The barn is coming along nicely... though they aren't quite to the caulking stage yet... (I can dream can't I? Oh... maybe that's just being impatient.) Here are some pictures of barn construction this week:
|front view, first floor framed|
|First floor, starting the roof|
|in the upstairs loft|
|Here are Joe and Rob climbing around on the barn. They love to give me a heart attack. This is the side of the barn facing the house.|
On the home front:
|They finally put the stone on the fireplace. Just hoping we never have an earthquake... because I'm pretty sure that would come tumbling down.|
|Somewhere in the house, I'm not allowed to say where, there is a secret bookcase door. |
That's all I'm saying.
|Front Staircase. This type is called "closed stringer" where you don't see the individual steps from the side.|
We're now at the point where we are making all of our final selections for the house. Why is it that all builders under bid the allowances? It is the most aggravating part of building. Oh, you want cabinet hardware? We didn't actually budget for that.... Recently I posted some pictures of some possible granite selections. I expected that to come back over budget since I ventured into the "exotics" section of the granite warehouse. But it wasn't as bad as I thought and we might just be able to put this one in the kitchen:
The other thing we have been trying to decide for weeks is what to do in the dome. The painter obviously thinks we should paint it... but I saw this picture in a decorating book the other day and got to thinking...
|How awesome would it be to plaque the dome rather than do some sort of faux painting?|
When Shane (builder) walked through with me he said he loves the idea and it is much more fitting with the other moulding we have done in the main area of the house. We were concerned that it would push our move-in date too far back to be able to do it, but Jesse has said he can have it done by next Wednesday. It won't look exactly like this, but this is the inspiration. He is very good at what he does so we are confident that the dome will turn out great.
In other news, sadly, our prospective horse, Tex, found a new home this week. We knew the timing to get him wasn't ideal right now so we will work with the same trainer to get a different horse.
"When do you get to move in?" is what everyone always asks. We still do not know. We are praying to be in by Christmas. If we are not going to be in for Christmas, I am taking suggestions for a vacation spot because I will not be able to "plug along" in this rental house at that point in time. (Jim--are you paying attention here? Yes, I'm pretty sure you agree...)