Sunday, September 28, 2014

Even More Dirt

I dislike dirt. Especially when I pay for it out of pocket and not on the construction loan.

Well Digging

Warning: This is foreign to me. I have no idea what I am talking about. 

The well was dug last week. The "big thing" you see below (no clue what it is called), will no on top of the stand Jesse built on Friday. One day he will build something around that "big thing" so it's not so sore on the eyes. The well is in the front yard, but a good ways away from the house.

The block Jesse made for the big thing to sit on.
The big thing. It won't sit in the azaleas, it will sit on the block Jesse built. See - far from house.

Sheetrock Day 4

Second round of mud on all the walls downstairs. First round on one room upstairs. Now the mud sits from Day 4 (Thursday) until Monday to dry. Last coat on Monday. Then sanding begins when that dries.
Guest Bed. Short door into attic.
Master Bed
Guest Bed
Stairwell into Guest Bed (left door), Bath (middle door), MMB bed (right door).
Guest Bed - attic door on left, walk-in closet straight ahead, and second attic space in dwarf door

Standing in dining room - living room, coat closet behind front open door, front door open.
Standing in dining room looking into kitchen - door on left is appliance closet, far door on right is pantry, hall opening on right closest in photo.

Cross-Eyed From Online Browsing

The decisions I am having to make overnight these days are stressful... simply because of their permanency in our life. So this morning after I completed my grad assignment for the day, I began to browse the internet for things I know I will need to decide on quite soon... mirrors, light fixtures, and then small random accessories for around the house.

Here are some of the things that I found:
Outdoor galvanized sconces for front and back door?
Home Decorators
Chandelier for dining room or stairwell? I'm thinking may be too small for stair well.
Home Decorators
Double Sconce - half-bath and master bath above mirrors?
Half-bath mirror?
World Market
Parsons Wall Mirror – Mirrored
Master bath mirrors?
West Elm
MMB bath mats?
World Market
MMB hand towels?
World Market
And I give up for today!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sheetrock Day 1, 2, 3

Sheetrock began Monday.

Day One - downstairs 85% complete.

Day Two - Downstairs 95% complete. Upstairs 60% complete.

Day 3 - Mudding began.

Tomorrow the upstairs mudding will be complete. The weather cooled down today. Sheetrock guys say they're worried about mud drying time. Supposedly they may bring in heaters to help the process. Oh joy. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

And Then I Made More Decisions...

Okay. I told you the other day I chose the granite slab for the kitchen. Here's the back story.

Jesse and I met the counter girl at a local slab yard last week. We toured the slab yard in 100 degree heat. Left with names of three types we like. We should have tagged slabs while we were there.... didn't happen.

Need granite for the kitchen, master bath, and MMB's bath. All can be accomplished with two full slabs. We could find one large slab and do the kitchen and then another slab to do both baths.

We were budgeted for "one star" slabs.

I have high taste. I couldn't choose a one star slab. I like slabs with larger grain and lesson black dots, if that makes sense and you know granite.

So we eventually chose one type out of the three we left the slab yard with. We chose electronically to be honest with you. We Googled, Pinterested, and Houzzed pictures of each granite to make a decision. When we had a decision, I wasn't going to change it. I was just going to search until I found the right slab.

We gave the counter girl the type. She began to search for slabs for us. It took time. She didn't get it right the first couple times. We did this all electronically because Jesse and I are only off together on the weekend and granite doesn't happen on the weekend.

We found a slab. Locally, actually. We found a BIG slab. Big enough to complete our entire kitchen. It's above a one star. It's above budget. But keep reading... I had a plan.

Here is the slab that has been marked for us. This slab will be in my kitchen. It's called "Bianco Romano."

So I went above budget here. Had to make it up for the bathrooms. So... I then began the remnant search! Again, all of this is still happening virutally. 

Here is the remnant we chose for our master bath - it is called "Waverton." 

Waverton is in the background. Counter girl put white and gray tiles up against it to help me decide because my cabinets are white and my tile is gray. 
Here is the remnant we chose for MMB's bath - it is called "Grey Expo."

MMB's cabinets are white. Her tub/shower is white. Her tile is gray. 
Choosing these remnants for the bathroom helped me get a good bit back on track for the budget. I am not just about $500 over budget, but made up for the difference in the cabinet budget. I tell ya, one day I make us some money back and the next day I spend too much!

Now let's pray I like all three when I actually see them in person! 

NOTE - Every slab we loved at the slab yard was marble. Counter girl strayed us away from marble like the plague. She said you don't put marble in your kitchen. She said if you spill lemon juice or wine on it the slab is tarnished and the upkeep is quite in-depth. 

Sheetrock Sits

Insulation is installed. Sheetrock has been delivered. And it continues to just sit....

The story goes like this. Insulation was installed Tuesday. Inspection was Wednesday. Sheetrock delivered Wednesday. Failed inspection Wednesday for minor things that need to be fixed (all depends which inspector you get from what I understand). Insulation fixed Thursday. Passed inspection Friday. Sheetrock was supposed to begin Thursday, then Saturday, now Monday. So we wait. Again.

Here are action shots of my sheetrock sitting....

We're Insulated

Insulation is complete. We have a combination of foam and old-school insulation (no clue what it is called). The ceiling lines are foamed. The downstairs is a combination of both types of insulation. We did as many interiors walls as we could (normally not required).

All interior upstairs walls.
Living Room.

Laundry Room.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Insulation is 100% complete. Majority of the house is foam. I would say 65% foam, 35% insulation. Pictures to come. 

Sheetrock begins tomorrow. 

I chose interior doors today.

I chose countertop edging today.

I chose sinks today. 

I chose granite slab for kitchen today.

I went over budget today. Joy. I saved money yesterday choosing washer and dryer. I make up money one day and go over budget the next day. #storyofmylife

It rained today. Lot looks awful. But guess what... The inside is dry!

I. Am. Exhausted.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Roof and Siding Complete

Roof is 100% complete.

Siding is 100% complete.

Rough-in inspection is PASSED.

Below are updated exterior photos. Porches still aren't complete. Doors need to be painted - I'm picking a sage'ish green color for the doors. Fixtures aren't up. But you get the gist from these photos.

I'm not liking how the siding looks different in various lights. I'm hoping once the porches "ground" the front and the door is painted, I may be in love.

I'm loving the roof, but the newness of galvanized metal is quite stark in color!

Now we begin the shutter debate... Have knowledge of shutters? Email me! I have 85 questions.

Insulation tomorrow. Hopefully drywall by week's end.