Third times the charm!! Our third island top went in! Yes I said third 🤦🏼♀️ The first one was cracked when it was installed. It was a bit defeating because the first one was so beautiful.
The supplier was able to get us a second slab of the stone. However, while they were cutting the slab at their facility, it cracked too! This isn’t a soft stone so it’s crazy we had two cracking issues. I was beginning to think this slab just wasn’t meant to be. I went out of my comfort zone when I picked it so I felt like the universe was telling me I should have kept it simple.
The stone company was able to get us a third slab of the same stone. We got lucky because this third slab is the most beautiful of them all!! It has so much veining to it compared to the others. It was installed with no issues this time! It’s such a relief because I had my heart set on this stone. The last thing I wanted to do was make another design choice this far in the building process!
We are just 2 1/2 weeks from our closing date! We have waited 15 months for this day. It’s sort of strange to think it’s almost here. It actually doesn’t feel real yet. It’s going to be an incredibly surreal feeling to actually be handed the keys!
These video updates we have done are not only for my husband and I, but something fun for us to show the boys one day. We want to be able to show them how the house was built and the progression of it. I hope it’ll help them appreciate the house that much more. 💙
A little more progress has been made on our kitchen! The upper and lower cabinet lighting has started going in! When it’s complete, every cabinet will have an upper light over it and a lower light below it. My husband and I tend to be those people who don’t regularly use overhead lights. We always turn on the cabinet lighting as our “every day” lighting. It’s bright enough to light up the room but isn’t intrusive. Since we have those huge floor to ceiling windows in the kitchen we won’t be lacking in light.
Our island counter top went in and it looks beautiful! We added a 3 inch drop edge to the island. What that means is, they attach a 3 inch piece of marble to the edge of the island giving it a thicker look all the way around. It really makes the island look more beefy and bold. It also added an extra 2 inches to the island height. We had already raised our island above standard height, so now it’s even taller! I’m only 5’3. The island comes up pretty high on me, but not too high that it’s unusable. Instead of leaning over at the island to do things (standard counters hit me about waist height), everything will be right at arm level (the new ones hit at my lower rib cage).
The kitchen is coming along so well. We have one month to go. I can’t wait for everything to be finished out. I’m dying to get back to having a kitchen of my own!
Master bath update! We had our tile floor continue from the master bath through to the closet. Originally we had planned to put carpet in the closet. But carpet gets dirty quick. And since we already had tile in the bathroom, it made sense to just continue the tile through to the closet for a smooth clean look. ✨
We also removed the closet door! We never used the closet door at our other houses. We left it open all the time. I honestly can’t ever remember a time when it was shut. I had my husband remove the door at one of our previous houses because it got in the way of my ability to get to clothes. So for this house we did away with the closet door! We also opened the doorway up a bit more to give the closet opening a more grand look. I love the way it turned out! 🚪
The one room that we spend a good majority of our time in our house is the kitchen! I wanted a kitchen with a clean modern look. But I also wanted it to have a little attitude without being too dramatic.
We picked a white tile with a little grey to it and had it set in a double herringbone pattern. I absolutely love how it turned out! I think the double herringbone helps make the thin tile look a little less busy than it would if we had done a single herringbone pattern.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to like a shiny tile. Originally in my head I had a matte tile planned. But we found this tile and fell in love with it. Now that it’s installed I love how the light hits it and just makes it shine. I think if I’d gone with a matte it wouldn’t have made the tile pop as much. And it definitely wouldn’t catch the light like this tile does so it would have a darker look to it.
The kitchen is coming together nicely! I just can’t wait for the day I get to see it all completed!
We wrote a few scripture verses in different parts of our house. The entry, living room, kitchen, stairs, playroom, master, etc. They each relate to those specific parts of the house and our lives.
My handwriting sadly looks absolutely terrible as I was writing. You don’t realize how hard it is to write on unfinished floors till you get started! There was so much material and stuff stuck to it, even after I tried cleaning it, that made it hard to write on. I’m surprised you can even read half of what I wrote in some places!
We even let our 3 year old color on the floor a little so he could leave his mark in his room. He doesn’t quite understand it now but he enjoyed it.
When the house is done, you won’t see the scripture. The hardwood floors will cover it, but we’ll know it’s there. It’s sort of like God himself. You can’t see him, but you know he’s always there. It’s a great memory for us to have that writing there but secretly hidden. 🙏🏻
I’m loving the new ceiling height in the kitchen. The original height was 15ft. Now we are at 23ft! It really makes the room feel so much more grand. Not to mention it gives it more of an airy feel.
Don’t get me wrong, a 15ft ceiling would have been beautiful. I wouldn’t have had any complaints. But when we put in the balcony, we had to raise the ceiling and now it’s 23ft. So I went from loving the ceiling height to LOVING the ceiling height!
Sometimes I wonder if my husbands main goal for putting in the balcony was because he knew it would raise the ceiling height. He’s 6’6 so everything feels short or small to him. Old houses can be brutal for him to walk in to. Especially ones with archways because he has to walk directly under the middle of the arch or he risks hitting his head. I don’t have these problems being 5’3. 😂
Either way, putting a balcony in the playroom overlooking the kitchen was one of our best ideas!
It’s crazy to me the amount of detail that goes in to building a house. I just thought builders followed a plan and that was that. Everything would be prefect and as it was supposed to be. I’m a little naive sometimes, I know!
As we have been going through the build process I realize there is so much work and detail that you as the homeowner have to pay attention to. Things aren’t always done how they are “supposed to be.” For example, some of our outlets in one room are all at different heights. They don’t run along the floor at an even height as you’d expect. If we hadn’t caught that and put it on our list of fixes for the builder, that room would have been finished with outlets scattered all over and it would have looked ridiculous in the end.
In another room the overhead fan location wasn’t in the center of the room. It was off center by a foot. Another minor thing that would have looked terrible later on had we not caught it early.
One of the biggest fixes we had recently was the niche in the master shower. The builders put the niche at too high of a height originally. I’m 5’3, and in order to reach for shampoo, I literally would have had to reach up over my head almost a foot to get a shower bottle. If you’re over 6ft this niche would have been fine. But for a shorter person like me, the niche was terribly located. So we had it bumped down a bit. Now it’s at a height that anyone, besides a child, can comfortably reach.
These are all things I would have never thought to even pay attention to. But when you’re building, literally every little detail of the house needs to be checked. Now I understand why people say building a house is so stressful!
Our builder is having to put a camera near our house to keep an eye on our build and the others on the street.
During one visit we noticed a lot of bricks thrown all over the place and lots of broken beer bottles all over the site. My husband mentioned this to the builder and he said there were a couple thousand dollars of building material that had been damaged and stolen as well.
We came back a week later to find someone had gone muddling through our front yard and back yard. They tore up the lot next to us spinning out, then drove through the front of another house being built a few down from us. There wasn’t any major damage done thank goodness. They just tossed up a lot of dirt and mud. However they did get super close to the house. Had the mud shifted under them at a different angle and they could have hit our house.
It’s super frustrating but not surprising that people have messed with the job site. I’ve heard horror stories about things happening to people’s builds due to others damaging the property. At least the damage done to ours is just tossed bricks and glass. Better than someone going through and doing structural damage! I feel bad the builder had materials stollen. I just hope karma does her job and gets those thieves back.
Hopefully with cameras up, it will deter anyone from doing anything else they shouldn’t!
Last minute building decision….we decided to put a balcony in the playroom that overlooks the kitchen!
If the boys are playing in the playroom, I can’t see them. I have to go upstairs to see what they are doing. It makes me nervous having two boys in the house and not being able to hear what’s being destroyed 😂 (jk, kinda). By adding a balcony, if I’m in the kitchen, I can just call up to them.
My husband had the great idea to put barn doors covering the balcony on the playroom side. That will help reduce some of the sound coming from up there. So if I call to the boys they can slide the doors open to respond. Then close them so they can go back to playing and I don’t have to hear all the noise. It’s not only functional but it’ll be beautiful!
It’s crazy how much thought has to go into literally every detail of a house. Now when I walk through people’s houses I pay more attention to how things are built.