uses and wondering how long this is going to take, and how much money we've wasted by paying someone else to do something we don't need. The foundation guy calls me back and says "Oops, sorry, it's right here. I'm just not used to seeing it in the same file as the wood engineering." Oh, what a relief.

Would it be more economical for me to buy my own winery?


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minor setback, major emotional letdown... I searched and searched and searched until I found the perfect sconces for my masterbath:

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I couldn't find a place that had the four I needed, but I found a few places with 1 or 2. I've received one. The other places I ordered from... don't have it. Turns out it is discontinued. I called around all the places on the interwebz that carried it. nada. I called the manufacturer to see if any retailers had ordered any for stock. One had. Called them. No longer have it. So I have ONE and it is not returnable because it is discontinued. ARgggghhhhg!

So this was my second choice and I've purchased these instead:
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I don't love it, but I like it. I feel like the first one was much more substantial in appearance. I don't really care for the round backplate on this one, nor do I care for the shades. I'll probably replace them with something square-ish like the shades in the sconces that I LOVED :(

yeah, yeah, it's not the end of the world. Same thing happened with my DR wallpaper -- discontinued, not a roll to be had. I ended up finding something I LOVE much more (and 3x the cost). but the sconces... meh.


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Mfatt-is that more to discourage building to keep the land pure? A family we know moved out to Washington state a few years back and the scenery is breathtaking in pictures, can only imagine what it must be like in person.

Amber-good grief, that is enough to drive a person nutty! I actually consumed chocolate by the bag full instead of wine but neither are cheap...and mine added about 5 pounds to the hips as well. :(

Hoosiers-was last night better?

Zganderson-yeah, everybody likes pics!

So today was the cable deadline. Still waiting, maybe they mean by the 21st at midnight....tap tap tap.

I think I picked the kitchen backsplash. Yippee! I went in looking for one thing (encore crackle tile) that ended up being twice my already steep budget and spied something else that dh likes too. Hallelujah!


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Some of the cabinets were put in today: (cell phone pics, sorry)

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I'll catch up later tonight. ....and go ahead and have a drink for Amberm.


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J-ohhhh yay! A celebratory drink? Cheers! I will toast with ice cream. :D. I was wondering how things were going down yonder.


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Autumn, I just finished a year long weight loss program with major changes to my eating habits. No drowning myself in chocolate. :P Alcohol isn't really much better, but I'm not likely to consume as much.


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Amber you go girl! I too just dropped 20 last year before the move and thankfully all the DIY counterbalanced my diet going to crap, that's all I gotta say. 5 pounds is nothing like it could have been. Keep up the good work!


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Arrived at the build site this Saturday and DH and I went over and over it all weekend and arrived with a list for the builder today to fix and change. It was a productive day, but I'm exhausted. Some notes, this was the first visit where the walls were up, no roof yet, but it felt like a house and of course it felt too small! Also, there were a fair amount of "what were we thinking " issues, some we can change and others we have find creative solutions to make them work. All in all, I'm very happy! Another note, I need to be here more often. So, I'm going home for my daughter's wedding shower and then I'll come back for another week.

Here are some photos of the stone, the rest still looks the same, hopefully at the end of the week, we will have finished framing, and I'll post then.


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Carson, zganderson & Northpole....siding was supposed to start today but my windows are STILL not here! All but 2 have been ready for two weeks but they refuse to ship them until all are ready!?! Guess that is the way building goes sometimes. Our preliminary plumbing was put in last week and they will be pouring our basement and garage floors this week. Once that isin they will frame our finished portion of the basement. Fireplace and venting will be done this week, too. With electric scheduled in early August.

Since we will be sharing this journey together, figure we should get to know each other a little bit...what part of the country are you all building in? Square footage? Style details? I am sure that you have all posted info before but sometimes there are so many posts on this site I miss things! I will start...we are building in a College town in central Pennsylvania. Our home will be New England/Craftsman in styling around 3500 sq ft plus 1000 sq foot finished daylight basement. Master and open concept kitchen, great room and dining on the main floor with kids and guest room upstairs and large rec room and exercise room in basement. Our land is a1/2 acre with great views (a must for my DH). We will be living there with our two daughters (11 & 8) and our 2 feline fur babies. Our build is predicted to be 6-8 mths and we started in mid-May.

Carson...sorry for the disappointment on the sconces. Is there a spot somewhere else in your home that a single sconce might work since you love it so much? I am in the process of getting my lighting plan ready for the lighting store to quote on tomorrow...thought my lighting allowance was pretty good but nice fixtures sure add up:-(.

Hoosier...congrats on finally being in your new home! I hope that you are starting to feel a little more settled and can just enjoy finally being in your beautiful new house.

Jdez...your cabinets look great! What are you planning for the finish again??

Autumn...congrats on finding a backsplash that you love...we need pics though!!

Amberm...maybe we should all go in on a winery. As I am now working on my lighting plan, I am wondering how many lights I could purchase with the amt I have spent on wine this past year and it probably would buy me quite a few extra!?!!


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Welcome ZGAnderson! The more the merrier :)

Carsonheim, so sorry about that. You will find more things to love about your home.

Happyvalleyhome, we started early May and hoping to be in the house mid-October (wishful thinking???). Again, very similar to your sq footage, about 3700 between the 1st and 2nd floor, also with a daylight basement (1800 sqft). Master bedroom will be upstairs since our kids are still very small.

We have ducts in the process of being put up for the HVAC. Furnace has been delivered to the site. The electrical wiring seems to be all in, as well as the housing for the recessed cans. No signs of siding being put up yet for us.

Another issue we need to bring up with the builder tomorrow is that the round window that they only put up today is a different color! It has been sitting in the garage for quite a while, with all the windows already up. We thought they were waiting for the right one to be delivered. It is definitely not white like all the other windows. I think it will stand out even more when the white window wrap is placed around it. It is in the front part of the home. Hoping to get answers tomorrow.


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JDez!!!!!! That is soooooo awesome!! I'm a little jeaous, too! Your kitchen looks wonderful!

That is very frustrating about the windows happyvalleyhome! I feel your pain!

We started our build in March and should be finished around the middle of September. Everything is pretty much on schedule. I am very impressed with our builder as he has everything well organized. Our home is pretty large. 3 levels on 3.5 acres. I have 5 children ages 16-7 so still many years left raising my kids and then grandchildren in the future.

They finished the insulation today (or at least I think they did since I haven't been able to walk in the house all day). We have more inspections tomorrow before the drywall goes up and the stone & stucco go on.

Here are some pictures of the insulation in my craft room on the 2nd floor.


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I've been on here longer than most, and will be here long after y'all are moved in! The reason is that I'm building the house myself, and I'm an old man, so it takes a while. Still, it's a life-long dream being fulfilled, so I can't complain.

We're building a small empty nest. 1300 sq ft on the main floor and a full walk-out basement. We're building on 7 acres in upstate SC, with a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge mountains in the winter. The style I call 'Low Country Craftsman', with large overhangs on the roof, and massive columns for the porch roof.

Completion date? We'd like to have a Certificate of Occupancy late this fall, but there will still be a lot to be done.


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JDez- checking out the corner Lazy Susan and your dishwasher position on the left of the sink. The wood on the cabs looks beautiful.

Amberm... buy in bulk for the duration. There is lots of tomfoolery ahead.

Over a year ago when we signed our pool contract, the franchise owner had a regional salesman visit us at home. He gave us the option to have our decking done with Belgard pavers, so we wrote up that option and cost to save in case we decided to use those pavers around the pool. Only problem was that our franchisee didn't have anyone who did decking, at least not in our area... and asked our GC if HE had anybody???? Scratching head??? If we have to find a decking contractor ourselves, because it is me who is shopping and vetting a lot of these guys, why should I pay a middleman's mark up? Unbelievable.

After building my custom kitchen cabinets to fit a particular refrigerator I bought from Sears Appliances 4 months ago, they called me at delivery time and said, whoops- they didn't have one of those. I hunted one down online, and had it shipped from Florida to Texas by freight after telling Sears what for.

The plumber decided to install a toilet the other day before the tile in that bathroom was grouted. Somebody hid the brown screws for the wood switchplates, so the electrician had to paint silver screws so that things matched... oh, the list goes on and on. Some things are rather large, such as the concrete guy telling you, yes- you were going to need stairs up to your front gate, when your engineered foundation was built exactly to forego that very situation. And you will have to fight them to get what is on the blueprint.
Wine helps... pace yourself:)


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Ok, I read through all of the posts. Congrats to Zoe on getting started and congrats to Hoosier on getting moved in. NPH, HappyValley, Carson, Musicgal you all have beautiful homes with some amazing scenery. Musicgal, I love your little office nook. Autumn, I am holding out hope for you on the internet issue. I've been looking in to options for internet where we are building and my choices are very limited. Booooo. So, I ordered two of the lights pictured below. One will go over the kitchen sink and the other will go in front of the laundry/utility room that is visible from the kitchen. They sort of match my pendant lights and I figured with all the squareness going on in my house, the roundness of these lights would look good. Well, they are on their way, so it will have to work. We were supposed to stain the cabinets before they were put in the house but Little Miss Me couldn't decide on a stain color and the cabinet guy was pressuring me to finish the job so he could get the rest of his money. So, all the cabinets and built-ins were either installed yesterday or will be installed today. I will just have to make a decision on the stain and just finish them in place. Two guys from the building crew showed up yesterday to finish some work on the porch ceilings and they did a horrible job. There are huge gaps between the bead board panels and the trim. They also ripped out all the baseboards in the bedrooms. I had mentioned that I didn't really like them (they used #2 grade pine 1x4s that looked ridiculous, were going to be very hard to paint and would hold a lot of dust). One of the guys was supposed to use a router and bullnose the top edge so I could see if I could live with it but they never did it and I never said one way or another what I wanted to do. So I had a minor explosion and said some things that would make my Mom cringe if she heard her little girl speaking that way. Oh well, I felt better anyway. But, to make a long story short, they will have to fix it all before they get any money. So, we will see what happens. I've gotten really tired of the house building game, so hopefully we can get through that with no more problems. Ok, I have to get back to work. Have a good day everyone.


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Sorry JDez and musicgal. Hoping for better news soon.

I am curious as to whether people here go to the site during construction hours. My husband did that once to meet the security system person, and they were not let in by the workers. Workers said they need to be accompanied by someone from the builder's company. Wondering if we should be more involved in the process, going there to talk to the workers etc., to see what's going on. We go there almost everyday, but after everybody has left. Could you share how your experience has been? Thanks!


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happyvalleyhome, we're building in Iowa on a quarter acre lot. The house is my design with some significant input from the forum here :) 1700 sqft main floor and 1/2 finished basement, will be adding a finished home theater after we're moved in. We're owner/builders and the process so far has been overall quite a bit of fun with an undercurrent of stress!

Started in May, should be having our combined framing/electric/hvac inspection this week or early next, then insulation and drywall hopefully all complete by the end of August.

Once we're done with that I'll be calling in for a driveway to be poured and landscaping while we DIY the trim/tile/paint/floors (except carpet) and cabinets. Assuming with start those at the end of August that will give us 8-10 weeks for those jobs. Working nights and weekends with some help from friends and family I expect we should be able to get it done.

Added a link that shows a version of the plan that's 99.9% of what we're ending up building.

Here is a link that might be useful: Previous thread on our plan


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northpolehome- We are paying for everything as we go, so we own it- unfinished as it is. Now, we are very careful onsite because we have hazardous dropoffs right now. Not sure how my GC handles his insurance as it pertains to us... but in previous bank financed builds, we were chased away by a crew foreman. I always felt uneasy about that, but a lot of it has to do with liability and not the fact they are hiding stuff. Of course, the latter could be true too. I want to see every stick that goes up in this house. It is, after all, MY money putting it up.
Their attitude though (the various crews) can be much different. When my crews thought we were building with a loan, they were always looking for the bank rep to come around. Anyone who showed up with a tie was automatically a bank rep... lol. Of course, they thought I was the designer for a long time. They feel allegiance to the bank because the perception is, the bank owns the house. That was fun to see the light dawn when they realized I was funding the draws. They didn't catch on until late in the process, and many of the crew members were quite dismissive of me. It's a little hard to backtrack when you've been a stinker around the owner. I never fired anyone this past year, but I've had them kicked off my project for awhile.


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We started in May and are hoping to be in by Thanksgivining.

We are building on 1.5 acres in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. It is about 5400 heated sq ft, with 1,000 sq ft of it being a MIL's apartement.

Northpolehome: We can walk our site any time, and we meet there often with the builder who has no issue with us going through it. We are careful with our kids though, and our litltest one we keep in the car or a babysitter. All of the subs know we come by unanounced and have had no issue with it. We eriodically bring by treats for them, so maybe thats why they do not mind :)


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jdez-I like that light. I think you will love it when it arrives. Hang in there - it will get better. You just need to get through to the other side - even then for me the relief was not immediate but the sense of urgency is gone. You have expectations ya know...and when you are doing a lot yourself and you move in and it's not...finished...sigh.

carson-you have me runnin scared that the backsplash that we actually agree on is going to be disco so I think I'm going to order it up! Your light sub is pretty close but I can see what you loved about the other that leaves you feeling meh. Hate it when that happens.

Here is a link - it's so hard to see on line what it really looks like. It's a textured limestone, color quadrata. Sonoma Limestone Quadrata. It's the last color swatch. It comes in a lot of different shapes. We are thinking 2x4 broken joint but I think the herringbone or rhomboid would be fun. It is similar to a split stone we considered but decided against because of the clean-ability factor. This will be much easier to maintain.


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Surprise, surprise, we're not applying for our permit today. When the architect said he had an appointment "Tuesday", he meant NEXT Tuesday. He can go in without an appointment, but it means standing in line. And I don't think he's finished the last changes he was supposed to make. (He hadn't marked on the drawings where the footings go for the various support posts.) I've offered to go stand in line if he sends me the drawings. No response.

JDez, I love the light. Where is it from?

Autumn, I'm down 46lbs in the last year. My program is over, but that just means I no longer have a coach, and new habits to practice, and daily email reminders. I have another 20-40lbs to go on my own.


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Are my posts going through at all? Lol! Think I am being missed.

I go to my build site about 2 times a day during working hours. My GC encourages is as I have caught a few mistakes that they were able fix right away. We are the owners and pay as we go. Everything is in our name. I can't imagine being chased away from my home. That wouldn't go over well.

Wish us luck! More inspections are today! I'm hoping to share drywall pics tomorrow! Woohoo!!

Have a great day everyone!
Robyn


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Robyn, I see your posts. I'm jealous as I was hoping to start around the same time you did. :P


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Amberm - Etsy on the light fixture. If you are interested I will send you the maker's info if they look as good in person.


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JDez, I am interested. Although with Etsy, it's probably out of my price range, especially with shipping.


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Northpolehome...I go to my build site at least twice a day. During the day I often just stop by to see what is happening and then we go through the house in the evening once the workmen are finished. We are welcome on the lot and I go through with the builder whenever he is there but don't really want the kids and I to get in their way. We have the advantage that our builder lives across the street from our new build so he keeps a pretty close eye on what is going on and keeps me in the loop. We have a really good working relationship...it helps that he is one of those rare people who is super talented but still very humble.

Zganderson...I designed our home, as well. After first working with trying to customize stock plans and always having a key element missing and costs skyrocketing due to changing too many things, it seemed easier to just draw it myself and have my builders draftsman draw it up. The only problem with self design is that I constantly worry I have created a hot mess and have no one to blame but myself! My builder has a pretty good sense of what looks good so I am hoping he would have stopped me at the paper stage if there was a true issue.


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Robyn-how far from 'home' are you now that you have moved? My bad, I have been meaning to comment on your pic of the front with those mountains in the back but keep forgetting. I would never ever tire of that view! Curious if the other home you had in a different state (can't remember now) had any similar landscape or if this is completely new for you. Drywall will make everything look so sifferent yet again!

Happyvalley-I think it was you that asked. We started after mush creek but we aren't really completely finished yet so it's a toss up on who will take forever, I mean the longest. We started last september, west Michigan. Moved from subdivision living to a 2 acre wooded lot. GC'd the build and did a lot of week ourselves. And it continues on and on and on, lol.

Amber-so this appointment in a week, it's the one yes? You can take a shovel to the lot after that apt?!?! Good work on your lifestyle eating changes. I swear it's never ending and old habits die so hard! I used fitness pal and need to get back to it, blasted internet, but I digress.

So we placed order number 3 for cable and they are supposedly coming out tomorrow. Sigh.


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Hello everyone. I haven't been good at posting as I go but work has forced me out of town so I can't be on site today. Most days I work my 8 hours and then rush out to my build site to check in with the subcontractors before doing my second job of building my house. It seems like there were an inordinate amount of setbacks on my project but today it finally felt like everything clicked and things are getting done. My flooring should be finished tomorrow, finish electric tomorrow, and my geothermal well digger called and said it would be done within 2 weeks! Now I have to get my butt in gear and finish my projects. Here is a pictures of my kitchen with my DIY cabinets. I still need to add the crown molding and trim out the island. Stainless steel appliances are chomping at the bit to get in there.

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


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MTguy - Your flooring looks AWESOME! We are doing medium brown but after looking at yours I wonder if we should have gone lighter. I am so impressed that you are doing this yourself. Wow!!

Autumn - We are only 3 miles from the build which is awesome!! I love being so close. It's helped a ton!

We passed the exterior and insulation inspections today! YAY!! They start actually putting the stone on tomorrow and hanging drywall! I stopped over tonight to take a pic of the drywall that they dropped off and some workers were still there working!! They have been working around the clock this week. From 8 am - 9 pm everyday!


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Musicgal; you're right, lots of tomfoolery ahead. I wonder sometimes how people make a living without knowing how to do their jobs.

Autumn, in theory, yes, once we get this submitted, we can start. It takes a few more weeks to get the permit fully approved. But, when we apply, we can pay an extra $93 for a partial permit, which allows us to build up to the first floor. I've been TOLD by someone on the phone at the city that we can get this immediately. So we can get the foundation done and backfilled before the "W" word. We can also go in and apply before the appointment, it just means waiting in line. The architect has said he'll go on Thursday. DH found an online status tracker that shows how many people currently in line for various permits. It said 0 at 3:30 this afternoon. I think that means the tracker is broken. DH thinks everyone is waiting on appointments. :P

But then the architect sent me an email this evening asking for the engineering for the deck. The deck which is less than 2' off the ground? #1, why would we need engineering for that. And #2, if we needed the engineering for that, why the *&^* wouldn't you ask for that a week ago when all the engineering was done? BIL got CC'd on that, so he called me and said we don't have to engineer anything, we just need it marked on the drawing where the posts are going. Neither of us can figure out why that's so difficult.

And yes, old habits are hard, that's why the program was a whole year. But the big one for me was learning to eat when I'm hungry, instead of eating because it's "time". MFP never worked for me because I actually need far fewer calories than "average". I was forcing myself to eat because an app told me I wasn't eating enough. Tracking is really good for a lot of people though, because a lot of food gets eaten without us realizing it.


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So, we're supposed to be a week of so from moving in. Final inspection scheduled next week. The countertop people came out to drill holes for my air switches for the garbage disposal, and...... Screw it up. Beyond fixing. They've tried, several different ways, can't repair. Oh, did I mention we searched for my countertop material for 2 months? Yeah. So countertops have to be replaced, we've all (me, builder, countertop folks) been on a frantic search for more acceptable material. Plus, my island is really big, so Quartz is out, which has been my super secret backup plan. Ugh.


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Amberm, our permit office is kind of like that, I've been there nearly a dozen times, no appointment, most times with no wait or only a minimal wait. However, the time I went with the architect to submit for plan review (and I only really needed to be there to write a check and sign one piece of paper) it took 2 hrs. Their traffic seems to go in waves -- as in you wouldn't want to show up right at opening or right after the staff gets back from lunch, because that's when everyone else without an appointment shows up. Perhaps if you're in the area you could make a short visit to scope out how things work?


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Wow, on the easy permits! We are outside city limits, by 2 miles or so if that and the city is like that. Very organized, reasonably priced and all that.

Jackson- I am very sorry to hear about your counters. We too have a large island and I know that countertops are hard to find. :( How bad is it? Could you possibly cover it with something else, a plate? Perhaps you could make it work and get a partial refund to spend someplace you had cutback? We haven't picked slabs yet but its on the to do list for the near future.

For us, exterior painting started yesterday and we woke up to a monsoon outside so I am guessing that will be half done for at least a couple days. sigh. If it's not one thing its another right?


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MFatt, I've noticed the comments about Unincorporated King's County. But I don't think anyone's ever called my city an easy permit place. $93 is just one fee for getting to start while they actually review your BP application. I'm kind of in doubt that it's actually what I think it is, because it's ONLY $93. Everything else is crazy. We're already close to $7k to the city, and that doesn't include the building permit. The BP is another fee somewhere between $4k and $10k. There's a complicated form to fill out to calculate the fee. I can't fill it out myself because there are numbers needed that should be on the drawings but aren't. So I need the architect to tell me. He won't. He's going to fill in the form himself, go down, pay the fee, and send us a bill. If he screws up the form and we pay more than we're supposed to, there will be nothing we can do about it because he already paid it to the city.

We also have to pay $20k to a 3rd party to replace the water and sewer line. We have a water and sewer line. And if we weren't building a new house, the CITY would have to replace it in the next 10-20 years. But since we're building, we get to pay it and don't even get a break because we're saving the city money.

I checked the online wait status this morning, and there were 5 people in line 10 minutes before they opened. 20 minutes after opening, there's only 1 person in line. So the website isn't just broken.


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Oh, and the permits expire after 6 months. If you aren't done building, you need to pay again to renew your permits.


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Our permits are good for 12months I think. Not sure exactly but I will check, our loan needs to be wrapped up at that point so I hadn't really thought about it.


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We're waiting on building permits and think they should be here within two weeks. My husband retired last week so once this house sells, we'll head to California for a rental. Although he had hoped to work for another year, and we're doing some financial rearranging(we'll be okay-just a few more needs than wants in the new house) it will be so much easier to build near by rather than from Phoenix or here in southeastern PA. Sitting here waiting for first meeting with realtor-who called to say she'd be late. Having PTS flashbacks from selling our last house-rush, rush rush to get it ready then wait, wait, wait...love seeing everyone's progress, learning a lot from everyone too.


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If I had all of the permit issues and costs you all have, I'd have never built a house, which is maybe what they're trying to do.

I filled out a one page form and paid $400. That's it. No drawings, no engineering, no other costs, other than the septic permit. I do have to submit 'as-built' drawings once the house is done, but they can be a pencil sketch showing the primary dimensions. I asked if I could just submit a CD with all of the drawings on it, but no, they want prints. 8-1/2 X 11 is fine.

Our permit is good indefinitely as long as I show 'some progress' every 6 months. You could drag out a build for many years if you wanted to. As it is, our build is at 2 years now, and we have at least 6 months or more to go.

The only special rule for building the house yourself is that you can't sell it for 2 years after completion.


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We weren't looking to build particularly. We found lots of existing houses that were great, then we sold, and so did all the great houses. What was left was out of our pricerange so voila, we are building. The cost is still going to be better in the long run but its been a bear of a project. I am thankful to share in the process here with others who get it. :)


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Autumn, we got our landline and internet last night! We can only get AT&T out here. We got Direct TV the day before. I feel like we are connected to the world again. :-) We were eating up our data plans on our phones and iPad. We would probably still be months out to get it if our SIL had not contacted a friend at AT&T. Our install got escalated because we were told we couldn't get any service because the parking lot was full! Install still wasn't easy and were scheduled for so many installation dates and no-one would show. But, we're up and running now. I hope you get service soon.

One of our last big projects is getting done. Concrete. And, lots of it. Holding our breath that it doesn't break the bank. We think the estimate we got is still in the ballpark. But, we'll see.

For those who like to watch men work, here was my view from my small office/computer area in the back of the laundry room. They showed up at 6:15 this morning! I was sitting at my computer sipping coffee in my PJs. Talk about a mad dash out of there when I spotted one of the guys come around the corner.

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We're having a lot of concrete poured! This is what they poured yesterday. It was the area from the garage pad to the driveway and the driveway starting at the pole barn and working down toward the house. I was standing at the pole barn when I took this.

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This is a view from the pole barn looking toward the back of the house. DH is in that hole installing some drainage pipes. The guys were forming the walkways from the back patio to the garage and to the pole barn. I'm thinking we are going to have to do some bigger landscaping in the area between barn and house.

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Here's the walkway to the barn.

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And walkway to the garage from the back patio. They had to revise the walkways on the fly this morning after SIL came down and talked to them about some vents along that one side.

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And, since we had rain rolling in, here's what it looked like after they left this morning.

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Your concrete looks great. We are still waffling on saving money in that department and blacktopping part of the drive. We have a huge drive like you do and the expense is considerable.


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My husband just gave me our lease termination notice to proofread, so we REALLy need to be OUT by the end of August... all legal and such. Even lovelier- I will be "showing" the rental to potential buyers starting August 1st.

robyn- I always think of that insulation stage as one of the most integral parts of the building project. So important for cold weather folks... and for us too, so we can keep the cool air we generate in the envelope. Passing inspection on that is a BIG deal.

jackson... wow. So sorry. Maybe you will find something even better.

I am finding that taking some time away and doing some personal things for myself has helped with the stress this week. Had my hair done yesterday, and made a doctor's appointment for something I've been ignoring forever.

amberm- yes, that is just the kind of thing that is so infuriating. If the deck had to be engineered, why wasn't that brought up in the discussion prior to it having to be an "oh, by the way" item....? I've gotten to the point where I make wise cracks when this type of thing happens. My favorite is, "No problem, I always like to pay twice for things." Then, there is the ever popular, "Of course, it's going to cost more".


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I got a text from the architect this morning with another, "still need deck engineering." I replied immediately for more info, no response. I called him, no answer. I had DH call, text and email him. We're supposed to be applying tomorrow and you still need more information, but can't clarify what information you need??? So, with the inundation of texts, emails, and calls, he phoned me back while I was in the shower. I had brought the phone into the bathroom, so I talked to him soapy and wet. I was in the changeroom at the mall when the city called to say they'd approved our first permit (the permit to apply for a building permit.) I told DH that if things happen when I'm naked, I'm going to be naked more often to keep this project moving.

So, after the call with the architect, we're still applying tomorrow. BIL/GC doesn't think the city needs what he's asking for. If they do, we'll have to go back again next week. But the big hurdle is to get the architect to put on the drawings that there will be support for the posts holding up the front porch roof (which is what he meant by "deck"). The engineer letter saying that it's sufficient doesn't take more than a day. So, I'll book the dirt guys as soon as I get some quotes, today or tomorrow. And then it'll be about 2 weeks before they can come out.

MFatt, we weren't originally going to build, either. But I wanted a downtown, walkable community, and DH wanted a big garage. Our downtown areas are all tiny 1950s bungalows (900sq' 1 story) on big lots that are being torn down and replaced with a combination of reasonable sized houses (2000sq' 2 story) on half lots, or giant mansions on full lots. But nobody is building reasonable sized houses on full lots. We wanted a reasonable house on a full lot so we can have some yard space and a big garage. But builders sell based on sq' of the house. So even the giant mansions only have 2 car garages. If you get one with 3, the realtors act like it's over the top extravagance. And this is a city that is extremely car dependent, so 2 car households are the baseline. Add in a hobby car, hockey gear, camping gear, golf equipment, lawn mowers, bikes, etc, and nobody has room for their cars in the garage.

Anyway, we found a lot that's odd shaped. It's full size at the back (on the alley) and just over half sized at the front. So it doesn't fit the standard builder plans, and has room for DH's oversized 4 car garage. Also, the idiot who sold it to us, a realtor, under represented his own property, and only listed the front size in the listing. So we got it for a decent price (compared to other lots around). The lot used to be much bigger, but the old realtor tore down the house, sliced off a piece and built a 2000sq' standard infill next door. He then realized what a pain it was and decided to sell the dirt rather than build another boring waste of space. He had done up plans for a 3600sq' house with wasted rooms, no yard and a tiny garage.

MFatt, it sounds like you're going to be dealing with the county for the headaches of building, and then just as you're done, the city will annex you and you can pay city taxes. The worst of both worlds. :P


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Bite your tongue Amberm!!!

LOL, you are probably right.


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Carsonheim, I found these! I thought of you immediately. Are you still looking to replace your Savoy House sconces? The square one is just in black though.


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Carsonheim, this is the other option.


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north- thanks for that. I actually did go ahead and purchase my number 2 choice.

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I really do like that one with the black shade -- except for the black part, LOL. The shade looks the same as my beloved-but-discontinued favorite. And the PRICE on those is fantastic.

I'm movin' on. There are far more important things to be upset about in life than my silly sconce drama. My neighbor just came over and told me they are doing an MRI because they think she has a brain tumor. She's about 75 years old.


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quick catchup here... been so busy!

amber- great job on the -46 pounds! I have that much -- and more -- to lose. Luckily, I don't seem to be *gaining* during the build.

happyvalley -- late to answer your questions regarding our group of similarly-timed homes. We are in Texas. Our house is about 5200 square feet on a slab. It's a heavily modified version of the Abberley Lane home by John Tee. Here's a look:
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others -- speaking of permits, we are SUPER lucky here. I'm building *just* outside of city limits, so I have no building permits. I did have to get a septic permit from the county health department -- cost 300 or 400 bucks. That's all the permitting required.

hoosier -- concrete looks great. I really like the curved path to your barn.

musicgal -- that's frustrating about the pool decking! WTF???

Robyn -- your build seems to be going incredibly smoothly. Nice neat job on the insulation.

Jackson -- Sorry to hear about your counters! Hope you find something you love even better.

JDez -- great light fixture!


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Those of you building tight houses, be careful of your woodwork during construction. Our t&g paneling cupped over the weekend after painting due to moisture -- the windows all had been closed and taped off so they could spray. Ugh. It will be fixed, but puts us further behind.


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Oaktown, that sucks about the wood. Did they install it wrong? I've heard of wood cupping, but it takes a serious amount of water. Or, if it's installed too tight, it has no room to expand.

Jackson, It sucks about the counter, but I'll bet you end up with something better. Fingers crossed for you.

Carson, thanks for the congratulations. Good point about the perspective. I have used some stories on here to relax about my own build. At least I still live in my own house. Living in a rental while these delays happen would make it so stressful. I hope for the best for your neighbour.

I was in a downtown neighbourhood today where a few new houses are being built. There was an electrician's van out front, so I snapped a pic with my cell phone to get his contact info. Just as he came out of the house. So I got his business card. It's the first time I've been caught doing that. :P


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Amberm - I know you've been trying to get started for a long time. Exactly how long has it taken you to get to this point? I don't think I would have the patience. When I get my lights and make sure they are not junk, I will email you the info.

Robyn - Y'all are moving fast! I agree with Carsonheim that your insulation looks really tidy. You also have the longest sheets of drywall that I've ever seen.

Carsonheim - That is indeed lucky for you that you don't have to deal with permits. I like your second choice lights. You should remove the teardrop crystals and replace with a crystal TX star.

Musicgal - It sounds like you need to have a half price sale on any Craigslist items you have left and be ready to get out of there. Your place is looking beautiful.

Hoosier - Even though you had to rush to get out of your jammies, I bet it is nice to just be in your own new home, supervising the work.

Jackson - That is the pits! (To put it nicely.) I'm sure it will all work out but what a PITA! Keep your chin up, and your fists if you have to...lol.

MFatt - I hope the monsoon didn't wreck the paint job. We will need pics of course.

Mlweaving - What about you? Hope all is good.

MTguy - Love your floors.

Cz_scrap - It's good that you'll be close to your build. Everything happens for a reason.

HappyValley - Your house will be perfect because YOU designed it. If there is anything wrong with the design, it will be the permit office's fault for not catching it on paper and warning you.

Autumn4 - Nice backsplash. And bonus that DH likes it. So, no internet?

I am now in the process of shopping countertops. We have it narrowed down to two Cambria quartzes (is that a word?) DH likes New Quay and I like Whitney. I think his pick is too neutral and he thinks my pick is not neutral enough. He might be right this time. We decided on LG Hi-Macs Cotton Dust for both bathrooms, currently on sale. Well, that's all.


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JDez, we've been working with the architect for a full year as of this week.


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Almost done with plaster now. They just need to sand.

On to masonry:

(south bay quartzite with bluestone trim)

Stone veneer will form a masonry "shelf" appearing to support the raised bedroom wing:

Sewer ejector:


... has been quite an adventure over the past couple of years, getting easements across neighboring properties etc. Finally we rid ourselves of the old septic system and join the modern age.


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musicgal: We too are in the same boat as you, regarding moving. Our current rental contract is up end of August, and the owners have it listed and showings are coming thru at random times.

The difference is that your house is a lot further along than ours. Our floors aren't down, kitchen/baths aren't in, septic isn't in, finish electrical, driveway and landscaping isn't done,... Sigh. Builder says we may be a few weeks late. Wish we'd included some kind of late delivery penalty in our contract.

Our kids start their new schools up there in a few weeks, so we have to be up there. Our new house is abt 40 miles from our current, so we can't stay around here, we don't know anyone up there yet, and there's no hotels/motels.

So this means we're heading to our 4th temp housing in a year. Kids have been cool with it all, but dw will flip out. It's the "few weeks" that I think screws things up. If it were a "few months", I might be able to score a short-term rental, or a long-term discount on a hotel/motel stay. Nobody is going to rent for a few weeks, and a hotel stay (if there were one within 20 miles) will be full rack rates.

I'm actually planning to shop for tents this weekend and camp in the back yard. Or maybe camp in my builders front yard. (Yaay, passive aggressive!) I'll have the movers put all our stuff in the basement of the new house, then we can camp out back. Or in the 200ac of woods behind our yard, if we need to dodge town officials.

Until then, I've moved into full-fledged pester mode. Daily calls and emails, status checks. I hate micro-managing my projects, but when things come to the wire and people aren't delivering, I actually enjoy being an @ssh0le. Makes me feel all warm inside. ;)


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Hi all,

My windows arrived!!! House was bustling with activity yesterday as they started installation, laid sewer, water and electric and poured the basement floor!!

Jackson...so sorry to hear about your beautiful stone. Will keep my fingers crossed that you find something that you like even better.

Robyn...congrats on passing inspections! Your insulation looked perfect so am not surprised! This next stage things will really start to come together...you must be excited!

Amberm...you are getting so close to starting. We had so many delays and restarts that until that hole was in the ground I never really believed that it was going to happen. Our permits took 7 wks and thanks to reading all the stories here it sounded like it was not that bad even though it felt like forever! I think it was you that said you were building in a city in Canada...which one?? I grew up in Canada (Toronto & Calgary) and still have lots of family throughout the country.

Hoosier...your concrete looks great!! It must be so nice to be able to supervise from the house (pj's and all) then having to trek down there everyday.

Musicgal...you need to start packing and get into that beautiful new home!

Carson...your neighbor sure puts things in perspective. It is so easy to get caught up in the not so important things in life as you build and a reminder like that really helps put things back in perspective. Hope she is ok.

Jdez...I laughed so hard over your permit office comment that I almost spit my coffee out! The permit office did miss a few things...like support for a bump out window...it was in the garage so we were able to roll with it and create a cool window box to break up that wall.

Caben...plaster looks good and that stone will look great under the raised bedroom.

Autumn... Like that tile...it is nice and simple and should go beautifully with your counters.

Jenniekehr...sounds like u are on a similar time frame to a few of us. What is going on in your build now?

Here are some pics of my windows going in as I know how much u all like pics!!

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