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.

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 now have a roof and it’s really starting to look like an impressive house. You can’t really see it from the road (you might be able to once all the leaves are down) but as you come up the driveway it looks really good.

One more snag story before the pictures. Apparently when they were delivering the roof trusses, the truck took the sharp corner into the driveway too quickly and tipped over. No one was hurt, but the road was blocked for a good long time. They had to get a bunch of heavy machines out there to right it again. The trusses were perfectly fine but the road got a little scuffed up. The road was fixed by the next weekend so no harm, no foul.

And in other news, we got our address. I was hoping for something more symmetrical but I guess it’s as good an address as any. I checked and it’s even in google maps but they’re placing it a little further up the road that it actually is.

Roof Trusses

Roof Trusses

Front of the House

Front of the House

Right Side

Right Side

Back

Back

Front with Plywood and Tar Paper

Front with Plywood and Tar Paper

Left Side

Left Side

Right Side

Right Side

Front

Front

Just SOME of the many many windows for the house.

Just SOME of the many many windows for the house.

Chimny Near Completion

Chimny Near Completion

Front with Porch Roof

Front with Porch Roof

We now have a roof and it’s really starting to look like an impressive house. You can’t really see it from the road (you might be able to once all the leaves are down) but as you come up the driveway it looks really good.

One more snag story before the pictures. Apparently when they were delivering the roof trusses, the truck took the sharp corner into the driveway too quickly and tipped over. No one was hurt, but the road was blocked for a good long time. They had to get a bunch of heavy machines out there to right it again. The trusses were perfectly fine but the road got a little scuffed up. The road was fixed by the next weekend so no harm, no foul.

I’m a little behind posting pictures (so what else is new). R did end up getting over there with our mementos before they poured the foundation. So buried in the front left corner (below the playroom) is our son’s umbilical cord clip, in the front right corner (below the laundry room) is a Grasshopper made from a palm frond that we got on our honeymoon in St. Lucia, in the back left corner (below the great room) is a balloon that a friend brought us when our son was born, and finally in the back right corner (below the master bedroom) is a flower from my wedding bouquet.

And so some pictures:

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You can see the foundation is poured and they started installing the sill plate.

IMG_5034They completed the bricking of the front porch. It’s a really nice size. R picked out the brick, I had wanted a lighter one but he convinced me and I think he made a good choice.