Well. I’ve been living in my house for almost 2 months now! It seems like a lot longer than that for some reason. It must be because I’ve practically lived in this house since the foundation hole was dug. Whatever the case may be, I’ve been terribly lax in my blog updates. It’s not because I’m lazy, though. It’s because I’ve been enjoying every single moment of living in my new dream house on Fruit Hill Farm.
I’ve been spending a lot of time outside, doing things around the house — playing with my dry stream bed and dry waterfall. It’s so neat and novel for me that I have my very own yard! I can stick whatever I want in the ground, and if I’m lucky the deer won’t eat it. If it survives the deer, and it grows and makes flowers or more leaves or whatever, it’s so fun and exciting! So I thought I’d post some photos of what I’ve been doing outside, since the inside is still “coming together”… ie: a mess.
Just for some perspective:
And what the heck. Here are a couple of neat things I have inside.
Chipp, Dad’s Office Maven and also a good friend, gave me a Dogwood for a housewarming gift. I’m so excited about it! And I received a Birch from Aunt Connie and Uncle Arch. Yay! I’ll update the site with new pics when they’re planted in fall — maybe sooner, if I can get it presentable enough inside…
Bruce and Susie and Tim have started my interior trim. First they had to finish the cherry floor, though.
Anyway onto the trim. I’m told the trim is what’s going to pull everything together — the walls and the floors and the windows. It’s the finishing touch. And you just have to appreciate the lengths the MFT Inc. crews go to to make sure the trim is just right. There’s a reason they call him the best builder in the state!
Everytime I go out to the job, I think to myself how lucky I am to have so many creative and talented people working on my house. Not only that, but they’re all pretty great people too!!
The drywall is finished, and Ken Purdham’s crew did an amazing job. Big thanks to them! The rooms look like real rooms now with beautiful solid walls.
In other news the cows have found me, and Frankie is finally using his window:
We also picked up my floor tiles for the hallway and kitchen door entry. I’ll tell you all about how great and helpful (and patient) Julia McDonald at Rock and Tile is when I get to the tile installation phase.
But the biggest news of the week is my living room and kitchen floor. My friends Dustin and Laura Fritz and my dad are the most beautiful people in the whole wide tri-state area. We had a goal of getting all the flooring down in the living/dining room and kitchen. They worked like maniacs all weekend, and we met the goal! And they did it all for a coupla pulled pork sandwiches. I’m still in shock that it’s done, especially since Dad is the only pro of the group. Granted, Dustin and Laura renovated an 1800’s Fire House into an actual house, so they have a bit of experience with working on projects similar to this. But I still consider it a pretty great accomplishment. Thanks three thousand billions guys!!
And I also want to give a special thanks to Dad for cutting and collecting all of these trees for me. There wouldn’t even be a floor if he hadn’t found the trees.
I’m starting to lose traction on my blog. Things are moving so quickly, I’m having trouble keeping up. I should probably fashion a helmet with a camera attached, so I don’t miss anything. I annoy my father enough as it is, though. (“What did you say the difference between semi-gloss and low lustre are again?” “Wait… why are there nails AND screws in the drywall?” Ummm… can you look at these 27 different outdoor light options I’m considering?” “What do you think of this tile layout?” “How long til I can move in??”) Can you imagine if I showed up to the jobsite with the Blog-o-nator Helmet?
Anyway, these pics were taken yesterday. Today they finished hanging 95% of the drywall, and Kenny cleaned up the mess. Keith talked me out of flat paint. And my good friend Julia @ Rock and Tile ordered my floor tiles, as well as some croc skin* tiles… more on that soon.
(*No crocodiles were injured in the making of the tiles.)
about a week! That’s a century in MFT, Inc. years. Here are some new progress pics:
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!
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.
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!
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.