Friday, April 28, 2017

House Build Progress: Walls, 2nd Floor and More



A lot has happened since my last update on the construction of our new farmhouse! We are LOVING seeing the progression of the build and are getting so excited about all our plans and dreams for our little homestead.



For one, the second floor framing has been completed and sheathing has been placed on the roof rafters and on the exterior. It has also been wrapped for protection and the subfloor is completed.

An oblique view of the rear elevation of the house

The "great room"--where the fireplace will be

Having all the framing complete makes it so much easier to envision actual room sizes and the feel with the light from the windows and traffic flow.

Since we don't really have a true "open" floor plan, having a living room that is two-stories high gives it a larger, more open feel and I love that. (Even if my husband thinks it's a waste of space!)

View of second floor framing from our bonus room facing west

View of the girls' bedroom and bathroom

Peeking into the kitchen facing south

They had to move the casement windows in the kitchen down a few inches (as much as they could) because I am fairly short and I couldn't see very well out of them. I wish they could have lowered them further but now according to code windows have to be higher due to required outlets that have to sit at the sink in between the counter and the windows, or something like that. They joked that the builder can make me a little pull-out stool under the sink cabinets to stand on and see better out those windows :)

Our front door, unstained

Another huge change is the installation of the windows and doors! We chose an all-wood DSA Mastercraft front door with four-lights-over-one-panel and matching sidelights and a transom of five lights. We plan to stain this door with a walnut colored stain. I am planning to devote an entire post to the windows soon, but I'll briefly describe them here: we chose a JELD-WEN all wood double-hung window, two-over-two sash that has an aluminum-clad exterior in dark bronze. The windows will be trimmed out and painted white on the interior.





The back French doors with transom leading to the screened porch are a Plastipro fiberglass, six-lights-over-one-panel that will be painted. I'm think I'm going to go with a dark grey or charcoal color for these. Already we know that our favorite room in this house is probably going to be this glorious screened porch.



The only other door is our laundry door leading to the screened porch which is just a simple steel door with one light in the upper half. Nothing fancy for that one.

Laundry room

Next week we are meeting the electrician and pretty soon we have to pick out all our flooring! Light fixtures too. So many decisions to make! It's starting to get a little overwhelming :)




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8 comments:

  1. Love all the natural light you'll have with plenty of windows. Looking forward to seeing the stain on that front door too! ~Miranda

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    1. Thanks!! Me too. I am a stickler for my windows that's for sure. I think I'm going with a walnut stain--I'm very happy with how the front door turned out.

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  2. I love it! You'll never regret a tall ceiling or beautiful windows. So exciting. Good luck with the upcoming decisions!

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    1. Thanks! I know, right? I'm more afraid of regretting not putting enough windows in, haha! Although I think my husband would lose it as he thinks we already have too many.

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  3. Looks beautiful, Megan! Love your window choice - they are going to make such a statement! So exciting to see it come together!

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    1. Thank you! We are really pleased with the windows--I know I will love them so much.

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  4. What a beautiful home!! an exciting time for you too...enjoy
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. We are trying to enjoy the process--it certainly is exciting but a bit overwhelming too :)

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