It’s been over a month since I’ve blogged about the new house and you’re probably wondering what the heck is going on. Honestly, not much… it’s kinda slow going these days. Well, I say that..but since the last update we have had plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and the fireplace installed. Which is actually a lot, it’s just not the most fun stuff to share pictures of or blog about.
Not that I’m going to let that stop me or anything.
So the first thing to go in (nearly a month ago) was the fireplace insert.
It’s this one, a wood burning fireplace with a gas starter. Also, it’s huge…the top of that black part is as tall as I am. When it’s all said and done the limestone will cover all the black metal, and the hearth will come up level with the bottom of the opening (we wanted it to be chair height).
The other exciting thing that went in is the bathtub in the kids bathroom.
If you can see past the construction mess, it’s actually a pretty cool tub. It’s made by a company called Mirabelle (it’s this tub, but we only paid $550) and even though it looks huge it’s actually a standard size tub. Because of the way it’s designed it holds a ton of water and will actually cover more than the back of your knees during a long relaxing soak. Not that it will often be used for that, it’s mainly for washing kids. We have a regular short sided one in the boys bathroom now and water goes all over the bathroom every time they bathe. They get crazy in there, they can’t even help it. (Because trust me, I’ve tried to tone down the crazy. There’s no stopping it.)
Here are a few other things that have been installed…
First, the hot water heater.
Yes, its tiny. It’s a gas tankless (or on-demand) heater, meaning it doesn’t store water, it just warms it as it passes though. It’s made by Rinnai…and that’s pretty much all I know, since Adam was the researcher on this decision.
Also the HVAC (which stand for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is in.
That is the air handler portion, stuffed in a eave over our master bathroom.
The electrical started going in last week, here is the breaker box going into the office nook (which is the command center for the house).
Here you can see all the house internals over the laundry room.
The red and clear tubes are the PEX tubing (plumbing, which is an alternative to copper), then you have the HVAC ducting and the can lighting.
Here you can see the HVAC over the kitchen…
And the plumbing for the kitchen sink…
and the master bathroom sinks.
We haven’t been just sitting around watching them work though, here is Adam and his older brother putting up the barn wood siding on the bump out.
I’ll dig into the siding in another post, but I’m loving how it looks.
Here is another one of Adam’s brothers installing a door frame, which had to be done so the cornice crew could finish putting up the siding and trim.
And here is Adam’s dad teaching my boys how to use tools…
…and the proper way to install a door frame.
Most recently Adam has starting installing the low voltage wiring, here is my dad and brother helping him.
Or rather, here is my dad and brother teaching Adam how to install low voltage wiring. God bless large families, especially those that are chock full of helpful, hard-working men (and boys).
While I haven’t been doing any of the grunt labor, I have been busy cruising the internet and local building supply stores, daydreaming about all the finishes I want to use. I started to include them in this post….but it got reeeeeally long, so I’ll make that a post of it’s own.
In other news, the paint crew started today! I’m super excited to get the pretty stuff going, and paint is the first step. I ended up going with Shoji White from Sherwin Williams and can’t wait to see it up on the house!