Saturday, June 18, 2016

Flatwork, Ductwork, Brickwork, Oh My!

I'm sorry it's been awhile since I've posted an update on our house construction.  It seemed we had been moving along at a good clip once the initial work began but then several of our contractors had scheduling issues and that backed up everyone else.  Our plumber and electrician were both unaffected and continued their work but that wasn't too fun to photograph!  (*Extremely important, as far as home construction, though.*) 
Here is a picture of the kitchen with can lighting.  I will have a fixture over the island similar to this -
but the perimeter of the kitchen will be lit with the 'cans.'
As you can tell, there wasn't much to photograph concerning the electric work and plumbing.  

Two weeks ago, the flatwork guys came and poured the porch, basement and garage floors!  
We hoped the HVAC guys would come soon to put in the duct work so the framers could finish their work in the basement.  A family emergency kept them from coming until middle of last week.  They will finish Monday morning and the framers will be here then to begin their work.  
Duct work is coming along, though.

Since we are in the country, we have to provide our own water.     
Another important part of the construction was drilling the well.  Here the drillers set up their equipment just to the east of our house.
They installed the pump in the basement and just like that, 
We have water!!  Well, outside water anyway.  Which is good because late this week the bricklayers came!!  
The brick style we chose was Boral Heritage Trail in closure size.  Closure is a bit bigger than standard bricks and we liked the look for our exterior.  The stonework around the doors and windows is called Aux Vases Snapped.  We went with a natural color mortar.
The bricklayers set up their equipment and got to work Thursday and had quite a bit done by Friday afternoon.
When they began, I was a bit worried the mortar would be too dark
but it has lightened as it dries!
This picture was taken this morning with the front door closed.  We love it!  

The door will get a coat of paint.  I'm thinking about a dark gray.  It needs to coordinate with the garage door so I'll be checking into what colors the garage door people offer. 

Our bricklayers will be here for awhile as the entire exterior will be brick and stone.  Even the back grilling area will have a fireplace.  I can't wait to see that completed!! 
The brick delivery people dropped the brick pallets every few yards around the house.  They also dumped sand for the mortar in both the front and the backyards.  

After a week of slow going, which gave us the time to clean up inside and out, we look forward to seeing how the basement bedrooms, bath and J's lodge area take shape and how the exterior looks when completed!  

J says the next few things on the list will be installation of the basement windows and door, insulation and then maybe drywall!!!  Ooo, I can hardly wait!! 

Slow and steady.  Thanks for stopping by.     

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Magpie's Mumblings said...

This is so exciting to watch! I love the brick you chose - red brick has always been my favourite.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Wow, I am excited for you. There is a very satisfying feeling when building your own home. It is looking fabulous! Every day there is progress and I know you will be so happy when it's finished. I would love if you share this at our link party today, Dishing It & Digging It link party 4:00 EST. Our readers love seeing projects such as yours. Happy Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I know you can't wait

Rosie M. said...

Thank you for the updates. It really is exciting to see all that goes into planning and building a home. I'll never know how you make so many decisions. I have trouble deciding what color throw pillows to buy! You're doing a fantastic job of making choices. I love your brick and mortar choices and can't wait to see it all come together. It must be quite a thrill to see all your labors come to fruition. Thanks, again, for taking us along. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh your new home is looking so good. It is going to be beautiful! So proud for you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pili said...

Your house is dreamy!! How exciting building and designing a house! I guess it is like a dream come true, you will have everything you like from scratch instead of having to update what others chose. Congratulations!

The Stonybrook House said...

Building is so exciting!! We did the same about 6 years ago and love our home! So glad you shared and linked up at Dishing It & Digging It!

Katrin said...

It must be so much fun to see your house come together bit by bit! I'd love to build my own house and pick every little thing out. I'm sure it will look all amazing!

Stacey said...

So awesome and so exciting!! :) I know you are envisioning exactly how things will be inside. I loved this process. :)

Happy Thoughts of Home!!

The Charm of Home said...

This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing the updates at Home Sweet Home!