our journey building our coastal inspired dream home
Check out our lower level! It’s so awesome to see it go up and be able to walk through it now! Absolutely surreal!
It’s so awesome to walk down the property and see the house! This is looking south at the house, which is Spencer’s room on the corner.
This is a good look at what it’ll feel like in the downstairs rec room. All said and done, there will be two double doors with a pair of windows in between them.
Here’s 4 out of 5 of the windows in the guest room.
Here’s the framing so far in the boys’ playroom.
Here’s what the house looks like from the road as you drive up – so much progress this week!
Here’s a view of what those trusses look like from down below…I’m sure they’ll be standing them up on Monday.
The upstairs wall lines are all laid out and we can start to get an idea of what the first floor will feel like.
It doesn’t look like much, but the floor system is now in place and the house has been completely backfilled.
Here’s a shot of the little bulldozer they used for some site grading this week.
By the end of the week, there was a TON of progress on the main level!
This will be the eating area in the kitchen. Joel and I love all of the windows, and how much light it will let into the kitchen.
This is what the office windows look like from the outside. It faces the street at the front of the house.
Our entry!! The top window will end up being arched, and we’re also having them start the side windows lower – so those will increase in height.
Still framing in progress! Lots to do next week for sure. This will end up being the back wall of the great room where we’ll have a set of french doors.
These are the windows and door to the deck in our master bath. We love the view!
This is also in the kitchen – our sink will be centered underneath the three windows and that door opening will lead outside to the deck.
The garage framing started this week. We’re going to enjoy finally being able to park our cars in the garage and having a space for all of the boys’ toys in the extra bay.
This will be our staircase, which is located just behind the fireplace in the great room.
The walls are now all up it the master bedroom. Joel and I think it’s the perfect size.
Here’s our master bath. Underneath the big window we’ll have our vintage clawfoot tub.
It was neat to see how they constructed the main focal wall in the great room – first on the ground and then they raise it up.
Before the trusses could go on, they braced all of the walls in the house. Now it’s so difficult to walk through the house – like a giant spider web of 2×4’s.
By Friday, two truckloads of trusses were up on the roof! Next week they’ll work on standing them upright and in place.
The great room wall is finally up!
Here’s what the house looks like from the backyard – really the only view you can see that it’s two stories.
Another view of the back of the house.
Here you can see what the house looks like from the other end of the house and you can finally see where the windows are going to be on the side of the garage. I still haven’t decided if we’ll keep those or not.
Another view from the other side of the front of the house.
After installing just a few of the barge boards, I can already tell I made the right decision. Love ’em!
The trusses are up in the great room!
Another view of the trusses from underneath. Love the blue skies!
For the main roof that runs side to side, the trusses were so tall, they couldn’t fit in on the truck (and be able to fit in a standard driving lane). So the top of the trusses come separate and will eventually be installed.
A view of the trusses from below.
Here’s a view of the dining room ceiling and you can see that we added in a 10″ tray ceiling into the truss design.
This is the ceiling in the laundry room. I went round and round with Matt on the best look for the ceiling in here – I never really liked what the architect came up with, but I’m super happy on what the builder and I designed.
By Wednesday I think they had all of the trusses up and in place.
The entry started to take shape this week – the doorway and the big dining room window on the right will eventually both have arched tops. I’m loving the oval window up top though!
The temporary construction ramp leads up to the mudroom door. The roof framing above the mudroom is what the guys worked on the couple of days that they were at our house this week.
Here’s what the framing looks like from inside the room!
Here’s the progress from this week’s work. Not too much changed from last week.
I climbed on top of the dirt stockpile to take this picture – it’s hard to fit the whole back of the house in one picture on my iphone!
Check out the new view from the kitchen windows – you can see the roof line from behind the mudroom (on the right) and the BBQ area (on the left).
This wall is missing a door – there should be one between the two windows (will get fixed later). That will be the back door from the mudroom which has a bit of a covered porch off the back to let our dog Bella out.
Here’s the little trusses they used to frame the BBQ area.
This is a straight-on look at the covered BBQ area. It’s right outside of the back door to the kitchen so it will be super close and handy!
The crew built a little part of the deck this week that has the covered BBQ area.
Love seeing the trim (barge) boards on the edges of the roof line.
A little bit more progress to be seen as we drive up this week!
Another view from the driveway.
I think they now have all of the trim up around the roof line!
Quite a bit of the roof sheathing went on this week.
A glimpse of the progress on Thursday morning.
We stopped by the house on the way back from Suncadia on Sunday and they definitely got a lot more done!
They even started on the gable on top of the garage!
This will be our office, which will have a vaulted ceiling.
The dormers above the window in the master closet and the laundry room haven’t been started yet.
The back of the house still needs some sheathing, but it’s coming along!
Now it’s really easy to see the covered bbq area outside of the kitchen.
Here’s what the house looks like from the front as you’d drive up to it.
There’s Joel – checking out the kitchen!
Here’s a panoramic of the back of the house.
Here’s what the back of the house looks like from right underneath it.
The view of the back of the kitchen windows.
Here’s the progress made on the back of the house.
The front of the house is getting pretty far along. The gable is up in above the garage and the roof line is finished above the laundry room shed dormer.
Here’s a view of the kitchen windows. Joel and I can’t decide if we want built-in benches here and where to add them in the space.
The great room looks really good – although the ceiling is too high, so we decided this week that we’re going to drop that down.
This is a view from the kitchen into the great room. The opening on the left will be a pass-through with cabinetry in front of it.
This wall will eventually have our stove centered between the doors. The opening on the right leads to the butler’s pantry & dining room. And the opening on the left leads to the pantry, laundry & mudroom.
The shed dormer was put in laundry room this week.
The gable above the garage was worked on this week. I think it turned out great!
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.
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.
A view of the front from the other direction.
They finished the last little shed roof above the master closet this week.
It’s coming along!!
The garage doors were framed this week.
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!
We have stairs! Now we can finally get downstairs without walking around the house!
I love the new window shape in the staircase. So simple, yet I never would have thought of it!
The front arches were added to the porch, entry door and dining windows this week.
The dining window was framed this week – It’ll have three windows that open, then transoms, then an arched window.
The tray ceiling and “X” pattern on the ceiling were constructed.
The tray ceiling in the master was added this week.
First stop was checking out he built-in bench in the office. Eventually bookshelves will line the wall to the right, and this will be such a fun spot to read with the boys – plenty deep and big enough!
Plumbing started this week! Here’s a picture in the kitchen where the sink and fridge will go.
The windows in the dining room look SO GOOD!
By the end of the week, the arches have been added at the front of the house, and the roofing has been delivered and is ready to be installed.
The entryway windows have been framed.
The staircase is located back behind the fireplace, and the curvature in the staircase was finished up this week.
The fireplace framing was built this week – we’ll have a bench under the the fireplace, so it’s raised up off the floor.
Half-way through the week, here’s what the back of the house looks like (from standing WAY back at the well house).
The roof is on!
Here’s a closer picture of the front entry.
Oh yeah, and they built the well house today! Isn’t it cute?
The coffered ceiling in the kitchen looks AMAZING!
On the left side of the room, the ‘beams’ align with the fireplace and built-ins.
And on the right side of the room, the ‘beams’ flow directly into the kitchen’s coffered ceiling.
The small entry has a tray ceiling.
The great room ceiling was lowered to a more comfortable height, and the faux beams were added. LOVE!!!
A view from the great room looking back at the dining & entry.