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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 55 | Cabinet measure and selecting Tubs

House Day: 55
Loan Day: 72

No work today on the house by the framers. But we did meet Jennifer from Chelsea Lumber to measure for our kitchen cabinets. We are doing white shaker cabinets throughout the house, and a dark wood console fixture in the half bath/powder room main level. We are meeting at the granite countertop place on Thursday so I'll show you then some more pics and samplings.

We also were told by our plumber that we should try to get our tubs in the house before the doors are on. We picked up the boys bathroom tub, but not ours. Ours is special order and I didn't really like the freestanding tubs they have in stock. So we will have to fit that thru the door. At least the back doors are full open french doors so that will help with making sure we can get it in. So here is the boy's bath tub. I've had my eye on this curved style for awhile now, and will plan to tile the rest of the bath, rather than using an insert.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 54 | Roof framing continues

House Day: 54
Loan Day: 71

They will be continuing with the roof framing today. I stopped by this morning, and they were gone to get some gas for the generator. So I took a few pics of the top of the garage that they put on this morning already. Now its really taking shape of a pitched roof!

We came back later in the day after they were done working to get some pics.

The porch is really starting to take shape now too!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Day 50 | Doorknobs and house cleaning

House Day: 50
Loan Day: 67

I ordered the door knobs last Friday and got them in today! I LOVE them! Egg shaped knobs, some privacy locks for the bathroom and bedrooms, some non-locking ones for the closets, a couple for the pocket doors we will have, and then our front door set with matching keys to our garage door entryway too.

No work from the framers today, so we took this opportunity to go in and sweep up the sawdust from the floors. I didn't take a before pic, but trust me, there was plenty of saw dust all over. And I'm not sure if the framers would be cleaning up after themselves, and I had read that we would need to hire a cleaning crew during the building process. I figured we can save the money on that and do the clean up ourselves. So we went out and swept the floors and threw all the scrap pieces out in the pile. It was looking nice and pretty and clean. :)

A few pics from the outside that I didn't take last night, that shows the roofing done on the dormer window and the walkout basement side.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Day 49 | Roof framing

House Day: 49
Loan Day: 66

They have finished all the roof trusses and started to put on the roofing plywood.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 48 | Roof Trusses

House Day: 48
Loan Day: 65

What a BEAUTIFUL day to put some roof trusses up! Our framer James told us he would be there on Thursday to do the roof trusses. So it was quite a surprise to see a text from him at 9:30 and say that he was there today working on it. He called me to come to the site because of a possible issue with the garage, which turns out to be fine. I guess the truss plans shows that the garage should have been 16" shorter that it currently is, so the overhang doesn't line up with the porch over hang, it will actually run into the roofing above it like this:
instead of this: 
Which turns out to not be an issue for us. It will still meet up with the porch roofing, and maybe even add a little bit different dimension to it. I mean, some people PAY for different roofing levels, right?!

So I arrived at the house just as the crane was pulling up too. I stuck around to check things out. I honestly could sit there all day, this is very intriguing how they build this! They just started with lifting some plywood into some of the roofs. Makes sense to help them for easier roofing framing.

I came back a couple hours later in the day and look how much was already done!

We left and came back in the evening and they had all the trusses up! And even had started on the plywood. We had a ROOF on the house! Well... rough framing roof. :) I will say, I had a little bit of anxiety as I came back to the house this evening.. It felt HUGE! Like OMG did we build too big? I mean, the inside it all that we want four ourselves, and its not HUGE. You'll see.. I think with having a two story foyer and two story great room though, it does add more house to your house. And really, its the roof pitch that is making it huge right now, it wouldn't look right with any smaller roof pitch really.  I think it will mellow out some in my mind as I get used to the new sights. Also when they add on the porch it will help to break the house in half and not see what looks to be 3 stories of house. It really is exciting to see this progress though! And only 48 days since we broke ground!!

Looking into the garage.

In the Great Room looking up at the balcony on the 2nd floor, which will be able to look down in the Great Room and also to the front of the house, into the Foyer.

Our tray ceiling roof trusses in our master bedroom. 

Standing in the great room, kitchen on the right, foyer/closet to the left. 

Master bedroom.

One of the bedrooms.

Another bedroom upstairs.

Inside one of the bedrooms, looking thru the wall to the great room and balcony.

Front foyer upper window.

I just LOVE this small panoramic with the sun glare. 

One last picture for the night... this is the kitchen wall that we wanted to cut back to 96" to make a little bit larger walk way between one of the great room columns and this wall. BUT... it currently just fits perfectly the fridge, under cabinet microwave, and the corner cabinet. So I'm meeting with Jennifer from our cabinet place tomorrow to see if we can scale back this wall still. I'm praying that we can!! You can see in the kitchen drawing that there is a LITTLE fill spacer between the corner cabinet and the microwave cabinet, so I hope thats enough to slide things down a little bit. It might have to be there for the corner cabinet door, not sure. We will see!