If there was ever a post I was super excited to write, it is this one. Our house is framed! YAY! I love it even more than I did on paper. It was so fun to watch it go up…and it went up fast! The whole thing was done in about two weeks by a team of eight guys (and they didn’t even work everyday).
So let’s get to the pictures. There are a TON in this post, most of which will probably just look like a bunch of wood that doesn’t make much sense…it’s hard to give a house tour of a house without any walls. So I apologize in advance for that. Anyway, here’s a few pics of it going up…
As a reminder, here is the sketch up of what the finished product will look like…
And here she is!
Alright, let’s start on the outside and work our way in.
Here’s the front porch.
I am completely smitten with all the big chunky cedar beams. The double beams were Adams idea and I never really loved them, until now. They look amazing.
This is the same corner from the inside.
This pile of wood on the floor is live edge cedar that will be used as stretchers on the porch and breezeway. Adam cut them himself and they will be exposed, so you will see them from underneath and will get the metal roof directly over them.
Here is the remainder of the front porch. We are series about or porches around here.
At the end you have the front door.
Here is the floor plan you can can get a sense of what you’re looking at.
When you come through the front door and foyer, this is what you see.
That would be the living room, and the kitchen will be under the loft. Turning around you see the foyer on the right, the office nook in the center, and part of the dining room on the left.
Here is a better shot of the dining room.
And here is the kitchen.
The center (where you see all the stuff coming out of the foundation) will get a large island with beams on each side. Under the stairs is the pantry.
Here is a better shot of the loft above the kitchen and dining room.
If you stand in the kitchen and look out at the living room, this is your view…
Y’all…it is sooo tall. I knew it would be tall when we designed it, and we wanted it tall, but dang. Adding the rustic trusses and metal ceiling will cozy it up a bit and I think it will be great.
Ok, so if you walk past the kitchen you come to the stairs that lead to the loft. They will be mostly hidden, you can only really see them from the corner of the dining room.
Past the stairs is the mudroom.
This leads to the breezeway (and eventually the garage) and will have cubbies for each person.
Through the mudroom to the left is the laundry room, 3/4 bath, and broom closet.
If you walk through the breezeway you come to the garage.
The garage is 25 x 50, basically a four car garage. The front half will park cars and the back half is the workshop. It is also plumbed so that we can turn it into a small guest house if we need that in the future.
Let’s go back inside and head upstairs.
Here is the loft. We’re not 100% sure what this space will become, but I do know that I’m claiming that back corner as an office/craft room. Also, the small square windows are my favorite.
This is the view out of my office window. The pine roofing is the mudroom/laundry, and the cedar is the breezeway. That will be getting live edge cedar stretches and be exposed (like the front porch), so it’s cedar for aesthetics.
Anyway, turn around and you can cross the catwalk, which is directly above the foyer and office nook downstairs.
And then you come to the attic.
This is a huge space, and much to our surprise it is also vaulted. I wanted useable storage space in this house and I’d say we got it. Thing is, I don’t need this much space…I’m not a hoarder (and it’s not something I aspire to), so this is overkill. So for now it’s an attic, but it is also the “who knows what the future holds” room. We only put three bedrooms in the house with the intention of having everyone share, but if we need more this could become and extra bedroom or two. Or it could be a playroom, media room, or a place for all my teenage boys to hang out. This room pretty much assures that we are never moving again.
Here is the view of the living room from the loft, and you can see the attic behind the fireplace.
Okay, let’s head back downstairs.
This is the front bedroom (looking out towards the door).
And here is the second bedroom. There is a hall bath between them as well, but I failed to get a picture of that.
If you go back out to the living room and around the fireplace you come to a little hallway that leads to the master bedroom.
Here is the bedroom, it is also vaulted.
That is the wall that the bed will be on and will be done in limestone, and rustic beams will go across the vault (just like in the living room). I already love this room.
Here is the master bathroom.
That half wall in the back is the shower, the vanity is in front to the right, and the closet is the opening to the left. Oh and the toilet is hiding back there across from the shower.
This is the view of the back porch from inside the master, which you have access to from a set of french doors.
And here a view of the master from the back porch.
From standing in the backyard, here is the garage and breezeway (the breezeway is getting double beams just like the porches, they just haven’t been installed yet).
Here is the back of the house.
And the master bedroom….well all the bedrooms really.
So that’s the tour! I think this week decking is going on, siding is going up, and windows are going in (they’ve already been delivered.) Now that we are at this stage there are a lot of decisions to be made, and the all have to happen very quickly. Making quick decisions isn’t exactly my strong point (nor my husbands), we like to do our research and be certain of something before we do it. So it’s a bit stressful. A good, fun stressful though, if that’s possible. A reader sent me an e-mail a couple of weeks ago (hi Andrew!) and in it he said this…
“Hope your house is going great! Stay focused on the end & the details won’t take their toll on your family. It can be rough at times, but it’s over soon enough.”
That’s pretty much my motto right now, stay focused on the end…the details will take care if themselves.