Who Knew Drywall Could be so Exciting!

Well it is! OK, so this might be super confusing, but I’m going to try to walk you through our master bedroom, now that the walls are up. A little explanation first…

Jim and I decided to make the upstairs sort of like a nice hotel suite–main bedroom, sitting area, master bath, etc. We’ll also have a little mini-bar in in the sitting room where we’ll watch movies in our jammies and have beverages at night and coffee in the morning. The laundry room is just off the master bath too for ultimate convenience.

So we’ll walk upstairs and down a little hallway to the entrance of the room.


Our king bed will just fit between these casement windows with room for small end tables on either side.

The door you see to the right will be a pocket door to the bathroom. You might be able to see a closet door on the left. This is where the HVAC unit is housed, plus there is a bit more room for storage.

Now as I’m standing there, I look to my left and see a little dormer area. These windows look out the front at the Pink House. We’ll have a little fainting couch here and a coffee table. It will be a nice place to read a book or cuddle with a cat. 🙂


The center window is stationary. The sides are casement windows that open out.

OK, so I’ve turned around to face the bedroom entrance. Now I’m looking at the entrance to the sitting room. Our TV will be in here and a fancy futon (no seriously, they actually do make some really cool futons these days). The opening will have French doors. There will be a cabinet against the right wall with a mini-fridge, coffee pot, sink and a mirror. We’re having a small cabinet made for glassware, coffee mugs and other necessities.


This room will be an extension of our bedroom, but when we have overflow company it will serve as a comfortable guest room too.

Look thru the room and you can see a separate entrance for guests. The French doors to our bedroom will have curtain panels on them so they can close for guest privacy. The only drawback to this guest area is that they will have to either use the bathroom downstairs or come thru our bedroom to use ours. So who ever stays here will have to be a close friend or family member who would be comfortable hearing one of us snore. (Guess who?)


A closer peek into the sitting room.

Futon will go in the nook. There will be just enough room on either side for end tables with lamps. Secret storage closet to the left of this and beyond view is one of the small dormers poking out the back of the house. There’s also a clothes closet you can’t see with more secret storage behind it.

I’ll show the bathroom and laundry room in another post. It’s so fun to walk around and see actual walls and imagine our furniture in the house!

So here’s a cute picture of my mommy (Peg Peg) and Rowdy. She and my sister, Bob came for a very nice visit this week.


I’m the prettiest right?

Here’s a nice view from the front porch of the Green House.


Think PINK!

And finally…


Exterior painting basically done.

The only other additions to this will be a honey colored stained porch and stairs, plus shutters matching the color of the door.

Stop by and wander around inside. It’s getting really fun now!

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!