18 August 2013

Day 41

With school starting this week, all I really had time to do was drive by and wave at the workers.  That just means there aren't a lot of pictures, but there were some significant changes this week!

Mainly, the roof!

Roof lines of house and garage

You can really see the pitch of the roof now!
In addition, HVAC was in putting in all the different ducts and vents through the house.  We chose a pretty traditional heating system with a Tyvek house wrap and R30 insulation.  We are using natural gas.  We had an all electric home in Jefferson City, and most of the time that was fine.  There were just a few times when the power was off in the middle of winter that was not fun at all. 

New Town requires a certain shingle and color, so that wasn't an option for us.  It is a architectural fiberglass shingle with a 30 year warranty and that's all I know about that.  I will need to find out the brand name for future reference.

One little thing was bothering me... have you noticed that the door in the garage that leads to the house is so much shorter than the window?  It's been bothering me like crazy.  I went inside the garage and guess what???  They didn't cut the plywood all the way to the top of the door for some reason.  The door and the window will be the same height.  Whew!

10 August 2013

Day 33

Since our last post, the homebuilders have made so much progress!  Here is where we are on Day 33.  The house has four walls, the second story is framed in, windows are in, the back door is in and the fireplace has been framed in.  The porch floor is built and the back side of the house has the roofing plywood done.

Below you can see the dining area.  The kitchen and dining area are combined.  We've had a formal dining room and even though I loved it, it wasn't used except for holidays.  Our first house in Jefferson City had the kitchen/dining area combined and we used it much more.  I chose to have a lot of windows in this area.  The back windows will look into our courtyard, which we have designed and will be beautiful.  The side windows will have views of our side garden and sunsets. 

The fireplace has been framed up.  We have chosen marble to around it and we will sheet rock the top since the TV will be placed above it.  You can see the spaces created by the framing that will be perfect for built in shelving.  We want the shelving and the mantle to be at similar heights.

Here are the first shots of the porch.  We love how deep it is and it will be covered with a roof.  The poles will be replaced with columns like these.  The columns really shape up the craftsman style feel.

The steps going upstairs are going to be covered in carpet.  At Lakewood in Jefferson City, we had hardwood stairs and they were loud!  We have carpeted stairs in our apartment and really like them.  There's Bob, eager to see for the first time what the upstairs is going to look like!

This is my office/blogging room/craft room/guest room.  Doubled the windows in this room for the light when working.  We will set up a hide a bed sofa in this room to be able to accommodate more people. 

This is Ashley and Eric's room.  It has a gorgeous view!  We decided on crank out style windows.  We had these at our apartment in Kirksville and always loved the retro feel of them.  This is designed as a second master suite, with a walk in closet and its own bathroom.  Now Ash can leave her favorite shampoos and soaps, an extra hair dryer, etc, so coming to visit will be a piece of cake!

This is Bob's loft.  It has a 1/2 wall coming up the steps so there is plenty of light, even with just one window.  There will be a loveseat, TV, exercise equipment, and probably all with a sports theme.

To round up the upstairs, there is a hallway bathroom and a laundry room.  Ashley and Eric like to do their laundry before they leave and this will give them that opportunity.  The hallway bathroom will be for other guests when they come.  

It is fun to see it all come together after doing so much planning this past year!  So far we haven't made any changes to our plan.  Bob's OCD thoughtfulness ahead of the game has made that possible!!

03 August 2013

Day 26 of Housebuilding

Remember earlier I said I wasn't very patient?  So I found a way to help me put this whole thing in perspective, and that is to count the days to a finished house.

Twenty six days into the process we have gone from this~

to this~

and I start to feel a lot better!  That's digging, basement walls, moving dirt, digging, moving dirt, moving rock, putting up a garage, a floor, and four walls.  Plus stuff I don't know about like plumbing.  Plus, I am trying to live "in the process" so I can enjoy each change the day brings.  

I found an app that allows me to add text to photos very easily, which helps explain what you are seeing when you look at these photos.  In the top photo you are seeing the west side of the house with windows in the dining room and living room.  In the bottom photo you are seeing the north side of the house, windows for the master bedroom and dining room.  Between the dining room windows is the back door, which will have 3/4 glass in it to take advantage of the courtyard between the garage and the house. 
We decided not to have any windows on the east side of the house, one, we are very close to our neighbors, as St. Charles allows building on the property line. 

Here's the front:

The space in the center is the front door.  You can see the cement footings where the porch will rest.   The front of the house faces south, southeast.  I was in my car when I took this photo, it looks crooked to me.  So of course I had to go back by and make sure, nope, the house is level!

Twenty-six days from nothing to something pretty easily imagined into our house.  Enjoying the process!