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7 posts from February 2016

A big little stone house update

Most of the windows and doors were installed last week.  The front entry door and it's storm door, and one of the basement windows, aren't in yet.  None of the windows have been trimmed yet.  Still, it looks so much better already!  Kate picked white for the interior side of the windows and sandstone for the exterior side.  The sandstone compliments the stones nicely I think.  She selected it because it's not as eye catching as white, so that the stones are the focal point instead of the windows....she put a lot of thought into it.  The new storm door will be sandstone as well, and the entry door will be Metropolitan Orange.


The new kitchen window is shorter, so now the bottom of the window is above the counter, instead of below it.


In the spring they're going to fill the gap on the exterior with stones, so you won't be able to tell there used to be a larger window there.


Of the four window holes in the basement, only one had a window.  One was broken and boarded up, one had been removed and boarded up to run the dryer exhaust through, and the fourth had been removed and boarded up to vent the furnace through.  Kate had them all opened up.  It made a tremendous more dark basement!  The window above the dryer has a section to the right of it where the dryer and furnace will both vent.  Once the pipes are done to reroute the furnace vent over to the window above the dryer they can install the final window.  Also...the plumbing has been redone in the whole house, and the new washer and dryer have been delivered.  The new refrigerator was delivered too, but I'll save kitchen pictures until after the new shelving is in.


Today we painted the bathroom....two coats of primer and one coat of pink...Valerie, it's named.  Tomorrow morning we'll paint a second coat.  We primed the walls top to bottom, to seal the drywall (no idea if we needed to), but are only painting the top half (and the ceiling) pink, since beadboard will be installed on the bottom half. 


Now for the bad news.  The roof leaks.  We knew, based on the home inspection, there was no ventilation in the roof and the shingles are old, so the roof would need to be addressed within a few years.  There were no leaks evident during the inspection, but after the first snow melt a few small ones appeared.  Also noticeable were ice flows on the stone, from the roof to the ground, because the roof has almost no overhang.  Kate's Uncle Bob, an architect, came out today to take a look, and is going to meet with her builders next week.  We were worried the whole thing would have to be restructured, but Bob says no, that the rafters look great, additions can be sistered in to form an overhang and then this, and that, and the other...sheeting, insulation, powered vents, etc...  She's planning on putting on a metal roof to match the relatively new metal roof on the garage.

They also had a lengthy discussion about regrading the property, which has to be done sooner rather than later, as well.  It's going to be a very busy year.




little stone house update - bathroom progress

The bathroom is coming along nicely (but slowly...I wish dry time was instantaneous).

She's waiting now for the drywall guy, who is having fits about the condition of the driveway.  Kate's contractors ran her snowblower yesterday, but we will have to go out this weekend with ice picks and shovels to clean out the end, where there is a hump of snow packed down as hard as cement.

New windows and doors arrive later this week.



New toys

No work on the new kit yet, I've been learning all the cool stuff my brand new very first cell phone can do.  I decided now that Kate is moving out it's time to join the modern world and be always accessible.  I picked a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and am absolutely in love with it.

 I spent some of my contest winnings...mostly on building supplies and tools...


Reverse action tweezers, where have you been all my life?


  More goodies...books from Looking Glass Miniature...


 And a paper towel quilt and paper dress from L Delaney...


The Tropical Beach House is the Grand Prize Winner!

I got the news a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still stunned. :D  I haven't quit smiling!


If you've just arrived here, you can see all the posts about building the house, including links to the artisans who made accessories, by clicking on #HBSCreatinContest2015 in the categories list.  If you want to skip the small talk and go straight to the finished photos, click on the picture of the house further down in the sidebar to view the photo album.  

Congratulations to all 115 contestants for finishing the build, and congratulations to the other winners.  It's amazing to see all the creative interpretations of the same base kit.  Head over to to see all the entries.

You're invited to  stick around to watch me build the 2016 contest  kit :)  There are several ways to subscribe to my posts, or just bookmark  I post at least once a week...daily if I'm in the zone and making accomplishments.

Thank you to all you were here with me last year, cheering me on, it means more than I can say. ♥

my Christmas present

The gift Kate bought me for Christmas arrived today, after being hung up in customs.


He was made by Victoria Chernysheva, and traveled a long way from Russia to get here.  I named him Sergei.  He's destined for the 2016 contest house, but for now he's living dust-free in the 2015 build, though the dog isn't too thrilled, he's bigger than she is.

He reminds me, it's been a while since I've posted a gratuitous cat picture.