Construction: Carpentry, Painting & Flooring

Is it taking me as long to write this series of posts as it took the crew to build our house? Nope. It’s taking longer 🙂 I feel like I’ve been busy for a year and I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to a week off work soon for the holidays! If anyone knows how to make that week move in slow motion please message me soon with all the details! For those of you waiting on this step in the process, let’s jump right into the things we found most important at this stage and what we learned along the way or even after the fact!

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Planning and Finances

First and foremost, your final draw (the trim draw) from the bank will be requested and taken once you enter this phase of the project. We set everything up for our construction loan to switch over to a typical mortgage loan at our initial closing so we didn’t have many specific steps to take in preparation for that transition. If yours is different, now is the time to make sure you have everything in order financially. Check where you are on safety net balances at this point as well to get a good idea of your standing with what’s hopefully some money back in your pocket at the end of the project!

You should also have a decent idea on an estimated move in date at this point so if you still have appliances to order I’d get that checked off the list now too. We simply delayed delivery when we ordered ours to ensure we’d have them when we moved in. That’s how it’s suppose to work anyway, but our appliance story is for another time 🙂

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Stairwells and Painting

If you’re having a stairwell that will be painted and finished with varnish, don’t bother visiting the house on this day; you won’t be able to stay inside long. The smell is VERY strong. I honestly sped walk in the living room holding my breath, snapped a few quick photos and sped walk back out the front door! Luckily, the smell doesn’t last long so the next day will be fine!

  • Don’t be too alarmed if you see a big mess at this point. I don’t know what it’s like to stain a stairwell and the splatter of dark stain on the walls and trim seemed a bit excessive to me, but naturally it was cleaned up and painted over to the point where you’d never know now.
  • Even if you’re doing hardwood floors everywhere else, like us, center your stairs with carpet! Stairs are slippery and carpet adds a really nice cozy factor!

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You’ll likely deal with more scheduling conflicts as everything is trying to get wrapped up and it gets a little more frustrating at this stage, because you’re just so close to that move in date. We had two significant delays: painting and carpet installation.

  • I’d say our painting got done 1 – 2 weeks later than planned. Because the painters were behind schedule, our flooring ended up getting installed before the walls were painted and that wasn’t ideal. They were covered for the most part, but we still dealt with a lot of paint speckles on the floor when we moved in. Easy to remove, but still a bother!
  • Unless otherwise specified, Schumacher will use a flat paint on your walls. I assume this is mostly because it’s easy to fix if there are any dents or damage done before move in and it’s more cost effective. As a homeowner, you’ll notice smudges and fingerprints show up more on flat paint. Although I’m happy with the way our walls look overall, I’d probably research upgrading (eggshell or semi satin) the paint next time. The color we chose is Sherwin Williams ‘Popular Gray’.

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  • And then that carpet delay…oy vey! I think our carpet ended up finally getting installed maybe two weeks before we moved in. Since we were only have carpet installed on our stairs we were an ‘add on’ job for the crew; that meant homes with multiple carpeted rooms were put ahead of us and making it to our project was dependent on how the previous job(s) went. Or something like that…yada yada yada. That’s what it sounds like sometimes 🙂 I was SO happy when we finally visited the house and saw the carpet had been installed. And I’ll tell ya what…it was worth the wait. I love having the carpet on our stairs!

Flooring

The flooring installation was smooth sailing so there’s not much to add here, but I needed to dedicate a section of this post to it because the wood floors in our whole home were installed in one day. ONE DAY y’all!! It was unbelievable to me and we absolutely love our floors! They aren’t true hardwood, which would be a dream, but we love them none the less. Our floors are LVT (luxury vinyl tile) and the colors are Dockside Boardwalk (for whole house flooring) and Waterfront Max051 for Hailey’s room.

Oh! One thing I would recommend doing is requesting the floors stay covered until all touch-up paint is done – basically until they’re ready to clean and prep for final walk through. LVT floors will be covered for at least 3 days after install as a requirement for that type of flooring, but I’m not really sure why they wouldn’t just leave them covered until the very end. Maybe there’s a reason I’m not aware of, but definitely ask about it so the floors stay as nice as possible before you move in! Luckily, the only issue we ran into was the paint speckles, which if you come over and visit today I can still show you some 🙂

Countertops

And then there’s what I would say was the most exciting part of this phase…countertops! I was practically giddy at work the day I knew our countertops were being installed; I could not wait to see them! Things were pretty smooth sailing with this installation. The only ‘issue’ we had here was missing splash guards in the master bath and kitchen. I think that’s what they are called…extremely possible there’s a more accurate name, but I’m talking about the counter piece that lines up against the wall. It was a very easy fix; they were ordered and installed within the next week and our builder was there when they got delivered to make sure they were in perfect condition before being installed.

Lastly, our final plumbing and electric work was completed. When you’re building a house being able to turn on a faucet and see running water becomes far more exciting than it ever should be! And if you’re building in the country and using a well for water seeing nice clear water come out that faucet takes your excitement to the next level! Even with this pretty sight, know that you’ll probably still be expected to do a well treatment before moving in. We did this and also had a water softener and water filter installed so the water that comes through our fridge is filtered. It’s a little pricey upfront, but will last for many years. The water softener at minimum is highly recommended so you don’t have the harsher well water running through your appliances, sinks and showers.

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One more post to go for construction!! Then it’s on to some fun stuff…maybe a printable homeowners’ responsibility checklist? Moving tips? Settling in and decorating? Coming “soon”! 🙂

 

Have a beautiful day!!

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The Making of our Dream Kitchen

The posts in my home building series are filled with lots of words and as much as I love to read, sometimes I also just like to look through photos! And if that speaks to you too, you’re going to love this post! I thought it would be fun to look back at our kitchen being built from start to “finish”. I put finish in quotes, because we still have a few finishing touches to add to call it complete! I also included all the good details on our selections for cabinets, countertops, backsplash, lighting and appliances at the end of the post! Enjoy!!

June 27th

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July 3rd

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July 26th

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August 2nd

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August 9th

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August 14th

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August 31st

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October 5th

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Watching your dream home being built is a remarkable process! Now let’s get to the details!

Cabinets

  • Our cabinets from Schumacher are Level 2, Spring Valley Maple Square painted Cotton. Each cabinet has satin nickel round knobs (you can mix and match styles of hardware if you’d like, maybe one style on cabinets and another on drawers) I’m so happy with the white color, they’ve been staying nice so far and are easy to clean!

Countertops

  • We decided to make a last minute upgrade to our countertops during our pre-construction meeting when comparing the options side by side one last time. There really is a significant difference between the Level 2 and Level 3 options and countertops were not something we wanted to worry about replacing later. The one we chose is quartz and the color is Eternal Calacatta Gold.

Backsplash

  • With white cabinets and a light countertop, our subway tile backsplash adds the perfect amount of contrast in the middle! The subway tile is a Level 2 (size 4×12), the color is Modern Dimensions Desert Gray and the grout color is Frost.

Pendant Lighting

  • I bought our pendant lights from Home Depot and I absolutely love them! Like the backsplash, they add another layer of contrast that works so well in the kitchen! They were fairly simple to install (by my husband of course) and came with Edison bulbs which I love for the cozy factor. Find them here 

 

A quick note before we jump into appliances: look (or wait) for sales and research price match opportunities!! I did not buy a single appliance at full price!

 

Refrigerator

  • Is it impossible to shop for appliances or what? Too many reviews – some are great, some are terrible. So to make fridge shopping easy, I ordered the same one my parents have 🙂 I’ve been really happy with it! The only thing you have to watch is the crisper drawers can get very cold. I’m talking I’ve had carrots freeze in there! I made a few small adjustments and switched around how I store a few things and it’s been totally fine! It’s quiet and works well! Find it here!

Wall Oven/Microwave Combo

  • I love our oven/microwave combo! It looks so nice in the wall and has worked perfectly! The microwave also doubles as a convectional oven; however, I haven’t used it for that yet. This type of unit will cost you a bit of money. I didn’t realize just how much until I started shopping for it and already had the kitchen cabinetry cut out, but I’ll tell you it’s worth every penny and I expect it to last a while! We bought this one!

Dishwasher

  • Y’all! this is the quietest dishwasher I’ve ever had!! Allen actually opened it the other day while it was running; it’s that quiet! That also leads to one of my two pet peeves though…it doesn’t lock when it’s running?? I need to look into this. Second, it dries the dishes very well, but the dishwasher walls themselves stay wet. Does this make sense? I don’t know, but it’s so lovely in every other way that I’m going to do a little research on these two items and continue to recommend it. I even ran it during our family get together this past Saturday and nobody knew!

Cooktop

  • I wasn’t sure about a black cooktop on our white counters surrounded by stainless steel appliances, but it looks beautiful! It’s been working perfectly since day one and is easy to clean with the appropriate cooktop cleaner! We bought this one!

Decor

  • Lastly, this basket is my favorite piece of decor in the kitchen! Granted, I don’t have much more #lessismore. 🙂 Naturally, it’s from Magnolia Market as is the dish towel. This is a large basket, but it was perfect for our oversized island. Find the basket here ;the dish towel must be hiding somewhere on their website, because I can’t seem to locate it right this minute! Luckily, they have plenty to choose from so I say have fun shopping around!

Questions? Leave me a note in the comments! Hope this post was fun and helpful!!

Have a beautiful day!

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Roasted Butternut Squash & Cranberries

There are a couple things in life I’ve just been drawn to for as long as I can remember. One of those things is the holidays. When I was little I would spend an entire afternoon decorating my room for Christmas setting up my own tree and hanging lights, my Grandma always sewed us holiday pajamas and my CD player only held Christmas CDs. I distinctly remember the fireplace burning and music playing in the background every Christmas morning as we opened gifts and waited for breakfast to be ready and I can never Read More

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Superhero Muffins

These superhero muffins – no, I didn’t come up with that cool name myself – are in the newest cookbook added to my little collection, ‘Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow’. It’s written by an Olympian marathoner and her college roommate now chef. I discovered it last time we had dinner at my sister in law’s house and honestly every time they say Read More

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Taco Stuffed Peppers – Halloween Edition

After I moved in with Allen over eight years ago, I quickly got in the habit of looking for recipes or ideas to make ‘fun food’. Hailey was, and is, a pretty picky eater so I wanted to get creative to help her branch out a little bit and also because it was just plain fun. I made colored pasta, smoothies (with veggies, shh) in cute glasses accessorized with Read More

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Canning Red Beets

It took me a little while to get this next blog post written, because we recently moved into our new house!!! It’s been exciting and exhausting, but we’re having fun making the house our home and adding a cozy factor to every room! And now another summer canning season has come and gone. To wrap up the canning series on the blog I’m ending with red beets! I don’t know if you’d agree that I saved the best for last, but I did save the easiest for last. My grandma and I canned 8 quarts of beets in the morning and still had plenty of time to spend the afternoon in Amish country having lunch and shopping with my Mom! The only disclaimer worth mentioning before we jump into the step by step instructions is Read More

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