Today marks four months and 2 days since construction started on our dream home.
|April 24, 2017|
|August 18, 2017|
Wow!!! Somehow, the installation of the windows flipped a switch in me – it now feels and looks like a house. But I am getting ahead of myself. Since my last update on July 27, the team placed the last of the tongue-and-groove planks for the ceiling/roof, fitted the windows, and began the board-and-batten process on the outside of the house and garage.
Windows in dining room/kitchen - upper left
Boards on basement for board and batten
Close-up of tongue-and-groove
on sun room ceiling
Master bathroom window (left)
Master closet window (right)
Note trim log added to cover up some of the
foundation - creating a more finished look
|Great room windows|
Although we have had very little rain in Montana, it's a relief for the whole house to be under roof.
Also, the team installed the custom stairs that lead you from the first floor to the loft. I love how the light shines through the second set of steps. And, we no longer have to climb the ladder to inspect the loft!
We've chosen green/gray shingles for the roof, which will coordinate well with the green trim on the windows.
Trim complete on two of the
Note progress on board and
batten on basement
|Board and batten complete on garage|
Are you ready for winter? It's just around the corner! Our mason applied the stone to the chimney, and the fireplace insert is also in place.
If you’ve built a house, you know that a construction site is always a bit of a pit. Given my bent for perfection, I have had to ‘overlook’ this aspect of the process. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help the sense of relief from some significant clean-up that has been completed in preparation for the next phases of the process. The site already looks more tidy!
This month rang in another major milestone in the life of the house - the first Midwest visitors to see it - my Mother, my eldest sister and Number One Son's girlfriend. What joy to give them a tour and a first-hand experience of our dream. It is likely the house will be finished the next time they visit; it will be fun to reminisce about how it looked 'way back when'! And a reminder to all our friends and family - you are always welcome!
Man with Hat shows off
We’ve begun meeting with our landscape designer, and are excited about the overall concept. Part of the design will include flower beds bordered with rock, and so we have begun to collect rock from our own property that can be used for the beds.
In the picture to the left, the cart contains a pile of knapweed plants; they are considered a noxious weed in our region and we are required to eradicate them. In our couple of days of manual labor, we might have touched a tenth of an acre (out of eight) with respect to pulling up the knapweed – this will be a long process!
Dust around a construction site is almost inevitable, but it is worsened by the lack of rain in Montana. As you can see in the picture to the right, the dust gave a (temporary) boost to my tan!
After this physical, hot and dusty effort, we rewarded ourselves with some beverages and healthy (not!) snacks.