Wednesday, January 06, 2016

a long overdue update on the new house adventure...



It's been just over 4 months since breaking ground.  The exterior of the house is about complete except for porch steps and the yard has been graded and grass seed planted in the front.  At that point, winter weather finally arrived and the landscaper was unable to seed the back.
At the parsonage I have been packing up whatever we don't absolutely need and we have been gradually moving things over.  There is still a lot of finish work to be done inside, which we will be doing ourselves.  It will be much easier once we get moved in, as the daily driving back and forth from the rental is wearing thin.  One thing we wanted done first, was to have the Belle Foret apron front sink installed in the pantry so that it could be used while we finish the kitchen.  I was really excited about this sink and eagerly awaiting its arrival yesterday; I was severely disappointed when I opened the box to this...



 
All the rooms have at least one coat of paint and some are finished, except for the living room which is storing the white oak flooring...


This is how the flooring looks in our bedroom.  Our 25 year old son installed it himself, having never put down wood flooring before.  After a few pointers from Mike, he got started and did a fabulous job.  He went on to do the spare room and the kitchen as well for which we are so grateful!...



This is looking through the pantry to the laundry room, before the appliances and pantry cupboard were moved in.  Mike rented a buffer to apply the finish--we used Rubio Monocoat Oil, which is a natural and non VOC product.  I love the natural look it gives...


Below are some of the kitchen and pantry cabinets that I started priming.  The flooring in this room was just sealed with Rubio yesterday, so I can't wait to get down there and see how it came out...


It's been a crazy whirlwind few months, and I can't wait to get moved in and get everything completed.  Christmas just didn't seem quite the same this year, as I didn't decorate--other than this little live tree, which will later be added to our landscape.  Right now it sits in a corner of our new bedroom, surrounded by moving boxes just out of view.  


I hope your holidays were good and wish all of you the best in the New Year.  Thank you, as always, for visiting and for your comments.  One of my New Year's resolutions is to get back to this space much more often!

Deb

29 comments:

  1. Looks great! My kitchen sink was lost, then showed up damaged. The replacement barely arrived before our promised move in date (we hosted a party 2 days later)! I'm watching for your little updates on Instagram. 😉

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    1. Thanks Sheila! The broken sink is a bit of a set-back for us, but we'll figure something out :(
      Deb

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  2. Oh it is going to be so beautiful!!! I LOVE that front porch!

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    1. I love it, too! EVERY HOUSE needs a front porch!! This is so pretty.

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  3. It's looking good! I love the flooring in the bedroom. What a pity, though, about the broken sink! Surely, the company will make thing right and replace it, won't they?

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  4. Oh no, the sink!! The floors look lovely. So nice that your son is able to help you, what memories you're making for this new house now.

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  6. The floors and the rest of the house are looking fabulous! I'll have to look into the Rubio Monocoat, as the natural product we used wore away quickly in the much traveled areas.

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  7. Everything looks beautiful already (especially the flooring! Good job!) I am so sorry about the sink. Once my husband dropped our $1000 flush-up toilet (although I guess the one part wasn't worth all that) and to this day, it is glued together at the base. (And went on to last up to 15 years). But I can see your sink is a total loss. So is life, sadly! Andrea

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  8. Adore the clean slate! How exciting for you Deb!

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  9. I love this beautiful farmhouse look! Cannot wait to see the various stages of progress ahead. So sorry about the broken sink. Rats! Keep us posted and thank you for sharing.

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  10. Know you are ready to be done, but you have come a very long time no way and it is Lovely!

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  11. Wow, those floors are gorgeous. So happy to see that things are moving along nicely.

    God bless.

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  12. Everything looks so lovely, although I feel your pain over that box of broken sink. Hope it gets resolved quickly, the kitchen sink is the heart of our home. Thanks for the update, love following your IG photos too!

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  13. The floors and nearly-finished rooms are looking gorgeous - so excited for you to get in and continue all the Deb-touches. That must have been quite a fall for such a heavy duty sink! Hope you can find a solution to get back on track with plans. It is just looking lovely.

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  14. It all looks absolutely charming, Deb. Having been through it ourselves, I know the pictures can't convey the hours and hours of hard work. You're all doing a great job! It won't be long before you're all cozily tucked into your new home.

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  15. Deb I've been thinking of you over the last few days -- how good to see your post and your progress. Bummer about the sink but, oh, those floors!

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  16. Your floors are beautiful! So sad about your sink, I can imagine your disappointment. I hope it doesn't take long to get a replacement. Everything looks so lovely.

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  17. Things are really moving along for you so fast!!! I know how anxious you all must be....we've been 'under construction' for about the same time, simply an expansion and renovation to a teeny guest house in our backyard, and you are FAR closer to the finish line than we are!!! I'm hoping by mid-February I can finally get all the stuff that's being stored in our little living space back in the guest house!!!) (hee hee---'guest house' sounds so la-de-da, doesn't it? We live in about 1000 sq ft bungalow; the GH is about 600 sq ft with the addition!!! )

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  18. It looks so fresh and lovely! Your son did a marvelous job on the floors! Exciting times and I wish you every happiness.

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  19. So sorry to see your poor sink; what a disappointment. The floors are beautiful - great job done by all. I am looking forward to seeing your new pantry. Thank you for sharing your progress with all of us.

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  20. Oh wow... this is so good to read... regarding your progress and even your setbacks. My husband and I are considering the possibility of building in the next to near future. This gives hope and encouragement. Especially the part of doing a lot of the work "yourself"... I may have to pin this post to refer back to. :)

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  21. So sorry about the sink... hope it can be replaced.
    Your home is going to be absolutely amazing.
    We moved into our two bedroom house with six people expecting to stay 6 months. It's been six years! I hope someday to move into a home that is our own.
    Blessings!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  22. Deb, It is going to be just beautiful! I know you are ready to be in:)
    ~Darby

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  23. It seems that your home is progressing nicely. Glad that your son was able to do the floor. My husband and I laid our own flooring last summer in our bathroom, but we actually used boards that he had cut himself and then we stained and sealed.

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  24. It's looking fabulous! How exciting! When we put down oak floors in our house, we had varnish on them at first, but a few years later we stripped them and put on an oil finish. It's SO much better and so much easier to live with.

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  25. I love the mixed colors of the wood! That is very special!

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  26. Wow Deb, Happy New Year and a lovely new house, well done to Anthony the flooring is beautiful, looking forward to seeing the end results. Best wishes Claire Xx

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  27. Looking great, love the floor

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