Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We Might Really Move In

The kitchen is scheduled to arrive this week.

The electrician is installing lights and outlets this Friday.

We told the people we've been renting from that we will be moved out by May 1st.


This is Max's closet door. If you think it looks small, then you have a good eye. I guess next to the bedroom door there is no questioning it, huh. Well, this is the result of two amateurs designing their own home. We noticed this after the house was framed and decided we didn't care. So what? It's smaller than normal--it fits the occupant of this room more perfectly, ha!

 Here's the kids' shower. I am so in love with subway tile.

The shed roof ceilings are finished.

This is the tile for the mudroom/laundry room. It's porcelain tile that looks like brick. I have loved it for a long time but got cold feet about going with this at the last minute. Then Rod said he really wanted it and insisted so I'm back to loving it again.

This is Caroline's closet. We're using reclaimed lumber for the shelves.

The stairway doesn't have spindles yet. We were considering these electrical pipes, but we're also considering stainless steel cable.

These are the doors. They weren't my first choice but they were more budget-friendly. I like them none-the-less.

This is the pantry. We decided to use the last reclaimed door here. To the right is the family room and to the left is the hallway that will have a washer and dryer, a half-bath, a desk/office area, a small coat/locker area, and the door that leads out to the shop/barn.

Here's the very small half bath.

We used barn siding on one wall.

The following are views from our windows.

That's all for now.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Upstairs Flooring and Restored Doors

The upstairs flooring is on. The story behind it is this:  I fell so hard for something else. That flooring was engineered hardwood. I wrote about it and showed pictures of it some time ago. But, when it was time to order the flooring and all the numbers were crunched, we decided that one way to save would be to go with less expensive stuff upstairs. This flooring was on clearance at the same place we purchased my dream flooring. 

This is laminate and comes in 7-inch planks. I must admit, when we got home late at night with the truck loaded up and I carried 40 boxes of flooring upstairs all by myself so Rod could get the desperately hungry calves fed, I was having some serious second thoughts about the color. But now that it's installed, I'm really happy with it. It achieves the weathered wood look I was searching for.

And these doors....ahh.

I've written about the barn that was hit by the tornado, but I haven't said anything about the house. There was a house. It was old. It was taken down on purpose by the previous owners of this property (my in-laws) in order to build a new house. 

Lucky for us and every thanks to my father-in-law, some of the things were salvaged, including these doors. They had several layers of paint. I just got them back from the guy who stripped them for me. And, I just love them. I think the exposed nail heads are so cool. They still need to be sanded but we plan to keep them the natural color. They will be closet doors in the kids' bedrooms and our closet.

That's all for now. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Peek Inside-It's White

There's a whole lot of white going on in here. Which I love, but I'm not sure Rod does. But once the wood went up, I think he sees the vision a little more clearly.

The wood comes from the old barn, so I think this is really cool. 

So what is finished? Most of the windows are trimmed. Most of the paint is finished. As we speak, I think the upstairs flooring is being finished up.

And, what needs to be done before we move in? Bathroom tile, stairway trimmed, kitchen and counter tops installed, two shed roof ceilings get decorative wood, downstairs flooring, closet shelves. 

Ahhh, this is so exciting.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Drywall Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow the kids and I go back to school after a restful, yet busy Christmas vacation. 

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't but I haven't been around here lately. Discouragement set in sometime around June and it overwhelmed me. We worked on finishing the siding, windows and roofing for most of the spring and summer and there seemed to be no end in sight. And I just couldn't mark progress with a picture of one piece of siding at a time.

Today I am happy to report that I am overwhelmed with gratitude for many reasons but the biggest reason is because the drywall will start going on tomorrow! The end just feels a litter closer today. 

So here is what you missed from the summer until now:

So, tonight we had a great time dedicating our house with truths and reminders that will be hidden in the walls. 

That's all for now. 

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