House Update #2–and other stuff

Just to keep you entertained until Kelly feels better–we will do a house update!  YEA!!

Well, I went to the house last Sunday…from the outside, it didn’t look like they had accomplished much!  But…once I got inside, it was a different matter, entirely!!
All that wood laying around is our siding!  I saw Brad..Brad is one of the three partners who own MasterCraft, and, interestingly, he owns the home just two doors down from us!  Brad is in charge of the building of the pool.  He told me that he had the permit…and as soon as the siding was on the house, he would start the pool…so, maybe that happened this week!
This is inside the garage–as you can see, all of the drywall has been hung.  This door goes out to the side of the house.  The home we live in now, the only place to keep the garbage can and recycle bin is IN the garage…which I HATE!!! With THIS house, there’s a great hiding place along the side of the house to put the garbage cans, so I had them pour some extra concrete for a “pad” to keep the garbage outside where it belongs!  This door is right near the “Garbage Pad”.
This is the “Family Room”…the “Dining Nook” is to the right hand side.  You can just make out where the concrete ends–that’s where the covered patio ends too…then the pool is just beyond that…to the left is the “ventless” gas fireplace.
Here is the fireplace.  The arched door to the right is the MasterBedroom suite, the first door on the left is “Mechanical” (air conditioning equipment, the other is the Foyer closet.  The TV will be installed above the fireplace.  Although you cannot see them in the picture, I had them install “floor outlets” on each side of where the sofa will sit–to keep from having cords all over the place!!
In this photo, you can see the arched doorway leading to my husband’s office, the guest room and my studio to the left, the Butlers Pantry, Laundry Room and garages to the right.  There, at what looks like a pony wall is where the kitchen island will be 
After coming in front door and through the foyer, a set of French Doors is on the left, leading to this room…currently called “the Billuards Room”.  We will install a window seat below the right window as well as bookcases on each side.  On the right side of this room is a full bath, and we will be installing a small closet.  This room can have a variety of uses, but, right now, it’s the Billuards room!  IF at a later date, we need to hire live-in help, or a nurse, or, God Forbid, need a hospital bed…this room could also serve all of those needs.  You really can’t tell just how HUGE this room is!
The Master Suite–this is one of several rooms with a “trey ceiling”, giving the room a 11 foot ceiling, not 10.  Just out of the view finder on the right are a set of French Doors leading directly to the pool.  I just LOVE all the trees we can see in most of the rooms…it makes this house feel very secluded and private!  The closets and master bath are directly behind the camera.
Do I need to tell you how much I love my New Studio???  Yes, I have a “thing” for French Doors…they let me see the pool better!!  I can already imagine my DH telling me “Go to Your Room and MAKE ART!”  How can you NOT BE creative in this room??  Yes, all of the electrical outlets in this room are “high”–two reasons for that…first, because that height makes it easier for me to reach them without hurting my back…and second because I will be having either beadboard, Shiplap or wainscot in this room.  Additionally, along one wall, I will be adding built-in storage and bookcases and the higher outlets still allow access even with cabinetry!
I was standing just inside the covered patio, looking toward my Studio…doesn’t it look wonderful?  The property line for our house runs along a line connecting with the neighbor’s fence…BUT…THEY don’t have a pool like we do…there is a small seasonal creek that runs about 5-10 feet beyond our property line, and the grade is pretty steep–therefore, we are having a retaining wall built that will make our yard FLAT (more or less) rather than sloping, like the neighbor’s do.  This will help with the erosion…and keep the land stable behind our pool.
This is another view of the covered patio–the French doors going out to the pool area.  Every time I go to the new house, it just makes me feel so good…I feel like the house is “hugging” me….it seems to promise me that my DH and I will have many happy years here together.  I had a “gal-pal” in California who was nothing but a gold-digger…she had the most wonderful husband…he was a bonafide war hero, had saved his platoon while placing himself in harms way,,,yet, he never talked about himself…one day while visiting her…they got into a HUGE fight about him giving some money to his daughter…now. Mind you, she had a diamond ring the size of a headlight, a Jaguar, a huge, beautiful home in a tony part of town, designer clothing and Chanel handbags…yet…after he walked out of the room, she hissed “I wish that he would just DIE!!”  Several months later, a deer jumped in front of his SUV, he swerved to avoid it and hit a tree…he was deader than dead….I’ve often wondered if she ever felt guilt for wishing him dead…I know I would have!!!  She was motivated only by “filthy lucre”…this house would only be four walls to keep out the heat and cold, a roof to keep the rain off me, without my DH…we’ve been working on this house since November 15, and we have yet to have a disagreement about ANYTHING!!  Our tastes and ideas are similar, and anything that we aren’t exactly alike, we’ve discussed calmly and then made a decision…no winners, no losers…  I bought him a set of Waterford Crystal martini glasses as a “housewarming gift”…He has 2 martinis every night…no, not because he NEEDS them to be able to stand being with me…(although I HAVE heard some people say “if you gotta be married, you gotta have martinis”)…he started having two martinis every night LONG before he ever met ME!!  My DH will be 73 this year, he still goes to the office every day…because he loves his job…because he loves helping people, because he likes helping communities offer a better quality of life.  Even so, there can be stressful days…so, all he wants when he gets home is a few drinks and some quiet time to unwind.  When he comes in the door, I have his drink ready, and a few snacks…and he watches his favorite program on TV….he asks only for that 45 minutes to an hour of “quiet time”…so, I make us dinner, and give him time to unwind….it seems like the more I do to ease his life…the more that I take responsibility for the “small things” that are so pesky that they disrupt his day, the happier he is…and I like it when he is happy.  I guess he feels the same way…because he does “little things” that make my life better…I’ve never met anyone more considerate, kind and generous…and by generous, I don’t necessarily mean financially…he is generous with himself…he LISTENS to me, he values my ideas and my thoughts…and he RESPECTS me..respects my thoughts and feelings.  I cannot imagine how lost I would be without him.  If I had one wish (other than for my DH and I to have long, healthy and happy years together) it would be for all of you, my friends to have the type of loving happiness that my DH and I share.  The house is wonderful and beautiful…but, in truth, it is icing on the cake…I have the kind of love, the kind of husband that I dreamed of having when I was a young lady, after just discovering boys exist!!!  Everything I have endured in life was worth every step…because each step brought me to this very moment in time…and I don’t want to ever discover how horrible life would be without my DH…I feel the same way about all of you ladies…I’m grateful and fortunate to love and be loved by each of you…you’ve each enriched my life as no one else could, and I’m grateful for your loving friendships.

7 Responses to House Update #2–and other stuff

  1. spellbound4 says:

    Your new home will be positively stunning! I love your floor plan. The entire project has such wonderful possibilities. What a lovely place to retire and create!

    • Mama Via says:

      Thank you, SpellBound! I’ll be doing my weekly visit either Saturday or Sunday…if they’ve done anything new, I’ll post photos…and, I will post the floor plan and site plan next time too…I’m sure ready to get into the pool…it is 90 degrees here today…too hot too early!!! Just keep the Hurricanes away this year!! Thanks for your comment! I hope you are well and all is good with you and yours!

  2. reallybigmeandog says:

    Hi Mama. Great post, and I love the house. You are indeed a lucky woman and I’m a lucky adoptee. If not for you and the rest of the shelter I sometimes wonder what would become of me. I’m sorry, I’m going to post another blog on top of you tonight, but I have the funniest thing that has possibly ever happened to me to tell you all about.
    Much love

    • Mama Via says:

      I’ve been laughing since I got your note this morning!! Yes, please post the story!

      I’ll post another house update later…besides…everyone wants to hear from you…I’m only a guest blogstress!! Haha! New woid!

      Much love to you and Mr B…he is one of my all time favorite young men…and my only-est grandchild!!

  3. TrulyUSA says:

    Love the house updates, Mama. You are going to be so happy there, I just know it!

    • Mama Via says:

      Thank you Truly!! I “needed those kind words today! I was afraid I was “sharing” too much…but…I love sharing my happiness with my friends…I’m extremely thankful to have so many blessings in my life right now…(and after all the “ugly” I’ve endured, you can imagine just how wonderful it is for me to have such happiness)….45 years ago, when I was still using an outhouse and warming a bucket of water that I had hand pumped, using that old rusty pump on top of the cistern…and then heated it on top of the wood stove…sheesh!!! I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would have such a beautiful home…AND, most importantly…to have such a wonderful DH…and that my son is (finally) recovering from the deaths of his wife and son….and I’m back on solid ground again…(I even washed and put away all of DHs “unders”, washed, folded and put away towels and changed the sheets on the bed…instead of leaving it for the housekeeper to do!! I MUST be feeling good!!! I’m also grateful for all the love, friendship and support I have here….and that one really big bad dog is back on her feet again!! So many wonderful things!!

      • TrulyUSA says:

        Hooray! The big black dog is backing off – I’m happy for you and hope soon you will find an answer for your aches and pains so you can fully enjoy all of your blessings!

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