Growing up on a college campus, a few things signified the changing of seasons more than just the Fall colors and cooler weather. A fresh batch of students meant new relationships and renewed ambitions. One of these ambitions in particular seemed to be exercising, specifically jogging. Something about being in a new environment, trying to avoid the Freshman Fifteen, and enjoying the great outdoors turned these straight-out-of-high-school students into committed, Division I athletes.
I was walking Denzel last week, and I realized that Fall must be here when I was passed by one of these aforementioned marathoners. Her lanyard was hanging out of her short’s pocket, swaying back and forth as she trotted along. Her hair was down, and she was wearing what appeared to be a brand new pair of Nike running shoes. She also took a phone call and answered, “I can’t talk right now, I’m running,” and hung up. So committed! A few steps later, she slowed down to a brisk walk. I’m sure the phone call must have been important.
This has nothing to do with the progress of our house, except that Fall is here, and we are moving right along with our checklist of things to do.
I think if Tommy had designed the house, we would have had zero ceiling lights, making insulation installation much smoother.
We had a little set back with one of the inspections and ended up having to pull out two rows of insulation and install additional 2x4s in the ceiling.
Steps to the basement!
Siding is almost finished and they have started on the mudroom!
We finished the foam board insulation in the guest room last night – so – you have a place to stay when you come visit!
Still married & still smiling! Thanks for following along on our adventure!
A few things have happened since my last post [four months ago]:
We moved to the Island in June
We lived on the Island for ten weeks
We moved off of the Island in August
We moved the last of our stuff off of the Island two weeks ago
So, my lack of posts is due to Island life, but my sister’s blog filled you in on that. You’re here because you want to see where we’re at with our house (if you haven’t sneaked over to see it in real life already — you know who you are).
Plumbing was set in the basement floors a week before we moved to the Island.
My first time off the Island since moving over, I came back to this:
Less than two weeks later, we had interior and exterior walls:
The roof went up and now we are totally sealed in with windows and exterior doors too!
We are half-way through with insulation. Up next – interior: drywall || exterior: siding
Hopefully my next post won’t be four months from now! Thanks for checking in.
Thursday, 5/19: Tommy’s dad – The Captain – arrived early Thursday morning.
Friday, 5/20: Logix courses set and ready for concrete.
Monday, 5/23: We picked up 100 square feet of slate from a storage unit in Chestertown – thanks to Craigslist. I tried to talk him even lower than his asking price, but we still walked away with a great deal.
Tuesday, 5/24: Cement trucks showed up at 8:07; Durand was here by 8:15 to check on their work. He was convinced Tommy’s dad’s name was “Mr. Mike” – we have no idea why.
Wednesday, 5/25: Bought ice cream sandwiches for the men working; got home too late to get to the site before they left; ate the ice cream sandwiches.
They will start plumbing and hopefully pour the basement floor next week. Thanks for following!
Looking for more design inspiration & project updates? Follow me on Instagram: @WhiteWallsMatter.
I thought I’d answer some frequently asked questions I’ve received since starting this process:
What kind of house are you building? – I think I understand this question, but the answer is still a little dependent upon who is asking. We are building a one-story, 3bedroom/2bathroom ranch with a full-walkout basement.
How big will it be? – It is 32’x48′, or just over 1,400 interior square footage.
Did you design it? – We’ve been discussing the possibility of building for a while, so I knew the basic idea of the floor-plan that we liked and reviewed over a thousand online. So, it is a compilation of a few floor-plans that I liked the most and input from Tommy and his dad. As far as the sketch of actual floor-plan, yes, I designed it.
Can I buy your in-laws’ house? – I doubt it, but you can talk to them about it.
When will it be finished/When are you moving? – I’m always afraid to answer this question because when I do, people often tell me that it will take longer than I expect. So, we are aiming for Christmas of this year – I know – it could be later!
I told Tommy that I was going to start camping out at the house, just to get used to sleeping there! He didn’t believe me. Probably because of my overall objection to camping, or because I refuse to take the compost out after dark. He knows better than to think I’d actually sleep outside by myself all night.
But you’re just here to check on the progress of the house, and there sure has been progress! The inspector is coming today – so hopefully all goes well.
I have also started an Instagram account –@whitewallsmatter– for more real-time updates and design inspirations.
Want to know more about the phase we are in right now? This guy from LOGIX can explain it better than I can:
I’ve noticed a significant progression of TV shows that catch my interest, based on the phase of life in which I find myself. In the middle of wedding-planning, I was obsessed with David Tutera and Say Yes to the Dress. Once we had our wedding, my interest waned. A few months later, we rescued Denzel, and my alarm was set daily for 4:00 (AM, to let him outside; PM, to soak in every second of advice from Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer). Once we realized there was no hope for Denz, my interest waned yet again.
Since we began discussing the house, I have become more interested in home renovation shows, although those have always been pretty high on my list (who could ever forget the unrealistic construction time-frames and emotional home reveals from Extreme Home Makeover or the tacky, yet budget-friendly designs and awkward room-reveals from Trading Spaces?!). Yes, I have seen every episode of Fixer Upper, although this renovation from Season 2 is really the only one that matters: A Fixer Upper Take on Midcentury Modern.
We all know more takes place behind the scenes than what they can show on TV. Here are a few things that I’m finding out as we move forward with this building process:
It all takes time. I offered to start shoveling a hole for the foundation if that would speed up the process, but Tommy didn’t think that would be necessary.
It requires careful attention to details. Most of the stage we are in right now is totally new and unfamiliar territory for me. I could talk about interior design all day, but foundation and footings? Important, I get it, but, snooze.
“Maybe tomorrow” has become somewhat of our mantra. Not because progress isn’t being made – it is – but each phase completed leads us to believe that “maybe tomorrow” they will start on the next thing. Speaking of progress, check it out:
Thanks for following along – keep checking in for more progress updates!
I have always loved one, solid sheet of marble (rather than individual tiles) as a backsplash, but I assumed it would be too expensive and too difficult to cut to exact size. Then I had the idea of using counter top laminate, which is only 0.035 inches thick, and costs around $2/square foot. So, last week I ordered a sample of laminate in Formica’s Calacatta Marble:
From the images, the Wilsonart Calcutta Marble is my preference, but I will decide once I can compare the samples.
These laminate sheets are designed to be used as counter tops, so they are durable, waterproof, and stain-resistant – perfect for using as a backsplash! As I mentioned in Kitchen Inspiration, we will have black bottom cupboards, concrete counters, and white upper cupboards. Here are a few examples of marble backsplashes: