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House Update #4

May 22, 2016

Hi, everyone!  Gee!  How time flies!  It seems that not much has happened in the past two weeks…I decided last week to give you a break from the boring “how my house is going”…did you enjoy the “Dog Houses”??  I bet the one that Paris Hilton’s dog lives in is more expensive than all of our houses together…..I had “high hopes” for a lot to be accomplished two weeks ago…but, I was busy watching my seedlings…here is my spaghetti sauce growing….basil and tomatoes….how are your gardens growing?

 
Actually, although it doesn’t LOOK like much has been accomplished, quite a bit of work has been accomplished!  I REALLY wanted to get photos taken of the pool as it was built…but….my son and I drove down to the house several days ago, he hadn’t seen progress since the trusses were set.  We were about a mile and a half from the house when I noticed my “tire” light came on.  Just as I mentioned it to my son, my rear passenger tire started making a HORRIBLE noise, so I pulled over….forty two years ago, I confess, I was a bit disappointed when the doctor said “It’s a BOY!”  BUT…when that tire went wonky, it was my SON who was the first one out of the car to see what the problem was…so, “It’s a BOY!” is often  the very best thing that ever happened in my life!  So, my dear son said “No, we aren’t waiting an hour for AAA, Mom…I will put the spare on!”  And, faster than you can say H.R.Puffinstuff, the tire was swapped out, and we were in our way…the first thing we noticed was that they have the stucco on the front about half done….
 
This week, I guess they’ve been waiting for it to cure…they’ve added the keystones…
 
In the Billiards room, they worked on the bathroom tile…
 
That looks nice…we selected the white subway tile and the blue glass accent tile as the “default” throughout the house.  Because of the “wet location” we used a very simple generic “grey tile for the flooring in all of the bathrooms–you will see that in the master bath photo.  Next, is the guest-room bath:  they’ve finished the bath tile surround and the floor done….
 
And, in the Master Bath…they did not get the shower done…but, the floors are installed:
 
Very nice!  I’m happy!!!  Here is the closeup of the glass tile:
 
The REALLY big change was in the back yard:

 

 
The pool still needs that special coating…and the cobalt blue tiles done along the inside edge…but, you get the picture of what it is supposed to look like!   We had rain several days this week…and although you probably cannot tell by looking at it…we don’t have “soil” per se…we have SAND!  It’s a wonder that anything other than kudzu grows in the sand/silt left by the Millenium as the water ebbed and flowed in and out of the swamp! In spite of the rain, they were able to start the retaining wall …(after all, if rain stopped construction, Seattle wouldn’t have the Space Needle!!  Here is the yard before the retaining wall was started:
 
Before adding the retaining wall, our “level” yard ended about 10 feet closer to the house.  You can see the stick marking the line in the second photo.

Below, you can see…that by installing the retaining wall, the useable area of our yard is increased….
 
The angle is a little different, but you can still see the stick marking the old line indicating “level to here”.   If you look along the block wall, you can see about half way down (by the green trees) the drainage pipe.  There is another drainage pipe just out of camera view.  This allows the yard to drain down into the creek without washing away my soil and blocks &  pavers.  After the blocks are completed, brick pavers will be installed to cover those ugly blocks!
Well, ladies, I haven’t heard from Kelly…but I will send her an email to find out what is happening…and I will let you know.  Thank you for letting me share the building process with you…I’m afraid that it consumes my life right now…if I ever up and find something else to do that is exciting…or at least doesn’t have anything to do with building my house….I’ll let you know….until then…love to you all!!
Mama

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House Update #2–and other stuff

April 28, 2016

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.

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