Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Update on the brick

Ok.. it looks better.
I freaked out a little prematurely yesterday. Jesse went back by and took pictures and says that it is definitely drying lighter.

And they got the mudding and dry wall all the way finished. I wonder how long before we start painting?

Monday, November 24, 2008


They've started bricking this weekend. And I'm a little freaked out.

I finally agreed to a red brick. Jesse persuaded me that it would look better with the columns. But I didn't want it to be too dark or look too much like a college campus.
When we went to the brick store to look at a thousand samples, I really liked this one called Old Boston. It was still red, but didn't look purple or scream Ole Miss. I liked it with a gray mortar that the sales lady told me was called ultra dark.

I looked at the site this weekend and first of all, the brick seems a bit darker than I thought it would. And secondly - the mortar is black, which makes the brick looks purple-y.
The builder swears that it always looks dark at first and as it dries it will lighten. But part of me is freaking out. This was one of the few things I was truly picky on and disagreed with Jesse on. All I can imagine right now is super white columns up next to it and feel like I'm living at Ole Miss or worse, the white trim will make the brick look even darker and I'm living in the big purple house.

In other news, our drywall is up and the kitchen cabinets come this week I believe. The builder thinks we'll be in before New Year so long as it stays dry this December.

Friday, November 14, 2008


It has been awhile since I've updated this blog.
I have started traveling for budgets again and just haven't been able to get the pictures uploaded to photobucket so I could post them here.

I haven't been to the house very much during this time because I'm not in town or I'm working late. And since daylight savings happened, I'd have to leave the office at 3 just to make it out there before dark. So I usually get to see the house on weekends only.
But Jesse is out there everyday, keeping me posted.

And alot has happened.

First of all, they finished the attic, and got the roof framed up. This all happened about a day or so after my last post. And then within a day of that they got the shingles on.

The attic is huge. Our staircase goes up the middle of the house so it basically splits the attic in half. It's meant to be future expansion but we decided we're only going to expand to one side and leave the other for attic space.

You can really see how the foyer is going to look with the roof on.
This past weekend Jesse and I went by and marked all the places where we want outlets and light switches with post it notes. We did this on our own because the HVAC had already been run and we didn't know when the electrician was coming. Good thing we did because about 2 days later he came and I was out of town. So I'm very glad we marked everything because even though Jesse was there to show him where we wanted things wired, I had special outlets that I wanted in the kitchen and baths that Jesse wouldn't have known to ask for.

The plumber came this week as well and ran all the plumbing. And I now have bathtubs! The one in the master is going to be a jacuzzi corner tub. I haven't seen it in person, but I hear that it continually warms the water so no matter how long you stay in the tub the water doesn't go cold. Sweet! I can get nice and pruny.

The doors and windows were delivered yesterday so I guess those are going up next.
Now we're just waiting on the ground to dry so they can deliver the bricks.
I'm starting to get so excited about this house now.

I found out that Target lets you register for house warming gifts, so of course, I made a list. It's probably tacky and not very good etiquette, but I don't care. I don't even care if I get anything on the list - I'm using it to keep my colors straight for all the rooms.