Saturday, August 13, 2016

New House Update #2

It has been 3 months since my last update, and that is because not much had been done on the house. The road to get to our lot was finally paved just last month. However, the month of August has finally been a productive one! 

The house was staked out (I know I am using the wrong word for this, but cannot think of the correct word) on July 30th. It was raining hard when we went to take a look.

A week later, they had laid the cinder block and brick foundation and filled the inside with dirt. The children are standing in what will be our driveway, with the garage behind them.

Here is a closeup of the brick. It's called Nottingham and has a sandy color. The cinder-blocks underneath will not be visible for much longer.

Since the 2 year old was at home with Daddy, the older two kids and I spent a little extra time at the site. We walked around to the back of the house, mostly because the kids wanted to walk around on the loose dirt. The kids are standing where our sliding glass door will be, leading to our back yard. The construction crew made this dirt ramp to fill the interior of the foundation. It will be gone soon, but the kids wanted it to stay.

A closer view of the brick foundation from the back of the house. I like the color and can't wait to see how it looks with the vinyl siding color we chose.

One last view from the front, minus the kids. Garage is on the right. To the left of that is our dining room, then the front entry, and the staircase on the far left.

Last week, we went back to the design center to discuss what we had already chosen and make sure it was still what we wanted.

these are our selections for the living room. Our current hardwood floor is about this color and we really like it, so why not put it in the new house? It will be installed throughout the entire downstairs, except for the bathroom. We're going with a beige paint in the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, foyer, and staircase. White paint will be throughout the rest of the house, which we will paint various colors later.

We are getting a gas fireplace with the mantle shown below. The off-white square below is a sample of the marble surround of the fireplace. I chose very neutral colors for much of the house, as it is a lot easier to paint the walls than it is to replace marble and tile.

One of our upgrades was to the kitchen cabinets. I love this cream colored cabinet with mocha glaze. I also chose this granite for the counter-tops. The tile at the top will be for the tile backsplash, laid diagonally. We will have bronze handles on the cabinets and and a bronze kitchen sink faucet. Appliances will be stainless steel.

This is what will be in out master bathroom. The cabinets in all of the bathrooms will be the same cream color but without the mocha glaze. Our 6' tile shower floor will be the mosaic tiles and the walls of the shower and the surround of the soaker tub will be the larger tile at the bottom. We're still undecided on whether or not to do tile flooring in our master bathroom or to go with a similar linoleum. At our current home, we have tile in the kitchen and bathrooms and it is very slippery when wet.

The downstairs guest bathroom and upstairs bathroom for the children will have cream cabinets, no mocha glaze, linoleum flooring, and the rectangle piece on the linoleum will be the color of our countertops in all bathrooms, including the master. 

Most of the interior decisions have been made and now we just wait to see it all come together. Next step will be seeing the concrete poured on the foundations, then framing will begin!


  1. So much fun! I don't know how you made decisions on things like that, it would take me forever!

  2. It is coming together. Love your choices. What an exciting time. Love your mantel!!

  3. How exciting! Love the brick work and all your choices :)


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