Sunday, February 23, 2014

A House, A House, My Kingdom for a House

by Leann

This is an update on the house we are building that seems to be taking forever. The weather has caused many delays--an entire month of rain in the summer and ice and snow in winter. I am growing so weary of this dusty place we live in now, but we are getting closer. We have wood floors and tile. The bathtubs and showers are in.
Lighting and paint and interior doors are almost finished. My husband and his good friend built all the closet shelves and isn't my pantry awesome?

So, what are we missing? Cement work for the patio and driveway!! Grrr! Of course that is weather related, but I still believe there were times when it could have been done and wasn't. But neither of us are pushy people and I've decided general contractors need to be a little pushy. Since we are doing this ourselves, we have had much to learn. One of those lessons? The art of getting things done in the right order.

Last week was great because the cabinets went in. They are beautiful
but--isn't there always a but?--they did not do glass in the upper cabinets as I'd requested. If I had been happy with the look, I might have let it slide and been satisfied but it was just too much wood. My dear husband spoke up, even though I was the one who had been dealing with the cabinetmaker. I am grateful since I have been suffering with a very messed up back and neck and I feared I might have burst into tears if it was a tense conversation. Turns out it wasn't. The cabinetmaker was wonderful and took back all the top cabinets and replaced the doors. Here are the before and after pictures.








My favorite little special part is the corner cabinet they built. When we first met with the house designer, I told him that's what I wanted and he talked me out of it. But when I first met with the cabinetmaker he said, "Are you putting a corner cabinet here?" I smiled so big I nearly broke my face. "Why, yes I am," came my quick reply. And it's a beautiful piece and painted a gorgeous brick red.

There is still plumbing and painting and quartz installation and the shower doors that we cannot seem to get bids on no matter how many times we call the glass companies. Another frustration! But we are getting close ... so very close. And I cannot wait!

16 comments:

Ritter Ames said...

Good luck! I feel for you. We moved into our house about 20 years ago, and after building it I told my husband, "You better really like this place, because we aren't ever moving again." Of course, now that our daughter has left home he's itching to move to someplace new--LOL!

Rita Crabb said...

Yippee!

Aurian said...

I love it all Leann! I think I like the all wooden doors better though, but I just love wood. I think I am one of few people with dark oak furniture still. I am oldfashioned that way.
How much longer before you can start unpacking your storaged stuff?

Dru said...

It's starting to come into shape. I'm so happy. I can't wait for the finished product.

Leann Sweeney said...

We lived in our last house for 20+ years and we both know we will never move again after this experience. Challenging, tiring but and hopefully done soon!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Rita. I am not quite at the Yippee stage yet, but we're getting there!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Aurian. I have a lot of display pieces for those cabinets and we wired the upper ones for LED lighting, so now we will be able to do that!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dru. I am sure I will be crowing about it when it's all done!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Your kitchen is beautiful. Soon it will be Spring and you can move in. Be sure to send lots of pictures.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Diane! I so look forward to this move. And yes, there will be a facebook party of pictures!! :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a gorgeous house it's going to be, Leann! I know it's been tough, but I think it will be worth the wait. You were right to fight for the glass in the cupboards - I am looking forward to seeing the finished results throughout.

XOXOX

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ! My husband is finishing up the baseboards and I don't think he wants to see a nail gun ever again!

Lynda said...

It's really starting to come together Leann. I'm so glad you were able to get the glass in the cabinets, and the lighting will make a great display area. Love the corner cabinet! And I so envy you your pantry. I have so little storage in my kitchen that I have food packages coving the top of my fridge and sitting on counters. Your home is going to be so lovely that at some point you will forget all the hassles (or at least be able to shift them to the back of your mind for future reference) and be able to enjoy the wonderful home you built. I remember a past picture where you showed the view you will have and I think it will be heavenly. Good luck getting the last hassles out of the way so you can get in and enjoy it.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynda. I cannot wait to take a deep breath and settle in to take in the lake view every day. We have been challenged! But we have also learned so much.

Teachgiftedkids said...

It's beautiful! All the work will pay off in the end. Won't it be fun when you can begin the decorating and relaxing in front of a cozy fireplace? Can't wait to see more pictures.

Lover of Books said...

Oh my gosh! Love those cabinets and pantry. We need tho redo the bathroom floor this summer. Hoping hubby will finally make me my pantry under the stairs.
Krista