These last couple of weeks have seen various changes, large and small, on both the interior and the exterior of the new house.
After the drywall guys were done, the painters came in. They did the primer and the first coat of paint on the walls, and they finished the ceilings. After all the interior finishings are installed, they will come back and do another coat of paint on the walls.
In the photo above, you can see some of the polished concrete floor. It’s all covered in drywall dust right now, but I still love it! (we are leaving the protective mats on the high-traffic areas for now). And if you are wondering why the pony wall in the kitchen has not been drywalled, it’s because that will be covered with the same material as the kitchen cabinets. You can also see how much the paint colour changes in different lighting scenarios. It’s an off-white paint with yellow undertones, which really show up at the back of the kitchen.
After the painters were done, work began on the master bathroom. The tub surround was built, and the backer board was put up in the shower and painted with a blue waterproofing substance.
Meanwhile, on the outside of the house, our beautiful cedar soffits were installed, the vents are galvalume to match the roof and gutters.
After that was done, the scaffolding was removed and construction began on the east side of the deck:
Around the same time, the portable mill guy arrived to turn our logs into lumber. These logs are from trees that were taken down as part of the site prep.
The western redcedar logs were milled into boards that will be used on our deck. People have asked me about whether the boards need to be cured. After talking it over with the miller and my builder, we decided not to have them trucked off to a kiln for drying. The boards will be placed very close together so that, as they shrink with age, the gap between them won’t end up too big. We are going for a rustic look, so the rough sawn boards will simply be sanded on the surface when in place.
We also ended up with some lovely hemlock boards – not sure what we will do with them just yet, but my interior doors happen to be hemlock, so I might have enough to use as trim.
The balsam wasn’t good for much, so we will likely use that as firewood.
Finally, we had some Douglas Fir which we are going to use for flooring in the master bedroom and walk-in closet. That will be milled into tongue-and-groove boards and then kiln dried. Douglas fir is a softwood, but some people – such as myself – enjoy the patina that such woods take on after years of use. It’s not common to find solid wood floors anymore, and they can be sanded and refinished later on if necessary, so I’m pretty excited to have them in my house and from our own trees!
This week, the crew was finally able to start finishing the exterior insulation. Most of it had been done already, but they waited for the deck to be finished to do that end of the house:
And on the inside of the house, the kitchen cabinets started to arrive!!!!
And finally, the interior doors are going in! They are made from hemlock – I got them on sale for half price and I think they are absolutely gorgeous!
After the doors are put in they will start on the baseboards, trim, and window sills. Meanwhile, on the outside, they will finish the insulation then put up the rainscreen and the siding (I’m so excited about that part!). The cabinets will be installed by next week, then the countertop folks will arrive to measure everything. Things are really starting to come together now, and I’m beginning to see the end in sight! I’m getting very excited about moving in!