Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hooray for the handrail

Yay, finally a dramatic step forward. The house has been coming along drip-drip-drip, but finally today there was a big visible step forward.

I've been waiting for the balustrade since my previous post on tweaking it to get it just right. The tweaks (and the wait) were worth it. I think it turned out perfect. It'll look even better when the stair risers are painted and the stair treads are uncovered and finished.

On a separate note, the hardwood flooring is being fumigated and should arrive on site next week. The flooring (along with the stair treads) is reclaimed wood from an old tobacco barn in Kentucky. I've seen it stacked in the contractor's warehouse and it looked like someone's old discarded fence material. But I can't wait to see it finished--a post on hardwoods coming soon! (I hope soon.)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Back in the mountains

I'm right at half way through a ten day vacation at our home in the Colorado Rocky Mountain foothills. I've got Middle and Youngest in tow this time.

It's somewhat of a working vacation. The house needed a little 'tending to'.

In addition to a few odds and ends tree-trimming and plumbing issues, we're replacing an old water heater before it goes out (which would be a disaster if it happens when we're 1,000 miles away in Houston and don't know about it).

Although there hasn't been a lot of down time yet with contractors in and out of the house, we've hiked the foothills several times and made a trip to the summit of Mount Evans, elevation 14,264 feet.

Check one off my bucket list.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Writing view today

I'm trying to crank out a couple thousand words today to catch up to where I should be in my book. 

And since we've finally got a nice sunny day in Houston, I decided to spend some time writing outside. At least until I get too hot. 

love this house and have mixed feelings about selling it. Lots of memories with the kids in this backyard. 

But the house is going on the market next week whether I'm emotionally ready or not. 

This great view will be for sale, but Daisy's not included.

Friday, June 3, 2016


Well the first one is just weeks away from flying the nest. Graduation was last week and it's still hard for me to believe it's done. It'll take a while to sink in.

I'm sure it'll hit hard when August rolls around and it's time to pack him up--it'll hit hard for me, probably not as much for him. He's so excited about starting college that it takes a bit of the sting out of letting him go.

But there's sure to be buckets of tears when I have to say goodbye and let go. He's such a sweet baby and so darned cute. Look at that smile.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Stopping construction

There have only been a couple times when I've stopped construction on the new house because something wasn't right. The first time was when the guys were framing the center gable section of the front elevation wrong. (That change was too complicated to explain here.)

The second time was a week or so ago when I saw how the stone carpenters were cladding the front columns.

First, let me preface by saying the cast stone guys are artists--I've told them that. But when they started the stone on the columns and I had to stop them. The way it was being done would have resulted in the columns looking like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

The guys were in the process of using six pieces on each side of each column--there are eight columns.  Way too many pieces.

It cost a week delay on the exterior (it didn't delay work on the inside), but I had them reduce the number of pieces by half. In other words, I had them make the pieces twice as long.

It made a huge difference. When the columns are finished and grouted, they're going to look spectacular.

Here are a couple pics showing the way they were going to do the columns originally, and the way I have them doing them now. So much prettier!