Monday, February 05, 2007


The thermometer at the bank read -5 when I drove past on my way to work this morning. No school for the kiddies today or tomorrow. And, nothing happening on the house until it warms up a bit. But, things should take off again next week. The front door and garage doors are scheduled to be delivered towards the end of the week which means we can finally close up the house. Plus, they are to start installing the ductwork for the furnace.

Siding complete in back One project I need to get moving on is restoring a sink top that was used in my Great Grandfather's doctor's office. I'm not exactly sure of the age of the counter top, but if I have the numbers right, my Great Grandfather would be around 130+ today. My mom had been using the piece as a decorative dry sink. We're planning on installing it as a functional sink in our powder room. The existing hole for the faucet is smaller than today's standard size so we have to have (gulp) a new hole drilled for the faucet. The base plate of the new faucet is shown in the picture. There are also marble pieces that form the backsplash for the counter top that aren't shown in the picture. The cabinet of the sink is sentimental as well - it is handmade out of cherry from a tree that was cleared when my parents built the house I grew up in.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Do we really need water?!?

Drilling, drilling, drilling....drilling, drilling, drilling...we know there's water down there somewhere. We're at 325 feet and the drillers can hear water flowing now. But...its going to be brutally cold in the next few days so they won't be back to confirm the water depth and the recovery rate until the end of next week. Nothing like suspense to find out if we're going to blow our budget on a little thing called water.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

The back of the house

Siding complete in back Finally! The exterior is coming together. I am SO happy we didn't chicken out on going with the green siding. The pictures don't do the detail on the trim around the windows justice. Our general contractor surprised us by crimping the trim around the doors and windows. The three dimensional detail really makes the trim "pop". We're so happy he took the time for the extra touch. The guys did a fantastic job. I'll snap a picture of the trim next time I'm out with the camera.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Lots of action!

Since the first of the year a lot has been going on! We have the permanent electricity installed; outlet, switch boxes and smoke alarm boxes are in place; all of the rough plumbing is done; and the siding is hung on one side of the house. I was sooooo nervous about the color we picked out for the siding; so was everyone else - our gc hung a few rows the first day and said "you can still change your mind if you want" - he wasn't so sure about the color either! But now we all love it. I can't wait to see it completely done. The weather is brutal on the top of our hill, but its amazing at how "not so cold" it is inside with just framing and windows. We spent last weekend picking out all of the lights for the house and bought new stackable washer and dryer. Building a house definitely takes care of my urge to shop! I know the layout of all the home improvement stores within a 50 mile radius of the house - ha! More pictures soon...

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Santa had his "head elf" Curtis check out our new house and he left us a note on our partially complete fireplace explaining our gifts this year. He is sending us all to the waterpark for Christmas! We are all very excited. We weren't really in the Christmas mood this year and the only decoration at our apartment was a very special decorated Christmas tree that we can plant in our new yard in the spring.

We opened gifts tonight since we won't be home for Christmas. The kids received all the necessary goodies for their bathrooms. The shared tub and toilet area will be all decked out in SpongeBob. Our 3 year old's sink area will also be SpongeBob. We have SpongeBob shower hooks, rug, toothbrushes, nightlights, shower squeege, bath poofs, clock, light - you name it! Our 5 year old's sink area is in her bedroom which she wants decorated in frogs, so she received frog accessories. We found the coolest frog trash can, rug and tissue holder.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Windows are in!

All under roof I'm so glad we left the transoms in above the windows in the living room. I love them!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Sigh....under the elements

We suffered through a nasty windstorm today. Unfortunately the shingles on the back part of our roof blew off. They were the last ones installed and just didn't have time to seal. Two steps forward, one step back. Still waiting on our windows.