Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Our New Adventure -- Raise the Roof!

Hey, peeps! Sorry it's been a while ... honestly, house stuff has been a bit boring lately. All of the "rough mechanicals" (plumbing, electrical, gas, networking, HVAC, etc.) have been going in over the last two weeks, so not much to write about.

But I do have one VERY exciting bit of news ...

WE HAVE A CONTRACT ON OUR CURRENT HOUSE!

WOOHOO!!

(insert 80s dance song of your choice)

We close near the end of August, so now we're on the hunt for a place to live until this beauty is done.

Do you see that? WINDOWS!

Now for some more pics! :)

We have HVAC ductwork in:

Ductwork in the attic


Ductwork in D-bug's room

Return vent in hall


And plumbing:

Water lines running between floors

Plumbing for master bathroom sinks

Laundry room plumbing

They've also outlined the kitchen set-up:

Kitchen island location
Range location

And the tubs are in ... and filled with water??

Boys' tub

Master bath is coming along

Master shower -- that bench is a little wonky (!)

And our bricks are onsite and waiting patiently to be put to use:



Bricks hanging out around the porch

I found these little weirdos in the fireplace:

Don't ask. I have no idea.

A few days later, the fireplace looked like this:

WOOHOO!

So, from now on, our obligatory fireplace shots will look like this:

They look almost sweet in this one!

When we visiting the house yesterday, we saw this:

DRYWALL!
And this:

Newtork hub location in closet

And this:

Back door is in!
And, finally, THIS!


A ROOF!! With shingles and everything!

This Friday, we have our pre-drywall inspection. SO. EXCITED. This will be our last chance to take pictures of the "guts" before they put "skin" on her, so I'll be snapping up a storm.

Have a good week!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Our New Adventure -- Busy week!

Hey, gang,

Sorry for not writing sooner ... it's been a busy week, on the home building front, work front, kids front, life front ... but enough of that! Let's see some progress!

The stairs are in!

I spy a D-bug photo bomb!

We finally got to see the upstairs. SO. MUCH. FUN.

(Remember, we currently have a ranch style home, and Hubby and I have only ever lived in ranch houses, so having stairs is very exciting. Yes, it doesn't take much.)

The landing:



D-bug's room:



Beebee's room:



Laundry room:

Y'all just don't know how stupid excited I am about this room!!
Boys' bathroom:


Playroom:


I think the playroom has the best view in the house:



My office:


Our bedroom:



Our bathroom:



Here's a panoramic shot of our bathroom (hard to get a good pic of it):



The obligatory fireplace shot:


The "coming down the road" shot:


Beebee from his window:


Y'all ... walking around upstairs, we felt like we were HOME. I told Hubby I just wanted to pitch a tent in our bedroom and live there right now.

God is SO good to us, and we've done NOTHING to deserve it. Thank you, Lord, for your mercy and grace and goodness and love for us! And thank you for this new adventure!


Friday, July 1, 2016

Our New Adventure ... Going up!

Guys - This week has been crazy with the building. And we have a second floor now! YAY!

This picture was taken a week ago:



Super cool! We can now see the upstairs rooms taking shape.

And this one was taken four days later:


Trusses being added! Roof line forming! WOOHOO!!

Then this was the next day:


I can't even.

How did they get all of that done so fast?!

Here's the back:


Look at that pretty porch! Makes me want to go buy a swing and make some lemonade!

Here are our junior building inspectors, checking things out:



And, of course, the fireplace picture:


The above one was taken a week ago. Here's the one taken a few days later:


(Trying to get them to just smile normally for a picture is one of my life goals.)

Here is our upstairs landing. Eventually there will be stairs to the left of this pic.



And what do I spy with my little eye in the garage? BATH TUBS!!


Silly boy!

If you look closely, to the right of Beebee next to the truss, you can see our baby tree!
Still alive and well!

Happy Fourth, friends! I hope you have a fabulous weekend celebrating our nation's birthday!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Our New Adventure -- House full of studs!

That's wood studs, not bovine studs ... just so we're clear.  ;)

Guys -- after waiting three months for building to start, it is AMAZING how fast things move once they get going.

Yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek at our slab:



Two days after that picture was taken, we saw this:



WHOA! That looks like a HOUSE! (insert choirs singing here)

Let's walk through the first floor, shall we?

This is the door from the garage:

Garage door (where box of nails is); beyond that is the mudroom.
Here's the hall bathroom:



Here's the Hub's office:



And the family room looking into the kitchen:



Here's a view of my pantry:


And the breakfast nook:

It had just rained before I took these, thus the water.

Here's a shot of the dining room:



And the front porch:



As we visit, we are writing Scripture on the studs as a symbolic (and literal) way to follow this command:
"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth." - Deuteronomy 11:18-21
 Here's the first verse we put up (on garage door):


Remember how I said in a previous post that we're taking pics of the boys in/near the fireplace each time we go? Well, D-bug wasn't with us this time, so Beebee got to go it alone...



We also let him write his name on the kitchen window:



On the home selling front -- we had a surprise showing this past Sunday. That makes NINE showings so far. Now, if one of these sweet families would purchase our home, that'd be great. :)

Thanks for sharing our adventure with us! And, please pray that our current house sells in time for us to be able to get this new one we're building. We know whatever happens will be God's best for us, but I'll be honest ... we will be pretty heartbroken if we don't get this one. I'm already imagining life there and decorating in my head (and on Pinterest). Trying not to count my chickens before they are even in the eggs, but it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement sometimes, you know?

Thanks for the prayers and encouragement! Y'all are all ROCKSTARS!