Category Archives: House

Staying Inside

Whoa! We’ve got quite the blizzard going on here today. I don’t think there is much new snow, but the gusting winds are forming deep drifts and white-outs.  I’d planned to go see my mother at the nursing home to … Continue reading

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Peaceful Sky

It’s been surprisingly cool and threatening storms all day, but the skies are beginning to clear and perhaps we’ll get back to a “normal” summer tomorrow morning.  Actually, the remaining clouds made for a spectacular sunset this evening.  I am … Continue reading

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Paved Sidewalk – Phase I

Man, have we been working hard!  Joe and I have been out in the yard the last few days, working on a paved walk up to the house.  I am quite impressed with his preparation because he researched everything well … Continue reading

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Finishing off the House with Landscaping

Now that the builders have finally left we are turning our attention to the outside of the house.  We went back to the guy who drew up our master plan for the farm and had him draw up a new … Continue reading

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The Rain Chain

Here’s something cool that just got added to the house.  The rain gutters were put in yesterday and on one corner we had them install a rain chain instead of a downspout.  That evening we got a thunderstorm and we … Continue reading

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Making it Fit

We’re in the next phase of moving into the new house.  We have 80% of our stuff moved in and unpacked, but now we have to decide how to make the furniture we have fit comfortably into the small bungalow … Continue reading

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Home, Sweet Home

I’ve been offline for about two weeks, while we have been fully occupied with moving into our new house.  Oh, the agonies of a zillion decisions and mounds of boxes and paper, but we have made good headway and we … Continue reading

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Moving Day Next Week??

Dare I say it for fear I will jinx things?  Our building contractor confirmed yesterday that he will book the final inspection for the “certificate of occupancy” ASAP and we can probably move into our new house next week! We’ve … Continue reading

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Garage, Siding, and Bungalow Brackets

Here are a couple new developments that make me feel like we may actually live in our house before summer arrives.  The garage is looking more finished and I like the way the lighting fixture looks with the siding colors. … Continue reading

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Steps All Over the Place

Things are happening fast at the new house, and particularly in the area of steps.  I thought I’d share pictures of three new staircases, if that is what they would be called.  Our builder has been working away at the … Continue reading

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Front Porch Columns

What a beautiful, sunny spring day!  There are only a few puffs of clouds floating by today and the cold breeze makes the sunshine and 48 degree temperature seem a bit confusing.  Still, I itch for some chores to get … Continue reading

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Mid-March House Report

For those of you waiting as anxiously as I am on the completion of our new house (is there anyone?), we are making real progress!  We are now at the point of the specialty teams doing their things — the … Continue reading

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Kitchen Counter and Tile

I haven’t posted for a couple weeks because there has not seemed to be anything noteworthy to talk about.  I guess now we are in the March doldrums.  Joe and I have kept busy helping my sister with a remodeling project … Continue reading

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Siding and Pool Room Heat

The internet here is erratic and sometimes is sooooo sloooowww.  When I did my last post this afternoon, it took over an hour to upload three photos.  I was determined to get it done, so I waited it out.  Now, … Continue reading

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Screen Porch Windows

It seems as though things have been limping along on the house project, not making any significant headway.  Just when we seem to be moving ahead, the crew switches to some other task and the momentum dies.  Depressing. However, today … Continue reading

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Could Move-In be Approaching?

It’s been a long wait for the new house to be completed.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t over yet, but some significant things have begun happening.  It has been five months, mind you.  Our builder is a meticulous guy … Continue reading

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Mid-January Progress

The house is coming right along, of course not as fast as I wish.  The painter has been here for a few days, and he has only two rooms left to paint.  I’d just about forgotten what we’d chosen so … Continue reading

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Waiting for a Blizzard

It has been a typical dull Michigan winter the past few weeks.  The sky and the snow-dusted fields and the icy roads all blend together into one vast dull gray canvass.  We rarely get to see any sun.  The only … Continue reading

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Stone Pillars

Last week the house was a beehive of activity, with workmen of all kinds bumping into each other and inspectors as well, giving “green tags” that mean all is well and they are doing things correctly.  Good!  The roof is … Continue reading

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Front Porch Gable

The front of the house is taking its final shape, as the builders have constructed the gable over the front porch stairs.  I like it! Now we are really starting to look like a bungalow, the style that Joe and … Continue reading

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