Friday, December 13, 2013

October progress according to my iPhone

October was the month for cabinet installation.
...and paint problems.

Oh, and let's not forget tile choices that boggled my mind.
And a whole slew of trouble-shooting and decision making.

But we made progress and some day we will live in that thing!

If I try putting all these in order I will never have time to actually build the house, so bear with me here.

A tiny little peek into the little things that happen around here:

The cabinet guy tried to help me with future sweeping by angling the toe kicks.
But that's just not the look I wanted.  

I've got to get over feeling bad making people re-do things.
He was SO nice about it all!!

When they taped off all the door trim to paint it pulled off a ton of the paint.
So the poor paint people were busy working their tails off trying to fix all that.

They also got all the baseboard painted we will be adding after the wood flooring goes in.
...which later got all ruined in oru little flood we had during a rain storm, but that's a post for another day.

The zinc went on (more on that in the last post).

More paint issues but oh boy I love those transoms.

Lots of cabinets.

Trying to pick a stone color.
(We didn't pick that one, but it was one of the options.)

Lots of lists like this scattered all over the place.

Trying to figure out bathroom finishes:

...Which meant I had these things sliding around in the back of my car every time I made a turn ALL MONTH.  Samples from what seems like all over the whole planet.
So many things to try to match...

The roofers came and finished tiling the roof:

We just wanted to utilize what was there from the original house so we are having it painted.

I know, kinda weird, but it works.

After the ceiling serious non-level problems were fixed, they finally started the trim for the family room fireplace wall:
This will eventually be white.

More changed toe kicks.

This bathroom went from having one cabinet waaaayyyy too big:
To this:

To this:
Poor installer changed the location of that main cabinet like three times because we have to have a certain amount of room there for the lockers we are getting to go on the right.

More messed-up paint:

Final countertop choices:
(More on that back HERE.)

More tile choices...

Getting ready for waterfall countertop install (here):

LOTS of work trying to figure out how in the world to accomplish this type of look with our fireplace.

All kinds of measuring and deliberating about that thing:

And finally...we got it all installed last week.  I LOVE it!  I will post pictures as soon as I can.

Getting ready for a bookshelf...

Agonizing over flooring decisions:
Much more about that back HERE.

They also had to come grind the cement down to get ready for the wood install.

Honestly, I don't know that there could be a more crooked floor, dealing with new cement and old cement and load-bearing walls totally changed.

I already posted about the mudroom lockers, but it was so fun to watch them go in!:

Sink deliveries:

Countertop templating:
These guys are the BEST!

The little window seat went in in Lucy's room.

Here's our lone appliance left over from the original house.
It's not faring too well under all this construction!

Zinc was unveiled:

Loving the light coming from these transom windows.

This is the bench in the jack and jill bath.  oh I picture lots of teenage girls sitting there getting ready and doing each other's hair.
That's what we do around here :)

Primer on the girls' walls:
...and in Lucy's room too...

Porch progress:

We FINALLY started on the finishing work.  

After much deliberation and negotiating and mind-boggling-choices with samples coming out of our ears.

And THEN after much begging to PLEASE get crews out there and going, it all began.

These guys came to get the crews set up:

It is a work in progress I tell you!  This was near the beginning of October and it's now (as I write) the middle of December and they are getting close to done.  

But it's so exciting to see it get going!

The master shower went from this:
To this:

To this:

All ready for tile install.

More progress on fireplace wall:

14,598 pictures like this:

Trying to get going on the landscaping:
Lots to think about there.

What a month I tell you!


  1. Watching your journey while I love it, makes me really wonder if I am ready to build a house and make all of those decisions! Can't wait to see the house finished!

  2. This is so exciting! I'm so glad you are sharing!! I can't wait to see the finished product!

  3. I've never built or remodeled a house before, but based on all the HGTV I have watched, it looks like you guys are in the final stages!

  4. oh wow, I love the trim in the girls room, I know after we built, and spent a ton, then the landscaping... how much for trees and flowers LOL!!!!

  5. So much progress in October! Woohoo!

  6. Are you doing hardwood or tile in the kitchen. I love the wood look but our builder recommends tile in case of leaking appliances. I'd love to hear or see what you chose!

    1. wood is the best! We put our ice maker in our pantry and I'm glad because it does leak...haven't had any other problems with the wood.

  7. Daisha, go for the wood floors! My parents built their home in Southampton, New York 12 years ago. The kitchen is totally open and is the same wood as everywhere else; there's never been an issue with appliances or anything else. I think sometimes builders or vendors want to shield us from every possibility of normal wear and tear.

  8. Your house will turn out super gorgeous! I love how thorough you are and that you don't give in, even with little details - that's the way to go plus your kids will learn from that as well! Keep up the good job dear Shawni!

    Mrs. Larsson

  9. I think the interior transom windows are my favorite FAVORITE detail ever!