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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But, whenย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 roomsย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰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.ย 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.ย 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.ย 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.ย (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.)ย 003_1ย I should go back and reorder these, cause I see the boxes of basement flooring in this pic, but who really cares, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰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:003ย 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 sheetrockย 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.ย 047More stuff upstairs, including the entryway.019Morgan in the mudroom/laundry.

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


033034ย (The kids are wearing paint clothes. Just to clarify why Morgan’s pants would probably fit Paige. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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.ย 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰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.ย 022The kids got in some reading time one night while Dad worked. It is a little chilly without heat. ๐Ÿ˜‰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:ย 023_1And the stuff in the attic space is crazy!015And, yes, the vent pipes and drain pipes work well for telephone!ย 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.ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.



Main Level Walls

I guess it has been a while since I posted about the house progress. It’s good to look back and see what it was a few weeks ago. That makes the progress look bigger than when we see it day to day. I guess that’s kind of like how kids grow. You notice it more when you don’t see them for a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our last post ended with most of the floor on. Here it is all the way on:

004_6We spent some time out there one Saturday evening picking up sticks, sweeping water out of the basement and goofing around. It’s a little muddy out there most of the time.

008_2I don’t think Andrew expected the puddle to be that deep. That spot never dries. Maybe it should be our pond. We could stock it with fish. ๐Ÿ˜‰

014_1We decided it would be fun to have our first meal in our dining room. ๐Ÿ™‚ Dad grilled and we had a nice meal! (Ok, there were two spills and kids complained about the food … or rather how they got sand in their food … ย so it was a typical family meal. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

018_3Another exciting development is electricity to the barn! See the lights?

010_1Dad, Uncle Tim and a friend of ours helped wire the garage, so now we can better see all the junk in there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then, the main floor walls started going up! (Kids looking out a bedroom window. Likely a guest bedroom, so come stay with us! It was originally designed to host two girls, but they have opted for rooms in the basement, so the guestroom is roomy!)

023_2South wall for another bedroom/office and living room.

025_2All of the exterior walls on the main level!

031_2Ben checking the view to the East out of the master bedroom.

035_1The gang looking out the front door with some headers added above the windows and doors.

044We spent another Saturday afternoon out pulling weeds and cleaning up junk. It is more fun to do work at the new place than our current place. Funny how that is. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Andrew told me I couldn’t put the photo below on Facebook, but he didn’t say anything about the blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

050_2Sister was busy working by gathering sticks for the fire. We burned a lot of weeds, but there are still a lot more.

053_1We also have a lot of pumpkins! (Although the big one in the front of this picture rotted. Bummer.)


061Gotta love the glowing light of a fire and the glowing lights from the “barn.”

066Next, the interior walls started going up. It’s a little hard to capture and explain in photos. Below is the kitchen, with the master bath and closet in the background.

002_3Below is the guest bedroom, looking into the house.

008_3Next is the doorways for the other bedroom/office to the right and the guest bathroom to the left.

009_1Here is a view from the front door. Are you lost yet? ๐Ÿ˜‰ The guest bathroom is to the right and the mudroom to the left. The dining room is straight ahead. The stairs to the basement will be along the bathroom wall. You can see where the floor is different.

014_2Here is a view from the back of the kitchen, looking towards basement stairs/hallway. The dining room and living room are to the left.

012_1Again from the kitchen, this time looking towards the back of the house. Some of the sheeting is starting to go up.

013_2From the outside it looks very tall!

019_2Eventually, there was more sheeting and the beginnings of the front porch floor were added. Andrew is standing on the porch. The storm shelter is under him. It will eventually be concrete. You can also see that more dirt is surrounding the house. Ben’s Dad and our new neighbor are helping with the dirt work.


030There’s some wet floors. Have you heard we’ve had some rain? Like 5 inches in less than 24 hours. Fun times! But, the exciting thing about this picture is it is a garage … that can hold two cars … and is attached to the house! We won’t know what to do with ourselves! ๐Ÿ™‚

034_1Now the garage is all framed up and has sheeting, too.


004_7Next will come the roof trusses. Maybe it will stop raining once the roof is up.

Basement Walls and a Floor

Progress continues at The Farm! It has been fun because every time we go out there, something has changed!

It started with just one wall. Paige saw the scaffolding and said (with disgust, I might add), “All they did was put in a bunk bed!”


003_6Then, there was another wall.

001_2And a wall hopper.

003_4And some window hoppers. One of whom always seems to close his eyes in pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰

004_4And then a bunch of walls! They are getting the load-bearing walls first so the floor joists can go on. And you can see a bathtub in there, too. It had to go in before the walls got put up. But then they had to take the tub out because the plumber spotted a crack. Hopefully the new one is good.


006_2The view below was particularly exciting because it actually looks like a house. Sorta.

009And, yes, the drain tiling works great for telephone!


017_2I do like this view, too.

018_2Next, the floor joists start going up!

001_3And the windows got cut out on the sides.

002_2Looking up …

003_5Looking down …

007_2The kids each standing in their potential bedroom doorways. At one point, no one wanted to sleep in the basement. Now they all picked a room down there. And they all agreed upon the rooms in a fairly quick manner. So, we’ll go with it!

004_5Floor joists finished!

photo 2_2The beginning of the floor!

photo 1_2And a wonky panoramic view, just because we can.

photo 3_2Paige said her room was dark now.

photo 4_1And, hopefully this is the only water we ever have in our basement. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Darn rain!

photo 5_2The final photo is courtesy one of our builders, as we didn’t have time to check the progress today. Gasp! It rained *again* today, but they still got more of the floor worked on.

IMG_0001.JPGThanks for reading along!




We Have a Foundation

We’ve been busy getting our current house ready to put on the market. It is now. Phew! So, I feel like we have a few minutes to breathe and catch up on some blogging. I also need to catch up on some laundry, but priorities first. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This post got long, as most of these details are for our own remembrance. For a more brief version, feel free to check out my new Facebook album. If you want all. the. details. keep reading here.

With the various sub-contractor bids we received for the house, the foundation work was by far the most expensive. We see why, as there is a lot of work going on under your house! We are getting quite the education in building.

001_1It’s hard to work in the mud. Rain definitely delayed progress many times.

002Footings are poured under all the exterior walls and also interior walls that are load-bearing. The gray forms remain in place, as they have small holes in them and act as tiling to move water away from the foundation.

003_2And, footings are supposed to be below the frost line to keep the foundation from shifting too much during temperature changes. So, the wall for the walk-out portion of the basement had to be down lower. (You learning something, too?)



025_1Next, the forms were put up to get ready for the basement walls. First, some kids had to play on the equipment. (But, not too much. No damage done!)

089091I spy three kids standing in the garage. ๐Ÿ˜‰

002_1The bridge was nice!



008_1You can see the top of the frame of a window below.

013_1Morgan counting the train cars passing by one evening. (72)

023_1And then the concrete was poured! Quite the machinery involved! The cement truck moved it to the conveyor belt and then into the pour-sleeve-thingy, which I’m sure is the technical term.

028_1The kids were busy talking to each other on their pretend phones.



033_1Then, there were walls! And no bridge, hence the jumping.

037_1Andrew is standing in what will be our storm shelter under our front porch.


039_1The southwest corner, which will be a basement bedroom.

040_1The view from the northeast corner.


046At the front.

049Next, plumbing work that goes beneath the basement floor was installed.

021_1Some practice for the basement toilet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

022_1Waterproofing tar was added to the exterior walls.


038_1Then, the trenches were filled in, so no more jumping needed.

033_2Soon after that, the basement floor was poured!

063And, work was done on the garage floor, too.


067The kids enjoyed the beach in our yard.

065I know we have pictures of the finished garage floor, but they must be on Ben’s phone. The framing in the basement has started this week, so hopefully we’ll soon have more pictures to post!