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A bunch of photos

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Right now on my laptop I have a backlog of photos documenting the orderly progression of the house construction. I had planned on posting them in sequential fashion, but you know what? I can’t even. (Read “even” as a verb please) This is a train that I am running alongside, that Scott and I will hopefully jump onto one of these days. I’ll be lucky to be able to throw in whatever I can through the window before then.

So in that spirit of “devil-may-care” and “omg it can all go to hell at any point,” here are a few photos:


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The villagers are at the gate and they demand…

Monday, May 21st, 2007

…new posts! They will not be satisfied until I post and post and post!!!

Actually, it was three people. Um, they asked what’s up with the blog. Like hey, what’s going on with the house? But people, I only have so much time! Between work and the house and the cats (always with the meowing and meowing) and the Oprah… I mean come on!

And really, I didn’t realize just how long it’s been since I posted. So here goes!

Have you seen this?


or this?


Or this?


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oh yeah, and this!


Um, I think I got carried away. And yes, I am going to post more about the house, very very soon.

What is that THING coming out our house?

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007


It’s the guts, that’s right, the guts of the house bursting out! heh.

This is the lowdown on what’s happening:

-Appliances are arriving tomorrow at the FedEx dock in Austin. Fisher Paykel all the way!

-They have sheetrocked, though we haven’t seen it yet, and door/base trim work has started.

-Stain selection hell is on hold for a little bit. We have the majority of our exterior paint colors picked out but the stained wood is, well, ARGHHH!

-Cabinetry package is out to the sub. He will NOT be doing shop drawings because we want to stay in budget.

-Concrete floor has been stained, sealed and covered up, not to be seen again for a couple of months.

-Concrete hearth/ledge at the outdoor fireplace is poured. Conduits for electrical turned out to be in exactly the wrong place. Ah, now what grasshopper? No need to panic. Larry and we are suave like that. We came up with a solution. You’ll see.

-S*&t! I have some drawings to do. I need my second wind (or is it the fifth?) to churn out the carport package to submit to the City and the shed package so Larry can build it.

Here’s a picture of Scott in our Living Room bench (wow, it’s so long). All the bits of wood are stain samples that Larry has put together so meticulously. Too bad we didn’t choose any of them. Ha!


Color Studies – it’s back to coloring books for you!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

So we have been trying to pick our exterior paint and stain colors and it’s hell, I tell you, hell. Larry, our contractor, is breathing down our necks and the painter is calling him three times a week. Geesh.

This is the thing: all the colors, ALL of them, need to work separately AND with each other. The stucco is one thing that we don’t have to agonize about because we have a bee-you-tee-ful stucco sample all picked out. That was the starting point for the house.

Here are two elevation studies I did, to try and picture the whole thing. Remember, the colors are not exact, especially with different computers and screens, but you get the general idea.



Patio wall with Fireplace:


Oh, and that lady is me. I’m going to get a bouffant hairdo and dress like that around the house when the time comes.

These are the actual materials – clockwise from top left:

Stucco (yum), white oak wood, paint sample (we’re actually going with a slightly more khaki grayish taupish color), “paint grip” metal roof sample, and in the center, the “bronze” painted window sample.


Now you see it, now you don’t.

Friday, March 16th, 2007

It looks like we are trying to envelope the house in khaki camouflage!

Thanks to Larry, our contractor, for personally painting these swatches.  Tomorrow Scott and I have to make our choice, along with the stain color for the natural wood.

They look so similar but I think I am leaning toward # 3.  We have to see it with the stucco sample too, of course.


The custom trapezoidal windows have gone in in the Master Bathroom.  They look really good and the view of the tree is so amazing.  I have to say, I LOVE these Gherkin windows, “Bronze” painted, they are so clean and beefy.  :)