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

A Lot is Happening

There’s been A LOT going on since my last post!  Unfortunately when I took pictures it just looked like a bunch of framed walls, plumbing and ductwork.  Nothing that pictures show real well and nothing that most people would be excited about.  BUT WE ARE!   Seriously, the pictures really just didn’t do it justice.  

Since my last post the plumber has finished his rough-in, the HAC people have finished their rough in and hopefully the electrician will be here this week to start his rough-in.   The Northern Neck Electric Co-Op rep met with us today and staked out the route for getting power to the house.  Unfortunately we’re going to have to move the trailer for that to happen but fortunately our neighbor Nate said he’d help us.  

The builder has started putting up the Hardie siding and it is looking SO-O-O-O good!  The color is Light Mist and depending on the sunlight it can look light gray or a a very pale blue-gray.   Barry had asked for wide trim and I’m so glad he did.  It looks fantastic!  I can’t say enough good things about Custom Touch Builders.  They are doing such a great job with this building and the siding work is beautiful!  Many of our neighbors have stopped to comment on the builder’s attention to detail and several people have stopped to get his number. 

Here are the pictures from today of the siding work. 

 

Dried In

What a difference a few days and a lot of work makes in what the house looks like!  They have gotten all of the windows and all but one door set.  If that door wasn’t on backorder it would be in also.  Having doors and windows makes all the difference in it “feeling” like a house for me.

In addition to the windows and doors, the builder has set the tubs and showers and framed in the arches in preparation for the sheet rock.  He also made a  couple of tweaks to the original floor plan that greatly improved the traffic flow and overall sense of space and made this future homeowner much happier.  Even though I worked hard to visualize the space when looking at floor plans, some things you just cannot “see” until you are standing in the room and thinking through how it is going to be used.   That happened for me in the laundry room.  Once the walls were up, it just felt too tight and it was obvious the door was going to be in the way regardless of what we did with it.  He recommended we change to a pocket door which will greatly improve the usability of the room but still give us the ability to close it off when using the washer and dryer.  He also moved a wall in the butler’s pantry  to give me more space for the freezer.  Then he made the laundry room larger by moving the wall in the master bath making use of some empty space we had based on our shower selection.   It’s wonderful to have a builder that sees each home he builds as a reflection on himself instead of just another “job” and is willing to “work” with the homeowner .  I cannot say enough good things about Custom Touch Builders and wholeheartedly recommend them.

The Tar Paper is on the Roof

By 8:00 this morning we had a bee hive of activity here!  They got the roof finished and the tar paper put on the roof, the “eyebrow” completed and the roof framed for the mud room entrance.  The window in the hallway was framed, the stairs measured for and ordered and we also got our driveway culvert put in!   It’s pretty amazing that a month ago the only thing on this lot was an RV and we now have this much done!

After everyone left, we scurried over to check it out.  It actually feels like a house now with all the roofs on throughout the house.  We left to walk the dogs and when we came back it was dusk.  After putting the dogs in the fence we went back over and stood in the various rooms looking out to see what it would look like once it’s finished.   It really “feels” like a house now.   As to the view,  we were amazed at the channel markers and other lights other than the lighthouse that we could see.  I think the higher elevation of the house is what makes the difference.

Today’s Human Interest:

This morning I got up early because I wanted to go out to the “point” with my coffee to watch the sun come up.  Saturday morning was a gorgeous pink as it broke the horizon and maintained that color all the way up past the point where you could see the whole shimmering orb.   One day I’ll get a picture and post it here.  But that wasn’t going to happen today.  Partly because I didn’t take my camera but mostly because the clouds were thick and the sun was nowhere to be seen.

But I did find quite a bit to reward me for my early rising.  I sat down, kicked my sandals off,  and planted my feet firmly on the still moist grass, took a good sip of brew and just sat back and closed my eyes and listened.  The wind was blowing quite a bit.  The waves were crashing on the shoreline and the shells and rocks in the water created a hissing sound as each wave retreated back into the bay .  The waves on the bay aren’t nearly as large as the ocean’s but they still sound impressive.  Overhead I could hear the osprey calling to each other as they crisscrossed the shoreline looking for breakfast for themselves and their young who were hovering nearby, crying to be fed.   I opened my eyes and was able to count 12 of them.  Perhaps these were the two families with nests near our lot that we had watched feed their young this past May.

It was mesmerizing to  watch the clouds rolls and swirl above rushing towards me,  running from the north-easterly wind blowing from the bay.   I could easily have sat there for hours, just listening and watching those clouds and scanning the waves in the hopes of spotting a school of dolphins.  It was calming and grounding and I didn’t want to leave but there were things to do, and my coffee needed refilling, so leave I did.  But not without promising myself that I’d try to make starting my day with coffee AND watching the sun rise,  a more regular occurrence.

Cheers!

The Trusses Are Set

Friday was a bee hive of activity here.  The builder and the framing crew arrived around eight and the crane to help set the trusses and to load the shower  and tubs arrived at nine.  Being one that is a little unsettled by loud noises I retreated to the RV but not Barry.  Never one to miss a good show, he set his lawn chair out under the shade where he had a good view of the whole affair.

I would check the progress from time to time from my limited view in the RV.  During one peek I noticed that the crane operator and the builder had headsets on so they could talk with each other.  The builder was upstairs in the second floor directing the crane operator’s positioning of everything.  The framing crew was working on securing the trusses and whatever else has to be done (that I know nothing about so I won’t even TRY to talk about it).    I’m sure for seasoned construction crews all that was going on would be old hat; but for me – it was all pretty impressive.   I wanted to take pictures of them working to be able to post here but have never felt it was right to take pictures of people without them knowing it or without their permission.  And I certainly wasn’t going to interrupt their work!

Many of our neighbors are really enjoying watching the progress as they take their daily walks or bike rides each day.  Many have stopped to talk with us and all remark on the progress the builder is making.   We’re definitely impressed also – with the progress yes, but more importantly, with him as a builder.

I also finally braved climbing that extension ladder to the second floor to check it out and take a picture of the view from upstairs.    Looking at it, I’m anxious for Fall to arrive so we can start trying to get some grass to grow.

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