Our house is starting look more like, well, a house.
It has a roof, some sparkling windows, sliding doors, retaining walls and, finally, a sense of space.
More importantly, my husband has emerged from the brooding dark place in which he’s been holed up for the last few months.
I’m used to him complaining about schedule delays, griping about no-show plumbers and tearing his hair out over rough inspections.
Now, he is strangely optimistic and giddy with excitement. Needless to say, it’s taking a little getting used to.
He fantasizes about making cappuccinos at the “coffee bar” and sighs as he describes the details of his man cave. The other day he even had me put down “Move in day!!!!” on the calendar.
“Are you excited? Are you?” he’ll ask.
“Uh … I don’t know,” I’ll respond warily. “Can I be?”
One of the coolest new additions to our house has been our Fleetwood sliding doors off two sides of our dining room. I don’t know why, but every time I open them I feel like Annette Bening playing a real estate agent in American Beauty. I will sell this house today!
This photo doesn’t even do them justice because the doors aren’t open all the way as they retract into the walls. Yeah!
While I’m excited to experience the whole indoor-outdoor vibe, I’m worried about bugs. Should I get a zapper? And heat loss. The whole thing just seems a bit decadent, but hey, who am I to complain?
Inside, we’re going to have our super awesome dining table that will just so happen to convert into … wait for it … a pool table.
I’ve been drooling over this table for a couple of years now. My high school dream has finally been realized.
When Kevin originally designed the dining room, I loved its size. Especially since our last dining room was extremely cramped and we normally love to host Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But I also knew that on any given night we were more likely to dine off of TV trays on the couch in the living room. Since the dining room is 19 x 13 feet, it felt like a waste if the space didn’t serve another purpose.
Enter the Fusion Table. At a height of 29.5 inches, it functions as a sleek dining table and can squeeze in 12 people. After dinner, you can take off the leaves, easily lift the table to its regulation 33.5 inches and shoot a game of pool. How cool is that?
While the big Fleetwood doors open to the front yard deck with a fire place and lounge area, the yard to the side of the dining room will access a ball court surrounded on two sides by stadium seating.
This will be where the kids can play basketball, volleyball, paddle tennis and ride their bikes and scooters.
There’s also the whole party potential! Outdoor movie nights during the summer? And with my mom turning 80 next year, I’m thinking a band, dining tables and dancing under twinkling lights.
If you walk out the dining room and to the left to the back of the house, there’s this whole other outdoor space. (Pardon the blown out pic.)
Look at that little rocking moose. A proud sentry guarding his post!
This portion of the backyard will include an outdoor dining area, BBQ and length of lawn. Kevin and I are quietly agreeing to disagree about whether it should be real grass or an artificial lawn.
Here are three points in my favor: First, there’s the drought, which is making everyone rethink lawns. Second, our last lawn practically died due to negligence on our part and uneven sunlight (notice the large swath of shade in the photo). Third, we had gophers that dug up numerous areas, which apparently no one else remembers but me.
Here are three points in Kevin’s favor: First, he loves to cut the lawn with his little push mower (even though he never trims the edges). Second, I don’t think his Midwestern sensibilities can handle being surrounded by plastic grass. Third, and this is where he’ll probably win, fake grass is friggin’ expensive!! Sheesh! There are plenty of other places where we could spend $10,000-$20,000.
Moving on …
On the inside of the house, there’s been a flurry of activity, especially in the last week.
After we passed our rough inspection, it was all systems go with insulation and drywall and it’s practically done. In fact, in under three weeks Kevin says he’s never seen drywall go so fast.
It’s pretty weird walking around the house with full insulation. When it was just framed, Kevin and I could barely hold a conversation on the first floor with the kids banging around upstairs. Now it’s soothingly silent. Like a sensory deprivation chamber.
And cool? Oh my. Words cannot express. I’ve never lived in a fully insulated house. So, the other day, when it was pushing 100 degrees, I was simply AMAZED to walk into the house and feel … comfortable.
I was especially impressed since our kitchen has this virtual wall of windows (taken before drywall.)
Speaking of kitchens, we ordered our cabinets! Because drywall was moving so fast Kevin announced just a few days ago that cabinets needed to be ordered NOW!!!
Thankfully, I had already scouted out the line I wanted to use months before, so in two short days everything was ordered. I just hope we got it right.
Eventually, I will detail the what and why of the kitchen. For now, we get to bite our nails over whether or not they’ll be delivered in time.
In other news, the old and the new finally met when the wall between our existing living room and new kitchen was knocked down and widened. (Hi Jack!)
Because it’s been boarded up for so long, I sometimes forget we have this whole other room in our house. I’m so excited with how it’s linking up!
There’s a lot going on right now, more than I could include in one post. But after such a long sojourn, this is the latest and greatest.
Until next time …