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

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The doors are all in and once the windows next to the fireplace are in the house will be water tight. That’s a pretty big milestone!

This week they worked on a bunch of stuff. Finished the front porch, started the exterior stone (next week they’ll stone the fireplace), installed the doors, added the tray ceilings, finished the stairs, added the sky lights and started the plumbing.

Exterior Stone

Exterior Stone

Beautiful Solid Mahogany Front Door

Beautiful Solid Mahogany Front Door

Close up of Stone

Close up of Stone

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

Smaller Foyer Closet

Smaller Foyer Closet

Master Whirlpool Tub Deck

Master Whirlpool Tub Deck

Attic Stairs with Railings

Attic Stairs with Railings

Great Room Windows and Doors + Start of Rear Deck

Great Room Windows and Doors + Start of Rear Deck

Rear with Skylights and Start of Deck

Rear with Skylights and Start of Deck

Chimney with Caps

Chimney with Caps

Fully Completed Chimney with Scaffolding Removed

Fully Completed Chimney with Scaffolding Removed

And you are now completely up to date. We’re heading over tomorrow so more pictures soon.

All of the framing is done, the roof is on (tiles will put on next week), the attic flooring is down, most of the windows and doors were installed and (what I’m most excited about) the stairs are installed. Thank god the stairs are installed! I was so sick of climbing up the studs to get to the next level. The carpenters lock up their ladders so they don’t get stolen so every time we’d go over to the site we’d have to literally climb the walls to get to the next level. R had no problem but I am short so it was very difficult. All I can say is Hallelujah we have stairs!

Before the pictures, there is one more snag, pretty minor but I’m pretty bummed about it. In the plans the windows to the sides of the first floor fireplace were suppose to be 3 ft. Because we have two wood burning fireplaces, we need two flues, so the chimney needed to be wider by 10 inches. Unfortunately, that means that either the window is pushed waaaay over to the corner, or we need to make the window smaller. We chose to make the windows smaller. The loss of light will probably not even be noticeable but still. 😦

On to the pictures!

Stairs from First to Second Floor

Stairs from First to Second Floor

Stairs to the Attic

Stairs to the Attic

Attic (The square footage of the attic is very nearly the square footage of our current house)

Attic (The square footage of the attic is very nearly the square footage of our current house)

Mountain Views from the Attic (Even more once the leaves are down)

Mountain Views from the Attic (Even more once the leaves are down)

Completed Chimney

Completed Chimney

Front with Windows

Front with Windows

Left Side with Windows

Left Side with Windows

Back with Windows

Back with Windows

Right Side with Windows

Right Side with Windows

Windows we were suppose to use but will now be smaller

Windows to the sides of the First Floor Fireplace