What is this??? It is a drain on the deck off our living room...the black gooo around it is roofing tar. When you come visit, this will be covered with wonderful stone.
These silver "ducks" are part of our cooling/heating system. I think they are air-return vents??? Jerry, help! They are located high in the ceiling over the kitchen and dining room.
This room will by my space, the quiet space of the house. No TV, but if you look close those audio speakers are there. It is the only room on the third floor and will be a fun place to hang out, work on digital photos and read good books..lucky, lucky me.
Remember those fast dry wall hangers I told you about in the blog.... here is there work in the Laundry!
This is shot from just outside the bottom floor entry door up towards the deck outside the dining room. The door and windows to the right are Tim's study. Don't you just love that chimney... and the dark spot just above it is a lovely spot on my camera sensor! I didn't edit any of these photos.
I mentioned waiting for a concrete pour on my blog. The day our exercise room stair foundation was poured the 5 foot wide path to the dock was poured as well. This is at the foot or our property and will give easy access to all the other home owners as well.
This view is from our neighbors driveway. I must admit I am glad we are towards the last to build, and not have to deal with all of the construction stuff for soo many years. All of the grey Tymar sides will have evergreen shingle covering them. Our goal is to have the house blend in with the environment.
Another peak of the "over garage room"
Late afternoon sun through the dining room windows.... The wires and stuff on the floor are for a dishwasher and sink. The big board in the backgound is a piece of dry wall. The bits are of blue are tape Tim and I put down many months ago to help figure out the kitchen lighting.
Will it ever be done????
Here is a fun close up of one of the columns and the wall behind. This is located next to the "Garden Room " door.
Tim thinks of nearly everything. This is a low light on the decking area in front of the dining room.
Techno Tim thinks of everything. There are lots of these speaker wires/frames throughout the house. If you are building a house and trying to keep in budget, this is not one of the things you add. It is interesting, Tim is techno for audio and sound, and I am for computers... go figure... wish he did it all!
This is a view into the dining area (bright windows), entry; dark doorway, and Tim's office; light door way. The photo is taken from the space behind my third floor office.
The first room to have dry wall hung is the utility room. You can see the electrical boxes on the right. To the left, out of site is the area where all the hot water and in-floor heating stuff will go. The plumbers will come in soon and add the boiler to make sure everything is working perfectly, and to dry out the house completely before the dry-wall is sealed.
Beam work, I think when all is said and done and 30 years have passed, and maybe we have passed, folks will look at Mark's beams and say "Wow!" I hope young folks will still care enough to learn the "trades" to keep these wonderful works in top-notch shape.
I took this shot from the newly poured pathway. It will be fun to look at the changes next year. And once landscaping takes over this view will not be the same. Things grow very fast here in the the NW.
Here is a close up (bit washed out) view of Henry's work. If you don't like it, don't come visit, as we will have his work and these stones throughout the property! Or if you chose to come visit be prepared to say "oh, interesting."
This picture is taken from the front of the garage. You see the kitchen windows,then the front porch and the windows in the master bedroom closets at the left. The house on the far left was the first one built in our cove of 9 houses.
Ah, every once and a while, I just have to turn around and take a picture of the reasons we are spending a couple of years of our life to build this house.
Here is a fun shot of the roofers. The dirt in the foreground is on our neighbors lot...their house will sit at an angle off the back edge of our house.
Wow, drywall is hung in the kitchen. The dark holes are were the lights will go in the ceiling to illuminate the counter top and cook top. We really hope the money we spent for a lighting consultant pays off! The 3 windows are dormers...they will give a lot of natural light to the room.
Did you ever wonder what was behind your light switches??? I think the orange foam is a recent addition. Any place there was a big or small, and I mean small hole, this fire-retardant foam is applied. The yellow fluffy stuff is insulation.
Here is a great example of framing, insulation and windows. The wide boards are backing for the stair hand rails. Makes me happy to see these, as I often swing down a set of stairs using my arms a lot more than my legs!
This is the stair case to the lower floor. The light is shining through the windows, it looks a bit mysterious now, but when all is done it should feel welcoming.
Our favorite part of the house, Henry's rock wall. We also love the wood ceiling Koda (Siding King) as put under the living room porch....and the details around the windows...not to mention Mark (the Fab Framers beam work). Bottom line, we have really appreciated all the work that has been done on our house.
This shot shows you why the roofers have moved so slow. Every single change of the sides makes aneven more dramatic change at the roof. This shot shows 6 roof changes, my camera didn't capture two more! And then there is the garage and exercise room.
A little further down the path. The lot to our north is waiting to be sold. At the left in the back you can see the angle of wood siding for the stairs to the exercise room over the garage.
This is my fun unexpected, pushed the budget way over the top, but Thank you very much Jerry, room. This is over the garage. These windows are at about street level and look to the forest beyond. The room is twice the size of our first apartment and will be perfect for so many things. When we move in; this will be the perfect room for Yoga and Thi Chi....and Poker, and kids watching their videos and sleeping close, but not on top of parents room...
The bluegreen tarp is flying over the mudroom which is the space between the house and the garaged. It is protecting the inside of the house until the roof is finished. Remember we have moved to a rainy climate!
This is shot of our living room from the door that goes out onto the deck. I will be able to look at the fireplace and the large screen TV from my cook-top in the kitchen. We are planning to have this fireplace covered with Henry's artist stone work.
The wonderful rock detail continues. The rock on the waterside of the house is nearly finished. It is really fun to watch these artist work. We really love the warm colors of this Montana Ledge Stone.