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!
Panorama of the first floor before Christmas. Check out our construction zone Christmas tree.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The platform is finally out and all the windows in the great room have cedar trim!
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.
This is where the TV will be permanently. I still need to install the chinking here, but that can wait.
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.
Carrick’s bath is complete. Just need to add towel bars.
Cole’s bath is done!
Cade’s bath is also done!
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.
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!