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A Walk Through the House

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Construction on our main house continues even with the abundance of rain we’ve been getting. I took these photos of the house last week. Our contractors have begun framing the fourth floor loft space above our bedroom and bathroom, but I don’t have any photos of that yet. So let’s take a walk through the house. We enter now through Zane’s bedroom. The plastic tarp covering the opening will be a sliding glass door.

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Next to Zane’s bedroom is Zoey’s bedroom, also with a sliding glass door.

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Walking out of the bedrooms, to the right is their bathroom with an attached laundry room. There will be a door off the laundry room which will also serve as our mudroom. Currently the roof slants down, but the lower part of the roof will be cut to extend out to give more headspace in the laundry room. Stephen would be able to explain that much better than I can, but just imagine there being a wing off the laundry room.

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Past the bathroom is the kitchen. It opens up to the living room.

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The living room will have sliding glass doors that open up to the patio below (which is above the concrete bunker) and looks out to the valley. Apparently I forgot to take a photo of that view of the living room. Below is a view from the living room looking towards the kitchen and upstairs.

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Across from the kitchen next to the stairs is our dining area. There will be a sliding glass door where the plastic tarp is currently. It was nice having that wing of the roof cut out because it brought in so much light to the house.

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Up the stairs we go to the master bedroom. At the time I took this photo last week, the loft above our bedroom wasn’t framed yet.

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And lastly, a view of the loft looking out down to the living room below. The space directly across from the stairs, which will be our bathroom, is now framed as well as our two closets and office space loft above the bathroom and bedroom.

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And that’s our house so far. I’m eager to share with you more updates about what books I’m currently reading, a funny Zoey story, and more but it will have to wait for the next blog post. So until then–winter blessings to you and a rainbow.

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The Jacaranda Lodge in Progress

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My last herbal class was this past weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed my nine month apprenticeship at Motherland Botanical Sanctuary, but I am glad it is over and I feel free again.

I took these photos today of our main house. The A-frame is up. It will be a two-story, and we were informed today by our contractors that it is so tall that we could even have a loft above the second story.

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No, we did not let Zoey and Zane climb the scaffolding.

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The concrete for the retaining wall on the other side of the bunker will be poured tomorrow.

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A Mainhouse Update

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It’s been awhile since I posted photographs of what’s happening up at the main house building site. Just below where the A-frame will sit, we had a concrete bunker put in.

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There will be all glass in the front of the bunker looking out to the valley below with a patio above. We’ve talked about the bunker being a space where we could show movies or I could do yoga. Perhaps a pool table, who knows?

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The two Steves who are working on our house attempted to have the A-frame beams lifted last week with the telehandler, or as we call it “the Green Machine,” but the tele handler wasn’t able to position the beams far enough over on the foundation. So the Steves are building all the beams, and then we’ll have a crane come to lift them. The beams are about 30 feet long and weigh about 600 pounds to give you an idea of their size.

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Our Newly Painted Shed and Little Builders

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The painters finished today. I’m really loving the happy colors says the girl who had rainbow wallpaper in her bedroom as a child.

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For this next photo, see if you can spot the little girl. Can you see her?

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We hung out in the shed for a bit late this afternoon. The kids tried out their hammering skills. I told Stephen he should set up a little work table for them to do their hammering, sawing, nailing, and painting. Might as well put them to work.

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As you can see, Zoey was able to hit the nail correctly with the hammer. Zane loved hammering but couldn’t figure out what he was supposed to do with the hammer.

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When he wasn’t hammering, he was sitting on the chainsaw. I wasn’t sure if he was pretending it was a pony or if he thought that is how you work a chainsaw.

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And yes, notice his haircut. I attempted to cut his bangs, and they are now crooked. Grandma will need to fix it when we see her next month. Stephen says Zane has a 60s style mod haircut. Hmm, maybe we’ll keep it.

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An interior look at the shed/storage space/workroom.

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An interior view of Stephen’s new workshop with the huge dust collector.

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A Marimekko Inspired Shed

If you want to see something colorful, take a look at our shed. It gets quite a reaction these days from the construction guys working for us. Here’s a photograph of the old shed.

The red shed prior to the renovation.

The red shed prior to the renovation.

And here’s a look at it now.

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I’ll take hopefully better photos once the painters are done and I figure out how to use my camera properly. Here’s the Marimekko curtain that inspired the color choices for our shed.

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The Shed Update

The new shed which will house Stephen's workshop, room for ranch vehicles, and guest cottage.

The new shed which will house Stephen’s workshop, room for ranch vehicles, and guest quarters.

I meant to publish this blog post before we left on our trip a little more than a week ago, but sadly that did not happen. The above photo is what our shed looks like now. Below is a photo of what it looked like before.

 

The red shed prior to the renovation.

The red shed prior to the renovation.

Interior view of Stephen's workshop.

Interior view of Stephen’s workshop.

There is now interior plywood on most of the walls and part of the ceiling of the workshop.

Looking into the guest quarters.

Looking into the guest quarters.

The siding is now up all around the shed.

A view of the bathroom and kitchenette.

A view of the bathroom and kitchenette.

Behind Zoey and Lester will be the kitchen sink and refrigerator. The oven will be in an island where they are standing.

A view of the bedroom under the loft.

A view of the bedroom under the loft.

More sleeping quarters in the loft above.

More sleeping quarters in the loft above.

Another view of the loft.

Another view of the loft.

We’re hoping the shed will be completed by the end of June. I’ll share some highlights of our trip back east in my next post.

 


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Retaining Walls, Main House Pad, and Shed

As we continue to improve upon the living situation in our guest house, where we are living now, construction continues daily.

Our driveway leading up to the main house pad.

Our driveway leading up to the main house pad.

Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of what the hillside looked like previously, but basically you can imagine that it looked like the hillside to the right of the driveway with all those trees. I remember when Stephen suggested the site for the main house and I couldn’t visualize it because the hillside was so steep and covered in trees.  It’s really amazing what an excavator can do!

View of retaining wall from main house pad and  valley below.

View of retaining wall from main house pad and valley below.

View of the lake and main gate from building site.

View of the lake and main gate from building site.

From main house pad looking towards hillside (aka back of house view).

From main house pad looking towards hillside (aka back of house view).

Another backside view.

Another backside view.

Looking down the driveway at garage below.

Looking down the driveway at garage below.

Initially we were going to build our main house in relatively the same location as the manufactured home, that was on the property when we bought the land, which was right next to the garage. We realized after a time that that spot does not get much sunlight year round so we moved the building site higher up on the hill that was cleared. We kept the garage standing which presently we use for storage space.

In addition to the recent completion of the retaining wall behind the guest house and the retaining wall for the main house, Stephen’s workshop and shed is getting remodeled. Below to the left was where Stephen did all his woodworking. His saws and man tools now take up residence in the barn for the time being. We plan to add a concrete floor to the shed and make it into a guest room with a bathroom so that we can have visitors come stay with us before the main house is built. And of course Stephen’s workshop will get spruced up a bit (no more leaky roof).

Stephen's workshop and shed without a roof or walls.

Stephen’s workshop and shed without a roof or walls.

Bare bones of the shed.

Bare bones of the shed.