I use to work on a weather satellite and I joke that it gave me some pull with the weather. In fact when Roderick and I were first dating we liked doing outdoor activities. Often it would threaten rain but by the time our date rolled around it was beautiful out. Unfortunately it looks like my pull is waning. Tommy’s been trying to do the final grading for almost a month now and it’s just been too muddy.

They are more than making up for the lack of exterior activity with interior progress. Behold a tour of the highlights.

All of the tile floors were laid but still need to be grouted. I can’t remember if I mentioned it but another nice little thing that we’re doing is using an epoxy grout which is easier to clean. They are also laying it so as to minimize the amount of grout. I love the look of tile but hate hate HATE cleaning it. It cost about $200 more per room but if it performs like I expect, it will be well worth the cost.

Monkey Bathroom Tile

Laundry Room Tile

Fish Bathroom Tile

They’ve started installing the bathroom hardware too.

Downstairs Bathroom Tile and Hardware

They’ve installed most of the lighting and it looks fantastic. The day I visited was cold and dreary but the house was so warm and inviting (even unfinished) because of the bright lights. I’m an admitted lightaholic. The brighter the better! I think we’ve got 60 watt bulbs in all of them. The huge chandelier in the foyer hasn’t been installed yet and I just can’t wait to see what it will look like.

Dining Room Light

Diningroom Transoms

They’ve also installed the fireplace mantle, a beautiful piece of solid maple. They are going to route it in place and then stain it to match the kitchen cabinets.

Great Room Fan and Fireplace Mantle

Kitchen Lights

Kitchen Hardware

And the piece de resistance the stairs! I love love LOVE LOVE the metal rails! They are beautiful, they are sturdy, and best of all they didn’t cost us anything extra. Have I mentioned that we love our builder?

Stairs

Stair Sconces

Stair Close-up

Our fireplace, which turned out spectacular!  They did a great job laying the stone so that the cable box doesn’t stick out. The still need to add the mantle and seal/paint the soapstone.

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Fireplace

Tommy gave us a lot of nice unexpected touches like the extra wide trim on the doors. If I haven’t mentioned it recently, we really love him and highly recommend him to anyone who is thinking of building a house.

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Door

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Master Shower

This is nice, but I’m wondering if an oil-rubbed bronze front door handle might have looked nicer. I wonder if it’s too late to switch this out.

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Front Door Hardware

This is just some of the many many kitchen cabinets. This is the back wall. The lower part will be a desk and the refrigerators (yes plural … we plan to have a large family) will be to the right.

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Cabinets

Aaaaand, now I’m finally caught up! They are just moving so fast that I’m probably already behind again.

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.