Making a house a home……

Here are a few photos of the house before we start to “clutter” it up turning it into our home.  As I have been “purging” the old home getting ready to move I have learned about myself.

Purging the grandkids toys was the most difficult thing – each toy, book, game I touch is a precious memory of how small they were and how they learned to do something new.  Going through some of the notebooks where little toot has drawn so many little pictures for me.

One of the first things I did in the old house is take the “artwork” off the fridge – now my fridge only houses calories, not memories.

As I walk through the new house I do realize I don’t want to “collect” a bunch of stuff, but I do require it be a home where all who visit will feel comfortable and very welcome!

This weekend we will begin the task of placing our worldly goods through-out the new house – making it our home.

So here is a little tour of a few of our favorite things – I am sure there will be more through-out the coming weeks!  I hope you all can endure.

Auditioning the stained glass window(s)  It still gets a little bit more trim.  One of the steps to making the house our home!
Auditioning the stained glass window(s) It still gets a little bit more trim. One of the steps to making the house our home!

I had posted a photo of the window on my Facebook page asking for trim color recommendations – that photo showed green in the glass – funny there is no green – only amber.  I still think I will go with green trim.

I look through this window and have the vision of the pretty flowers for the deer and me to enjoy!
I look through this window and have the vision of the pretty flowers for the deer and me to enjoy!

Both grandkids wanted to take baths – we were just too busy playing this weekend – next time!

Hubby's favorite accessory.  We had these in our room last year at Washington School Inn where we celebrated our 25th anniversary and he just knew they had to go in the new house.
Hubby’s favorite accessory. We had these in our room last year at Washington School Inn where we celebrated our 25th anniversary and he just knew they had to go in the new house.
He liked this accessory so much we had 2 put in our lighting budget!
He liked this accessory so much we had 2 put in our lighting budget!
These fans turn and spin and really move quite a bit of air.
These fans turn and spin and really move quite a bit of air.  The round circle on the floor is one of 2 floor plugs.

FYI – we have already pre-wired for this style fan only wall mount for each of the bedrooms.  Just need to acquire the fans.

We can seat 6 around the island quite comfortably - shopping for bar stools!
We can seat 6 around the island quite comfortably – shopping for bar stools!

While we were there this weekend with the grandkids we used our cheap 20+ year old barstools.

View of the working area of the kitchen
View of the working area of the kitchen
The front door - God Bless Texas!
The front door – God Bless Texas!
We had to wait until we closed the construction loan for my FUN to begin.  My studio area is stained concrete - we arrived after closing with the Title Company to get to see it in process - squeal!!!
We had to wait until we closed the construction loan for my FUN to begin. My studio area is stained concrete – we arrived after closing with the Title Company to get to see it in process – squeal!!!

If only the original painters of the house would’ve done this good of job protecting surfaces.  Look carefully in the photo – see those little white dots?  That are paint droplets because the painters removed our protective paper – then painted!

So this is stain before any sealer goes on it - kind of boring.  Brian from Artistic Impressions did 2 stain colors for me "Cola and Green Lawn"
So this is stain before any sealer goes on it – kind of boring. Brian from Artistic Impressions did 2 stain colors for me “Cola and Green Lawn”
Another view of the staining
Another view of the staining
The sealing has started - if you look carefully you will see the "fog" through the closet door.
The sealing has started – if you look carefully you will see the “fog” through the closet door.  That sealer is nasty stuff!  We shut off the propane and opened windows in other areas of the house.  It was a windy day so the quilt room windows had to stay shut to prevent our wonderful fine sand from blowing in.

Speaking of our wonderful sand – Brian recommends we not wear shoes in the studio – well that won’t happen – I am on my feet ALL day and need the support – so I will just have to buy some new “indoor only” shoes.  Shoe Shopping!

2 coats of stain - they will be adding 1 more - look carefully - my floor has a tortoise shell effect - this comes form the reaction with the stain and how our initial pour cured.  I think the term is crazing - it is very fine cosmetic only cracking.  A very cool effect.
2 coats of stain – they will be adding 1 more – look carefully – my floor has a tortoise shell effect – this comes form the reaction with the stain and how our initial pour cured. I think the term is crazing – it is very fine cosmetic only cracking. A very cool effect.

Brian says he gets clients that want that “tortoise shell look” but he cannot control that – it is just a bonus effect!

Another view - 1 more coat of sealer then 2 coats of wax!
Another view – 1 more coat of sealer then 2 coats of wax!

Just talked to Brian – they just cleaned all the fixtures and pulled the protection off the walls/baseboards.  We will need to touch up baseboards because our painters used a heavy brush when applying paint – i.e. too much paint at one time.  I could write a book on my thoughts about our painters – but this is a positive post so I will just be quiet!

The view through the french doors to the back porch.
The view through the french doors to the back porch.

We purchased the yard art at the Round Top Antique fair spring of 2013 and it fits just perfect in the country.  I love cool things and I think that is pretty cool yard art!

Time for me to do some quilting!  Ronda’s “Carolina Lily” is on the frame and calling my name!

Look around you – I bet your home is filled with memories!

Enjoy them!

Dee

 

HOME Stretch

From the sticks in the late spring to adding sheetrock, color, tile and all of those other fun features that make a house a home – it is amazing how quickly some of this happens.

I had been on pins and needles waiting for the interior paint to be applied, I was so afraid it would be drab – and I had also stepped way outside the box and chosen a dark chocolate for the doors and trim and I so wanted to see if I was going to like it – well I LOVE IT!  We have chosen the same tile through-out the home on the floors.  No carpet or wood, our new home is in a sand pit!  Can’t wait to start landscaping!

The great room with paint and tile, prior to masonry
The great room with paint and tile, prior to masonry
A quick stop by the house on the way to retreat - we were able to watch them set the mantel
A quick stop by the house on the way to retreat – we were able to watch them set the mantel
Mantel is set and they masonry continues
Mantel is set and they masonry continues
The kitchen island - before masonry
The kitchen island – before masonry
Another view of the kitchen island - it is 6' x 11'
Another view of the kitchen island – it is 6′ x 11′ once the granite is installed
Kitchen area ending at the pantry on the left and the garage/quilt studio down 2 steps to the right.
Kitchen area ending at the pantry on the left and the garage/quilt studio down 2 steps to the right.
And after masonry!  They will be back to add corbel supports
And after masonry! They will be back to add corbel supports
That island granite is VERY shiny!
That island granite is VERY shiny!
Another view of the island granite.
Another view of the island granite.
Granite in the master bath
Granite in the master bath
The shower tile
The shower tile
A built in niche in the shower
A built in niche in the shower
I love the rock columns with the cedar posts and ceiling - I think we will spend a lot of time on this back porch
I love the rock columns with the cedar posts and ceiling – I think we will spend a lot of time on this back porch
The quilt studio porch with a stone column!  Hind-site we might've made this porch bigger......
The quilt studio porch with a stone column! Hind-site we might’ve made this porch bigger……

 

Can’t wait to visit the site again on Sunday!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Denise

 

BIB’s

Nope – no babies here.  We are talking BIB’s as in insulation aka “blown in batts”.  I mentioned in my post yesterday that the insulation installers were at our home on the 4th of July to install the insulation.  We had upgraded from standard batts of insulation to BIB’s for our new home.  This increases the R factor by some number known to my husband and we decided to spend a little more here and enjoy the savings in the years ahead.  Some of you may ask why we did not choose the “spray” insulation as it also has a very high R factor.  The reason for this is, IF/WHEN you have water intrusion in your home you may not have the early warning signs that would allow you to mitigate the problem quickly and efficiently AND tracing the origination of the intrusion is made very difficult with the “spray” insulation.  I consider my husband the resident expert of “why” things fail and how to quickly acknowledge, track down and correct these failures I 100% back his decision.  (I am charge of color and other fun stuff!)  After the storms in the Luling area the last few days I am happy to know IF/WHEN we have an issue it will be easier to track down and correct.

So here are some quick photos of the insulation installation…….

This truck had to move a tree before they could begin work at our home on the 4th of July!
This truck had to move a tree before they could begin work at our home on the 4th of July!
The hose that will carry the insulation to the final destination
The hose that will carry the insulation to the final destination
A very thin scrim that is stapled over the framing to hold the BIB in place
A very thin scrim that is stapled over the framing to hold the BIB in place
The end of the hose punctures a small hole in the scrim and they begin to fill the bottom of the section.
The end of the hose punctures a small hole in the scrim and they begin to fill the bottom of the section.

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Then they maneuver the nozzle and shoot the top section
Then they maneuver the nozzle and shoot the top section
This section was so quick I almost didn't have time to snap the photo
This section was so quick I almost didn’t have time to snap the photo
The leg extenders for when they get ready to do the higher sections.
The leg extenders for when they get ready to do the higher sections.
Took him several times to get this chunk of concrete picked up - but he was determined.
Took him several times to get this chunk of concrete picked up – but he was determined.
These long legged spiders (are they banana spiders?) make REALLY BIG webs too!
These long-legged spiders (are they banana spiders?) make REALLY BIG webs too!

A special thank you to our neighbor Lilly for inspecting the insulation on Saturday to be sure we had not had water intrusion where the roof is not quite done being shingled.  She saved Corey 6 hours in the car on a Holiday Weekend Sunday!

Luling Lincoln Logs

Ok – they aren’t logs – but it is wood aka sticks!  I had not been out to  the site of our new home since they started framing.

This was my view from the road – YIKES – this is REAL!

What we see as we pulled down the driveway.
What we see as we pulled down the driveway.

And now for quick tour…..

The view from the street
The view from the street
Just a peek through the trees
Just a peek through the trees
Right side is the master suite area
Right side is the master suite area
Back porch, roof is not framed here yet
Back porch, roof is not framed here yet
View from the back french doors, through the great room, entry hall and out the front door!
View from the back french doors, through the great room, entry hall and out the front door!
Quilt room corner - looking in
Quilt room corner – looking in
Quilt room corner - looking out
Quilt room corner – looking out
Cacti in bloom
Cacti in bloom
Struggling to survive in the sand
Struggling to survive in the sand
A field of happy yellow flowers..... just around the corner from our home.
A field of happy yellow flowers….. just around the corner from our home.

No visit for me this weekend, teaching on Saturday and then working around the current house on Sunday for Mother’s Day.  Corey will be heading out early Saturday – I look forward to his photos!

Dee

 

 

A Cementatious Day at Cordeeaiybray!

April 17th, 2014 was the big day!  They poured the foundation for our new home.

The pump truck arrived just before 7:00 am to get setup prior to the caravan of 20 trucks, each carrying 9.5 cubic yards of cement, to be poured over a period of 5 hours, weighing in at approximately 617,500 pounds or 308 tons!

It was a cool overcast day which is very nice for pouring concrete, no wind to dry the top and the rain held off until they were near the end of the finish work and then it was just a drizzle.

7:00 am all set to go
7:00 am all set to go
A little bit cloudy in the am - good news as long as there is no lightening
A little bit cloudy in the am – good news as long as there is no lightening
One of the crew was getting some exercise walking up the sand piles
One of the crew was getting some exercise walking up the sand piles
8:08 am and the first truck arrives
8:08 am and the first truck arrives
Mike, the boss, oversees the start of the pour - those boots won't stay white for very long
Mike, the boss, oversees the start of the pour – those boots won’t stay white for very long
The real boss is checking it out!
The real boss is checking it out!
Filling up the first grade beam, this first 5 trucks were loaded with a high/early mix to speed up the hardening process so the forms can be removed for the quilt studio and garage pours
Filling up the first grade beam, this first 5 trucks were loaded with a high/early mix to speed up the hardening process so the forms can be removed for the quilt studio and garage pours
Grade Beams get filled up and then a "stinger" is used to vibrate the concrete to insure there are no air pockets.
Grade Beams get filled up and then a “stinger” is used to vibrate the concrete to insure there are no air pockets.
This is how Mr. Green finished his small pours
This is how Mr. Green finished his small pours
While we were at lunch the crew made it pretty!
While we were at lunch the crew made it pretty!
These guys work hard - the nice thing about a cool day is they don't get as over heated - there is a chemical process involved with the curing of concrete and it really heats up as it cures....
These guys work hard – the nice thing about a cool day is they don’t get as over heated – there is a chemical process involved with the curing of concrete and it really heats up as it cures….
Who said I can't play video games when I grow up?  This guy is in charge of the pumper rig and the boom
Who said I can’t play video games when I grow up? This guy is in charge of the pumper rig and the boom
Were these boots made for walking?
Were these boots made for walking?
Notice the boots now....
Notice the boots now….
The first form is removed so the garage and quilt studio can be poured!
The first form is removed so the garage and quilt studio can be poured!
See those purple casings?  Inside those are the cables that will be tightened next week for the "Post Tension" Foundation - this is the studio!
See those purple casings? Inside those are the cables that will be tightened next week for the “Post Tension” Foundation – this is the studio!
The stairs from the main house, down to the garage and quilt room
The stairs from the main house, down to the garage and quilt room
It's organic!
It’s organic!
Looking good!
Looking good!
Getting it's smooth on
Getting it’s smooth on
Knee sliders ....
Knee sliders ….
Whirly machine that puts the really smooth finish on
Whirly machine that puts the really smooth finish on
While the concrete was being poured I was busy cleaning up the trees, trimming the lower branches and suckers at the base of the trees.
While the concrete was being poured I was busy cleaning up the trees, trimming the lower branches and suckers at the base of the trees.
We have 2 very large organic debris piles, today we worked on the oldest one, separating kindling and firewood.  It's a big pile but we did make some progress
We have 2 very large organic debris piles, today we worked on the oldest one, separating kindling and firewood. It’s a big pile but we did make some progress
The pump truck is washing out and the last truck is filling up the garage....
The pump truck is washing out and the last truck is filling up the garage….