"No ants are ever getting in this house" -Dad

My insulation is in, and this baby is 100% sealed shut. Standing in my house is like standing in a vacuum. My ears ring, and I feel like I might float away at any moment.

Everyone's signing the studs.
Everyone's signing the studs.
R38. This stuff is gonna keep me warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
R38. This stuff is gonna keep me warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Fiberglass on top of 1" spray foam. They caulked everywhere too. No ants are getting in this house!
Fiberglass on top of 1" spray foam. They caulked everywhere too. No ants are getting in this house!
In other news, I have a mahogany patio outside my kitchen door! Thanks, Tim! It's beautiful.
In other news, I have a mahogany patio outside my kitchen door! Thanks, Tim! It's beautiful.
And in more news, I have some new black concrete stoops at my front and back doors!
And in more news, I have some new black concrete stoops at my front and back doors! Plus my amazing siding is finished. Thank you Bruce and Susie!

The veins, arteries, lungs, and poop chute

Dad has a wonderful analogy of what building a house is like. He says it’s like watching a soul be created. It starts off as a dream and a hole in the ground. Then you watch the skeleton go up, and the skin goes on, and then the veins and arteries go in… and all the while it’s forming a personality and a life of it’s own. I guess we’re at the veins and arteries stage now.

Joel Stickler has started working his magic with the electricity.
Joel Stickler has started working his magic with the electricity.
Galen and Robbie are putting in the HVAC.
Galen and Robbie are putting in an energy efficient HVAC.
Mike and Zach are putting in the septic field.
Mike and Zach are putting in the septic field. (Frankie thinks this is some MAJORLY satisfactory work! Approved!)

It's been a little while since I've posted…

about a week! That’s a century in MFT, Inc. years. Here are some new progress pics:

very busy day at the house today
very busy day at the house today
Dad, Bruce, Galen, and Frankie check out my amazing new brackets for the over-hang. Luckily Bruce doesn't hate me for having to cut a million small pieces of siding.
Dad, Bruce, Galen, and Frankie check out my amazing new brackets for the over-hang. Luckily Bruce doesn't hate me for having to cut a million small pieces of siding.
Here are the brackets. Did I mention the roof is finished? Thanks North Mountain!!
Here are the brackets. Did I mention the roof is finished? Thanks North Mountain!!
closer view
closer view
Look at the detail on the sofits. Love it.
Look at the detail on the sofits. Love it.
Tim's so busy I could barely catch him on film.
Tim's so busy I could barely catch him on film.
Got him while he was pausing to take a measurement.
Got him while he was pausing to take a measurement.
Hi, Galen! (He will be installing my HVAC starting Monday.) Stay tuned for more updates!
Hi, Galen! (He will be installing my HVAC starting Monday.) Stay tuned for more updates!

I’m probably a bit biased, but Michael F. Taylor, Inc. has the best crew and collection of sub-contractors on Earth. They are the nicest, most fun people to see when I go out to the house. Thanks everyone!

My fireplace is in. I wish I could use it!

Frankie's excited to sit in front of it for hours.
Frankie's excited to sit in front of it for hours...

as am I! Too bad it’ll be warm by the time I move in… actually scratch that. I’m happy it’s going to be spring soon!  I can be patient and wait until next winter to break-in the fireplace. Plus it just looks neat!

North Mountain is phasing out of the project. They’re going to start the roofing on Thursday, but when they’re finished and gone, I’ll miss them a lot. I’m lucky enough to have some of MFT, Inc.’s crew on my project as of late, though! Tim and Bruce and Susie have been working on exterior trim and siding.

My chimney almost blinded mom today on her way to get the mail, apparently. Great.
My chimney almost blinded Mom today on her way to get the mail, apparently. Great. Just what I need -- a lawsuit.
the first bit of siding
the first bit of siding. board and batten coming soon...
I think Tim's little roofs will change the whole look of the side of the house
I think Tim's little roofs (another one will go over the window) will change the whole look of that side of the house...

Plumbing rough-ins start tomorrow. Stay tuned…

Windows are in

And oh my gosh… they are everything I dreamed of and more. My eyes welled up  a little when I saw them all in place with the front and back doors. I know I say this at every stage of the project, but I really mean it this time… It looks and feels like a real house now. It’s closed in and starting to feel cozy already. This is really happening. My dream is coming true!

When the siding goes up, it'll be even more wonderful.
When the siding goes up, it'll be even more wonderful.
leftover window from the Yellow Brick Bank addition
leftover window from the Yellow Brick Bank addition
Back windows outside
Back windows outside
Back windows inside
Back windows inside
Front door: Ideas on what color it should be please submit via the comments at the bottom of this post. Thank you!
Front door (Please submit all ideas on what color it should be via the comments at the bottom of this post. The siding will be red. Thank you!)
Back door and Frankie's window
Back door and Frankie's window
kitchen windows
kitchen windows

Rock Sink For My "Temple of Doom" Powder Room

The only thing missing from my super sweet powder room, will be the still-beating heart and the monkey brains. I’ve already come to terms with the fact that it may not be to everyone’s liking, but guess what… it’s MY house! And I’m more excited about this dang half-bath than any person in their right mind should be about a half-bath! It’s the most loved half-bath in the history of bathrooms, and it doesn’t even exist yet. The pieces and parts are starting to come together, though. The sink arrived today. See below:

Green Cobble
Green Cobble
Is it possible that a sink could be my soul mate?
Is it unrealistic (and somewhat psychotic) to consider that a sink could be my soul mate?
Bah. You can't fight love...
Bah. You can't fight love...

Don’t forget that these tiles will be accompanying the sink in the powder room:

Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island
Spooky tiles imported directly from Van Tiki Island

And this faucet:

and maybe a toilet. I dunno yet. There are more important things to worry about right now… like how I’ll lay out the tiles… hmmm…

Framing is finished! (almost)

Just a couple more things left, and North Mountain will be finished framing the house. I still have a hard time believing that it’s the dead of winter, and they framed my entire house in a little over a month. I’m ever-so grateful to them.

The little green building is Bob Dean's office, apparently.
The little green building is Bob Dean's office, apparently.
Roof!
Roof!
You can see straight through the front door, out through the back door.
You can see straight through the front door, out through the back door.
Someone (im)patiently waiting in the car
Someone (im)patiently waiting in the car

Mother Nature Grounded Me.

Maybe I accidentally littered recently. Maybe I didn’t pick up enough of Frankie’s “deposits”. Maybe I’m in trouble for missing one of Siri’s solstice parties. Whatever the case may be, I’m in trouble for something, because this is approx. what it looked like outside today:

not Shepherdstown, but close enough
not Shepherdstown but close enough

The hot weather last week was too good to be true…

Oh well! I have been really lucky so far (weather-wise), and we need the water. So today I’ll just show you my new doorknobs instead of progress pics:

orange and green glass
orange and green glass
a painted bird
birdy

If you’d told me at this time last year that soon I’d have my own blog where I’d post pics of doorknobs… I’d never have believed you.