Week 29: Siding Progress & Drywall Prep

Lots of siding progress happened this week, including finishing the front of the house!  The only thing missing is that dumb mudroom door.  The correct millwork was added/grooved into the door and it’s back at the house.  We just need the door framers to get it up there…and then the front will be done.  Can’t wait!  The back of the house had a lot of siding progress including being wrapped and just a few more sections need siding.  Tons of progress!

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The front of the house is finally done being sided! I love the way it turned out.

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The garage was the last piece to be completed, and I think it turned out fantastic.

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I walked out on the little deck between the master and the kitchen. Here’s a view looking back towards the master.

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The back of the house has really come along since last week and is so close to being done…just a bit more.

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Every time I see all those windows in the kitchen eating nook, I love it – it’ll be exciting to see all of it sided soon.

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Here’s a view of one of Cameron’s bedroom windows. The trim turned out perfectly!

On the inside, everything is getting ready for drywall, including adding the metal strips at the top corners of the ceiling.  This is so that the drywall is nailed into the ceiling studs/joists as well as the metal brackets which are attached to the walls.  They’ll resist upheave from the ceiling/attic so that the drywall will resist cracking or nails popping.

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All of those metal strips were added between the walls and the ceiling to secure the drywall correctly.

The fire sprinklers also got some insulation around them so that they could be inspected.  The inspection passed with flying colors, and no issues with the design or construction – yay!  Matt said that the insulation is “tented” around the sprinkler lines so that nothing (including insulation) can get between the smoke/fire in the house and the sprinkler heads.  Who knew!

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Insulation was added to “tent” each of the sprinkler lines.

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Just another sprinkler line in the dining room – and I just love that ceiling!

 

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Week 25: Windows, Garage Slab, & Thanksgiving

Not much happened on the house week – we’re still waiting for the siding subcontractor to finish his last job which I guess is taking longer than expected.  In the meantime, the final three windows arrived and look fantastic!  The window above the entry door, as well as two oval windows (main house gable and one in the great room) were installed.  With those finally in, now the heat will have a better chance of staying in the house.

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By the end of the week, here’s what the house looked like…all the windows were in!

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Two of the three missing windows that were installed was the oval in this main gable and the arched window above the entry door.

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I think the entry turned out fantastic!  I can’t wait to see what it looks like when the paper is removed from the entry door glass.  I think it doesn’t come off until the end though – right now it’s protecting the glass and already tapes the glass off for when it’s painted.

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The 2nd oval window was added to the great room too…can’t wait to take the protective paper off those french doors too!

Besides that, Matt had the garage slab reinforced and poured this week.  Not much besides that happened though – it was Thanksgiving on Thursday so really there was only 3 working days.

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Rebar was placed prior to last week ending to get ready for the pour on Monday.

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The garage slab was poured this week…looks great!

Joel and I took the boys to the Bay Area for Thanksgiving which we hadn’t done before – visiting relatives.  We had a lot of fun, and it was a much needed little vacation for the boys.

A little wine tasting in Sonoma is the family's tradition in lieu of black friday! I'll take that any day!!

A little wine tasting in Sonoma is the family’s tradition in lieu of Black Friday! I’ll take that any day!!

This was what the yard looked like the day we returned from California...just a teeny bit chillier than Sonoma County!

This was what the yard looked like the day we returned from California…just a teeny bit chillier than Sonoma County!

Week 23: Windows & Doors

Windows

By now the house is pretty much built, and now we’re getting to the fun stages of picking out all the finishes and watching them get installed!  Windows started last week, but there were still some windows that took longer to arrive (arched ones, oval ones, etc).  But those came late this week!!  Super exciting!  There’s still just a couple of windows that are missing – the arched window over the entry, the oval window for the front gable and one of the oval windows in the great room.  Besides those, I think we’re pretty much done with windows.

Doors

The exterior doors arrived, all primed, in their jambs and ready to be installed.  I absolutely love them, don’t they look amazing??

A lot more of the windows have been installed this week.

A lot more of the windows have been installed this week.

The windows in the dining room arrived and were installed!

The windows in the dining room arrived and were installed!

This is the north side of the house - on the upper level is the master bedroom, and Spencer's bedroom is on the lower level.

This is the north side of the house – on the upper level is the master bedroom, and Spencer’s bedroom is on the lower level.

The back of the house looks so good now that the windows are there!

The back of the house looks so good now that the windows are there!

The front door was installed and it looks great! It'll be fun to see it finished once that last window above the door is installed.

The front door was installed and it looks great! It’ll be fun to see it finished once that last window above the door is installed.

The 6’8″ french doors in the great room were installed – they look how fantastic with the transom windows above them. Still missing one last oval window up top though!

In the kitchen, the banquette bench was installed this week along the back wall of windows.

In the kitchen, the banquette bench was installed this week along the back wall of windows.

Here's another view of the kitchen, lots of natural light with windows and doors. Love it!

Here’s another view of the kitchen, lots of natural light with windows and doors. Love it!

And one of my favorites is the dutch door heading to the back deck from the kitchen.

And one of my favorites is the dutch door heading to the back deck from the kitchen.

The back french door in our bedroom was installed.

The back french door in our bedroom was installed.

Also in our master closet we added a small bench. With how much Joel travels, it's the perfect spot to pack his luggage.

Also in our master closet we added a small bench. With how much Joel travels, it’s the perfect spot to pack his luggage.

This is by far my FAVORITE window in the house - it'll be located above our antique clawfoot tub in the master bathroom.

This is by far my FAVORITE window in the house – it’ll be located above our antique clawfoot tub in the master bathroom.  Just something fun and different to make a statement.

We skipped the transoms downstairs and installed taller 8'0" doors in the rec room.

We skipped the transoms downstairs and installed taller 8’0″ doors in the rec room.

The only issue is with the front mudroom door.  It’s a dutch door (so excited about that), and it should have had some extra cuts & pieces on the top half of the door (called “dado cut”) so that when the doors close, there’s weatherstripping and so that the two doors “catch” and stay together.  Well, the bottom 1/2 of the door looks great, but the top half is missing it.  So back to the manufacturer it goes!  Not really a big deal, but such a bummer because it’s such a cute door, and on the front of the house!!  Why can’t it be some side door that they screw up on?  Murphy’s law!

Here's the dutch door for the mudroom front door. Isn't it cute with the X detail in the bottom half? It's the only door we ordered like that...I thought it would be fun for the front of the house.

Here’s the dutch door for the mudroom front door. Isn’t it cute with the X detail in the bottom half? It’s the only door we ordered like that…I thought it would be fun for the front of the house.

The bottom of top half of the door should have been dado cut like this. Instead, the one we got just has a flat bottom. Back to the factory it goes!

The bottom of top half of the door should have been dado cut like this. Instead, the one we got just has a flat bottom. Back to the factory it goes!

The other doors all look fantastic though, It’s such a bummer that they primed the doors so now we can’t see through them, but I promise they’ll look even more fantastic when you can actually see through them!  For now, just getting them in and seeing the shape is good enough for me.

Week 22: HVAC, Electrical & Windows

The HVAC was worked on for the house this week which included setting up the furnaces which will back up the heat pump.  The furnace for the downstairs was placed in the HVAC room downstairs by the boys’ playroom, and it was most efficient to put the furnace for the main level in the attic of the garage.  Besides installing both of those, it looks like the vents have all been placed and all 4 of the cold air returns were also installed (two on each level of the home).

It was most efficient to put the upstairs furnace in the attic.

It was most efficient to put the upstairs furnace in the attic.

The downstairs furnace is located in the HVAC room.

The downstairs furnace is located in the HVAC room.

Electrical work began this week and was laid out based on our walk thru last week.  On Sunday, Joel and I went to check things out…and confirm light switch locations.  A few of them were in the wrong spots, but for the most part things were in the correct locations.

The electrical sub (Modern Wiring) started on the house this week.

The electrical sub (Modern Wiring) started on the house this week.

And even more fun (and with a bigger impact) was that the majority of the windows were delivered and quite a bit of them were installed!  I think they look great, and love the grid layout we chose.  I can’t wait to see all of them installed.  It’ll end up being a couple weeks for all of them to get here.  The windows with the arched tops all have a bit longer lead time than the rectangular ones.

Some of the windows were installed in the front of the house this week.

Some of the windows were installed in the front of the house this week.

Although we're still missing the french doors and the oval windows, the back wall of the great room is starting to take shape.

Although we’re still missing the french doors and the oval windows, the back wall of the great room is starting to take shape.

I love how the windows turned out in the staircase.

I love how the windows turned out in the staircase.

The windows in the informal dining area in the kitchen look amazing! It's too bad that the construction film makes it so we can't see outside anymore. At least that'll protect the glass until construction is finished though.

The windows in the informal dining area in the kitchen look amazing! It’s too bad that the construction film makes it so we can’t see outside anymore. At least that’ll protect the glass until construction is finished though.

Here's what the windows look like from the outside of the house. These ones are above the kitchen sink area.

Here’s what the windows look like from the outside of the house. These ones are above the kitchen sink area.

Besides all of the things happening at the house, my mom and I also went to Canyon Creek Cabinetry on Thursday to figure out all of the cabinets for the house.  We did our initial walk thru a couple of weeks ago.  After that, they drafted up the initial design for the cabinets…but of course I had markups and things that I wanted changed.  So we met up with Andy at Canyon Creek to discuss all of the changes.  He’s going to revise the drawings (and the cost estimate) – hopefully we’ll get those this next week.  Then they’ll be finalized!

Week 18: Getting Ready for a Roof, Window Walkthrough & Countertops

This week seemed like there wasn’t all that much progress when I look at where the house was last week compared to this week, but they actually got quite a bit done.  There were random wall & ceilings that needed to be finished up (or changed…because things didn’t look quite right and I wanted little things slightly different than what was originally planned…hello change order)!  In addition to these little framing things, they were really getting ready for the roof to be put on next week – which meant getting all of the plates/brackets/etc put in the right spots – something that I really don’t even notice.

It's coming along!!

It’s coming along!!

A view of the front from the other direction.

A view of the front from the other direction.

The garage doors were framed this week.

The garage doors were framed this week.

They finished the last little shed roof above the master closet this week.

They finished the last little shed roof above the master closet this week.

Also this week, we decided not to put the windows in the garage. My mom convinced me that there's really no use, and all it does is let people see all the junk in the garage. And with the basketball hoop going in near the garage, maybe they'd just end up broken anyhow.

Also this week, we decided not to put the windows in the garage. My mom convinced me that there’s really no use, and all it does is let people see all the junk in the garage. And with the basketball hoop going in near the garage, maybe they’d just end up broken anyhow.

The mudroom door was FINALLY added this week. The framers made a mistake originally and forgot to put it in! On top of that, we also had them increase the size of the windows in the mudroom (left) and the mudroom bathroom (right).

The mudroom door was FINALLY added this week. The framers made a mistake originally and forgot to put it in! On top of that, we also had them increase the size of the windows in the mudroom (left) and the mudroom bathroom (right).

The laundry room ceiling was finished up this week - I love how the ceiling over the window is sloped and connects with the rest of the vaulted ceiling. A little hard to tell in this picture, but once it's drywalled it'll look amazing!

The laundry room ceiling was finished up this week – I love how the ceiling over the window is sloped and connects with the rest of the vaulted ceiling. A little hard to tell in this picture, but once it’s drywalled it’ll look amazing!

On Friday I met Matt and Andy from Grove Window Supply at the house and we measured & walked through each window and what I wanted the grids to look like.  It took a little over an hour, but it was definitely worth it to be out there.  A few of the windows we hadn’t quite sized or figured out how they open, and Andy had great ideas.  My most favorite decision we made was the window in the staircase.  Because of the stair placement, the window couldn’t be the same size as the others in the lower rec room.  I was going to have it be a little odd in size, and just deal with it, but Andy came up with an awesome idea of just doing the upper 1/2 of the window so that it still aligns with the others in the room…and it looks fantastic!  Such a great idea and I never would have thought of it.  My favorite window is definitely the one above the bathtub in our master – we decided to switch it up as a focal point and put the grids in a diamond pattern.  I think it’s going to be such a cute detail.

We have stairs! Now we can finally get downstairs without walking around the house!

We have stairs! Now we can finally get downstairs without walking around the house! And check out the window at the bottom of the stairs.

I love the new window shape in the staircase. So simple, yet I never would have thought of it!

I love the new window shape in the staircase. So simple, yet I never would have thought of it!

Here's how the lower rec area looks like from the back of the house. The 1/2 window in the staircase is on the lower right.

Here’s how the lower rec area looks like from the back of the house. The 1/2 window in the staircase is on the lower right.

Besides picking out Windows, my mom and I met up on Friday to pick out countertops.  We had gone a couple weeks ago to look at slabs, and found absolutely white quartzite that we loved, but it was at a random fabricator’s shop and Matt had no idea of the quality they’d do.  But lucky for us, we found the same slabs at MSI in Seattle!  Score!!  So now we can have our own (recommended) fabricators do the install and there’s nothing to worry about!  We found 4 slabs, so that’ll take care of the kitchen, powder room & master bathroom.

Slab #1

Slab #1

Slabs #2 & #3 are book-matched.

Slabs #2 & #3 are book-matched.

Another shot of slab #2.

Another shot of slab #2.

Slab #4

Slab #4

Quartzite is so beautiful - check out what sunlight looks like through Slab #2 when it travels through the slab. So gorgeous! Too bad we'll never see it like that in the house.

Quartzite is so beautiful – check out what sunlight looks like through Slab #2 when it travels through the slab. So gorgeous! Too bad we’ll never see it like that in the house.

The slab is so beautiful up close - love the crystal-esque pieces in it.

The slab is so beautiful up close – love the crystal-esque pieces in it.

Close up of the countertop.

Close up of the countertop.

Another detail picture

Another detail picture

Four slabs of absolute white quartzite - yes please!

Four slabs of absolute white quartzite – yes please!

While we were at MSI, we also checked out the quartz slabs that they had.  Quartz is a man made stone and it super durable, and we’re thinking of using it in the laundry room and boys’ bathroom.  They had a really cute white slab of quartz with little blue-green glass and mirror pieces in it, and we found this green glass tile.  We thought it might be cute for the laundry room – super clean feeling.

Sparkling white quartz - maybe an option for the laundry room!

Sparkling white quartz – maybe an option for the laundry room!

We found this arctic ice glass subway tile (the top one), that is super clean and fresh looking.

We found this arctic ice glass subway tile (the top one), that is super clean and fresh looking.

Here's a close-up of what the slab and tile look like together.

Here’s a close-up of what the slab and tile look like together.  Both of these look so much prettier in person – but it gives you an idea of the look.