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:

Mudroom/Pantry/Kitchen

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Foyer/Tower

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!

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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!

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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.

Bathrooms

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.

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

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

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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.

Outside

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.

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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)!

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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!

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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.

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All the exterior doors are installed and the chimneys have been framed in.
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Rear view with all the doors and windows installed. All those shavings are from the beams that had to be planed because of mold.
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All the siding waiting patiently to be installed.
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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.
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We got our 1000 gallon propane tank installed.
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Insulation work in progress, almost totally complete now.
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Starting to drywall the Master Bedroom – only partial because we are waiting to get an inspection.
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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.
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Current view into the Great Room.

 

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Foyer progress. Powder room in the room right next to the stairs.
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Electric panels. Lots going on here!
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Gas lines installed!
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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.
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Decorative corbels stained for the exterior of the house.
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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!
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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.
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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:

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View of the house with the roof completed. (09/13/16)
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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)
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Large pine beams in the Master Bedroom and Bath – completed. (10/4/16)
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Mark installing the beams. We had to use a pulley system with straps to get the very heavy beams in place. (9/25/16)
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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)
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Electric and heating going in the basement. (10/6/16)
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Mudroom door installed.(10/16/16)
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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.
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Front door installed! (10/16/16)
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Timber roof over the window in the basement. These will be covered with metal roofing. (10/10/16)

 

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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)
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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.

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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!

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Progress 07/01/2016

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Radiant floor heating in the basement
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Lots of late nights working ’til Midnight
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More basement in floor heating
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Mark’s beautiful piers
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Making sure it’s straight and level
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Windows are in and porch roof is up!
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Wink putting up the trusses on the porch
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Front and side — porch will be constructed next
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View of porch from the driveway
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Roof completed on the porch and shingles ready to go on
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Back-filling has begun
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Pig Roast #24 crew

Lots of progress since the last update! The house is totally under roof now and some of the windows have been installed. The past couple of weeks were a blur because we were under deadline to get the in-floor heating installed each night after parts of the concrete floors were poured in the basement. We had three consecutive nights where we worked until after Midnight to complete the job. But we made it, and the basement floor is complete.

Our crew was also scheduled to complete their job for our builder (Hearthstone), but they agreed to stay and help us finish up some of the harder items on our list, like installing the windows and the timberframe roof on the porch. We had some hiccups getting the lift here and work slowed a bit, but we caught up. The porch is built, the roof is on, windows got installed and back-filling has started.

Our crew has to go to Virginia for a job, but then they’ll be back to finish up the windows and redo our tower roof. The original trusses were wrong, so they will be replaced to make the tower as tall as it should be!

We got a much-needed break this past weekend during our 24th annual Pig Roast held in Corry, PA to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. Just look at the wonderful group that was there!

We’ll now put our attention to the shingle installation, final siding choices, porch construction, interior walls, electric installation to the house and a million other things! Thanks for checking in!

Progress 6/14/2016

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Progress on the Great Room
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Great Room Ceiling
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Master Bedroom trusses
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Pouring concrete for the porch footing
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Working on laying block for the porch piers
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Porch piers progress

The past two weeks seem to have been a blur at the job site. More of the roof was completed and the crew is getting to the end of their part of the job. Right now they are working on completing the roof over the Master Bedroom/Bath and the Tower stair area. We have been working on the piers for the screened in porch and getting the basement ready for the rest of the concrete flooring, which will start tomorrow. We are also waiting for our plumbing and footing inspections that will take place tomorrow.

Next up after that is getting the roofing on and the windows installed, along with back-filling the foundation so that we can have a weather-tight shell to get moving on the inside work.

Progress 05/31/2016

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Front view of the house
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Side view of the house
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Inside view of second floor
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Side view at back
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Back view

As you can see, things have really been moving along! In the past week and a half they got the 2nd floor up and many of the roof rafters. This week I think most of the roof will be up and covered. The great room (shown in the photo above) will be more time consuming I think because it is all heavy timber rafters.

Over the Memorial Day weekend Mark, Carrick and I worked on finishing up the skirting around the first floor trusses, removing the forms from the last concrete pour, screeding and removing extra gravel from the basement to get more area ready for the next pour and just generally cleaning up the work site (which the crew keeps pretty clean). We also took time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom (Cade & Cole marched in the Freedom and Conway Memorial Day Parades).

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Waiting in Conway to start the parade.

Our next steps are the get the footing poured for the porch supports, estimate the huge amount of stone we need to order, and get the house under roof so windows can be installed. All of my doors came in and it took me a while to finally decide on stain color. I also have all my appliances. The last purchase was the hood and blower for the stove that I bought on eBay. I will be glad to get all of these things installed that we have been storing for over a year!