Floors and Cabinets!

I thought I would be blogging more often as new things started happening quickly at the house, but it hasn’t ended up working that way.  The good news is that a lot has happened – I just haven’t had much time or energy to blog about it!  Those that know me well, know that I am very detail oriented.  So I have been at the house every day, sometimes all day long!  This is our “forever home”, so I want to make sure that everything is as perfect as possible.  Needless to say I’m driving the builder and subcontractors a little crazy as I hand pick tiles, make them re-do sloppy work, etc.

We are loving how everything is turning out so far, but there’s still a lot to do.  We were hoping to be moved in by the end of July, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.  We have a few contractors that keep slipping their schedules.  Mostly the stucco and stone contractor.  At this rate the interior will be done way before the exterior, which is a little backwards from the norm.

I do have a lot of pictures to share of all the hardwood, tile, and cabinet work!

Almost all of the first floor will be hardwood.  After visiting many flooring stores, we decided on hickory.  We like its varied shading and hardness factor.  We then had to decide between engineered wood or solid hardwood.  After much research, we decided on solid hardwood that is sanded, stained, and sealed on site.  The solid hardwood seemed to be the best long term solution, since it could be sanded down in the future and refinished if necessary.  It also enabled us to use a custom stain.  It surprised me that the floors are the first finish item to go in.  They were only pretty for about one day until everyone started walking on them and getting tile dust and sawdust all over them!  Evidently the last thing that happens before move in is that they come back and do a light sanding/buffing and apply the last sealer coat and then they’ll look beautiful again!

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After the wood floors were in they started working on the tile.  We had a bit of a panic when the tile we had selected for the master bathroom, entry, and living room fireplace was discontinued.  After trying to pick something else in a rush, we decided to pay extra to have the last remaining stock shipped in from California.  So far I’m really happy with the tile.  It’s a mexican limestone instead of travertine, so it has a little bit of a different look.

You see a peek at the master bath cabinets in the picture above.  The carpenter was working right behind the tile layers putting down the cabinets.  A couple of cabinets are missing that will sit on the granite and the doors and drawer fronts will come later.

The tub surround will be topped by granite.

The tub surround will be topped by granite.

The upstairs bathrooms:

The kitchen!

cabinets kitchenMore tile, cabinets and built-ins …

The carpenter was also busy trimming out the view wall windows.  This trim will be stained to complement the floors.IMG_0313Granite will be installed tomorrow!  And the painter’s coming to show me samples.  I guess it’s going to be another full day of “supervising”!

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The Inside Story

Now that the drywall installation and texturing is complete, it’s a lot easier to see the actual rooms.  So it’s time to share the floor plan.

First floor plan

First floor plan

We were first attracted to this plan because most of the rooms were in the back of the house.  This works out perfectly to take advantage of the view.  The dining room is in the front of the house, but since the floor plan is very open you can still see the view from that room as well.

Here’s a pictorial tour of the house:

This is the front door and entry looking into the dining room.

Front door (with temporary construction slabs) and entry looking into the dining room.

Looking out the front window of the dining room.  The columns around the dining room will be clad in the same stone from the exterior of the house.

Looking towards the front window of the dining room. The columns around the dining room will be clad in the same stone as the exterior of the house.

View of the living room from the entry.

Looking into the living room from the entry.

kitchen 1

Looking into the kitchen from the living room. The pipes in the middle of the floor are for the sink that will be in an island. The column to the left will also be clad in stone. The door leads to the mud/laundry room and then the garage.

Looking at the nook from the kitchen.

Looking into the nook from the kitchen.

kitchen 3

Looking towards the side of the kitchen with an alcove for the fridge and the door to the pantry.

mudroom

Looking into the mudroom and entrance into the garage. That wall will have a built-in bench and shelving.

Looking into laundry room from mudroom.

Looking into the laundry room from the mudroom.  The floors are prepped for tile.

Garage

Garage

On the other side of the entry is the office.  The alcove will have built-in shelving to house our A/V equipment.  The TV will be over the fireplace in the living room.

On the other side of the entry is the office. The alcove will have built-in shelving to house our A/V equipment. The TV will be over the fireplace in the living room.

Looking into the master bedroom from the bathroom door.

Looking into the master bedroom from the bathroom door.

Master bath corner where cabinets will go.

Master bath corner where cabinets will go and door to the closet.

Tub and shower.

Tub and shower.

stairs

Stairs to the second floor and down to the basement.

stairs landing

Looking out the stair well window from the upstairs landing.

Upstairs floor plan.  The living room area is not actually open to above as indicated in this drawing.

Upstairs floor plan.  The living room area is not actually open to above as indicated in this drawing.

Bedroom #1 facing the front of the house.

Bedroom #1 facing the front of the house.  It actually has a view of a small reservoir lake in our neighborhood.

Bedroom #2 facing the back of the house.

Bedroom #2 facing the back of the house.

Bathroom #2.  Both bathrooms will be very similar.

Bathroom #2. Both bathrooms will be very similar.

We've left the fourth "bedroom" unfinished to save some money now and finish it as a bedroom or gameroom later.

We’ve left the fourth “bedroom” unfinished to save some money now and finish it as a bedroom or game room later.

The wood floors are in and should be stained today and get their first clear coat tomorrow.  Then cabinet installation can start!  We’re waiting for the exterior contractor to finish another job so they can start on our house.  They’ll start with the stucco and then apply the stone.

The blog posts should come more often now as things are finally starting to pick up!

Why Colorado … Small Town Living

First, you’ll notice that I’ve changed the look of the blog.  I’m trying a new theme that allows for a wider text and picture area, and it should also work better on mobile devices.  The new header picture was taken from our backyard on May 18th.  There’s already a lot less snow on the peaks.

Last Saturday our little town celebrated its Diamond Jubilee with some festivities, including a parade.  While we were waiting for the parade, we walked around and took pictures of some of the landmarks.  I thought you might enjoy some of the sights.  Click on the first picture to click through a slideshow with larger images.

In addition to horses, there were several tractors in the parade.

You’ll be happy to know we’re ready for next year’s parade!

tractor viewYep, that’s Mark cutting our yard for the first time.  With 2.65 acres, our old electric mower just wasn’t going to do the job.  So soon after we moved here we started looking out for a used lawn tractor.  This one was shipped all the way from Vermont!  It certainly looked out of place being delivered in the middle of winter.

tractor arrivalBut that gave us plenty of time to work on getting it ready for spring.  We also have a shovel for the front to help us haul mulch and plants once we start landscaping.  And we’re on the lookout for a used snow blower attachment that will certainly be needed with our long driveway.

Don’t worry, we both will be using it to do our chores!

tractor gkHouse Update: Texture should be done in the next day or two.  I’ll then be able to take some good pictures of the inside once all the scaffolding is down.

The “Rough” Stuff is Done

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I posted pictures of the house!  It’s nice to look back and see all that has changed.  It seems that construction is taking a long time.  I guess that happens when you go almost every afternoon to see what’s new.  It’s like watching another child grow up – you don’t notice the big changes from day to day!

Finally we can say that all the rough ins are complete.  Although, believe it or not, some framing was done even yesterday.  As each new contractor starts we tend to find a little something missing from the one before.

Here is the work that was done in the past month.  You can click on each image to enlarge it.

Fireplaces installed:

living fireplace

Living Room Fireplace

Master Bedroom Fireplace

Master Bedroom Fireplace

mstr fireplace

Master Bedroom Fireplace (closeup)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rough plumbing and electrical done:

Master Bathroom & Closet

Master Bathroom & Closet

All the wiring waiting for the main panel

All the wiring waiting for the main panel

 

kitchen cans

Kitchen Recessed Lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once HVAC was roughed in as well, it was time for insulation:

Front door and dining room window

Front door and dining room window

Living Room - they needed quite the scaffolding setup to reach to the top!

Living Room – they needed quite the scaffolding setup to reach to the top!

They also added the framework that  will be wrapped by faux beams to form the center beam and king trusses.

They also added the framework that will be wrapped by faux beams to form the center beam and king trusses.

Meanwhile things were happening outside too:

Shingles installed on the roof.

Shingles installed on the roof.

Accent pieces added to the gables.

Accent pieces added to the gables.

Clearly we have had a lot of progress.  This week they are working on drywall.  It’s really starting to feel like a house now that we can’t see through the inside walls anymore!  After drywall, they will start with some of the finish details.   Can’t believe it!

 

Why Colorado … The Rockies and The Rockies

Last night we went to our first Colorado Rockies baseball game.

Rockies Baseball

Rockies Baseball

This morning I took this picture of the Colorado Rockies from the breakfast nook window.

Foothills and snowy peaks of the Rockies

Foothills and snowy peaks of the Rockies

So grateful to be able to enjoy both the Rockies!

Even though it snowed last weekend, it looks like spring is finally here, so we decided to take our bikes to the house this morning and took our first bike ride around the neighborhood!

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You may notice that the shingles are on the roof!  Another post soon with all the new changes at the house.

Windows At Last

April has been a busy month!  I wish we could say we’re done with the framing crew, but there are still a few more items to tweak.  The biggest change since the last post has been the installation of all the windows and even the exterior doors.  The garage doors should be here soon too.

I decided to go ahead and label the rooms from the outside, so you can get a sense of what you’re looking at.  Once drywall starts going up, I’ll share the floor plan.

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When we first started designing this house and working with the builder, the Front Range was just coming out of a building slump.  Unfortunately for us, everything is recovering now and suddenly contractors have more work than they can handle.  It seems we can’t get anyone to stay on site long enough to actually finish their job!  It’s very frustrating, but evidently not that uncommon.  Here’s where we are right now:

  • Framing – 99% complete
  • Rough HVAC – 80% complete
  • Rough Plumbing – 95% complete
  • Rough Electrical – 75% complete

We’re so glad our rental is only about 15 minutes from the house, since we go every afternoon to check on the progress.  I guess one advantage to the slow pace is that we can do a thorough job of checking everyone’s work. We’ve caught several mistakes early enough to fix without causing any major problems.

The plan is to have the Rough Inspection on all of the above next week.  Then roofing can continue and we can start on insulation and then drywalling.

Right now the estimated completion is scheduled for mid July.  We’ll see how that goes!

Why Colorado … Impromptu Ski Trips

We originally started this blog not just to share house progress, but to also chronicle our time in Colorado and why we moved here.  Of course, building a house takes A LOT of time and effort, so sometimes we don’t get a chance to take advantage of what this state has to offer.  However last week we decided we’d better try to get up to the slopes for a last day of skiing, since it looks like spring is here to stay and most ski areas are closing soon.

So, why Colorado … two hours from home to ski lift!!

On I-70 about half way to Copper Mountain.

On I-70 about half way to Copper Mountain.

 

The conditions in the morning were not too bad.  Short lift lines and sometimes we had runs all to ourselves!

Beautiful views and empty runs.

Beautiful views and empty runs.

We took an extra long lunch break because the sun just felt so good!

Sun bathing - slope style.

Sun bathing – slope style.

Unfortunately the sun was doing a number on the snow too.  It was getting harder and harder to ski through the slush, so we decided to call it a day early in the afternoon.  No biggie – we had already gotten our money’s worth out of our season passes, so we didn’t feel like like we had to stay even if the conditions weren’t great.

Best thing was, since we had to drive through Denver, we could take care of some errands on the way home.

Scored a clearance Expedit shelving unit for our master closet!

Scored a clearance Expedit shelving unit for our master closet!

So why Colorado … skiing and IKEA in the same day – CRAZY!