Progress

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but seriously, so much of watching your house being build is very exciting but just not picture worthy.  Walls and mechanical things such as HVACs and plumbing pipes just don’t inspire me to write and the pictures I took all looked pretty much the same.   I thought that once the walls were primed I could take some pictures but white walls are well, white walls.  But FINALLY after a tremendous amount of work has been done we’ve finally arrived at the point that it’s all coming together quickly and I’ll have more to post!    

Currently the builder is finishing the painting.  They’ve done the ceilings (white), the trim work (white), the bedrooms (Benjamin Moore – Smoke) and the bathrooms (Benjamin Moore Hawthorn Yellow).  That leaves the bulk of the downstairs, the stairwell,  the upstairs hallway, and the upstairs gathering area (Benjamin Moore – Metropolitan) .

The HVAC is in with the exception of the propane tank for the downstairs backup system.  That’s scheduled for  next Friday.  In the interim, Barry got the wood stove hooked up so that’s going now.  For those of you who know my husband, you know that was one of the top priorities on his list.  He’s over there right now relaxing in front of it, happily watching the flames while I sit in this drafty RV working on this.

The kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are in, and the counter and vanities were  templated this past Tuesday.    Hopefully we’ll have them installed by the 18th at the latest.  The drawer pulls need to be installed and the drawers and cabinet doors adjusted along with other minor things still need to be done, but that will come later in the process.

Once the builder finishes the painting, the things that still need to be done are (in no particular order) :  the butler pantry and laundry room cabinets will be installed, the front and screened porch floor will be poured, the front steps will be constructed, the  Hardie siding around the porches will be finished, the screened porch will be screened, the hearth and the Hardi shake wall behind it  will  be done, the reverse osmosis filtering system will be installed,  the flooring will be put down, the stairs will be stained and finished, the electrician and plumber will come back to do their finish work, the bathroom accessories (towel holders, mirrors, etc.) will be installed, the appliances will be installed, the shiplap in the kitchen will be put up and the whole house fan will be installed.  I’m sure I’m forgetting something but that’s enough for now.

Oh, and we had the house sign made.  Now to get the driveway and front landscaped area done so we can install it.  Nothing like getting the horse before the cart, right?

Some pictures of the progress:

   

On the Personal Side

When we moved here we weren’t really sure what we find other than knowing we’d always enjoyed this area as a place to vacation and retreat to as children and also as adults.  We knew it was rural.  But we’ve found it to be much  more rural than Rice which was, to our mind, pretty rural.

Across the street from our house is an older home surrounded by fields.  This past summer it was planted with soy beans.  We’d often see the deer lounging in it, munching to their hearts content.  The first month here we startled two bucks that were sleeping in one of the fields on our morning walk with the dogs.  They jumped up and warily watched us as we continued on our way and only left when we returned and got a little to close.  I’ve seen bald eagles in that same field as well as families of turkeys.  Now that it’s almost winter and the leaves have dropped, we can see the sun actually setting through the trees.  In the summer we can only see the effect it has on the clouds unless we walk or bike over to Jetty’s Reach and watch it over the Little Wicomico.  But both are lovely.  On the bay side of the house, the sunrises are normally very impressive!  But the sunsets can also be lovely as the clouds over the bay react to the setting sun.  

I don’t normally carry my phone everywhere I go but I may start so I can capture things such as that when I see them.  Here’s a few I was able to grab my phone in time to capture:

Cheers!  Enjoy your weekend!

Gwen