Tuesday, December 1, 2015

We're in!

We closed on Nov. 23, and have been moving in over the last week. We still have a lot more to move over, but the big stuff is in. Here's a picture of the fall wreath on the front door. Soon the Christmas wreath will go up! The door color is Sherwin Williams Naval.

Saturday, October 31, 2015


The countertops were installed last week, and I love them! I can't wait to get in here and start using this kitchen!

Next I've got to decide on a backsplash tile. Here are a few alternatives I've found so far.

I really love that little one - American Olean Clear Skies. It has cobalt blue and white or clear. I think it would be a perfect transition between the white counters and the blue cabinets, but each little brick is very small. We'll see. Here's a close-up.

We worked for a few days cutting, painting and installing these shelves in the pantry. What a lot of time and expense for something that seems like it should be so simple.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A little more progress on the house

They've just about got the kitchen all installed. Cabinets are in. Appliances are here, but not in yet. Countertops are coming the day after tomorrow. Here is a picture of the progress so far.

The cabinet color is Sherwin Williams Commodore. My family thinks it's a little overboard on the blue, but I like it. The countertops should help break it up, and maybe someday a backsplash. I have some gift money I'm saving up for that. We had to wait 6 weeks for them to paint stock cabinets - I think it was worth the wait!

The yard was seeded yesterday. Here's the latest picture of the outside.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The New House

Since about March we've been in the process of building a new house. We bought our first house in North Carolina in 1988. We weren't too thrilled with it, but it was in a good location, and at a price we could afford. We were in that starter home for 26 years! I've got 30 years' worth of house ideas swirling around in my head. Staying on budget has been tough.

We found a lot for sale just across the road from the school campus. Perfect location - right nextdoor to some friends whose kids are in school with ours. We decided to take out some trees that would have been right in front of the house, and that immediately set us back by a couple of months. They were large trees, and getting the logs hauled off apparently was a challenge.

Here's what the lot looked like in the spring.

They dug footers toward the end of June, and slowly it got going:

It got really rainy at about this stage. Every day those sub-floors would get a good dousing.

 Our builder and his workers are calling it "the house of blues". The siding is actually gray - bluish gray - but looks different in different lighting. The roof is blue - the same kind of shingles we put on our house in Asheville. The walls inside are all blue, except the girls' rooms. Only purple for them.

Here are a few pictures of the inside. They are not great - we usually go over late in the afternoon, or in the evening and it's kind of dark inside.

The bonus room over the garage. This will be my sewing and craft room.

Claire's room.

Looking from the kitchen into the dining room on the left, and the living room on the right. That door goes into the pantry. I can't wait! I've never had a pantry before.

There's the flooring all stacked up.

Tile is down in the girls' jack-and-jill bathroom. They will each have a sink adjoining their room, and a door into the shower/toilet area.

Tile in the laundry room.

Master bedroom - Sherwin Williams Naval.

Mia's room. Sherwin Williams Wisteria.

Steps were built yesterday.

Looking from the dining room into the living room. This color is Sherwin Williams Aleutian.

The flooring arrived yesterday afternoon, and they got this much put down. Next week should be big. The cabinets may be in mid-week!

My New Wreath

My sister made me a new wreath for fall. I can't wait to see it at the new house! Our door will be navy blue, so I think it will look nice.