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A Great, Great Week!!

What would it be worth to you to have your house cleaned after the dust and debris of construction….would it be worth having an Open House by your builder??  We weren’t completely sure, but the idea of not having to wipe down cabinets, trim, and other surfaces….having the house vacumed, and just plain making it look all clean and tidy was quite tempting.  We felt that along with the temptaion of having the house cleaning, Charlie, our Adair “Front Man” was so helpful, and Kyle, our Foreman was always there to field our questions and concerns. They really worked hard for us…having an Open House was a way that we could say, “Thank you!”  THANKS you guys!!!

So if you are wondering…..OUR HOME IS FINISHED!!!! (Well, there are a couple of small items to be finished, but…) Here is the real news…..WE HAVE THE PERMIT OF OCCUPANCY from the county…..WE CAN MOVE IN!!!!!

We have a lot of work to do around our home. To get the permit signed from the county, we had to have a landing for doorways. Our temporary fix was to build up the landing with gravel, but that will be replaced with a paver porch and stair.  We still need to construct our patio, the power company needs to come out and disconnect a power source that goes across the front of our home, stuff like that. We are starting to move our things in, still waiting for our refrigerator, and we can’t wait to be fully in.  I can’t tell you the joy we have when we walk into our new home.  It has been 6 years of saving, and planning…and 20 years before that of hoping and praying that someday we’d be able to do this…in the Lord’s timing, we’re here and our home is completed.  Can you feel us smiling!!! 🙂

So here it is, the last 6 months in a quick shot…our house…our Father’s house……THANK YOU for your prayers and well wishes along the way!!  I’m sure there will be more to this adventure, this is just the beginning……

Rounding Third and Headed for Home!!!

It’s been a long way around the bases, but home plate is finally in view.  In fact, it is soooo close we are into the slide….there’s only one thing standing in our way.  Like a catcher protecting the plate, the county inspector is standing there in all of his protective gear, saying “Try and get past me.”  In case you haven’t gotten it yet…….this week we will either be able to officially occupy our home……………………….or wait for something to be fixed.  What, What, What???  Move in????…holy canoli!!

So what happened this past week……it has to do with lights, flooring, counter-tops, sinks, faucets, and….Okay, let me show you….

I think these are really cute.


This hardwood flooring in entryway and kitchen/nook areas.


We used Livingstone for our bathroom counters.

So upgrading to a Signature kitchen allowed us to get stone for the counter-tops in the laundry, baths, and kitchen.  We chose Livingstone in the baths and laundry…but, for the kitchen……

We have granite!!!

Besides the counters, the Signature kitchen allowed us to have the double oven designed in, and the finished molding throughout the cabinets.

Hanging lights and can lights! No more picture taking in the dark.

One of the best things that we asked for was the addition of Can lights throughout the living room and kitchen areas.  Without these additional lights, there would have been some very unevenly, or barely lit areas.  We also had the connections put into the ceiling in the areas that we want to install ceiling fans.  This means no dangling cords, YAY!!

This is a good shot of the beautiful granite.

Lights in the darkness…


It is so nice to look up the driveway and see lights on at the top of the hill.

So much more to talk about, so little time to write.  The next few days will be life-changing for our family.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!! 🙂


The Snow Turned to Rain

Do you know what happens when the snow turns to rain………ALOT of rain………

Early this past week, the snow turned to rain.  Unfortunately, a ton of water melting, and a ton of water falling meant a ton of rushing, water…overwhelming creeks and rivers all over the Willamette Valley.  The flooding  was minor in our town, but it was much heavier in other areas.  Obvioiusly, this affected the progress on our home.  We are glad that the contracters decided not to traverse those roads to keep us on schedule.     So we are off a bit….I’m not sure how far….but what we have seen in the past…these Adair guys know how to make up for lost time!!!

So here are the pictures of the flooring that was able to be installed….about half of the flooring (carpet, wood floor, linoleum) is in.  Actually, all of the linoleum has been laid down.

The flooring that is in all the bathrooms, and the laundry room.

Carpeting!!! Half of the carpeting is in!! The color is called Celery.

This color is not quite as "white" as it looks in the pictures.

This is the hardwood flooring in kitchen, nook, and entry-way.


The only part of the wood floor not covered by paper to protect it from the soon-to-be-arriving kitchen countertops.

One thing we did have to figure out was an issue regarding our hardware.  Tony and I have been thinking throughout this entire build process that our doorknobs, locks, kitchen and bath accessories would be a certain color….one day it dawned on me that they weren’t the color we were thinking….but the knobs on cabinets are.  We always believed that the rest of the accessories were going to match those knobs….but they don’t.  Unfortunately, we, they, all of us were not on the same page with this one, and what I call the mismatch, stands…..but that will be something we’ll update on our own after the build.

Tomorrow’s forecast shows “partly cloudy.”  Keep your fingers crossed….the countertops might be arriving!!!!!

Ever Wonder………..?

In the spirit of the great Andy Rooney………….

Ever wonder what happens after the interior of a home is painted?

Ever wonder what all those boxes sitting in your garage might be?

Ever wonder  how you go to work in the morning and come home to such an extreme change in your home by the evening?

Wonder what I’m talking about???

It’s all about cabinets, doors, flooring, accessories, and trim work.

This past week started as expected, with the work week beginning on Monday, everything basically going as status quoa (as boring as that sounds there is some niceness to that.)  Tony told me to be prepared because we were expecting a big delivery on Tuesday by about 10 AM.  Although it was a little later in the day……..the huge truck, eventually, rolled up our driveway holding within it’s grasp the major components and accents that will add real beauty to our home.  As the truck was unloaded, all of the wood and flooring products were brought into the house to acclamate to the indoor temperature.  The porcelain, and metal type products have made the garage their temporary dwelling.  So as we walked into our home on Tuesday night…this is what we saw…..

Padding and flooring materials

Carpet and bathroom/laundry room vinyl flooring rolls, and floor-board trim.

We choose a dark cherry wood finish for our cabinets. These are carried throughout the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room.

Adair Homes builds their cabinets in their own home layout….they actually build the cabinets into the same space as they will be installed in the new homes.  We did not go with a 100% wood cabinet as we couldn’t justify the additional cost.  However, we were able to do some upgrading in the kitchen and bathrooms…..but that story is for another day! 🙂

The backside of our cabinets and things.

You can see through the windows in this picture how dark it is at about 5:20 at night!!  I couldn’t get really good detailed pictures of a lot of things due to lack of light (the electrical side is not yet completed.)  Tony rigged a string of construction type lights throughout the house, but at this phase of the construction, they were more of a hinderance than a help so they came down.  Photographing is difficult in the dark, and we basically don’t really get to see the true progress until the weekends where we can see how the colors really blend together in full light!  It is, however, an added treat for the weekend to have a gift to unwrap on Saturday mornings, even though we have a preview each evening…the difference is usally quite nice.

So this Saturday, when we entered into our home for the first time seeing it in the light of day, this is what we saw……….

The view from inside the M. Bdrm looking out to the hallway (that's a linen closet on left) and into the M. Bath on right.

Looking into the M.Bathroom, down through to the walk-in closet.

I love the trim work here surrounding the front hallway closet and 1/2 bath.

The nook and closet area of our daughter's room. The nook will soon become a built-in bench seat...with an awesome view!

This shows a bit of the depth of the window framing. I know a couple of cats who are going to love that. HAHAHA just kidding Tony.

The cabinets look a little darker here...there is more of a cherry hue than is picked up in this pic.

This picture shows the dark cherry finish better. That is the island for the sink, dishwasher, and eating bar. Sorry Tony, you got into that one..hahaha.

This was a surprise.....we didn't realize the bdrm closets would have built-in inserts. Nice bonus!!

With all the excitement of the interior of the house coming together, Mother Nature decided to drop a wonderful white covering to the Pacific Northwest.  The only thing better would be to  be able to share it with our family and friends back….where we used to call home.  I hope I can drive in this to go to work tomorrow…….

Our home in the snow!

View down to the pond.

The little bug all covered in snow 🙂

Next week promises to bring another exciting episode…..to be continued!!

The Holidays, the In-Between, and the Future

We’re baaaaaaAAAAAAck!!  After taking a bit of a hiatus over the holidays, the home- build is back in action!!!!  We are so ready for this next phase of construction…..the excitement builds with each passing day.

Stepping back for a moment…over the past couple of weeks, little elves visited our home and performed some miraculous  work on the interior.  As suttle as it may seem in pictures, it is pretty dramatic in person.  What are we talking about…….three things…..texturing, primer, and paint!!  Yes I said it….”Paint!”, on the walls and on the ceiling!  Our walls are painted!!!!  Can I say it again………there is paint, actual color on them there walls!!!!   The painting side of the contract includes 3 colors…additional paint = additional $$.  We wanted 5 colors, so we paid a little  more, but really, it was well worth it given the amount of time it would have taken Tami (she’s the painter of the family) to paint the extra colors.

I tried getting pictures of the texturing, but it didn’t photograph to well…..the colors also wash out a bit in the pictures, so when you look at them, keep in mind that they are a bit richer in color than what it looks like in photos.

This is the main color of our home. It is Biscuit (Sherwin Williams).

Another view of Biscuit contrasting w/the white of the tub...still a bit washed out.

The color in the M. Bdrm is Bagel (Sherwin Williams) and is carried onto 2 accent walls in the Dining Room.

Koral Kicks (Sherwin Williams) is the main color in our daughter's room.

More of the Koral Kicks. I can't quite get the right exposure on this color...it is not quite as pink as it photos.

The other wall color is Grayish (we are repainting that color because it came out to purpley), and then Dover White on all of the ceilings.  Below is the one picture I have of the texturing, and it is carried throughout the house.

The texturing throughout the house looks really nice...great for those little imperfections....not that there are any of course 🙂

So the quality of these pictures tell me that I really need to invest in a new camera.  They just don’t represent the richness of the colors very well.  I had to do a lot of exposure enhancing to try to bring out some of the colors.  Maybe with added contrast (i.e. the trim and cabinets, etc.) it will photograph better.

That takes me to the future….coming up this next week, REALLY, REALLY exciting things start to happen on the interior of our home.  I can’t wait to see it…………..

In the meantime, our family wishes your’s a very blessed year for 2012. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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