And the rafters begin today. It is harder now to see changes at the house although you can tell they have added so much to ceilings to prepare for rafters. I have no idea what the pitch and roofline will eventually look like. Every day is one surprise after another. So far they have all generally been good surprises!


Exterior Stone 

This is so hard for me to imagine what the stone will look like times 1000. We’ve decided to try leuders 70%buff and 30% grey. Then for the rest of the house to do painted brick. Add a dark roof and fascia . We decided to use red brick and paint it because it was cheaper. This is where we started.

We decided the grey stood out too much. So they treated the grey and then did an acid wash over it. They painted the brick and added roof and fascia. Here is our current sample board and what we ended with. 

We all think we love it but hope we feel the same way when over so much space.  Dark bronze windows and doors will add a nice contrast. 

Second Floor Framing 

The upstairs is much smaller than the downstairs. We put as much house as possible downstairs except the kids room and a small gameroom.  Crossing my fingers my health holds up, but if it falls apart which it has been known to do, more house downstairs will really help me.  A few days ago we actually added trusses in the attic over the family room in case someday someone wants to expand. There is so much roofline that is not being utilized. We also decided to push out the upstairs gameroom wall as well . More trusses were delivered today.  Please don’t fall buddy. 

Visuospatial Dilemmas

One thing that I have begun to appreciate with this process is that I completely lack any sense of visuospatial awareness.

I’m constantly switching between thinking this house is smaller than I imagined and feeling like this project is way larger than any rational person would take on. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

With the pad graded the house’s footprint seemed quite large but as the forms go up for the foundation some of the inside spaces feel like they might be more cramped than we planned.

Sealed the Deal

This view is one of the main reasons why we bought this lot. Best of both worlds . Living in the suburbs of Dallas but also getting to feel a bit of space and country. We were ready to not have neighbors so close to us. This mornings view was beautiful as I snapped these photos from the back of our lot. 

Now I know what Forms are 

I love driving up to the lot and seeing workers. Especially multiple workers! Forms have been going in yesterday and today as we get ready for the foundation. It’s odd to see the house take shape. Trying to guess where rooms will go. The space does not feel right but I’ve heard all feel that way until the drywall is in. 

Movement is fabulous 

The lot is officially graded. Almost March but I’m so relieved something has actually happened. This is the view of the back of where the house will be standing at the back fence.

What I thought was a flat lot was definitely not flat. They had to raise it so much and bring In loads of dirt. I wasn’t expecting so much slope. 

In good news we’ve hit so much water! That has me freaking out. Is there a spring underneath? Our builder seems calm. Walking in the backyard might require a canoe and life jacket.  

This picture is one of my best. It deserves framing. 

Here is a picture of the front from the street.  The lot seemed so big at first. But once they start grading the backyard feels so much smaller. I wonder if my perception is off and I will feel differently when it is all completed.

Hoping the piers go in soon .