Happy Happy Joy Joy

OK, only super cool peeps will know where this title came from! (Ren & Stimpy-circa 1995)

Anyway…it’s definitely reflective of my mood at the close of construction yesterday.  Chris’s crew finally lowered the porch rails six inches and they look so nice. The height fits the scale of the small house, plus when we sit on the porch we can see the lake without having the rails in the way. Here’s the before and after:






Yes the difference is subtle, but notice that the the original height rails intersect the windows and the lowered ones fall just below the window trim. That bugged me so much. Am I crazy? Yes, but that’s a whole other issue. Plus notice they painted the underskirt! I love how the green colors and the red door look together. We’ll also have working shutters on the two front windows and they’ll match the door.

When we’re finished, the house will have “cartoon” colors and look much like a storybook cottage. They say that the older we get, the more our eyes appreciate bright and varied color. By that rule, I must be 147 years old. Thanks for following. I’m having way too much fun.

Please Be Patient!

Debbie, out house is not the only one under construction at the Waters! (Said Jim about 100 times this week). OK, I’m trying to be patient, but dang it, I’m ready to move in! So here are all the things that have happened so far this week.


More paint.

But as you can see part of the metal roof is off (they had to remove it to finish the chimney) and THEY STILL HAVE NOT LOWERED THE PORCH RAILS!  (Breathe, Debbie breathe). It’s all good. It will happen. Just not on “Debbie time”.

Janet & April worked hard cleaning up the construction debris in the yard and believe it or not, this looks a lot better!


Side yard and retaining wall.

We’ll have sod here, and a small tree. The cinder blocks will be covered in stone that will look a bit like this.


I took this picture by a beautiful house in our neighborhood. I’M COPYING YOU KATHY & EDDIE!

They’ve completed the electric, plumbing and HVAC too, but that stuff is so boring to me. Here’s a picture if you’re just DYING to see the lovely wires and vents…



I’m finally happy with how the back of the house is coming along. There has been a ton of junk in the carport and behind the porch, but it’s been cleaned up quite a bit and I can see how it will look a bit better now.


I wanted to drive my Subaru under the carport for fun, but Jim wouldn’t let me because of nails. He’s such a tyrant!


I’m taking this pic from our neighbor Tracy’s driveway. We will have to cut his knockout roses way down when we build the fence and put stone on the retaining wall, but I’m sure they’ll grow back. I’ve tried to kill knockout roses and it just can’t be done.

Ta Ta For Now! Next week…SHEETROCK BABY!


GT Foam Home!

You cannot imagine how long I’ve been saving this title! I crack myself up!

IMG_6576We got spray foam insulation this week.

Not the most exciting element of home-building, but at least this means the drywall is not far behind.

IMG_6575Move in target is September. I don’t envy the contractors these days. It’s hot and muggy here in the hood. I’m happy to watch from the air-conditioned comfort of my Pink House. I’ll keep the Gatorade coming guys!

It’s So Easy Being Green

I wanted to wait a few more days to present the latest picture of the house, but I ran out of patience. I’m very happy with the results so far.


Ta Da!

They still have to lower the porch rails six inches and they aren’t finished with the trim or the underskirt, but I think you can get the picture of how it will eventually look. The dormer (and eventually the underskirt) is Rockwood Jade (Sherwin Williams) The siding is Recycled Glass and the door (and the future shutters) is Crabby Apple. The trim is Cotton White. I’m mildly disappointed that the contrast between the dormer shakes and the body of the house isn’t more pronounced, but maybe when it’s all done, I will see it better.

They’re doing lots of stuff inside the house, but it’s really too boring to take pictures of right now. Electric wiring, plumbing pipes and HVAC hoses are just not as fun as COLOR!