We had a MAJOR snow storm right before Christmas, 2 1/2 feet! Look at all the snow behind the cute baby.

Cute Baby, Handsome Husband, LOTS of Snow

Pretty much the entire city shut down for 3 days. It took over a week before our street was plowed. Our new driveway is steep and windy and most definitely impassable. Tommy plowed it but even then the roads were icy for quite a while. I’m really not looking forward to driving during the winter.

Soooo, the schedule was pushed and we are now closing on January 7th! We’ve started packing and geez do we have a lot of stuff. Moving is definitely more difficult when there are babies involved, but at least this will be the last time we ever move. Yippie! So if you are in the area and are so inclined, we could use some help moving on January 9th for the small stuff and January 16th for the big stuff.

I’ve mentioned before how much we like our builder. Remember way back when they poured the concrete it wasn’t level in the center. Tommy went the extra mile and repoured the entire basement floor with some kind of extra smooth looking concrete. I don’t know the name of it but if you are interested I can find out.

And in other bonuses, the initial bid was for seeding and strawing of the yard (as required by code) only, no landscaping. We did this for two reasons, to save some money and because I’m not a huge fan of what most landscapers use for plants. I hate juniper bushes with the fire of a thousand suns (juniper trees are fine) and I hate climbing plants. We have both in our current house. The climbing plant is the worst. When I first moved in I got rid of all of it, yet each year it turns up again trying to get in between the siding. HATE! Well, as a Christmas present Tommy decided to throw in landscaping for free! We are floored and very grateful. To look a gift horse squarely in the mouth, I requested no juniper and no climbing or spreading plants. Tommy said no problem. I am so glad we choose him.

Enough talk, on to the picture.

First Floor starting from the right side of the house:

Laundry Room

Office, not large but adequate for our needs.

Pantry

I can’t remember if I mentioned this before but we were able to specify exact shelf heights. We also designed that blank space on the back wall to store our freezer chest. Customization at it’s finest!

Kitchen ... now with appliances!

Kitchen

One of the thoughtful touches that Tommy did was line up the shelves in the glass corner cabinet so that they are hidden by the grill in the window.

Breakfast Room

Great Room

Routed Mantel

The fireplace mantel is a beautiful piece of solid maple. They routed the top and bottom and are going to stain it to match the kitchen cabinets.

Dining Room

Downstairs Bathroom ... Ooooo fancy!

Playroom

Elegant Stairs

Front Door

Full View of Entry Way

Entry Way Light ... LOVE!

Back Deck. It looks huge.

Back Deck. This is more the actual scale.

Poured Front Porch

Front Walk Way

The light post to the right of the walk way there will eventually be painted black to match the light.

Car Port

One of the things that we planned to do ourselves later was build a detached garage connected to the house by a car port. When we met with Tommy to do the final grading, he said it would be more economical to grade the land and put down crush and run now rather than later since it would be at his cost. Now that it’s there one of the first things on our list to do is build the deck out to it so we can use the side entrance.

Whew that was a lot of picture … Annnnnnd … on to the second floor!

Master

Master Bedroom

I can’t get over how much I love the gray/blue color. It really highlights the creaminess of the stone. I’m so glad I have an interior designer friend or I probably would have chosen a more electric blue.

Master Sinks

HUGE shower. Small child placed for scale.

Master Tub

I also love the tub and may actually use it. We currently have one in our old (pre-owned) house. I have a thing about whirlpool tubs (and especially hot tubs) being a breeding ground for germs and mold and other people skin cells. I think about all yuck that get caught in the jets and get all icked out. This tub will still have skin cells in the jets but at least they will be OUR skin cells.

Our kids bathrooms will the themed. Oh yes they will! The one at the top of the stairs is the Monkey Bathroom. At some point in the future I want to add either some wall paper or a stencil.

Monkey Bathroom

The one at the end of the hall is the fish bathroom. I want to stencil in bubbles. Our house might be fancy but it will also be fun!

Fish Bathroom

Apparently I forgot to take pictures of the two kids bedrooms that we actually plan on using. Here are the ones that are going to be empty for a while.

Back Left Bedroom

Front Left Bedroom

And scene!

We had a MAJOR snow storm right before Christmas. Look at all the snow behind the cute baby.

This house is going up way faster than I expected. I really thought it would take at least 8 months to build but they are almost done! Our contract has an end date of sometime in mid-January but Tommy said he’ll be done on December 30th! Who wants to help us move?

Nearly all the lighting is done now. I was slightly concerned that the foyer light would be to big for the space but it fits the space perfectly. I think anything smaller would have been too small.

Front Porch Light

Entry Way Light

They also installed the granite.

Kitchen Granite

Kitchen Granite

Master Bathroom Granite

Installing Kitchen Granite

They are also making progress tiling the Master Bathroom.

Bath tub tile

Whirlpool Tub Tile

Master Shower Tile

They’ve also been working on the final grading. It has been raining a lot lately so it is super muddy.

And last but not least, they started painting real colors. The closets are all painted and they hung the closet shelves. I only have pictures of a few of the colors but there are more to come.

Overall Color

Master Closet

This house is going up way faster than I expected. I really thought it would take at least 8 months to build but they are almost done! Our contract has an end date of sometime in mid-January but Tommy said he’ll be done on December 30th! Who wants to help us move?

Nearly all the lighting is done now. I was slightly concerned that the foyer light would be to big for the space but it fits the space perfectly. I think anything smaller would have been too small.

This past week was a short one with Thanksgiving being in there and yet they still managed to make some pretty dramatic changes.

We’ve now got shutters on the exterior of the house.

Exterior with Shutters

They started installing the hood. It’s still missing the top molding.

Kitchen Hood

They’ve also been installing the hardwood floor. The upstairs is mostly finished and they were working  the downstairs when we visited.

Wood Floor

Hardwood Flooring

They’ve been working on preparing the master shower for tile for a while and now they’ve actually started laying the tile.

Master Bath Tile

Master Shower Floor Tile

While we were there, we also noticed they added some additional trim to the chair rail to make it more substantial looking.

Chair Rail

Finally, one little snag with the lights. I hate the look of amber glass so when we choose lights we specifically looked for white glass, however the fans that were installed had amber glass. We told Tommy and he’s working to fix it.

Fan with Amber Glass

I think grout color and paint were the hardest things to choose. We finally (at the very last minute) decided to use the dark beige paint color. Roderick was able to see it before I as. I was really worried about the exterior color, ESPECIALLY since this is the email I got from him:

I’m not sure the outside is exactly what you wanted, but it’s not bad, and it’ll grow on you 🙂  It’s slightly more green tinged that you probably wanted … but most of the time I saw it was in the shade (the clouds were out) …
Love you  – –
Me 🙂

Bugger got me worried (it will grow on you … sheesh!) so I went out the next day and I actually really like the color. It turned out lighter than I expected with is a good thing since I was worried it would be too dark. I think it may have been still wet when Roderick saw it. I really love the white bay window and the extra large trim around the windows. I think the white just pops off the brown. There are shutters on the window over the bay window that hasn’t been installed yet.

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Front of the House

Initially we were thinking of having the back french doors be white, but Tommy told us that white will show all the finger prints and get dirty. He convinced us to choose black and I’m really glad he did.

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Back of House

I can’t believe how quickly they are moving. In just a few short weeks we’ll be moving in!

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Front of House with Siding

 

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Back of House with Siding

The next step is deciding what color to paint the house. I am not good about making color choices. Grout color was incredibly hard to choose. We can choose any color in the paint deck Tommy gave us, but he also had about a dozen colors that he regularly does. We choose the darker top color and it was nice not to have so many choices. The trim is going to be white and the exteriors of the french doors are going to be black.

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Color Options

Yes yes, I am behind in my posting. Life is busy.

We now have a roof.

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Front of House with Roof

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Back of House with Roof

Here’s our master tub. I really love how the tub deck runs into the window.

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Master Tub

Here is our beautiful mahogany front door. I just love the color. The exterior will be stained a darker walnut color and the interior will just be sealed preserving the natural color.

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Front Door

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Stained Front Door

The master window has some extra trim to make it a little more special. It’s also going to get black shutters which should be going up soon.

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Window Trim

The front porch turned out amazingly beautifully! I can definitely see myself sitting out here sipping Mojitos.

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Front Porch

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Front Porch

Tommy consistently goes a little further. Instead of plastic siding roof which you’d normally get, he put in this beautiful bead board. I’m so glad he’s our builder.

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Bead Board on Porch Ceiling

We went to see the house this past weekend and they’ve finished the stone. It looks really good. I love the detail they gave to the windows and doors. The stone turned out darker than I expected but it’s really beautiful. They also finished the brick for the basement fireplace, all the tray ceilings and the window seat, plus all the showers are in place. The master tub was delivered and sitting in our kitchen. I wanted to get a picture of me in the tub in the kitchen but R thought it might damage the tub. He’s no fun. 🙂

Stone Facade Section

Stone Facade Section

Full House with Stone

Full House with Stone

Close Up of Overhead Window

Close Up of Overhead Window

Close up of Side Window

Close up of Side Window

Close up of Front Door (Solid Mahagony, sooooo pretty)

Close up of Front Door (Solid Mahagony, sooooo pretty)

Close up of stone over door

Close up of stone over door

Stone from side so you can see the variegated depths

Stone from side so you can see the variegated depths

Window Seat / Toy Box in Playroom

Window Seat / Toy Box in Playroom

Basement Fireplace

Basement Fireplace

First Floor Bathroom Shower

First Floor Bathroom Shower

Bathtub / Shower Unit (Same for both kids bathrooms)

Bathtub / Shower Unit (Same for both kids bathrooms)

Master Shower (R's hands are stretched as far as they can and notice he's not touching the walls!)

Master Shower (R's hands are stretched as far as they can and notice he's not touching the walls!)

Back of House with Deck Skeleton

Back of House with Deck Skeleton

Side of House with the door now installed

Side of House with the door now installed

Next week the shingles go on and the siding starts to go up. We haven’t decided on a siding color (OK, I haven’t decided on a siding color, R likes a really dark brown so we’ll see) that that’s our top priority along with the Master Shower accent tile. We also noticed that the deck band board doesn’t go all the way to the front of the house so we have to ask Tommy about that.

Something funny to note since we’re focusing on bathrooms, no bedroom is more than 5 steps away from a bathroom.

Another snag, this one our fault. We have cats and planned a whole cat area in the basement in which the cats would access it through a hole in the basement stair rise … BUT … we have fat cats and after looking at the rise of the stairs I’m afraid they won’t fit. We’ll have to do some thinking and see what we can come up with.