12 June 2011

Didja Miss Me?

Huh.  It's been over two months since I last posted.  Imagine that.  Apparently I suck at blogging when my life goes nutso.

I've been a busy girl.  Selling an old house, building a new house - so much to do, so little time.  The last we spoke, I was hoping for the builder to rev up the digger machine to start excavating the foundation for the new house.  Since then, we have come a  long way baby!  I'll let the pictures do (most of) the talking:

March 29th:  Digging the foundation - woo hoo!

March 29th:  Framing for the basement footings - Hartley & I are super excited!

April 4th:  Molds for the basement walls - time to pour the concrete!

April 15th:  Basement walls done - let's get the first floor started.

April 22nd:  First floor all framed.

May 2nd:  Second floor all framed.

May 5th:  Here comes the roof.

May 10th:  The roof is shingled and the windows are going in.

May 31st:  The field stone is being applied.

June 9th:  The garage doors are in, the siding is started and some trim is in place.

Despite the outrageous amount of rain in southern Ontario this spring, we've made some decent progress in two months.  Of course this is just the front exterior of the house.  Inside the house, we have walls being clad in drywall and mudded, plumbing being installed, electrical and network cable being wired and a gas fireplace finding its new home.  As well, the cabinets for the kitchen, butler's pantry, bathrooms, sewing room and library are being built.  Soon the flooring, lighting, plumbing fixtures and inside trim will be installed.

In the mean time, we staged our existing home and put it up for sale.  Thankfully, the first couple (a pair of soon to be newlyweds) that came through the house, loved the place and put in an offer.  After a bit of negotiating, we sealed the deal.  The only hitch is that we close on the existing house and get the keys for the new house on the same day - July 29th.  That is going to be one seriously hectic moving day - yikes!

I'm hoping to get back to a more regular blogging schedule now that I have crossed a few things off my to-do list.  I just hope y'all don't mind if I blather about house stuff for the next while.

34 comments:

Toby Wollin said...

Gorgeous.

Jane M said...

What a fantastic house. And congrats on selling yours so quickly. I'm hoping thane of these days I'll be able to sell our FL condo that quickly, ha ha.

Kristine said...

Such a beautiful home, I love the fieldstone! Hope all continues smoothly for you!

Dharma said...

I really like the design of your house. Field stone is a favorite of mine. Enjoy the process!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Congratulations!

Johanna said...

Thanks for the update! So glad to hear all is progressing smoothly, and can't wait to see the first thing that comes out of that new sewing room!

Vicki said...

Please, please blather about house stuff :)) I love houses even more than sewing. I can feel the character in yours already! Can't wait to see more.

Nancy K said...

congratulations! We closed on our previous house and our present house on the same day too. It's exhausting but at least it's all done.

Anonymous said...

Your home is lovely. Congratulations on your new home.

Marie

Faye Lewis said...

How wonderful!

K2 said...

So, is the small window above the field stone side, part of the 20' long closet? I'm so jealous. Don't feel bad about not blogging. You have obviously been really busy.

Maggie said...

Love the house! Please feel free to blather and go on and on all you want. I'm dying to hear all about it...no detail is too small!!!

Jali said...

Great to see you back(and Hartley too)! The house is looking pretty marvelous.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Congratulations and get packing! July will be here before you know it.

MushyWear said...

Oh the house is looking so good. Congratulations on selling the old one. So good to read all is going well!

Biba said...

Congratulations! This is really big progress in just two month!

jacquiJB said...

Fantastic! Very happy to see you back, and can't wait to hear (and see) all about the house and, of course, your further sewing adventures. Here's sending good thoughts for a continued smooth build!

ashley0107 said...

Wow thanks for sharing those progress photos! It's really interesting to see how it goes up. And it's looking gorgeous!!
Ashley x

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Your new house is beautiful!

angie.a said...

It's beautiful! LOVE the flagstone and the color is gorgeous!

Jenny said...

Wow, how exciting! Your house is so beautiful and I'd love to hear more about it. Can't wait to see your sewing room, too!

Evie said...

Such a beautiful house. I'd be itching to get in there.

Moving out/moving in on the same day is the norm here in the UK...it's hectic but doable. Just keep the kettle and some mugs close to hand!

Enjoy.

Carole said...

Your home is gorgeous and congratulations on the quick sale of your existing home. However, as I have been a Realtor for over 30 years, one caution. Please have a plan B in case your new home is not quite ready to close on the same day as the old one. I would push the builder to be ready to close a few day prior to the old house closing. In the US the contracts usually allow for one party to delay up to a week with no penalty. Thus you can ask for a delay of the new home...but alternatively, if the builder asks for such a delay, where would you go? Have a plan...but good luck and I hope it all goes smoothly!

fiberchick said...

Welcome back! We've missed you. Love the house and am really looking forward to seeing some interior shots of the new kitchen and sewing room...

Sharon said...

So good to hear from you and your home is looking amazing.

Lisette M said...

Of course we missed! Your house looks lovely.

Chris said...

Shannon, we've missed you but you have a good excuse. The house looks beautiful. Can't wait to see it completed and get the nickel tour.

Teddylyn said...

Beautiful home! Congratulations. Can't wait to see your new sewing studio!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I love the time lapse photography! I can't believe how quickly it's going up. Fingers crossed for July 29!

Razmataz said...

That house looks fabulous! I can;t wait to see inside. It seems like work has progressed very quickly on that.

Jeanettec said...

Shannon, it's coming along beautifully and yes, I did miss you. I can't wait to that sewing room AND your CLOSET! LOL

Denise said...

So glad you're back. Congrats on the home progress. And I did miss ya!

meredithp said...

Wow, it's going so quickly! A BIG congratulations on selling the old home and not having to move twice. (Fingers crossed for you!)

Mardel said...

Gorgeous! And of course I'd love to hear more about anything you'd care to write about.