Lights, Flooring, Cabinets and More!

Truth be told, I thought a Sunday Hike blog post would be fun today, but then I realized the pictures were on Ben’s phone, and now his computer, so I don’t have those photos … yet. I always debate the value of this blog, and whether I should even attempt to keep it up (I mean, I do so splendidly at it 😉 ). But, when I read something that was posted long ago, and I’m glad there was record of it.

We’ve been in our house for two months now. “What?!” Paige said yesterday, “It seems like our old house never existed!” I’m not sure I feel quite the same as Paige, but with all our work around this place, updating what happened in the past doesn’t excite me. Maybe it should, as it’s a reminder of how much got accomplished in the past few months!

So, here we go … last I left off, we were painting walls. We got to the point where we thought we could do a pretty good job painting in our sleep. 😉 LOL! (You’ll be able to see most of the paint colors in the following pictures.) Then our realtor convinced us to paint a couple rooms in our old house, and that almost put us over the painting edge.

Needless to say, seeing some of the finishing work happen around the new house was very exciting. Each step made it look more like a home.


Living Room lights.


What’s that white stuff? I guess it was still winter. 😉021

Dad moving the doors to the correct rooms.


Mr. Drost became an expert in door knob installation, as well.030

Toilets are good! and the first bathroom floor was in, too. 031

Same bathroom. Different view.029

All of our cabinets filled up the living/dining room. That was an exciting day!040

It was also very exciting to see kitchen cabinets installed!042_1

More tile started to go in. This is in our mudroom and looking into the entry hall. 065

A bathroom vanity and flooring!



Window trim (above) and door trim (below).



We stained and varnished all the stair railing parts. Oh. Yes. We. Did. 073_1

Railing and tile installed in the entryway (above) and basement (below).


The master bathtub was in the living room for a while. And I see more wood in the background that we had to varnish for a couple pocket door jams. (I notice this is the second picture with just Andrew and Paige. Morgan is probably outside with the cats.)


The space for the tub got tile.


And the shower, too.129

And then it was all finished and pretty. (Minus the shower door.)


Shower accessories optional.028

The bathroom vanity tops got put on. (This color was my favorite. Too dark for the kitchen, but I love it in our master bath!)


The basement kitchenette cabinets (used) were arranged and rearranged until we found a decent fit.045_1

Then, some of the basement flooring went in.


(Every kid goes through the “I can’t take a normal photo” stage.)


Then, the hardwood in the dining room went in. We are grateful for friends who helped us out!



The girls might have preferred we kept it a dance floor.074_1

Then the kitchen counters arrived! Who knew laminate could look so pretty?073_2


Here we see a bit of the hardwood, a bit of the kitchen counters and a lot of the French doors in their finished form.

The carpet arrived in stages, to coordinate moving stuff around to make room for the carpet. We all felt a bit like Paige, below, when the first of it arrived.083092

004Our final big painting project was the “brick” at the end of this hall and in our family room. (You’ll see these are out of order, as the stair railing is not installed in this picture, and some of the wall still needed paint.) 003_1 I should go back and reorder these, cause I see the boxes of basement flooring in this pic, but who really cares, right? 😉 We had to prime/seal the concrete with white, then paint the red, then re-paint the white “mortar” lines. It was a job. But, we like how it turned out. Better than just a plain color.

I think I’ll stop for now. This post has gotten rather long. I have now acquired the hike photos, so maybe that post will come soon. And maybe it won’t.



Two posts, two days in a row? Don’t get used to this pace.

Once the “guts” of the house were in, the next steps are to insulate and put up the drywall!

We did some of the framing in the basement ourselves. And by “we” I don’t mean “me.” Although, I did become an expert at installing insulation. Itch. Itch.149Once the insulation was in, we took some time to write on the wall studs, since they were about to be covered up. I might have written something about Ben washing dishes near the kitchen sink.


177Window, wendoe. Take your pick.185171


178184More insulation upstairs.192

191And a, “this is your last chance to walk thru the walls” picture.193The wall they were walking thru is below in the closet. It was sooooo exciting to see the drywall go up! It was weird to not be able to see all the way to the other side of the house, but it started to really feel like a home.205It was hard to take pictures at night because there were only a few temporary lights in the smoke detector holes, so this is our guest bedroom.204Paige is in the doorway to the master bedroom. I guess Ben will have to really duck to get in. 😉212Here are some daylight pictures of the dining/living room. Below shows the sheetrock with the mud to cover joints and screw holes.023_2Then it got texture and primer.014The basement family room:003 Below is a radio. I had to take a photo to remind us of the moment we pulled up to the house on a Saturday morning. There was a crew of guys hanging sheetrock in the garage, and we could hear their Mexican music blaring while we were still in our car. It was just a moment to remember, because there will likely never be Mexican music blaring from our house again. 047More stuff upstairs, including the entryway.019Morgan in the mudroom/laundry.

024And then they started the paint supplies band. Or something like that.


033034 (The kids are wearing paint clothes. Just to clarify why Morgan’s pants would probably fit Paige. 😉 )

We started painting the house on Christmas Eve morning, cause we know how to rock the holidays. The entry hall and stairway got the first paint. “Functional Gray.”


039_1We didn’t take a lot of pictures of the painting process, except when the kids helped paint their bedrooms. They had a “snow” day due to the frigid wind chill, so we braved the weather and got some painting in that day. The kids did a pretty good job helping! Dad joined us after work and we cranked out the first coat in each bedroom. The pics below show you the colors they picked out for their rooms. You might need sunglasses in Morgan’s space. 028


031_1032_1034_1035Paige got some paint in her hair, and was quite concerned about it. The only way for her to see it out at the house was for me to take a picture and show it to her. Thank goodness for digital! 😉033_1You will be able to see some of the other colors as I catch up on the rest of my posts. No promises for when that will be.






Electric and Plumbing and HVAC, Oh My!

Oh yeah, we have a blog! Our poor, neglected blog. Thanks for still reading this stuff! It’s time to get updated on the house. Andrew just saw some of the photos below and said, “I miss when our house was like that.” It is funny to look back and see the “guts” of the house that are now hidden from sight. I’m not sure I miss it, but the kids did have a lot of fun running around and in between the walls.

After the house got enclosed, the electrical, plumbing and HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) could all get started. We eventually took pictures of every wall so we can have some reference for where stuff is located in the future, but I’ll spare you all those pictures. (I should probably look through them soon and label them, or we will totally forget what they are anyway.) It is quite interesting to know what is behind your walls! So many things are needed to get it to all fit in and work right.

May I introduce you to our furnace:087Then, the furnace started growing appendages, sprawling to the far ends of the house.017Some runs go up and some go down, but most of the spaces between the floor joists got filled.088Ben and a couple friends did all the cable and internet wiring. They spent many hours out there on evenings and weekends. We are thankful for knowledgeable friends who give of their time. It takes a village. 022The kids got in some reading time one night while Dad worked. It is a little chilly without heat. 😉023Gas lines:049Plumbing and electrical:097143Our septic system went in, too.145144A new game they invented called “Roley Poley,” where they kicked PVC pieces down the stairs.157160The bottom of the stairs were blocked off to keep the worker’s portable heater from heating the entire house.031Electical boxes: (Are you bored yet?)007Some areas get pretty crowded, such as the mudroom/laundry room: 023_1And the stuff in the attic space is crazy!015And, yes, the vent pipes and drain pipes work well for telephone! 059I conclude this tour of our homes insides with our furnace, water heater and water lines. Although, they are not behind drywall, so you can come view them at your leisure. 081


Windows and Doors!

On a very rainy day in October, when the roof was not completely shingled and water was pouring into the east side of our house, we found a bit of joy in checking out our first window. We had quite the time ordering said windows, so it was nice to see them all arrive and even nicer to see them start to get installed.

This window is next to our front door and overlooks the front porch. (If you look outside the window, you can see the river in the front yard.)

188There is an identical window in the mudroom, so there were two windows!

193Here is a view of some windows from the outside on a day that was not so rainy.

198A few days later, there were lots and lots of windows! It was very exciting!

255Dining/Living Room:

256Master Bedroom:

257A view from outside behind the house:



265Then, we got a door into the garage:

269One window was still not in, so that was the easiest way into the house. 😉 We later found out that one window was not the right size, so they had to re-frame that window.


270You might also notice our French doors!

271And the view from inside:

274And then a front door! We might have to dust it daily, but oh well!

282And garage doors:

284A door from the master bedroom to the eventual deck:

286The view from the master bedroom door:

294And the door from the garage into the house:

295Here is the house! There is also now a stoop on the front to form our porch, but I apparently have not taken any pictures of that.



A Roof

Oh dear. We are quite behind on posts about the new house. I was waiting to post about the roof until it was completely completed. It took longer than we anticipated and life has been busy. So, here’s how the roof went on.

The first trusses went on the master bedroom and the front guest bedroom.001003Next up was some of trusses spanning the kitchen and master bedroom and the beginning of the garage.009 Then, the garage was finished.014The huge trusses that span the depth of the house were next to go up.016019Below is the view from somewhere in the living room.022Once the trusses are up, the various sections have to be joined together. The builders called it “stick building,” or something like that. It fixes the odd-looking pieces sticking up above the garage in the picture below by joining them to the garage trusses.024The same process has to happen on the front bedroom roofline as well. 023The garage got sheeting, and then the two sections were joined together.034001_1The same process was repeated wherever the various “sections” joined each other.035004002Half the roof was sheeted, and then the whole thing! There is a gap in the top for venting purposes.003_1Next up was the black paper stuff. (The technical term, I’m sure.)005039The garage side looks kinda funny, but it gets better. 😉041The house got all wrapped up like a present, and that was fun to see! It makes it look more like a house, and not just a bunch of wood. 008And, after a few more rain storms, the shingles were finally on! (You might notice a few windows, too, that got put in on a rainy day when only part of the roof was shingled. We’ll fill you in on the windows in another post.)197198It took a long time to be all covered on the top. If you look back at the first pictures, the corn in the background is still green. Ha! We are thankful we’ll have a nice roof over our heads.

Sunday Hike #11

Date: September 14, 2014

Location: Our Neighborhood

Distance: 1.3 miles

Critters Spotted: Geese, ducks and swans.

This “hike” was more of a walk. Paige had been requesting a “walk to the ducks,” which is what we have always called our walks to the cemetery at the end of our street. We have made many, many, many walks to the ducks over the years. It is something I will miss when we move from this neighborhood. I actually met one of our neighbors at the grocery store, years ago, when she said, “You must live on my street,” she said. “You always walk by with your baby during his fussy time!” Yep, that was us!

Now, that fussy kid was running ahead of us.

005One kid was still being fussy. Shoe issues. It’s always shoe issues.

006At the cemetery entrance.

007“Can I take a picture of your bad attitude?” Otherwise known as the mean mom picture. Feel free to NOT ask her about these photos. 😉

008Then, we reached the pond and the birds came begging for food.

009“We don’t have anything for you,” I said. “You should thank us!”

“Why?” Andrew asked.

“Because they really shouldn’t eat people food,” I said.

“Oh!” he replied. “Kind of like us and sugar. It’s not good for us, but we love it anyway!”

010“I love the duck with funny hair!” Morgan said. “His name is George Washington!” (See duck on the right below. His name is now George.)


012Having a bit too much fun chasing George.


014There were so many geese in the cemetery, in three separate large groups. It seems to early for the number of geese. We hope that is not a sign of winter coming soon. 😦


016We walked home along a different street that has no sidewalks. Thankfully all the fussiness was gone. Walks have a way of doing that.



Sunday Bike #1

Date: September 7, 2014

Location: Route from our house to Maple Ridge Assisted Living, now known as Homestead.

Distance: About 6 miles roundtrip.

Critters Spotted: Elephants! (OK, they were elephant figurines at the home of our old neighbor. Paige said she misses them.)

We decided to skip our Sunday Hike and do a Sunday BIKE instead! It is nice we are now road-worthy, with enough biking experience for the kids to brave a big ride! We didn’t take many pictures, but we traveled via streets and our local bike trail. We stopped at the assisted living place to visit our old neighbor, Gladys. We miss having her as a neighbor, but she is doing so well at her new place, and we are happy she can be there. We will have to bike to see her again sometime!

photo 3Paige rode the tag-along behind Dad.

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