Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Making of a Home - part 6

The past few weeks have been very thrilling down at Margaret and Matthew's house.

The inside walls have been put up and varnished.

From master bedroom looking toward master bath.

They've picked out the fridge, stove, and dishwasher. They've chosen to have laminate flooring for the living room, dining room, and master bedroom, and pine boards for the upstairs. There will be tile in the kitchen, bathrooms, and entryway. Some was laid this week.

The outside is almost all stained; a lovely color called Golden Honey. The steps off the sliding glass door, and the porch side steps have been built.

The cellar door is installed.

One of the fun things about this house is that even though it is new, there are eaves and nooks and crannies, much like an older house would have. This is the southwest upstairs bedroom.

Upstairs southwest bedroom closet.

And the loft corner.

The interior doors have arrived.

The heat is going to be propane. No chimney. The silver box is the boiler, with the 3-zone heating pipes to the left; one for the upstairs, one for downstairs, and the third for the radiant heat in the cellar floor.

The baseboard heating has been installed in the upstairs rooms.

The electric panel is on the left, with the water tank on the right; where the water from the artesian well goes.

The lights came on the first week of October! There's such a soft, mellow glow in the house now.

The fixtures are all bought and waiting to be installed.

I love this view looking in. It's a bit blurry because of the protective film which is still on the windows.

October dusk at the new house.


  1. I'm so enjoying seeing it all take shape, and it looks so cosy, even in its unfinished state.

  2. It is so exciting to see the house coming together! Wonderful! Blessings upon that house.

  3. Things are coming along so beautifully! I bet they can't wait to move in!

  4. Nan -- this is wonderful news. The kids' home is just absolutely lovely already! Thanks for sharing. And thank goodness you are still there to share with us.

  5. Thank you for sharing the housebuilding with us. I'm so glad to see how it is coming to the finish and hope they will be in by Christmas. I guess Thanksgiving would be too much to ask for!

  6. Donna - Avon Musings....October 17, 2010 at 5:26:00 PM EDT

    HI Nan: Thanks for posting photos of the progress on the house. I have been wondering what was happening. It looks a lovely home, and I am sure they will be very happy living there. I am also sure you will be very happy as well, having your daughter so close.

  7.'s going to be just lovely. Bet they can't wait to move in:)

  8. Such progress (although if you're living it every day it might seem slow)! It gets pretty exciting now as rooms have shape, doorways have doors, etc. Much easier to visualize the end product! Can't wait to see where the Christmas tree will go :) It seems like the perfect house for an old-fashioned tree....

  9. Wow...I'm loving every single bit of their house!!!!

  10. It looks like they are finally coming into the home stretch - so exciting! When do they say it will be complete?

  11. Thank you so much, all of you, for including us in this exciting project. I love seeing it progress, it must smell wonderful...all that wood.

  12. Lovely post in every way, Nan. Wonderful tour of the house, and I love the last photo. Lucky people to have this house!

  13. Nan, thanks for sharing the pictures with us! I was wondering how it was coming along. I love log homes and I'm glad your daughter and son in law are building one-they are so lovely!!

  14. Such an exciting time!! I love looking at all these photos. Such progress. When do they think they'll be able to move in? I can just picture it all decorated for Christmas. You'll have to keep sharing pictures, you know. :)

  15. Oh Nan, it looks blissfully cosy! I can imagine lovely winter nights, curled up in the living room, watching the sun set through the trees, and summer days out on the porch enjoying the sunshine. What a beautiful life they will have!

  16. Beautifully done, Nan. I wish them many long years in this wonderful home.

    And the views! Got a guest room? :)

    - Jeff

  17. Nan, I love it. What a blessing to have your daughter live so close to you. The image is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing and it sure brings back memories.

  18. Their home is really taking shape now. It won't be long and they will be able to move in.

  19. It really is, Cornflower, especially with the lights on.

    Nan, thank you for the blessings.

    Niki, you said it!

    Sallie, aren't you nice to say that. Thanks.

    Jill, I think it is quite possible they'll be in before Thanksgiving. Things are moving along very fast these days.

    Donna, I love it that you've been thinking about their house.

    Bibliophile, that's the truth!

    Rebecca, they're considering putting the tree in the loft. Wouldn't that be great?!

    Staci, me too!

    JoAnn, it has been mentioned the end of this month. Can that be possible??

    Carole, I love all that wood. It will be so much easier to take care of. No painting and repainting.

    Clair, I agree!!

    Sherri, there's such a warmth to wood walls that sheetrock just doesn't have.

    Les, they've been talking about Christmas decorations. They really should be in quite soon, we all think.

    Bookssnob, that's the exact right adjective.

    Jeff, thank you so much. The guest room is actually the picture with the cool eaves. Come ahead!

    Ernestine, it is all so wonderful.

  20. Lisa, that's right. So exciting.

  21. Hi Nan. Thank you so much for your sweet comment in regards to my 4th blog anniversary. Your kind words are truly appreciated.

  22. I love all of the wood. It must smell divine inside!

  23. I enjoyed the tour--this is very similar to the houses J. was building in Wyoming--a timeless rustic appeal but with all the conveniences.

  24. Lovely! We don't have many log homes down here so it is particularly interesting to see all the details.

  25. Oh what a wonderful project and how good it will be to be installed and be able to call it HOME. All the best with the rest of the work, always so much to do but exciting nevertheless.

  26. Mia, you are so welcome.

    Jodi, I do too, and it will be so easy to take care of.

    Morning's Minion, perfect description.

    J.G., that's interesting. I wonder why.

    Wild Somerset Child, thank you, and that's exactly right.

  27. Nan, your documentation of the building of a home with pictures and words is wonderful. And thank you for continuing to visit my blog.

  28. What a magnificent home! What a thrilling process it is.

  29. Nancy, it is wonderful watching it become real. And the house fits so well into the surroundings, as if it has always been there.

  30. It is coming along so nicely. I love the warm feeling the walls provide and I too am a big fan of nooks and crannies in a home:)


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