As promised, here we go - a major update on the house tour. We are at the 15 week point, which for us is half way. Hurray! With some rain early on, and cold temps during framing (which equals a slower moving crew) we were running a little behind, but starting to make up time now that it is all closed in. Just this week our builder rearranged some things to get the plumbing started this week, which shaved almost two weeks off. I'll take it!
We are using Noblit Didier as our builder and couldn't be more pleased. They work in our neighborhood a lot and really know what they are doing. Nothing in these old houses surprise them - they have seen everything and always have a solution. I also love that they use a software system that lets us see the entire schedule as they make updates and each invoice. It is helpful for a crazy person like me who wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to know who will be working on the site tomorrow : ) It is so nice to be working with such professional outfit on a construction project - hard to find. I will go into more detail later about how we finally selected them after a year long hunt.
With the holidays as being a great distraction, being out of our house hasn't been too bad. But, with dreary January and February lurking, we are getting a little anxious. Mike and I moved into our first house in March and I have the best memories of settling into the house just as Spring was setting in. It was the best feeling. I can still smell the damp smell of muddy fresh spring as we discovered bulbs popping up all over our yard and spent every minute doing DIY projects. Which reminds me, I never did get around to planting spring bulbs to have popping up for our move in...
We are in the midst of picking out fixtures, cabinetry and fun things. I will bring you into that loop later this week.
Here we go. Brace yourself - there are a lot of photos of framing and plywood. Hope that is exciting for you ; )
Here is a refresher on the first floor floor plan. The front room stays the same, the rest is added on and opened up. The garage has turned into a library and the 2 car garage was added on the left. More details, here.
They re-sided the dormers for a better look - they were not so great before. We are considering keeping the cedar natural on the dormers and the garage front. Everything else will be painted Navajo White (creamy white), including the trim. We had the dormer windows replaced, too. The previous windows were just a vinyl replacement and we wanted the front two windows to match the rest of the house.
We selected Andersen 400 Series wood windows from Home Depot. They are wood on the interior and clad on the exterior. We went with the 400 because the "Canvas" color matched my Navajo White color perfectly instead of the standard white of the 200 or 100. I can not say enough about how great the service was - not to mention the price was $6,000 cheaper than any other bid (even for the same Andersen windows). I will go into more window detail later, probably when the are being painted on the interior.
The roof is GAF Timberline HD in Charcoal. It took me forever to find a roof color, then I just decided to do what was most classic.
Here is the garage. I love the crown detail the builder added above the garage. I have a barn style lamp fixture in mind for above. I am designing the doors today - hopefully : )
This is the back. I love the back. Sometimes I wish I could turn the house around! Where you see the white house wrap will be the roof of the porch. Can't wait to sit out there with my coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon and wine in the evening. Again, all of the exterior boards and trim will be painted a creamy white... not this lovely beige.
The beige boards are James Hardy Board planks. We wanted to do wood shakes all over the house but the price was staggeringly more. When painted, it will all look the same, so I am definitely ok with saving a ton of money - an easy decision. When it comes to staying in budget, there are a lot of distractions out there. For more difficult decisions, I tried to remember to upgrade things that would make our day-to-day life in the house better. For the huge savings in siding (like $10K+) we can do a lot with finishings inside that we will really enjoy. The roof was another one of these decisions. Wood shake would have been my first choice... but for the same cost as my entire kitchen, I decided I would be just fine with standard shingles.
First Floor #1
Here are a couple of videos that will help you understand the flow and the feel. Please ignore my very out of breath voice - for some reason I was so out of breath that I could hardly say more than two words at a time. I will blame it on the thin cold air...
First Floor #2
2nd Floor #1
I am missing the 2nd Floor #2 video - Mike is supposed to send it over from his phone in a bit. Of course, my phone is out of memory so I had to use his.
I hope the videos helped you to understand the flow, now here are photos so you can see details... though they may be messy and junky. This is what a construction project mid-HVAC crew. Looks like progress to me!
This is the foyer just after coming in thru the front door. We opened it all up. The old garage now has a floor (or will). There will be french doors leading to it. I am standing in the old living room taking this photo. Because much of the house is open, we wanted to have one cozy room where we could shut the door and have some quiet.
Old living room.
View just beyond living room - big new room. The Kitchen will be on the left side with island facing the right side of the room... just right of where that yellow cord is piled up.
Same spot, just pointing to the right. You can see where the fireplace will be. Sofa will be under the windows, opposite two comfy chairs - about where those white pipes are laying. You can see the island marked on the floor.
This is the view back into the old living room, standing about where the island will be. You can see mike's library doors to the left. More french doors here.
This is the view of the fireplace/hearth area from the island. Kitchen/Dining table will be centered with the window to the right... sort of where the sawhorse is, but running the other way.
Photo from standing in fireplace area facing back to kitchen. Range and hood will be under beam. Sink in the island. We will have glass-front hutches on both sides. Under the windows to the right will be a bank of lower cabinets.
Here is the cabinet layout from the Cabinetry builder. We are using Profile Custom Cabinetry. They are 100% amazing- I am working with Mike the owner and he completely "gets it" and knew exactly what I was looking for when I said "hard working english farm house country kitchen." And that is what I said to him - how nerdy is that? I will go into more details later.
Past the kitchen is the mudroom/studio. The powder room is to the right, garage to the left.
There will be cabinetry storage here, with a built in desk for my computer area. This will also be where I take most of my photos because of all of the great light from that big window. We reused it from our old kitchen.
And the french doors, also reused from the old house. We saved almost $4K by reusing.
Back upstairs, through the living room - repeat photo for reference sake.
This is the upstairs landing. It is opened up by 3ft and will have a built in linen hutch to the right. To the left is our old room (door not pictured). You can see into the laundry room on the right side, then down the little hallway to our master. The door on the right is the 4th bedroom. Emma's bathroom and bedroom are to my right, not pictured.
Laundry. You can see our old bedroom on the left, which will be the new guest room.
Our old room shares a wall with Emma's giant closet, so we had a "secret passageway" cut. Can't wait for her cousins to stay and sneak back and forth.
A peak through the secret passage into Emma's room. Rocking chair that wouldn't fit into the Pod still there!
Our house isn't huge, so all of these little nooks and sweet touches will add to the charm of it. Our goal wasn't to build a giant house, but a really nice little, cozy house that had everything we need.
Now, to the right down the little hall to our room....
Our room. We took the ceiling up in the center (forgot what that is called...!) to add height because it is not a huge room - maybe 13x16. All of those pretty windows help open it up.
This is the wall our bed will go on with a night stand on the left and a small desk on the right, under the window.
His and Hers closet to the left of the bed. I'm not a big walk-in closet sort of person - just a trap for a mess! We had this type of closets in our old house and I loved them. They will have standard french doors.
This is the view from the bed area to the bathroom. Small french doors.
Love that tub under the window!
Here is a good shot of our windows. They are so pretty - can't wait to see them painted with my antique hardware... that I have yet to find.
Ok, so do you feel completely overwhelmed? Thanks for enduring that way too long, way too in-depth update. Let it soak in for a little while, then all be back tomorrow to really boggle you with way to many lighting and hardware choices. Welcome (back) to our project! We are getting to the fun part : )