Progress – 2/27/18

At the beginning of January, we took a short time off to recuperate from past 2 years of construction and recharge our batteries in Kauai. It was so wonderful!IMG_3795


But back to work we must go! We installed some more barnwood at the top of the stairs. This isn’t as easy as it looks because most of the wood is twisted and not the same size throughout the entire plank. It takes a bit of work to fit it all together.IMG_3805

Next we have to finish designing any changes to the stairs and redo them with the reclaimed wood.

I got my art work installed above the bench in the mudroom. Now the rooms are starting to take on some personality!IMG_3860Countertops were installed in the Laundry/Pantry. They are Hi-Macs from LG in Ice Queen.IMG_3807

I wanted a hanging bar beside the dryer, so we installed simple black piping (that I removed the sticky finish from) and hung from the ceiling from the rafters.IMG_3872

Carrick hung my floating shelves for me from Ikea. I plan on storing all my baking items in the canning jars. I find these for cheap at places like Marshalls, HomeGoods and even Ace Hardware.

I also just installed the larger subway tile and the border. It just has to be grouted.


We actually got the shower completed in the Master Bath! This took me a LONG time to complete. It is a large shower and the mural was more work than I thought it would be.IMG_3848

I made the mural out of stones & glass from tiles that I had, found stones I collected from our vacations and small ceramic animals. The marbles in the mosaic I found in our current house when we were renovating! That is a Border Collie chasing a red marble “ball”.


I always wanted one of these rainshower heads. I found this one on eBay from the UK.


Here’s the shower niche. The back tiles were from Mercury Tile and are all handmade and fit in perfectly with the colors from the stone. It was an odd lot of seconds that I put together to fit.


In the kitchen, most of the work is done with the exception of the tile work around the fireplace and the back splash. The fireplace is installed, but logs still need to be inserted. The mantle is an antique I found a couple of years ago. The photo above the fireplace was my Christmas gift from my dad. It shows my great-aunt Gertrude harvesting waterlilies from a pond not far from our property!


These are the tile I’ve selected to use for the backslash in the kitchen. These two are from Lowes and will be going around the perimeter.


These are from the Tile Shop and will be centered over the stove.


The Great Room fireplace is also getting further along. Here it is with the scratch-coat.IMG_3855

From there we started installing the cast stone. This was after the first day.


Last night we completed up over the mantle. This is the same stone that will be installed on the exterior of the house. We are waiting for warmer weather to be able to complete that! Hopefully it will be soon as we’d like to move in soon! It’s just too hard and costly to keep two houses going.


Thanks for checking on our progress! Hopefully the weather will stay nice and we’ll have lots of progress to report!


Progress 1/15/18

Hard to believe it’s been two months since I updated. Lots has happened since then. Most of the siding is completed and most of the gutters, too (not shown in the photo). We were lucky to have had warmer weather for so long, but now it has been record cold and we can only work inside. That means it will still be a while until we can move in because we cannot get our occupancy permit until all of the Tyvek/OSB is covered on the outside (install the scratch coat for the stone). So we’ll have to wait until it’s warmer!IMG_3531IMG_3536

Panorama of the first floor before Christmas. Check out our construction zone Christmas tree.IMG_3529


I found out that you can select your own slabs here when you go through a fabricator. We used Steel City Granite and I chose my slabs at DalTile in Cranberry. If I remember correctly, the name of this is Silver Cloud granite. I needed two slabs, so these are it!



And here is the installed product. I loved all the movement in the granite. There were some beautiful marbles, but I couldn’t work around the maintenance and the fact that I would be the only one to be careful not to stain the stone! That is a deep-fryer in the countertop below… it was Mark’s only request for the new kitchen. IMG_3591IMG_3600

We are finally able to move some of the items I have been hoarding for the past 2+ years up from the basement and our garage. This bench is the “Elder Bench” made for me by Ben Napier out of all reclaimed wood. I purchased it right after I saw their pilot for the HGTV show “Home Town“, probably 2 years ago. It is such a beautiful piece (and heavy!) and I can’t wait to hang all of my artwork I have collected above it (but it’s going to have to wait until we aren’t producing so much dust). It will be great for sitting on to put on/take off our shoes. Thanks, Ben!IMG_3578

Shot of our dining room! This makes me so happy because it’s just as I envisioned it. The table is this one from IKEA, the chairs are from Target, rug from Dash and Albert, and the upholstered chairs are from C&B. We actually had Christmas dinner here! I got all of them on sale or clearance. That is one of the perks of this process taking so long! I could decide what I wanted and wait until it was on sale. IMG_3597

The fireplaces have been installed, but still have to be finished up. Here is the Great Room ready for the scratch coat before the stone goes on.IMG_3613

I finally decided on a paint color for the barn door that will be in the mudroom. Only took 3 tries! If you look hard enough, you can see them on the bottom of the door. IMG_3621

We also got some of the barnwood installed in the foyer. Next we have to figure out the final stair placement. Doesn’t it look great? I love the differences in texture.IMG_3594

The platform is finally out and all the windows in the great room have cedar trim!IMG_3583

Here’s a photo of the Great Room on Christmas Day. As you can see, some of the flooring was in and we moved some old furniture up just to have some where to sit.IMG_3601

This is where the TV will be permanently. I still need to install the chinking here, but that can wait.IMG_3635

I finally got the whole mosaic finished. I still need to grout it, but you get the idea. It has a beach theme, with the colors of the ocean.IMG_3550IMG_3559

Carrick’s bath is complete. Just need to add towel bars.IMG_3545

Carrick’s showerIMG_3544

Cole’s bath is done!IMG_3543

Cole’s bath/showerIMG_3542

Cade’s bath is also done!IMG_3540

Cade’s showerIMG_3541

We also have flooring! The flooring is installed in the whole house, with the exception of the foyers — we still have other work to complete there before it can go down. IMG_3560

That’s about it for now. Right now we are finishing up installing the built-in fridge and freezer, beams in the Foyer and Great Room, a bunch of tiling in the kitchen (fireplace and backsplash) and waiting for the Laundry/Pantry countertops. I’ve been putting furniture together and it is so satisfying to see everything going together like I envisioned. Thanks for checking in with us!

Progress — 11/14/2017

We’ve been getting a lot done recently! It feels good to actually see parts of the house get completed. It is hard now to get much done when it’s dark by 5:15 pm, so we move inside to do small jobs there.


Lots of work has been completed here. I ordered a mahogany countertop for the island and it came out beautiful. I ordered it online and then, because we are close and my husband makes trips to Cleveland often, he picked it up at the plant to save on shipping charges.

I bought the unfinished countertop and finished it myself with Waterlox. It was easy, just time-consuming and smelly. Each side has at least 4 coats applied.


I also found all my registers. These were a surprise find at Lowe’s. I hate the cheap metal ones that bend and rust. These are cast-iron! There is also a matching version that I adapted to use for my lower wall vents.


The kitchen sink was installed after the bottom bracing was built and we cut the apron for it to fit. This weighs a ton and was a long-ago eBay purchase.


Additional items checked off the list in here are installation of the stove hood, outlets, lights, switches, and drawer microwave (in the island). Next up are countertops and appliances (which have all be waiting in our garage forever!).


Master Bath

As you can see, the vanity and the mirror have been installed! This made me so happy to see it as I envisioned it. The vanity is from Signature Hardware, mirror from Crate & Barrel, and faucets from Amazon Warehouse Deals. Don’t be afraid of buying items from them as a warehouse deal! I have gotten a bunch of stuff that way at deep discount just because they cannot sell it as new. If there is something wrong with the item, I have had them discount it, give it to me for free, or take it back with no return shipping!


Close up of the tile inset in the bathroom floor. Mosaic tile from Home Depot and border and floor tile from Tile Shop. I purchased all the tile on sale and we installed it ourselves for a big savings.


Tile has been sealed and grouted on the shower floor. The border tile is the same as the main floor and inset of oval tumbled marble tiles (mine are not polished), both from Tile Shop. I still have to grout the wall tiles, but before that can be completed I have to make my custom mosaic for the 6″ band going around the shower. I have all the parts, just not the time and energy to get it done!


Remaining here is hooking up sinks and faucets, installing the shower hardware, deciding on the deck material for the bathtub and installing the tub faucets.


We decided to do the siding ourselves since quotes were outrageous and/or we couldn’t get anyone to do it. The majority of the siding is James Hardie (that has been sitting on our jobsite for over a year!) in Timber Bark. The tower part of the house will be James Hardie panels that are painted by me in BM Caliente. I chose it last year before it was named color of the year this year. calinete


Stone veneer will go up to the bottom of the panel here on the side of the tower. Battens spaced 12″ apart will be applied after we get all the big pieces up.


My husband and my son working on the front of the house. Thank goodness for the 60′ lift we have been renting. We wouldn’t be able to get much done without it.


Shot of the front of the house. Veneer sitting there waiting to be installed. Galvanized metal roof installed on the porch roof and bark siding from BarkClad on the bump-out of Carrick’s room.


Before photo of when they started on the long side.


After photo of the 8 x 10 sheets installed. Still need battens and trim installed. Stone veneer goes below .


View of the front of the house. Sometime in the future, the garage will be built and connected with a short walkway to the mudroom door.


The back of the house. Trim boards will go between the windows (on order). Other sections will be the panel Hardie and other parts will be beaded lap siding, all in Timber Bark.


The early sunset has been a real pain in the butt. We have to finish outside work shortly after 5. Sometimes we have to resort to this.


Two of the pine corbels that will be installed under the gables of the house. These are the small ones! They are quite heavy.


That’s all for now. At least all I have photos of. The boys’ rooms upstairs have been almost completed. Their bathroom fixture hookups and the Pergo flooring are the only major items remaining! Woohoo.

Major indoor projects remaining are Pergo flooring on both floors, the stair rebuilding with reclaimed wood and the barn wood on the walls, countertops and appliances.

Outdoor projects remaining are finish siding and soffitt, install veneer on chimneys, and install skylight and final roofing (roofer).

The fireplaces should be installed within the next week. That will be exciting. We are only installing 2 of the 4 right now. They are all propane.

Thanks for checking in with us. Hopefully with the final push, we’ll be able to get in by Christmas!

Progress Update – 09/22/2017

I know that it has been 4 months since I have done an update, but we have been so busy this summer working on the house and various activities the kids have, that this is the first time I have had a chance to sit down and do this. I hope that I still have someone out there that is interested.

Let’s start with:



We used the same tile throughout the kitchen/pantry/mudroom. It is a black/grey slate called Montauk Black Slate from Home Depot. 

In the Pantry and Mudroom, we did a running bond layout. In the Kitchen we wanted something a little more interesting, so we did a herringbone pattern. It took a lot of figuring and tile cutting, but I think it was worth it!


Here’s a closeup so you can see how we installed it. It took a lot of patience and tile cutting (we cut 12 x 24 tiles in half for the herringbone).  There is a two tile width border around the whole kitchen and the pattern is inside that border.


And here is what it looks like now! The grout is more of a grey color (Silverado).


Here’s an updated photo of the Pantry/Laundry room. The cabinets are all installed and just waiting for the countertops to be installed.

Next steps in the kitchen are to finish up the grouting — I have a little more to do along the other wall, finish sealing the gray cabinets (I ended up changing the color to Luxe Gray because the original had a pink cast to it), and install hardware and countertops.

Great Room

The biggest changes in the Great Room have been the installation of the veneer logs and the fireplace skeleton.


Before photo of what the wall looked like when we started. Just regular OSB clad wall with openings for the air returns.


Half way through the project on this wall. We would sand the veneer before picking which logs to use, and then dry-fit them on the wall with screws to make sure it was spaced correctly. When that was complete, we took them back down and permanently attached them with screws and Liquid Nail. Now I need to stain and seal them before adding the chinking in between the logs.


View from the Foyer into the Dining and Great Room. You can see all the log veneer installed and the fireplace frame to the left. The window frames have also been stained and sealed and the trim molding all cut and fit.

After I finish with the logs, cedar trim will be installed around all the windows. The fireplace will be a gas insert and clad in stone veneer.


We put the platform back in the tower so we could work on the ceiling and install the light and barn board. All of the ceiling is now sealed with Heritage Natural Finish. It is all natural and smells so good!


I purchased this light quite a while ago from Magnolia before they became huge. It was from a warehouse sale that they had and I got a great price on it. I was hoping that it would work here and I was so happy to see that it does!


We purchased a lot of barn wood from Good Wood Nashville. This is just a tiny section that we installed over the stairs in the tower to the right of the light. The entire Tower will have barn board on the walls. We also got reclaimed wood for the stairs, but those need to be adjusted before we can start on that.


Almost all the tile work has been completed in the bathrooms! Only need to get them all sealed and grouted. For some reason I only took photos of the Master Bath! You’ll have to wait for the boys’ completed photos.


The tile here is almost complete, but I still have to get the custom mosaic band done.


Shot of the shower floor. Still have to make the final cuts around the drain and then grout.


I love this light in the bathroom! I got it for a steal from Wayfair (no longer available there). I would have loved to have it over the bathtub, by by code it cannot be installed there, so I opted to have it offset.

Still left to do in here: concrete top for the bathtub, grouting tile, and installing fixtures.


We’ve been getting the outside ready for the siding — finally! Mark and Carrick have been working on the chimney skeletons so that the roofing can be finished around them and then install the exhausts.


The front porch decking went on last weekend. It is Trex Enhance Decking in Saddle. We installed it with the Camo System so that there are no visible screws. Having the decking on makes the porch look so much bigger (ignore all the dirt on the deck… it’s so dry here because we’ve had no rain for a while)!


Next up is the siding and the stone veneer, along with the metal roofing that will go on the porch roof.

Even though there is still a lot to do, we hope to move in before Thanksgiving! Thank so for following along with us!

Progress – 5/4/2017

Long time, no progress report! I am sorry, but it seems like time passes by so fast and at the time it doesn’t seem like a lot gets done until I go back and look at the photos. We will be SO glad when we can finally move in! And no, we have no idea when that will be! We just have to keep plugging along and eventually we’ll get there. We’ve been at this for over a year and it will be nice when we can finally enjoy all the hard work we’ve put in.

Photo of our house during the last snow from the neighbors (thanks Jen).
Early Spring photo at the top of the driveway.
Completed the last of the pine ceiling in the loft area. We made a temporary platform so that it was easier to work on it.
Cole’s completed shower surround before grouting. Love the glass mosaic he picked for the accent tile.
Close up of the tile after 1 side grouted. Sorry for the rough photos, but most of these were taken in the evening after I finished for the day.
Carrick’s shower. He chose 4 x 16 subway tiles and a dark border of slate and glass mosaic tiles. We’ll have to build out the side wall a bit to made it smaller so the glass doors will fit.
The laundry/pantry off of the kitchen and mudroom. The drywall has been completed and painted here! Now the cabinets are being installed.
Side view of the pantry. These cabinets aren’t as wide (only 15″) so that I will still have storage, and still be able to open the washer on the opposite side.
The kitchen is almost ready for final painting. The primer coat is on and there are just a few touch up spots to fix. I highly recommend this Kilz PVA primer.
The other side of the kitchen. After painting, we’ll install the cabinets (Sektion from IKEA). The grey cement board section will be where the stove is located. There will also be a center island.
The dining room and great room. I have also primed this area, but didn’t take a photo yet. This was just before I started. This room is almost completed too.
Some of the color choices I had a hard time deciding over. I went with Pergo flooring because we needed so much and I really liked it! Originally I chose the 2nd from the left, but when I tried to place the order it had been discontinued. Lucky for me, Lowe’s had some new options that I liked even better.
Here’s what we went with: 8″ wide Pergo London Oak.
Pantry cabinets almost done. Just need the final topcoat for protection.
I’ve narrowed down my cabinet pull choices to these at Home Depot.

So the next month will be busy. Hopefully our siding and gutters/facia will all be installed, and the septic will too. On the inside, we’ll be finishing up drywall, painting, installing the floor, tiling and then moving on to the fun stuff: all the finishing touches, like fixtures and lighting! Wish us luck, just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap!


Progress 2/23/2016

Beautiful sunset from the hill. The weather this winter hasn’t been that bad. The only problem has been with the freeze/thaw cycle and making the whole work site a sticky mudhole. The past week has dried it out though, thank goodness!
We moved on the the tower ceiling after the drywall on the 1st floor. We built a platform up in the tower to be able to reach the ceiling without being on ladders. Made life a whole lot easier! The plan is to put reclaimed barnwood on the walls in the tower after the drywall is done elsewhere.
The completed Master Bath waiting for the next phase of drywall mud and tiling.
After the tower and bath, we moved on the ceiling in the Mast Bedroom. This was a little easier because we had more straight shots and not as many angles.
Each piece was cut to fit in the cavity between the beams, so that it could slide in. Some cuts had to be made for lags that hold the heavy timbers up and lights and vents.
And here is the completed ceiling!
Next we moved up to the second floor and the boys’ bedrooms. This took about a week of nights and weekend to complete. It went pretty quick once we got the hang of it. The only hang ups here were the cuts for wiring, lags and pipes.
Now we’ve moved on the dry walling the 2nd floor. It can be tricky trying to get the long sheets of drywall up the stairs!
Cole’s bedroom
Cade’s bedroom.

For now, we’ll be finishing up the drywall on the second floor. That will take a little more figuring because Mark has to build little walls at the top of the big walls so that they touch the ceiling and we can attach the drywall.

Since the weather has been so nice, we even started working on the outside —installing some of the soffit and siding.

Most of the electrical work is done. We even have some switches and outlets so that we don’t have to run so many extension cords!

I will most likely start the tiling soon. I’ve ordered a lot of the tile and there is a lot to do!

Progress 1/20/2017

This week’s progress has been slow-going. The mud is back (it’s been warm) and it is hard to get up to the house. We’re also finishing up the tedious work in the Master bedroom and bath where the walls and ceilings meet with the difficult cuts and additions where the heavy timbers go through the walls/ceilings. That involves a lot of figuring and dry-fitting.

Now the drywall is up in the bedroom and going up in the bath (the special purple kind). We added a small wall in the shower like I found in one of my inspiration photos:


Carrick putting up drywall in the shower. Note the new wall in the opening.
Mark doing his figuring to get the spaces right in between the beams and walls.


Drywall up in the Master.
The view out the Master windows. This is facing down Blacks Woods Road if you are familiar with our area.
Built-in ironing board in the Master closet. I got the idea for this from Hometime.

I watch A LOT of HGTV, Hometime, and This Old House, along with reading magazines, blogs, Instagram and Pinterest to cull down what I wanted in this house. I keep lots of boards on Pinterest if you are interested in my thought process. It helps me a lot to be able to see everything visually in one place and to keep track of where I found items online and their prices. I also keep binders with inspiration from magazines and other sources, along with another binder of the actual items I have already purchased for the house, so that I have instructions, measurements and other important information all in one place.

The foyer. The first door on the left is a small closet, the next door is the powder room, and the next is the way down to the basement.
The Pantry/Laundry room. All the cabinet cases are put together.

I had to move a few cabinets around to fit the area that changed from the original plans. One of the 15″ deep cabinets on the right will be moved to our Master closet and replaced with a 15″ x 24″ to fit in the space. So I did pretty good, only have to replace one and the extras were used somewhere else!

I got into a rhythm on putting these together, so as I went along it got easier and quicker. I love how sturdy they are and how I could easily change them to what I wanted. I have them in my current kitchen and they have help up very well!

The tall cabinet goes in the Pantry to hold all my cleaning supplies, vacuums, and other stuff. The other cabinets are put together with the exception of the island.

I have to wait because Mark wants to tape and mud the seams now before I put them in. So we have to move them around a bit. I will be working on painting the doors and putting down the backboard on the floor for the tiles.

This weekend will be warm, but with the chance of rain. I think the plan is to do some facia work and maybe even start some of the siding on the front if the weather cooperates! If not, we have plenty to do on the inside!

Progress 01/09/2017

Even though the weather has been really cold, we’ve gotten a lot done over Christmas break. A lot of drywall has gone in and most of the first floor is almost ready for taping and mudding. Thank goodness for heat. We keep it around 55 degrees most of the time.

I’m glad that it has been cold for a while, because when it warms up the driveway turns to very slippery, greasy mud. I think that we are in store for that again this week. Can’t have everything!

The well is hooked up. We had some issues there, but hopefully they are all resolved.
The Master shower is ready for tiling. The floor pan is done by hand in 2 steps. I know the shower is huge, but the space would have been tiny and wasted in the Master closet, so I added it to the shower. Most likely it will be done in large format subway tile with accents and honed marble floor.


Carrick’s shower is also complete and ready for tiling. Cade’s is almost identical, but Cole asked for a bathtub in his.
The kitchen part way through dry walling.
The kitchen even further along. The area that has the grey backerboard is where the range will be. That area will be tiled and a hood will be installed.


Here is Mark working on the pocket door between the Laundry/Pantry room and Kitchen.


Mark installing drywall in the Dining Room.


View from the Great Room into the Dining Room and Kitchen.


View of the Kitchen with all the drywall complete.


Another view of the Kitchen with a view of the pocket door hardware installed. The door beside the opening is the one that will be installed there. The other area to the right is the Mudroom. The flooring throughout this area will be a dark gray slate. This area, along with the Dining Room and part of the Foyer will have drywall ceilings for a change over the pine board that will be in the other parts of the house.
And now I am working on putting all the cabinets together that I purchased at IKEA almost 2 years ago! Who knew it would take so long to get this far! It has been a little difficult because the final room sizes didn’t end up being the exact same as the plans. That means I have to make some adjustments and move some around. All of the cabinet doors will be painted. The cabinets around the perimeter of the Kitchen will be Linen from Amy Howard Paints. The Island in the Kitchen will be painted Eulalie’s Sky and the Pantry will be Luckett’s Green from Miss Mustard Seed.
Miss Mustard Seed Paints – Eulalie’s Sky (Island) and Luckett’s Green (Pantry).
Amy Howard Paints


Next up is

  • Finishing cabinet construction. Pantry is almost done and Kitchen is partly done.
  • Install cabinets.
  • Finish drywall in the Master Bedroom and Foyer.
  • Start taping and mudding and sanding (I HATE this part).
  • Begin tile work.
  • Decide on tile for all the boys’ baths (that ought to be interesting).
  • Decide on flooring. This has been a real struggle for me.
  • Get the other heating system installed upstairs when our HVAC guy isn’t on Emergency Call! This weather has kept him busy, but we aren’t in a hurry.
  • Finish the wood staining in the Great Room (windows) and seal.




Progress 12/7/2016

As you can see, we’ve made some progress since the last time I posted. To us it seems things drag along, never going as fast as we’d like. We had hoped to be done by now, but that is not even close to happening! Shooting for early Spring now.

All the exterior doors are installed and the chimneys have been framed in.
Rear view with all the doors and windows installed. All those shavings are from the beams that had to be planed because of mold.
All the siding waiting patiently to be installed.
These are some of the colors/textures that will be on the outside/inside of the house. Includes cement siding from James Hardie (both here are painted BM Caliente {will be on the tower exterior} and Parrot Green {outside trim color}), the bark siding will be on the front top bump out & garage, and the weathered barn board will be on the walls in the tower, along with the pine beams.
We got our 1000 gallon propane tank installed.
Insulation work in progress, almost totally complete now.
Starting to drywall the Master Bedroom – only partial because we are waiting to get an inspection.
First layer of the shower pans are in. Next comes the rubber membrane and then another layer of cement/sand mix to have the correct slope to the drain.
Current view into the Great Room.


Foyer progress. Powder room in the room right next to the stairs.
Electric panels. Lots going on here!
Gas lines installed!
We have heat! The first of two furnaces is installed and running on propane until we get the heat pumps installed and the vents in the roof.
Decorative corbels stained for the exterior of the house.
Window in the tower stained with a custom mix to look weathered and will hopefully match the barn board that will be installed on the walls. We built a platform about half-way up so that the beams, insulation and ceiling could be installed. Made it much easier, except for the part of getting up the stairs!
View into Carrick’s room from the loft area. On the right will be where the 2nd furnace goes. He’s excited that he won’t have to be cold in the winter anymore or cook in the Summer.
Insulation and the beams all installed in Cole’s bedroom ceiling.

Next on our agenda is

  • to finish up the shower pans
  • get the roof vents in (today)
  • get electric and plumbing inspected (hopefully this week)
  • work on drywall
  • get septic installed (next week)
  • get water run to the house (next week)
  • start tiling bathrooms and floors
  • about a million other things!

Thanks for checking in to see our progress. I’ll try to update more often as there will be more of the “finishes” going in.


Progress – 10/26/2016

OK, so it’s been two months since I updated! Things got hectic with back to school and everything that goes along with carting 3 boys around to all their events.

Steady progress has been made since the last time I checked in. The roof is on most of the house (with the exception of where the chimneys will go), all the doors are installed, the electric and plumbing are almost complete, large beams were installed in the Master Bedroom, and a whole bunch of other smaller jobs were completed. We are looking forward to our first inspection soon!

Here is the visual tour:

View of the house with the roof completed. (09/13/16)
The fireplace going in. Since all of our fireplaces are propane, they just need to be plywood boxes that we will apply the stone to. (10/4/16)
Large pine beams in the Master Bedroom and Bath – completed. (10/4/16)
Mark installing the beams. We had to use a pulley system with straps to get the very heavy beams in place. (9/25/16)
My bath tub installed in the bath. It is a wonder that it survived in one piece for as long as it has been sitting around the work site! (10/4/16)
Electric and heating going in the basement. (10/6/16)
Mudroom door installed.(10/16/16)
French doors to the screened in porch. These doors are 96″ tall. The open spot to the right of the doors will be a fireplace, and there will also be one on the porch.
Front door installed! (10/16/16)
Timber roof over the window in the basement. These will be covered with metal roofing. (10/10/16)


This is what happened to some of our beams during storage while we were constructing our house. Because they were wet, mildew grew on the beams. I tried about 15 different things to remove it, but nothing worked. Bleach was the only thing that removed it somewhat, but still not enough.
After a lot of research, Mark decided to purchase an electric planer. Even though it was expensive, it did the job much quicker and better than the previous attempts. No more black and hours of sanding/treating. (10/23/16)
Shot of the rear of the house. You can see the huge pile of shavings left behind after we planed some of the beams. Also note that the La Cantina door has been installed.

Next up on the schedule is getting the siding and soffit installed, insulation in the ceilings and partial basement walls, beams on the second floor ceiling, finishing up the HVAC so we can work in a warmer area since the weather has turned colder, painting the cabinet doors for the kitchen/pantry, installing the septic, gas and water, and about a thousand other things! I hope that the weather doesn’t turn too cold for a while.

And a big shout out to this guy for all the help he gives us. We couldn’t get as much as we do without his help.

Thanks for checking in!