Never let the sense of past failure defeat your next step. (Oswald Chambers)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunny's First Visit to Oak Haven

Jay was out of town for a UC Bearcat football game, so I decided it was time to take Sunny out to see her future new home.


She was very excited and ran around looking the whole place over, inside and outside, like she knew it was something important for her. Or maybe she was looking for the right place to pee. Whatever, she was excited and had a great time.


We have top soil and it's not too difficult to imagine a driveway and grass growing in the yard.


There were few new things to get excited about, although it was obvious people had been working to finish up the trim and the get the cabinets in place.

The lazy susan is enclosed now, but still lacking the final trim. The chair rail is new this trip.


Chair rail in corner of breakfast room.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cabinets and More Cabinets

The Wednesday trip to Oak Haven was so much fun. The cabinets were in place. No hardware yet and no countertops, but in place. The countertop man is coming from Grand Rapids to measure tomorrow.


We extended the kitchen cabinets down one wall of the breakfast room. The lower cabinets are only a foot deep, and the upper are normal depth.

We will probably store our Fiestawear in the glass doors, or maybe not. I have some old dishes I'd love to display. Jay has a totally overcrowded curio cabinet full of interesting things, some of which need to be distributed into alternate display areas so they can be properly admired and enjoyed.

Deciding where to put things when combining two households is a challenging exercise.


Looking down the right side of the kitchen, including the breakfast room cabinets.


Looking down the left side of the kitchen, including Jay's pantry.


The back side of the kitchen that separates the kitchen from the dining room.


Time out from cabinets for a minute. The trim is on the arched window in the four season room.


Laundry room cabinets. There is a base cabinet with a utility sink under the right upper unit. The left upper unit is over the washer and will be open adjustable shelves for our laundry supplies.


The master bath has knotty alder cabinets. That's a linen cabinet on the right.

We talked about having knotty alder in the kitchen, but it came with a warning that the knots are unpredictable and might prevent the hardware from being attached symmetrically. My brain could not be happy with door/drawer handles in random positions, so we limited the knotty alder to the master bath.

Now that I've seen it in a big piece, I'm very glad the whole kitchen isn't done in wood this busy. And the name of our our house is Oak Haven. Not Knotty Alder Haven. We're hiding the knotty alder away in a back room.


The cove molding is up in the bedroom.

Somehow I managed to miss getting a picture of the chair rail in the dining room. Maybe next time.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Wednesday Full of Wows

Behind in my blogging. Four day weeks like last week should not be allowed when there's as much to do as we need to do. Because we're moving in a little over a month!

Our trip to Oak Haven last Wednesday was supposed to be to meet with Graham, the finish man who is going to build the insides of our closets. We were so distracted by all the exciting things going on in the house it was difficult to concentrate on closets.


First thing we got excited about was the appliances in the garage. We spotted them before we ever got out of the car - Jay's dream refrigerator, a stove, and a dishwasher.


Once Jay spotted his pantry, there was no stopping his excitement.


Beautiful, sturdy shelves that pull out. Lots of storage.


Happy man.


Interior doors and trim were up in several places.


Also trim around some of the windows. Graham, who is doing the closet interiors, is also doing the inside trim. To this non-builder person, it appears he's doing a beautiful job.


The half wall around the stairwell has been converted into something nice.


The temporary stairs built for the construction people have been replaced by the base for the oak steps that are going in with the flooring.


There are now French doors going out to the four season room.


Not sure why I took another picture of window trim. Overexcited I guess. Everytime we come out to see what's going on it's looking more and more like a place we want to live. And so far there has been no disappointment with our choices of style or color.


After Graham finished telling us how his ideas for our closets would be better than ours (which we were happy to hear because he knows what he's doing and we don't), we went up to main office to select the grout color for the compass.

Kelli, the amazing lady who helps us know what we want, had the compass on the conference room table and a selection of grout colors. This was a monumental moment in our building process. Jay found his dream slate mosaic compass on an internet site and had it ordered without ever seeing it in person. It's the piece that's going to make our house truly unique and ours, and we've been anxious to make sure it is as beautiful as the internet picture.

In the picture above, there is still a layer of plastic over a quarter section of the compass, but the colors are stunning and beautiful and we couldn't be happier with it.

We picked expresso grout, a dark brown. Kelli approved, so we know it's going to look perfect.

I have observed that technical professionals are either calendar people or map people. Some are both.

I am a calendar person. When I have a project to do I start drawing boxes to represent days or weeks and sketch out a plan timeline. It almost never works out that way because I don't schedule in the unexpected stuff, but that's another story.

Jay is a map person. When he worked in the office next to mine his entire bottom file drawer was nothing but maps to anywhere you might want to go. It was an amazing collection. The slate compass in the foyer is in honor of his mapiness. He doesn't know yet that I will be painting a calendar on the breakfast room wall.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Great Room Is Full Of Cabinets

We weren't expecting much when we made our Wednesday trip out to Oak Haven today.


First thing we noticed was the garage ceiling. It looked like texture had been added to it.

When we went into the house we saw that all the ceilings had the texture added. We had no idea we were going to have textured ceilings so looking up required our complete attention and we didn't see the great room full of boxes until Jay looked down.


Oh my. WOW. Cabinets! Lots and lots of cabinets. All in boxes so we can't see them except for the lazy susan sticking out of one box.


Quartersawn oak with a chestnut finish. No second guessing our choice. It's beautiful.


And, for a bonus WOW, the deck is finished. Looking forward to some yummy grilled meals now that Jay will have room to cook on his Weber.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Second Coat of Mud

On our Saturday trip to Oak Haven we never uttered at single 'wow'. Considering such a little thing as a SOLD sign on our empty lot elicited many wows back in April, the lack of wowing is blog worthy.

I blame it on being exhausted from sorting and packing at our current homes and the high temperature and humidity inside our unfinished home.


It was nice to see that work is continuing and progress is being made. Very very nice. And appreciated. Now that I've had a day of rest, it's almost a wow.


In a struggle to find something to record for this blog post other than more drywall, I took a picture of the empty mud tubes outside the nonexistent garage door.


For a prettier picture, I took the outside of the condo minus the garage on the right because I was too hot and tired to walk back far enough to get the entire condo in the picture.

For those readers who are going to ask about the red rosin paper, it is still on the floor. One of the discussions at lunch after church today was to guess if that means we are due a third layer of mud. There is no more unused mud on site, so I'm guessing not. I think the drywallers left the red rosin paper down for the final sanding.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wall Mud, Red Rosin Paper, and Deck Boards

We're making a habit of Wednesday and Saturday visits to the new house. One might think we would be checking it everyday, but reality is we are too busy for that.

It's a bit of a drive and the most obvious ways to get there are under major road construction. We don't mind because the end result is going to be a new Costco just a few miles away. We love Costco and our nearest one is in Grand Rapids, so this is a big deal for us.


As we drove up to the house, we could see the drywall mud in the garage. As predicted, the red rosin paper is protecting the garage floor.


Inside we found the entire house finished with the first coat of drywall mud, including the basement. The subfloor is also papered with red rosin paper.

This (above) is the great room looking toward the outside walls.


And this is the bedroom.


Looking out the window, we spotted deck boards. The railings are along side the house ready to go on.



The yard has been graded and is decent size on the northwest side considering this is a condo village. We learned that we are going to get neighbors on Lot 11, the lot we originally chose. There is a forty foot easement between Lot 12/us and Lot 11, which is nice spacing. It will be fun to watch their house go up from the comfort of our home.

After leaving we went to Bilbo's and had Wednesday night fifty cent chicken wings and a pulled pork pizza. Both were excellent.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Porch, Drywall, and Deck Stones

Driving up the house Saturday we immediately noticed the pile of drywall scrap in the garage.


We were so excited we didn't notice until we were ready to leave that the huge construction dumpster was also full of drywall scraps. The entire house is drywalled. No mud yet, but the walls and ceilings are covered.


The front porch railing is in place and looking great.


Drywall in the great room.


Drywall in the dining room.

And that's all the drywall pictures I'm posting because it all looks the same except the laundry room and bathrooms. They have green moisture resistant drywall.


Landscaping stones are under the deck, but haven't been spread out yet.

The yard has been graded and topsoil spread. Somehow I managed to not get a picture of that, possibly because it was about a hundred degrees inside the house and I was in a hurry to get into the air conditioned car. Next time.