Sunday, January 12, 2014

The House is Becoming a Home!

by Leann

The long journey to build a house in a new state after more than 35 years in Texas is getting to what I consider the "good part." Not that I haven't learned the importance of crawl spaces, venting, insulation and soffits. But let's be real--it's not very exciting.

I now have bought appliances (fun and yes these are two of my choices!)




and I have made the difficult tile decisions. Honestly, that was probably the hardest choice I've had to make. I remember from our last house that I had a really difficult time choosing tile. 

The cabinet maker is busy, the first coat of paint is on the wall and the outdoor "boxing" is happening in starts and stops. The weather, as all of you know, hasn't exactly cooperated. Boxing was something I didn't know about--at least I didn't know the term. It's all that outdoor trim work where the roof ends and the brick begins. No one worked during the "polar vortex" and I don't blame them. Now we have the monsoons, but it should clear up by next week and that "boxing" should be finished.

But the most exciting development is the wood floor. That's the part that
really helps me finally visualize MY HOME. Soon, I will no longer be living in a glorified storage facility and it's getting hard to be patient. Writing about it all makes me happy. This has been quite the journey!

18 comments:

Lynda said...

The floors are gorgeous and I love all the windows. Do they look out toward the lake?

Dru said...

I'm so happy for you that the near is almost here.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Dru!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Lynda. Yes, the windows look out on the lake and the view is amazing. So peaceful, with ducks and geese, There are so fox and deer around, too. And who knows what else! I am so excited!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I like your choices. It won't be long now.. I don't think you ever said, what made you want to move from Texas in the first place???

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Diane. We moved to be closer to friends and family. (And be on a lake because my husband LOVES to fish!)

mary kennedy said...

Love the room with all the windows!! So bright and airy, looks like a wonderful place to relax.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. Those windows look out on the lake and the view is gorgeous. I think "relax" is in my future! :-)

Jeannie D. said...

I love those wood floors! It all sounds beautiful. So happy for you that it is almost time for your move into your new home.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Jeannie. You're never sure when you see something arrive in a box how it will look installed. But I am thrilled. It's beautiful. The tile arrives tomorrow morning and that part begins. I hope I made the right decisions because tile was tough. WAY too many choices! I went with simple.

NoraA said...

I like the stove you chose.. what is the make and model? We're thinking about updating again. I wish I could also use that style of range hood. We live in a co-op apartment and are not allowed to bust holes through the outer walls. LOL I have to rely on the charcoal filters to deal with the smoke from cooking.

The floors look amazing, I'm sure you are going to be happy in your new home for many decades to come.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nora. It's an LG gas range. If you look at the Sears website, it's the one that costs (full price) 1499.00 but we got it for A LOT less on sale. It has a convection oven (also gas) and from all my reading the convection LG convection gets high marks for even baking.

Rita Crabb said...

i am so happy for you. It is a great thing to finally realize your dream. you will finally have a peaceful place to live and write. sending Hugs.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Rita. Yes, peaceful is what I am looking for! Consider hug returned!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

It is wonderful to see your dream taking shape. It looks amazing! I love the floor and the range hood and the range. The windows too. So glad you are keeping us posted on this journey to your new home.

XO

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ! <3

Aurian said...

Lovely floor Leann, it looks so welcoming. I hope it will all finish a bit faster than you expect and that you will have a lovely spring at the lake.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Aurian. Tile is starting today. Can't wait to see if my "vision" was right. Tile is one of the hardest decisions I made.