Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Certificate of Occupancy and moving in!

The official piece of paper! 6.5 months of scheduling and a little bit of sweat. 
Me and my girls, who I would do it all over for again. 
This time, we hired two guys to help move the big stuff, so I was too busy to take any photos then. But here's Faith unpacking boxes and waving for K2, he asked if we had moved in! 
Piton settled in, without too much hissing at her sister! 
The 1st morning enjoying breakfast before church. 
Haley had 3 of her girlfriends stay over so I wanted to put up the string lights. The lower level will have them too! 
Walking around the house I saw this picture with the leaves in the background and thought it looked cool. 
Haley's cool light above her couch. I need to get more chain so it hangs down further. 
The final product! Just need concrete. 
The very last "punchlist" item was to arrange the logs, assemble the door and fire up the direct vent fireplace! It's going to be sooooo nice! 
With dad's help we got the well pumping water so I could water the lawn. This is the back part of the property that not many people will ever see, but Bunky, and it's one of the most serene. 

Thanks for following along! - Faith, Haley and Brian

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

1 to go, 1 to go, 1 to go! It's the Bell lap!

Shower doors installed in the master

 Haley's bathroom and also bath #3
 Stone completed on the chimney

 The final product in the powder room, minus a mirror we just found online
The final coat of stain on the bead board ends up with a rustic look.

 With the stain applied to the rail, it looks so good now that it brings out the scratches and marks in the wood!
 I like the subject matter in the mirror, more than what she's taking a picture of! :)
 With the lights on above the kitchen cabinets it also lights behind the stained glass so you can really see it at night now!
The fence we like and there will be more like it holding in Bunky soon. But the wire is only so we can pass the CO, which the final inspection is tomorrow!

So many things going on right now that not much else to say. We're ready to be done making DECISIONS! We did a really good job of planning up front, but there are so many other decisions that have to be made in a custom build, especially when it's for yourself and the home you plan on being in forever!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The laps are winding down, it's almost time to bring it home!

The COREtec Plus 5" luxury vinyl plank in the color of Carolina Pine in the basement is done.
This is the powder room with recycled barnwood from the property installed.
The vanity arrived! 
Granite counter tops were installed and virtually all of the lights hung. 
Call us unconventional, but we love our hand hewn fence looking handrail! 
The bead board needs to be stained, but otherwise the dining room is complete. 

The fireplace turned out really good, especially with the detail we requested! 
And this was a momentous occasion as it was the first time the garage has been clean enough to park my truck in it! 2 weeks to go! 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Um, cabinets happened

The open shelf is known to the girls as "my station". It's where I put my phone, tablet, GoPro, etc. to charge, keys to rest, change, knife, Chapstick, etc. to be stored. A man's essentials! 
The antique white perimeter cabinets are distressed. Which means they were painted a chocolate brown and then antique white over that, and then sanded through so the brown shows through. The island is a "wiped" green and it's been hand hewn, which you can see in the detail here. 
The double doors will hold the TV and the doors pocket. 
The master closet isn't complete without a place to keep the Queen's royal shoes! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Terrace fireplace and front porch posts and steps complete ; bathroom cabinets installed; mailbox installed

Done! We learned what we like, and don't like, so the main floor fireplace surround will look different! 
The mudroom looking good. 
Master bathroom. Oh, all of the tile was grouted this week too. 
Haley's cabinet and bathroom as a whole is looking great! 
A mailbox makes it almost complete! 744 Garrett Circle  is going to be ours in about 5 weeks! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Trim complete, for now

 Haley's closet barn door is installed! Unfortunately, she wants all of her trim painted white..... Oh well, her wish is my desire! And not all of the trim is complete, like the baseboards NOT seen above, because material didn't come in as planned and my trim guy is going to Colorado and won't be back for three weeks.
 The bead board wainscoting in the dining room is up and we're trying to decide what to do with it.... To be honest, it may not have turned out with the WOW factor I was going for... I have had a few people give their ideas, like adding 1x6 at the top and bottom and then vertical, 4' on center. I am going to go ahead and stain it, and if we don't like it, paint it! Likely the same white color that we will whitewash the living room ceiling.
 Here's Haley's chalk wall. Um. Yeah. I love my punkin', so if she's happy, I'm happy!
 One nice little guy has been working on this all week! When, we do the upstairs fireplace, the arched stones will be different than this design. Faith would like for it to look more natural with uneven lines and gaps in between the stones. I agree, but this will blend and "go away" once it is complete I'm sure. Oh well!
I put down the covering to protect the hardwood floors during the remaining month of construction. That's right, just a little over a month and we'll be moving in!!! October 15th is the move-in date and when we will start making memories together as a family!

For to many reasons, but mainly forgetting, here's an aerial view showing overall progress. What's not seen is a cleaner barn to the right (the old engine that was in there, along with other old windows, wire fence, wood, etc. were put in the dumpster last weekend by Faith and I). Some of the new grass is coming in, but right behind the house basically isn't. It's still be in the upper 80's during the day and that part just gets hammered with sun. So the seeds didn't take and we'll have to do it again later this month, along with the bank on the left side of the house that doesn't have any real grass period, just millet. Oh well, part of it! Thanks for tuning in, we're almost done!