Monday, October 18, 2010


Today was the day. We signed the papers and the house is officially ours!!! We are still painting doors and have some little things to finish up. We have been taking boxes and stuff over that will fit in our cars. We have October 31 - November 6 off of work and will do the majority of the moving then. Hopefully by moving over a couple of weeks we won't be so stressed out and will have things a little more organized. One can hope can't she???? Better get to bed. Early day at work tomorrow but just wanted to update everyone.
No new pictures since everything pretty much looks the same as the last time.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Clean Up Day

Don't have any new pictures right now. Everything that is being done is stuff that doesn't really show up in a picture. The foam board insulation is all up in the basement. I have all the window trim and baseboard in the kitchen, livingroom and diningroom painted. Gary is on vacation this week so a lot more painting will get done. We are very close to being done. This Saturday is the last volunteer work day and is clean-up day. If anyone would like to come out and help, we could use your help. If you have rakes or shovels, you can bring those to help clean up and level out the yard. We have lots of machinery ruts.
I can't belive how far we have some since April 30th. I can't believe we will soon be in a house of our own!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

a Little of This and a Little of That

Here's a picture of the front of the house with the new front steps and railings.

In the close-up you can see that the porch light is up. We also have a doorbell.

Lights were put in the bedroom closets and shelves. Here's a picture just for you Kara of your bedroom closet.

The hall linen closet. The bathroom linen closet also has shelves like these.
The faucets are in and the water is running. The dishwasher is all hooked up.

Here is the stove.

These are the lights we picked out for the kitchen, livingroom hall and bedrooms. The dining room light is different and not up yet. The bathroom light isn't up yet either. All the lights were donated by the NH Electric Co-op.

Here's the bathroom sink and potty. Faucets are all installed here too. And, no there isn't a huge light streak going down the drawers, it's just how the flash made them look.
Been busy getting all the trim and baseboard ready to paint. Spent a lot of time sanding today. Debbie started painting some of the doors today since we didn't need to prep them

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Counter Top

I finally figured out how to download pictures to Mom's laptop. Here are some pictures of the kitchen with the countertop. I'll have to try and get over tomorrow and take some now that the stove and fridge are in. Gary and I put the knobs on the cabinet the other day.

A close-up of the counter top. The color is a little off but it gives you an idea of what it looks like.

The permanent steps were built for our entry porch on Friday. They look really nice. Gary has been working on getting the baseboards and window and door casings just how he wants. I'm just waiting till he gets to a point so I can start painting. I don't know what was done on Saturday, I haven't been back yet to see. There is a lot of little stuff to do and finish so it will take a little while and there is not a lot to take picures of. I will take what I can to keep everyone updated now that I know how to download onto mom's computer.
When I'm not working on the house or at the bakery, I'm sorting and trying to get things packed here at mom and dad's house.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Cabinets are in

Just a quick hi. The computer has been acting good the last couple of days so I decided to try to get some pictures put up here. These are a couple of weeks old. I need to get some updated pictures to put up. Here are the kitchen cabinets.

Here are the kitchen cabinets a couple of days later with the crown molding up. Paul, the site supervisor, had his finish carpenter put it up. He did a really fantastic job!!!!

And finally a close up of the crown molding.
I'll have to get some pictures today. A lot has happened since these were taken. Most of the interior doors are up, the dishwasher, washer and dryer are here and the counter top in in. The window and door trim is up and the baseboard is too. Just have to finish painting all that. I'll try to get some more pictures today. Have to get going...have to get a package sent off to Kara.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

wall colors and flooring

The last 3 weeks we have been painting, painting, painting. Paul, the site supervisor, was on vacation so it gave us the time to get the painting done. Yesterday and today were the first days back to work. The flooring was delivered during the week and they started to install it yesterday. The kitchen and dining room flooring is in. Gary's and my room is started. The vinyl flooring is installed in the bathroom.

Here is part of the vinyl flooring in the bathroom. Gives you an idea of what it looks like.

I sort of did this backwards, but here is the flooring in our bedroom.

This is a closer view of the flooring in the kitchen.

The kitchen

The other half of the room, the dining area. In both these pictures you can see the flooring and the green wall color.
This is Alex's blue room. We talked him out of going with a dark blue. I should say, Kara talked him out of it.

This is the blue in Gary's and my room.

Kara's bright green room.

These next 2 pictures are of the livingroom. The walls are a light buttery yellow but they don't show up really well in these pictures.

Last but not least is the blue bathroom.

Kara and I left today to head out to Houghton. She comes out a week early since she is helping out with freshmen orientation and training for leading a freshmen group the first half of the semester (FYI). We stopped at the house on our way out of town. The kitchen cabinets were just arriving. It was hard to leave since I really wanted to help. Now I have to wait until Monday to see them and to see how far the floors came along. The window sills have also been cut and are sitting in the windows.
Things are coming along really fast! The move in date keeps getting moved up. They are talking about September 8th now. I will believe it when we are actually in the house. A lot can happen between now and the 8th.
Time to go and let Kara have her computer back.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

July 30 and July 31

Sorry I didn't get these posted last week! Once again our computer was in the shop!

Welcome to Debbies Hard Rock Cafe! People seem to gather on these rocks under the pine trees to eat lunch. Debbie thought we should call it the Hard Rock Cafe so we surprised her one morning with a sign.

During the week, the sheet rockers, finished taping the walls. We sanded and then started priming the walls. The 3 bedrooms were finished. This is Karas room. I won't bore you with pictures of all of them.

We've been wanting to take down this over grown bush for a while, so Alex took on that task.

Here's what it looks like now. The apple tree should be much happier to have the extra space.

This is how far they got on the front of the house. Almost done!!!
Paul, our site supervisor, is on vacation for 2 weeks so there won't be anymore build days until August 20th. We will be busy though, when we aren't at work. We get to paint the rooms!!! Kara, Alex and I went out the other day and primed most of the rest of the house. We ran out of primer and couldn't finish.
The front of the house is now all sided except for the white flashing running along both peaks. I still need to get a picture.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 23 and 24

Hi! I finally have a chance to get on the computer! Here are the pictures from last week. This is the master bedroom. You can see that the taping has started.

Kara's room

Alex's room. His room is between the living room and Kara's room. Since it only has one window, it tends to be the darkest room and he wants to paint it a dark blue!!! I'm trying to mediate between him and Gary and get a lighter blue with maybe one wall a darker blue!

This is part of the bathroom. With it's shape, it is hard to get a picture of it.

The entry closet. It will be nice to have a closet to put coats in as people come into the house. Then they don't get dumped where ever!!

The dining area, taken from the kitchen.

The kitchen, taken from the dining area.
And, last but not least the living room.

So, as you can see the house is really coming along!! Now we can actually see what the room look like.

Here's where the siding was when we finished last week. The only side that isn't done is the front.

Gary and I went over yesterday evening to do some picking up around the house. I'd better get off of here and get out to the house to work!! It will be exciting to see how far we get today and tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just a Quick Post

We finally have our computer back. I will get pictures uploaded as soon as I can fight my way onto our computer. On Dad's right now. It will probably be after work tomorrow. I'm hoping to get out to the house tomorrow and do some clean-up. Lots of siding pieces laying around the ground and other stuff. Would like to get it all picked up before work starts on Friday. We think the sheetrock guys were coming back this week to do more work. It will be interesting to see how much is done. When we went Monday or Tuesday to take some measurements, just about everything had one coat of the mud on. I can't believe how fast this is all going!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Computer's Down and Sheetrock is Almost Up!

Just wanted to let you know that my computer is in the shop so I don't know when I will be able to post pictures. It's too hard to figure out Dad's computer to upload pictures from it. It's been exciting this week. The sheetrock is almost all up in the house!!! I can't believe it. A sheetrocking crew has volunteered their time to do this!! Wow!!
The other volunteers have gotten alot done on the siding! It's so exciting. It's hard not to think that we'll be in soon but lots can happen to slow things down. I keep telling myself not to get too excited but it's hard not to. It will be interesting to see how far everyone gets tomorrow. I have to work until 2:00 so about all I'll be able to do is some clean-up like I did today.
Hopefully the techs can figure out what is wrong with our computer and fix it before too long. I know blog posts without pictures are no fun!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Friday, July 16 and Sat, July 17

Busy weekend. I went over to the house site both Friday and Saturday after work. Gary made it over on Friday too. I spent a lot of time in the basement. At least it was cool there!!! I was chiseling off ridges(?) in the seams of the cement. Not sure what to call them, Burrs? They were sharp edges sticking out along the seams and they had to be chiseled off before the foam insulation can be put up. My arms and back are sore and achy today. I also have bruises on a couple of knuckles that I kept hitting with the hammer when I missed the chisel!
The insulation is all in on the main floor and in the edges along the ceiling in the basement! That was fast! It was interesting seeing it being blown in. Insulation will be blown into the attic once the sheet rock is on the ceiling. Speaking of sheet rock, we have people coming on Tuesday to put up the sheet rock!!! I can't believe it is time to sheet rock already! I think they are related to one of the college volunteers and do this professionally and are volunteering their time for our house. How great is that? I still can't believe how fast this is coming along. Before I know it, It will be time to paint and I'll have to actually make a decision on the paint colors!!!

Besides the insulation, the guys finished the siding on one side of the house. I really like how it looks!

This is how it looks on the other 2 sides:

And, they started to put siding on the front.
Thought I would show you the basement. Not much to look at but it is another part of the house that I haven't shown yet. This picture was taken from the bulkhead door stairs.
This one was taken from the back corner looking towards the bulkhead stairs.
Can't wait to see what the house looks like with the sheet rock up!! SSOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another Flooring Sample

Here's another flooring sample for you. This is the vinyl for the bathroom floor. It has 9 inch squares. I'm trying to pick flooring that will be pretty neutral so we can paint the walls just about any color we want. Now that I have this sample we can go and pick out the color for the bathroom sink.

I've decided that Gary needs to make some nesting houses to put up at the house. We've had fun watching the birds that use the houses at Mom and Dad's. This year we have a pair of Great Crested Flycatchers. Hopefully we'll be lucky enough to see the babies take their first flight. Last year we had White Breasted Nuthatches in the birdhouse and Alex and I were lucky enough to see the babies take off.
Here are Mom or Dad Flycatcher