In our last Welcome Home post we took a look at the lounge and I got sappy. This time, let's get straight to the goods. We're checking out the master bathroom...
Nobody can actually live a minimalist life, right? The practicality of daily chores just gets in the way - especially around the sink. You need a convenient place for soap, and scrubbers, and paper towels. The clutter is inevitable, so you should just resign yourself to living with it, right?
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. We certainly did. After an absolute whirlwind of a month (18 months, actually), I am happy to say that we have moved in to the new house and are settled.
Yeah, you heard me right. The. Worst.
1. Natural light. Who does the sun think he is, sending all his beams of light through my windows? The lack of walls makes it too easy for all of that natural light to permeate my home. Give me artificial flickering light bulbs and higher energy bills, is what I always say.
When The Clash wrote the song, they must have been talking about real estate, right? If you own a house, I’m guessing you’ve asked yourself this more than once. Based on the number of TV shows dedicated to the topic, I’m guessing almost everyone has. In a vacuum, it’s a nearly impossible question to answer. There are just too many variables. So let’s try to break it down to help decide if you’re going to renovate or move.
Do you remember that commercial from a bunch of years ago? You know the one where the couple is walking through a huge, fancy studio listening to a pretentious architect talk about his accolades. Then they get to his office, he says, "So what can I, do for you (the I is dripping with condescension). They say...
Does the title of this post sound like the start of a bad joke? Yes. Is it actually the start of a bad joke? I don't know, maybe. For the purpose of this blog post, let’s assume it’s not.
Are you ready for the first ever look at the second floor??? Before we get there, be sure to check out the first floor and the basement if you haven't already. Just like in those tours, we'll start with an Image Location Plan.
Welcome back! Last week we took a look at the first floor, in the first of our 3 part house tour series. This week, we're checking out the basement. Just like last time, I put together an Image Location Plan to keep you oriented as we look at the pics.
We've been focused on the outside of the house here on the blog for a bit, so it's been a while since we last took a look inside. I think it's time to change that. The framing is done. The windows and doors are in. Plumbing, electric, HVAC all done. Drywall is up. We're doing a 3 part house tour series. Today, let's take a look at the first floor.
Whether you're designing a new house, or are in the market for a replacement piece, there's a better way to choose furniture.
Last week we saw the siding get finished. This week, another huge milestone - rough grading. Here's what the grading looked like before:
The day has arrived - we can finally say goodbye to our greenhouse. The siding is being installed, and as it is, this is looking more and more like our modern farmhouse.
We were at a prior-to-the-schoolyear preschool playdate this morning, and one of the other parents told me that her friend follows this blog. It made me so happy to hear. When I look at the web traffic for the site, there are many people who passively follow - no problem with this, obviously, I love to have people spending their time with me, but sometimes I feel like I'm writing to no one. It was nice to hear that this friend loves the blog and following our house progress, so thank you friend, and thank you other pre-k parent for sharing - it made my day.
Every design starts with an idea; a little inkling of what might one day become something. In architecture school I was taught that these little ideas should be generated quickly, jotted down, and set to the side so more ideas are free to come. In the architecture world, these sketches are called Parti Diagrams - I think it's much more relatable to call them what they really are - Logos.
We've been planning for this retaining wall for nearly a year. I first told you about it when we installed our construction driveway. It's finally a reality.
OK, so it isn't tin and it's not rusted...but it will be metal. All the way back when all we had were some concrete forms, we talked about how we're building a modern farmhouse. And no self respecting farmhouse - modern or otherwise - would be caught dead without a proper metal roof.
We have a door! Look at that beautiful beast. It's nearly the size of a sheet of plywood (that's 4ft x 8ft), and much to our builder's dismay - weighs around 800 pounds. Here's how it looks installed:
Is Lil' Jon our greatest living poet? Perhaps. He certainly helped with the title for this blog post. As you can see, the windows are installed!!! That means we're one step closer to being weather tight.
Ready for our first video house tour?? Check it out below...
The walls are framed, which can only mean one thing...it's time for another delivery of wood. This time, the roof trusses. Like the floor joists and exterior walls, the trusses were built in a factory and delivered to the site, which makes installation pretty quick.
Remember when I told you that this framing crew works fast? Well, now they're just showing off. Part of the speed comes from the way that we're framing the house, and part is that they're just extremely efficient. You can always tell when a crew has worked together for a while. It's like watching a ballet or an NBA game - they all know who's doing what when, and can anticipate how they can help each other.
Last week we saw that the wood was delivered. This week, our first floor deck gets installed. In the pic above, you can see a 2x4 stud wall inside the foundation wall, and the open web trusses sitting on top of them. This detail is called a reverse ledge (more on that later).
The forms for the second pour on the foundation walls went up, and that concrete went in. Then the basement slab got poured, so we can officially walk on something other than dirt!!! Huge milestone.
The forms are off! You can still see the rebar sticking out from the top of the foundation wall like we saw last time. Once we're ready for the second foundation wall pour, the rebar will end up covered.