2 months and counting…

It’s getting cooler outside, which is odd at this time of year in NC. Fall just happens to be my favorite season and I’m ready to put August behind us.

We had a framing inspector who seemed to have some sort of personal vendetta against our builder and held up our progress almost 2 weeks.  He routinely showed up late (or not at all) and often failed our inspection for very small items (e.g., having suppliers on-site during the inspection). Bumble #19: Expecting inspectors to be prompt, courteous, and/or respectful. The worst part is that my tax dollars are paying for this incompetent jerk.

The good news is that we still have managed to make a lot of progress since our last update:


IMG_1448The outside siding is almost complete and the cedar brackets, beams, and archway should be installed in the next week or so.


I love how the back has come together. The steps for the back porch should go in the next month, along with the concrete patio.


Moving inside, the insulation has been covered with drywall and you can really start to see the ceiling detail. The foyer beams will be wrapped in cyprus.


The coffered ceiling in the family room looks great and is only going to get better when they wrap the inside of the squares with crown molding.


The master ceiling has two beams that will be wrapped in cypress.

IMG_1395Here’s a shot of the keeping room.

Interior trim and doors should be installed the week of labor day which really start to make this feel like a home. We’re doing some wainscoting and board & batten detail in a couple of the rooms which I’m excited to see come to fruition.

They’ve started the installation of the cabinets:


The fireplace should get the stone installed next week which is really going to make this family room feel cozy.


Here’s a shot looking into the kitchen from the family room. We used a glazed cabinet for our island with a pecan stain on the perimeter cabinets. The island is enormous; there will be almost a full granite slab covering the top.


Other views of the kitchen. The hood is sitting on top of the island, along with the receptacle box that will serve as the second level of the island.


They need to rerun some duct-work for the hood so it hasn’t been installed yet. I love the bead board.


These are the mudroom lockers where we’ll store shoes in the drawers and hang jackets/backpacks for the kids.


The olive stain on these cabinets turned out better than I expected. Sorry for the crappy image resolution. This will serve as our bar/butlery between the kitchen and dining room. We’re planning on using a brick backsplash which, teamed with the glass cabinet doors, will really make this look rustic.


Here are cabinets for our master bath. A simple stain makes the wood really pop.

We’re still waiting on the arrival of our front door but that should be installed very soon. Over the past month, we’ve made our final selections for tile, carpet, interior paint, mirrors, interior hardware, and lighting. Every week moving forward should have some pretty substantial changes, so I will try and post more frequently. Thanks for reading!