Sunday, December 20, 2015

We have windows!

After weeks of thinking they were going in, then they weren't, they were going in, but they really weren't, they're in -- finally!

Bless their hearts, the contractors worked all day yesterday (a Saturday to boot) and got all my gorgeous windows installed.

I wanted the look of steel without the steel price. True steel windows would have been the financial equivalent of purchasing another Porsche. No thank you.

The builder recommended the windows we used. They are aluminum clad made to resemble steel, and I think they look gorgeous.

Here's the front. That's Superman and Youngest on the front porch.

From the inside, the nearly floor-to-ceiling dining room windows turned out even better than I expected. It will be like dining in an orangerie. I can't wait!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Give me my windows, please!

It seems an eternity ago the second floor was framed and then the roof framed and decked. I assumed that windows would soon follow. I assumed wrong.

The contractors framed, then roofed, then went back to more framing. Just when I thought they were finally going to put in windows, they had to fire block, fur down, brace. They started and stopped the stairs, which I admit are very complicated, no less than four times. Everything but the windows.

Every time I turned around there was another load of lumber being delivered. But no windows.

The engineer came and checked things out, then the architect put his stamp of approval on it all. But still no windows.

Until a few days ago.

They're not done installing them, but almost. And they're gorgeous! Today they're finally putting in the beautiful arched windows across the front.

Window pics to follow soon.

Here's what the house looked like a couple days ago. That's Abby standing in front between the dining room windows. The picture is grainy since it was nearly dark when I took it.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Getting into the Christmas spirit

I've totally neglected the blog. Three reasons: all the issues regarding the construction of my dream home, trying to keep up with my husband's and kids's crazy holiday/end of the semester schedules, and all the time-consuming activities involved with getting into the Christmas spirit.

One of those super important time-consuming activities involved with getting into the Christmas spirit has been making sure Penny is dressed as one of Santa's elves.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sun Deck minus the sun

Ever since we bought the lake house almost two years ago I've wanted a sun deck over the boat lift. Well, it's finally done. The dock renovation was the last phase of the lake house remodel, and it turned out better than we expected. 

The contractor completely rebuilt the boat lift which was sorely underpowered for today's heavy boats. They also rebuilt the bulk head, replaced the walkway along the water front, and added my sun deck.

It's ironic I still call it a sun deck when it's actually covered, but I'm not sure what else to call it. The heat in the summer is brutal, but with it covered, it's not only shaded from the sun, I had them add ceiling fans. 

Here's a picture just before it was finished. I love the way it looks like you're climbing into a tree house. Access is via a ramp off the porch of the boat house (which really isn't a boat house since we don't store any boats there - naming issues are a theme here). 

And here's how it looks from the bridge. 

This is the view from the house. Construction took a toll on the grass, but it's being replaced next week. I can't wait to get the boat and jet skis back.