Building a New Home
My building a new home posts continue. Okay, sooo… I ended my last house post saying that by the next time we speak I should have siding hung and paint on the walls. This is not the case just yet, but we are not far off.
Painting was supposed to start this week so that we could start laying our tile floors this weekend. But, we got ready to order our tile floor (which they said we would be able to have in two days) and they informed us it was on backorder until next Wednesday, so, that is where we are at now. Painting is now starting this coming Monday so that we are ready for tile on Wednesday.
Painting Our Dream Home
This past week consisted of me picking our paint colors for our home. Originally, the painter was coming on Monday of this week so I stressed out all weekend about paint and sent him the colors late Sunday evening.
We ended up getting 10 paint samples and putting them on the wall. I want completely neutral in my home and so I went for colors that I’ve seen in blogs and on various things. My goal was to keep the paint simple in my home and not go with more than 3 colors. When I bought the paint samples I figured I was going to have a horrible time choosing from the samples because I was going to love them all. Boy, was I wrong.
So, I get the first four colors on the wall. I was 100% sure I was going to have my colors in these 4 samples. I get them on the wall and just could not make up my mind if I really loved any of them. Next, I go back to Sherwin Williams and come home with 6 more colors. These were worse. I am not saying they are not pretty colors..just not what I had in mind.
After getting 10 samples on the wall, I finally just chose 2. The two that I chose were from the first set of samples that I bought. The third color I chose was a color that I did not even get a sample for and just “winged it.”
I ended up choosing Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige for the majority of my home. The Accessible Beige is going to be in the laundry, side entry, kitchen, dining, pantry, living room, foyer, hallways, guest bedrooms/closets, and my master bedroom. The second color I am using is Sherwin Williams Shiitake or “shit-take” as my husband calls it. I am using Shiitake in my office/study and guest bedrooms. Lastly, I am using Sherwin Williams Natural Choice for my master bathroom, master closet, and half bathroom.
For my interior doors, crown molding, and baseboards, I am using Sherwin Williams Alabaster.
Not only did I have to choose paint colors for my walls this week, but also for my cabinets. Again, this stressed me out majorly. I mean, I would have to ruin my beautiful cabinets because of bad color choices. Cabinets are too expensive to ruin and have to re-do.
As for my cabinet colors, I wanted something classic and timeless. I know all the distressing is super popular right now and I love it. I really do. But, I am scared to go with it. So, I chose to go simple and chose to have no distressing.
For my kitchen cabinets, my master cabinets, and my office built in’s, I am using Sherwin Williams Alabaster. My island, laundry cabinets, and guest bath cabinets I am using Sherwin Williams Keystone Grey. Lastly, for my half bath cabinets I am going with Sherwin Williams Natural Choice which is the same colors as my wall color.
Once I sent my wall colors and cabinet colors I felt as though I had a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders. Now, I have to wait and see how everything comes together. I think waiting is the hard part. When building a home you have to make all of these decisions but you do not get to really see them until they are up and done. I just pray that everything I have stressed over and thought so hard about comes together just as I imagined.
A couple of weeks back I shared with you the drawings for my kitchen. Last Friday, we visited the showroom at Grenada Cabinets and Furniture to see our cabinets in person. Once Alex (the owner) builds the cabinets, he sets them all up so that you can look. Of course, they are not finished or painted at this point.
On our wish list was a large kitchen with lots of cabinets and countertop space. Let me just say that Alex made that wish a reality. Our kitchen turned out perfect and is filled with lots of cabinet space. We jokingly said that the island in our new house has more cabinets than we have in our entire current kitchen. The funny thing is..I think it really does.
My husband and I decided that we are going to need to buy more stuff to fill up our cabinets. Right now, we do not have a pantry so all of our food and kitchen items are in cabinets. In the new house we have an oversized pantry (12×9) and a big kitchen. So, we will not being using food to fill up our cabinet space. We may open up cabinets and have lots of empty spaces for a while. But, hey, I am blessed to have that problem.
Not only do the kitchen cabinets look wonderful, but so do the cabinets in the rest of the house. I cannot wait to see the finished product on it all. Grenada Cabinets and Furniture have really done an amazing job in making our cabinets come to life.
We have made lots of progress on the exterior of the home. In fact, we are almost finished. Our columns are now painted. We ended up using a primer and three coats. Yes, three coats – sigh. The door on the side of the garage has also been painted (thanks to me). Who knew painting an aluminum door could be so time consuming. It literally took me 2 days of painting to finish this thing. I painted 6 columns in less time than it took me to paint the exterior aluminum door.
As far as exterior brick we still lack the rest of the archways, around the bottom of the garage, and our doorsteps (which will be last). My husband and I decided to only do vinyl siding around the eaves of the home. There will be tongue and groove wood under all porch ceilings. We chose to use Masonite siding for the garage walls and finished plywood for the ceiling. We are going to paint all of this. The vinyl siding just for our garage was going to cost $3000. We saved lots of money by going this route instead.
Last, but not least, we still have to add shutters across the front. The hubby is going to build these.
As I mentioned above, our tile floor was on back order when we ordered. It is supposed to be in on Wednesday of next week. The painters promised they would be done in time for this.
We are using tile floor in our laundry, half bath, guest bath, and master bath. We are not using tile in the kitchen which I know is frowned upon by many people. Our space is completely open and I just do not like the thought of a line separating tile and wood. I just do not think it looks good.
Anyway, I am using a super neutral 20×20 tile everywhere except half bath. For the half bath I am using a more unique shaped tile. I wanted this room to stand out. It is a super small space so I can afford to do a more expensive tile there where I cannot in the larger rooms.
For the rest of our home we are using engineered hardwood. We found the wood originally at a local flooring place and then found it online in Alabama for much cheaper. From the beginning we wanted a lighter wood floor with wood grains. We currently have dark floor and it shows EVERYTHING. We chose to use Prestige Alpine Oak Rustic in Richmond Gold.
Once we have the first coat of paint the trim work will also start. We are using a “craftsman/farmhouse” style trim around all of the doors and windows.
For the crown molding we are using a 4 ¼ piece of baseboard and a 5 ¼ piece of molding to make one large crown molding piece. I believe we are using 5 ¼ baseboards in all rooms. We even considered using the “ghost” molding to save money. By this I mean, one piece of molding, skip some space, and then a small piece and paint in between. It gives the illusion of having a large piece of molding without the price. Many have suggested this to us..I am just not sure yet.
Building a New Home Ideas
As the progress continues I cannot help but be excited. Building a new home is fun. I have stressed so much but at the end of the day I love each and every bit of this stress. Building a home and all that goes into has always been my “thing.” Even as a kid, I would buy house plan books instead of toys. I would then go home and redesign the insides of the homes. I use to have a binder with pages upon pages of house plans that I had “re-done” from the house plan magazines. Back then of course everything was drawn with a pencil. When planning my home, I upgraded and used paint on my computer.
Over the next couple of weeks the outside should get finished up. We should have our first coat of paint, trim work, and flooring started. Our cabinets are to be delivered the first week in December. Once we have paint, cabinets, and flooring, there will be only finish type work left.
Our projected move in date remains “before Christmas.” I have my fingers crossed this remains accurate. Until next time…