I cannot believe the last house update was in September! So much has happened in that amount of time and also it feels like very little has. Ha! We started sheet rock yesterday and I’ve been told drywall means your halfway, so if that’s the case, we’ve got a-while. The thing that truly blows my mind is that the sketch we gave our architect who in turn rendered it and then Russ built it… looks exactly like the drawing. So crazy! We have had to make a few changes but I’ll tell you all about it!
- Added the plywood roof + laid the roofing paper. Russ had only two things he wasn’t willing to budge on and that was the metal roof and a glass garage. He’s pretty cheap so I was surprised he was not only willing, but insistent about these expenses! He already had to drop one of those, but the metal is still a go. It delivers this week, but we won’t be putting it on until after the exterior walls are done.
- We also have the garage door ordered – this is where Russ ended up backing off. You’ll see in the rendering we had always planned on a glass garage. But you might also know the the street leading up and the cul-de-sac we will be living on aren’t paved. Getting it paved would not only be at the homeowners’ expense, but also probably $20,000. For sure not in a place to do that right now and also we don’t know our neighbors well enough to field that kind of talk either. (Hi we’re the Frames, got $5k lying around?) So instead of having dusty glass panes for the next however many years we swapped for this door from Vidor. We went with all black, but this gray is super pretty! I feel so much better about it (my boys would for sure bust at least one pane a Summer) but also, it’s half the price.
- Electrical. Russ wired the entire house with the help of his dad. Loads of can lights and a few spots for chandelier/pendant fixtures. Also, it’s cool to design a house after you’ve been housekeeping for so many years because both Russ and I are very familiar with my “piles.” I sweep the floor and leave the pile. Not sure why? Is it because I know I’ll have to sweep another area of the floor in 3 minutes? Is in the bending over? Either way, we are doing Central Vac with the Kick Pan in the kitchen so my “piles” will hopefully be gone forever. The suction gets turned on and off by kicking over that lever and then you sweep it right into the system! The rest of the house is just a hose attachment for a hard floor vacuum.
- Plumbing. Russ got the well and the well pump hooked up so we’re officially on our own water system! Between the propane, solar panels, back-up generator and well water we are very nearly “off the grid” — which was a long shot dream that looks like it might actually come to be!
- Windows. We used Andersen Windows and Doors (we have a super exciting collaboration with them once we’re finished!) and the quality is so amazing. I’m still pinching myself that they wanted to work with us. The windows absolutely make this room and maybe the whole house.
- 4-Way Inspection. This was the last inspection before the very final walk through so I know Russ was so nervous about it. They had a few random nit-picky things for him to fix but one of those things was to put small two-inch wedges of wood in EVERY SINGLE two-by-four where the walls meet the rooflines. Across the whole house. Needless to say it was a huge weight off his shoulders once that finally passed!
- Insulation. Right when we were ready to start we learned there was a Utah-wide shortage on insulation. What are the odds? Literally no one could get any and so for two weeks we were at a standstill. Super discouraging, but they wrapped blowing everything in last week so we’re back on track!
- Since Russ is doing the sheetrock he hired a guy to start on the exterior simultaneously so we don’t lose too much time. So that guy is finishing all the concrete window wells and doing the stone and stucco. Then Russ will install the cladding and roof.
- Appliances arrived (thank you Black Friday), installed fireplaces, a few interior doors are installed, too! This fireplace was always my inspiration, but we sort of modified it and have the firewood shelves on the wall with the TV (seen a few photos above.)
- We won’t be using it for a bit, but ALL our tile is ready to go. I can’t fully explain how much I loathe carpet and we wanted something super durable so we went with wood look tile. EVERYWHERE. In the basement. In every room. This wood look tile has the perfect amount of texture so you don’t slide around at all! There is carpet in the loft and we have other tile options in the mudroom and bathrooms and then tile on our master fireplace and mudroom walls. Tile will be covering 5000 sq. feet of our house. We sourced every last item through Marazzi and we have so many exciting things to look forward to with them. It’s a huge partnership that I feel so grateful for! Russ might be dreading laying it all but I cannot wait to see it!! Here’s the sneakiest peek of our line-up. I’ll share more about what goes where once we get closer!
So much changes in the next few months, I hope you guys enjoy these updates because I there will be lots more coming soon!