Featured: Master Bath

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The house is finished and we are mostly in; finishing moving a few final items from our former home.  But I did take pictures of most of the spaces in the new house before we moved in, after all the dust and grime of construction was cleaned away.

The master bath is a wonderful space.  Lots of windows looking out to the treeline and pastures.  Walking through the pocket door, the vanity is on the left, we retrofitted a buffet found at our local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, and the mirror is also a find at a different Re-Store.

Next to it is our enclosed water closet (toilet).  The full size door blocked the nice window in there, so we had them customize the door by cutting it down to expose the window when it’s closed and let the light come in.  It will be closed at all times and it helps open up the space.  Our door style allowed the cut to work and not look out of place.

Along that wall, a changing area with bench sits between that space with towel bars for drying our towels.

The enclosed shower is next along that wall.  It has marble look walls and a rock pebbled shower pan.  The granite guys measured and fitted the installation and did a great job.  A built in shampoo recess and a radius seat are a nice look.

The frameless shower door can swing in or out; I like to swing it back into the shower to drip dry after using.

The clawfoot tub was a find; I have painted the exterior a grey to almost match the floor.  The grey floor tiles are a linen look finish, very textured and nice to walk on, but not slippery.  They are Interceramic Tessuto.

My cute little chandelier is a great find online.  I wish they would have had a light bar to match,  but the one I chose has a similar look.  The lights are in brushed nickel, and all the fixtures are in chrome.

We will also have my husband’s grandparent’s old washstand, with their bowl and pitcher, in this room. It will be on the right of the entry door, adjacent to the tub.  It has traveled with us from house to house; we always have space for it.

The paint is Sherwin-Williams. Jersey Cream for walls, and Dover White for trim. The wall color shows up much brighter in photos than it actually is. It is a nice soft creamy yellow.

The water is supplied from a tankless water heater that sits above the space in the attic space. The tankless water heaters allow for unlimited hot water. It is shared by the master and guest baths, and the laundry room.

I can’t wait to get my artwork on the walls to get the space dressed up.

Seven months, and we’re done

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On April 17 of this year the forms were in place for the foundation pour.  It was a 4,000 sq ft pour, which included the garage and attached workshop, the porches at entry that wraps around to back of garage, and the laundry porch, and then the whole house space.  It is a daunting prospect to have a house turn out the way you expect and envision.  My husband works everyday for other people on their houses so he is not as overwhelmed.  However, when it is your own and you have to make the decisions along the way, then it is more daunting and also time consuming.  I am retired and had the opportunity to answer questions or relay info as needed.

Some weeks we didn’t hear from the builder, but we went to the house every day, because whatever was newly installed could be a potential problem that needed to be fixed.  That is always in the back of your mind.  Know your plans well and be able to follow along with the build because a mistake caught early will be at the builder’s expense or the sub’s expense if they made the error, and it is more easily fixed.   Later on down the road a mistake may alter a feature in the house you didn’t expect.  We caught some mistakes in the framing, where ceiling heights were not framed correctly.  Had they progressed to sheetrock then it would have been a timely delay to go back and reframe.  On a couple of the spaces we decided it didn’t matter to us enough to change it and it would not alter any other feature of the space (the guest bath tub ceiling was framed lower than the plans showed; the ceiling at the kitchen island was not framed per plans, but we discussed and let that one go and it worked out better for us). A few other missteps that were caught early were corrected and we are glad we saw them.

Any changes made or alterations required are our little secrets.  Anyone else walking through won’t pick up on those little issues.  It turned out fine and is exactly what we wanted.  We’ve been in enough houses we know there will always be the potential for “I wish we had done that differently”, but we sweated over the plans enough to begin with so we hopefully won’t have that issue.  We tried to catch any potential regret for each decision made, so we feel pretty certain we have the house we can enjoy.

So here we are now, ready to move.  Landscaping is next to consider.  A bit of sod around the house to avoid mud pits, and a few well placed flower beds as accents, is all we need to add. Oh, and rocking chairs on the  porch facing towards the pond.  Watching the cows in the pasture next to us, and the horses across the road, the ducks on the pond, and hearing the coyotes at night will all be part of our enjoyment of our space inside and out.

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Mailbox installations: regulations and recommendations

There are many reasons the USPS has instituted regulations to follow in installing rural mailboxes on a post next to the road.  I found a really helpful site that explained a lot and gave cautionary reasons for choosing particular mailboxes.  Here is the link.  The USPS should have such a detailed page!

http://www.co.adams.wi.gov/Portals/0/General%20Docs/Highway/Info/MailboxSafety.pdf

Deep freeze in Texas

We got semi- moved in over Thanksgiving weekend.  That was nice.  Family came down from Kansas to help us as my husband is still recuperating from surgery and is not supposed to lift or move heavy items.

We had a nice four days at the new place and then WHAM, Mother Nature decided we should not wait any longer for Winter and dumped a massive ice storm on us.  I will post some pics of the “lovely” countryside.  We were without power for a day and a night, which is like an eternity in the country.

Then when the power came on the water stopped.  Found out that the local water district is not given any priority whatsoever by the electric company when repairs are being made.  They work by a “grid” system, and the water district was “in the middle of the grid”, which they had not gotten to yet, and they could not pump water into the depleted wells.  They could not give us a timeframe for water, although he said they were constantly on the phone with Sharyland Electric pleading for electricity. Luckily, the residents within the water district only had to wait overnight for water. They told us to conserve as much as possible while they pumped and filled the wells.

Oh my goodness, what a blessing we felt when all power and water was restored.  However, we are still in a deep freeze and only yesterday ventured out just a little.  Roads still had ice; the trees were split and broken from the weight of ice; we saw houses with broken limbs on their roofs and all over yards.  The limbs that broke and landed on the highway were being cut at moved out of the way by TXDOT and the utility companies.  Today is better, with a high above freezing, but just barely.  The trees are all still frozen with ice. The countryside looked like a foreign country, with all the pasture grasses thick with ice on each strand, so they looked like crystal straws, and trees were drooping to the ground from the weight of the ice.  Everything sparkled like glass in the sun today, our first glimpse of sun since early last week.

By next weekend it will be in the 50’s and we can finish clearing out our storage units and the old house.  This storm turned into a monster and was not in the least anticipated, other than some “freezing precipitation” last Thursday.  I still need to dig out the holiday decorations from storage and get some kind of holiday décor spread around the house, and get boxes unpacked at the same time.

It’s been a rough few days, but things are looking up and hopefully our move can be finished up in 50 degree weather.