Each time I write an update about the house, I’m amazed at how many weeks have gone by and how quickly it feels like it passed. And I always feel like I should have updated a lot sooner!
The problem is that every week only a little happens here and there. A few lights get installed, a few wires get connected, another section of stone is hung, a little bit of flooring is laid, another built-in gets finished… It’s just all these little things that don’t seem like a big enough deal to write a whole post about.
And then all the sudden five weeks have passed and a lot has changed and I have so much to tell you about! So here we go!
The flooring was installed throughout the first story. I’m so pleased with how it’s looking!
It’s a glue-down brownish-gray luxury vinyl called Margate Oak from Mannington Adura in the color Harbor.
I can honestly say, so far I have zero regrets with skipping out on hardwoods! We are a messy, accident-prone family and I don’t want to worry about keeping hardwoods dry in the kitchen or using special cleaners to mop up or just dealing with the maintenance of hardwoods in general.
Most of the lights are installed throughout the house now and I love each of them. I couldn’t tell you my favorite because I just can’t pick.
Check out the great room chandelier above. I was most worried about this light fixture out of all of them because the great room is so tall and I really wanted an extra-large statement piece here. The light I ended up getting was a compromise because all the lights the size I really wanted were WAY out of budget. I love the way this chandelier looks, even though it’s not as big as I’d like and I think it’s a good option for the time being.
Below is the chandelier in the dining room, which I absolutely love. It was one of the very first light fixtures I picked for the house.
The chandelier at the top of the stair tower is a larger (2-tiered) version of the chandelier in the foyer. Pictures of both below:
The chandelier in the office and desk wall lights:
Lights in the mudroom:
The chandelier in the powder:
And the light fixture in the loft:
Plenty more stonework was completed, including all the great room (the fireplace and three pillars) as well as the top half of the dining room fireplace which you can see in the picture of the dining room by scrolling up. We’re waiting to finish the rest of the dining room fireplace until the buffet tables are installed.
They also did the stone on the fireplace in the basement:
Lots of stone was hung outside, mostly under the deck on the ground level.
One of the most exciting things for me was seeing the library be installed. It still needs to be painted, but I love the way it turned out!! We also need to get the rolling ladder and rail installed so I can reach the top shelves!
We had a redo on the front sidewalk this month. The first go ended up having a few issues so they had to dig it out and try again. It was a hassle to have to redo it, but in the long run, I’m really glad we did. It was worth the extra work to get it right!
One of the most important things that we’ve needed to get done also was finished! The sand mound and septic system got put in! WOO! This was a relief because it’s been so wet ever since we started building, there was a real fear that the ground wasn’t going to dry out enough to meet the requirements that the system could be installed. We had a dry week FINALLY, and they jumped to put it in right away!
You can see the sand mound in the picture below (the long flat hill):
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