Thursday

Building Progress Two Months In

Anyone who has ever built a new home can close their eyes and still smell the fresh scent of the pine wall studs.  

I know I can, and walking into #1 sons house as it was being framed took me back to the time I first encountered that smell.  I loved that smell then and I love it now.

New Home Building, Bliss-Ranch.com
Since I've been getting some emails asking how their building process is going, I thought I would do an update.

I've been telling #1 son and #1 daughter-in-law that I love the house.  I love the floor plan, I love the colors they have picked out, I love their ideas, I love their vision, but mostly you know, I just love them.

New Home Building, Bliss-Ranch.com

I stopped by to take a few snaps last week.  This week the insulators are scheduled, followed by the arrival of sheet rock.

There are two levels, 1800 square feet on each, plus a three stall over sized garage to house what Brawn would say are the important things like saws and tools.

New Home Building, Bliss-Ranch.com

I know one thing for sure, #1 sons garage will never ever ever in a million years look like the inside of his dads garage.  

Son would side with me any day of the week on the organizational skills of his dad, but we won't go there on that topic or my teeth will start to clench, my head will start to shake from side to side in a violent negative fashion, and I'll want to rip whole trees out by the root while appearing to choke them mid-trunk.

The house has been plumbed and wired, inspected, and the siders and masons are working on the outside.  Pretty wonderful to have a father in law that knows his way around a truck of cement.

Equally as wonderful to be the spawn of a drywall contractor.  When rock goes up it's a game changer in being able to actually see the rooms.

New Home Building, Bliss-Ranch.com

Their old house had some charming qualities like arched doorways that they knew they would miss, so they added some of those where they could to the new house.

New Home Building, Bliss-Ranch.com

It really can be the little things that make your own home stand out from all the others.

If I had to guess at the style the two of them like, I'd have to say they will be marrying a rustic look with some farmhouse, two styles that should work well together.

Cast Iron Claw Foot Tub, Bliss-Ranch.com

Waiting in the yard is an antique cast iron claw foot tub that will be refurbished and re-plumbed.

Cast Iron Claw Foot Tub, Bliss-Ranch.com

Claw and ball feet, and heavy as all get out.

There are also some old barn beams in the yard my son helped harvest from a family member of his wife, but I'm not sure what his plans are for those.

Old Barn Beams, Bliss-Ranch.com

There will be a farmhouse sink that I want to have for my own, some rustic lighting, and many hand built touches made by my son, because unlike the opposite way he and his dad tend to their garage, when it comes to talent in building things the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

And speaking of apples.... there is a pretty tempting pile of dirt right now in the back yard for the apples of my eye.

New Home Building, Bliss-Ranch.com

I happen to know where they can get a pretty cool mud pie station to use up some of that dirt!

Minnesota Mud Pie Station, Bliss-Ranch.com

Until there are things like running water and sinks, it's probably best not to play in the dirt and mud at their new house, but I know at least one person who doesn't mind washing off a little pie from tiny fingers.






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14 comments :

  1. oh i love it! it's going to be such a gorgeous house!

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  2. I love it so far! They're going to have a beautiful home. I can't wait to see it as they get more completed. I hope you will keep us updated.

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  3. Looking so good! I, like you, love the smell of new wood. It's just a sign of good things to come.

    Judy

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  4. How exciting! That bathtub is just awesome!

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  5. I've always wanted to build a house--so I will live vicariously through them!

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  6. Can't wait! We have never built a house, the closest we came was finishing the basement :) This is going to be one gorgeous house!
    Debbie

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  7. Out here in CA we use Doug Fir studs, not pine...but I agree, the sounds and smells of new construction fill us with hope and anticipation. When the drywall goes up, you'll think "oh, my, the rooms are smaller than they looked on paper". It's an illusion..you're just used to looking "through" the walls and that makes the rooms seem larger. We've built two homes and the best part is it is really, really yours because you designed it and it is an extension of who you are and what you dream.

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  8. What an exciting time...I know it will be a wonderful home! I'm with you...I love doing construction projects and smelling the wood...

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  9. How exciting and things are coming along. I love the smell of all the fresh wood and sawdust. I said that every time we built our homes. Love the doorway arches. Can't wait to see what number one son makes and that tub

    Cindy

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  10. Oh my! What a great sized house! It's going to be perfect.Looks like a lifetime house to me.

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  12. Nice spaces . . . outside and in. Looks like they've got themselves a big win! Karen is right, it DOES look like a lifetime house, that'll prob'ly be around for generations of tiny little fingers.

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  13. Your son's home looks grand already! I honestly don't think I could build a new house because there are SO many decisions to be made all at once, and that definitely is not my strong point. It seems like they know exactly what they want and it's going to be fabulous!

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  14. This has to be so exciting for them and how lucky they are to have several experienced tradesman to help along the way. What a dream it must be to start from the ground up and make it "your" way. Best of luck to them during all the stages.

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