Our House Building Adventure

We bought 3 acres of raw land in Wyoming... started clearing it... dug the basement... poured cement... and started framing!

This blog details our house building adventure... building our new home... ourselves!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

1st Floor bathroom... PRIMED!

No more dots & stripes!!!!  This is what the 1st floor bathroom looked like this morning....

And here's what it looks like with the first coat of Primer!

Next up... Touch Up...  then 1st coat of Willow Tree by Olympic paint.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

1/2 an island...

First I want to say that my husband is AWESOME!  He's been working hard on putting our kitchen together... and it's coming out beautifully!

Today he cut one of the big slabs of soapstone...

Then.. with help... we hifted half of the island top into the house and placed it on the island.  Man o man... was that piece HEAVY!!!

So here it is... 1/2 an island for now...

Here's a close-up....
When we put Mineral Oil on the soapstone it will turn black and you'll see all the beautiful white gray veins!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A view of the NEW Kitchen....

Here's a view of the kitchen with the stove in place.  The soapstone countertops have NOT been installed yet... and where that blue ladder is there on the left, that's where our fridge is going to go.
I called a plumber the other day to come hook up my stove.  I'm really anxious to fire it up!!!  I've been without a stove since October... so I'm really really really really ready!

Anyway, the plumber didn't commit to WHEN he would come this week... I'm hoping it's tomorrow!

This is the desk area of the kitchen.

To the left of the stove is a drawer microwave and beneath that is a warming drawer.

Hurry up plumber guy!!!
We'll be working on the soapstone counters this weekend!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

1st floor bathroom

Yesterday I got all the taping done for the 1st floor bathroom.  Today I will apply the 1st coat of mud!  My goal is to have the walls & tiling done before 7/22... just before our town's big Pioneer celebration... when classmates and family gather from near and far!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Our Kitchen coming together...

Putting the vent exhaust hood in place.  A big thank you to Matthew, Aunt Shirley & Uncle Tony for helping us hold up the hood (several times...) while Rich screwed it into place!

Here it is!  The vent hood is all installed!

Wow... what a productive weekend!!!

On Friday, Wayne Moore Custom Cabinets (Deaver, Wy) installed the top cabinets.  They come back on Monday to finish up the job!

Rich installed the microwave & warming drawer (and hood as mentioned above) then got all the wiring done!

On Monday, I will call the gas company to install my awesome BlueStar 60" gas range!

Friday, July 09, 2010


The Pantry cabinets are all installed... just waiting on the doors to be installed!

The  Kitchen cabinet above the sink (around the garden window) goes up!

The Kitchen cabinets surrounding the fridge/freezer area are in place.

The Kitchen Desk area is in place!

Hmmm... I am missing the photo of the cabinet above the stove!  Will post that later!!!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

It's cabinet install day for the Kitchen & Pantry!

The day has finally arrived...

Cabinets parts are scattered throughout the 1st floor... awaiting installation!

I have dreamed about this day since 2003 when we decided to build our own home!

I have been dreaming about my new kitchen... the colors... the appliances... the cabinets... TODAY it all comes together!

I can't wait for the installing to begin!!!!!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

7/7/10 is the Day!

Rich finished the Kitchen floor!  It looks so awesome!  I love the bamboo!

I finished putting the 2nd coat of paint in the Pantry.  I decided not to texture this room.  The mud work came out pretty good.  The little texture there is on the walls came from the roller.

Cabinet install Wednesday 7/7/10!
Kitchen & Pantry will have cabinets installed on Wednesday!  I am so excited to see them... and FINALLY have a kitchen!!!

Of course... we'll next need to install the appliances then cut the soapstone, then install it before the kitchen is complete!  But... oh my gosh... I'm to have a place to store my kitchen stuff... and working appliances THIS WEEK!!!  (Hopefully I'll be able to get the gas company out to install my stove this week too... Rich could it... but it's a "warranty" thing.)

Looking forward to....
-Pan-seared scallops with grilled veggies
-Rich's fabulous clam chowda
-Baking sour dough bread
-Cooking Pizza
-Having company over!!!!

Will need counter stools soon too!