A Letter to our Interior Trim

Dear Trim,

I’ve been in so many houses. Lived and loved in so many houses. Not once have I ever noticed you. It was almost like you never really existed, until you came storming into our lives.

Agreeing to spend our summer with you opened up a large chunk of our house building budget. We were reassured we could handle you.

At 3 AM on a Monday night, with sawdust in my nose and caulking in my hair, I cursed you. I had an adult temper tantrum and said really mean things to you AND about you. I wondered why you ever even existed. Why did we even have to have you?

But then, you finished our house. there was this one Saturday I devoted to strictly sanding and painting you. 14 hours of it to be exact. It was me, you, and the main level of our house. It turns out you did matter, and I underestimated the difference you make.

There are some things to be worked out still. It’s kind of like your the job that never really ends. But one day you will… I think. Despite the rough road we have travelled, I will always remember the summer of 2014 that we spent together.

Your Truly

Your Roommates

The Open Shelf Thing

So if you are reading this blog, you probably like house stuff, and you probably know all about how open shelves are kind of a thing right now. In our last two homes, we have kept this large, cheap, pine shelf thing that we purchased from Fred Meyer. It has lived in our kitchen in every house we have lived in, and it was so clutch. Putting dishes away is SO much easier to do when there is no cabinet door between you and your plates.

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And having your wine glasses literally a reach away at any moment, not so bad.

So open shelves seemed like an obvious YES to us when designing our kitchen. Plus, cabinets are like the most shockingly expensive thing, so it helped with the budget as well. So here is our blank canvas, prior to the whole project starting.

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The open shelves really morphed into the center point of our kitchen, making it a surprisingly bigger project than anticipated. We started with a counter to ceiling flat white subway tile back splash. I seriously got so many raised eye brows when the idea was shared, but it was one I loved too much to get shaken up by doubters.

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Then we found this insanely cool girl who custom welds shelf brackets from iron. Ok. Done and done. We needed those, so we got them.

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Then our dear neighbor who is a barn wood dealer sent us home with a scrap barn beam that was headed for his burn pile as part of it had rotted away. Well that part was sawed off, and our shelves came from the remainder of it.

Last but not least, our stainless steel hood and back splash was a whole lot of work, as it had to be custom made. Installing it was no joke, but our trusty can do anything jack of all trades Dalton (an employee of the construction company we worked with) took care of it for us.

All these pieces morphed into what surprisingly became our favorite part of our kitchen. If you are considering open shelving… I can’t say enough good things about it. We are loving it! They are awesomely convenient, and they make unloading the dishwasher WAY easier.

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Gutter Color- Another Soap Box

I can get a little OCD about some of these house things.  Ever since out gutters went up… oh about six months ago… I cringe every time I see the front of the house.  The sharp white lines accentuating a sharp angle of our house that I never liked.   That stuff really brings out my can’t move on from it attitude.

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So I didn’t move on. One weekend, tall ladders, five trips to the paint store in two days, and lots and lots of painting. Sorry for the crummy pic… but I think you will get the idea.

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In my opinion, totally worth it.  The sharp white lines never fit, and removing them made the house look so much more together, and the angles softened just like I hoped.  It’s a nice lesson to us in just bucking up and taking the time to do it.

Back from vacation, for real, and progress photos

Some pretty fantastic stuff has been going on this fall.

First of all, we legitimately legally moved into our house. We officially have an occupancy permit, and we rolled our construction loan over into a mortgage. Boom.

Second of all, we took about eight weekends where we said farewell to our house on Friday night, and came crawling back late on Sunday. We took trips, ventured all over the place, and spent way more time doing hip twenty something things than normal. We brunched the heck out of Sundays. It. Was. Awesome. So while we have enjoyed acting our age these past two months, we were feeling a little home sick after it all, which in a way was kind of nice.

These past eight weeks we invested an average of two nights a week in late night house work during the weekdays. We agreed to spend the next few weekends home, getting some of our bigger projects tackled.

So here for you, is where we are at now. Our kitchen/living/dining is morphing into a space we actually find ourselves lingering in more and more.

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photo(2)Our front porch is moprhing as well. I left all the saws and moving boxes out of this picture for you.

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Our bedroom and guest bedroom, also still need quite a bit of work, but are getting there!

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Vacation Return

I have been taking a little blogging hiatus, to do a little r+r after this last year, the year we will always call the year of the house.

While we have continued to plug away on our house… we are doing so at a much slower pace.  We have hit that sweet spot.  There is still quite a bit to work on and “wrap up,” but holy ca-moly we are almost done, and are house is so comfortably livable.

Sometimes we go out to dinner TWICE in one week.  Sometimes we spend a WHOLE weekend with loved ones, just taking enough time to shower and clean up the house before the next gathering happens.  We are making the most of all of our hard work up to this point, and enjoying the almost finished nature of this large project.

We leave today for a friends trip, then I promise to return with updates, pictures, projects, and answers to all your questions that I have so much loved reading and thinking about.

See you soon :-).

Landscaping

We were approved for our site this morning! That means all our landscaping work paid off.

I have to say. I found this landscaping part to be pretty reinforcing. To think we came from this just a few months ago…

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To this now…

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Is pretty exciting.

Four Years

We celebrated four years of marriage yesterday!

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While we still maintain that “this is just a house, it has played this funny role on almost all of our wedding anniversaries.

Year one. The previous owner of this lot accepted our offer to purchase the property. The whole offer was a long shot, and his acceptance on the day of our first wedding anniversary was pretty awesome. We had been married all of eleven months when we decided that buying a lot along a river and building a house on it would be a good idea.

Year two. Not much this year. We were saving and saving and saving so we had a picnic on our now purchased property and tried our best to imagine a house being there one day.

Year three. We received our building permit, on our anniversary. It was literally the last day possible that we could receive it and keep our timelines with our bank. We couldn’t help but let some doubt sneak in during our almost two years of permitting, so the timing of finally getting the permit felt like a sign that we were doing the right thing after all.

Year four. We have a house. With walls, food in the fridge, and decks to drink coffee on. We planned to celebrate our anniversary away from our house, but funny thing, we were called back to work so our lawn prep could start first thing in the morning.

We got our rakes and shovels and picked rocks, and moved dirt, and leveled things out. Then we had trader joes flatbread and champagne.

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It was totally perfect.

Weekend Work

This weekend has been awesomely, productive. I’m taking a break to do a little blog updating… as I just smashed my elbow with a digging bar. Ice and blogging go well together.

We had some “landscaping drama” courtesy of all our final inspections. Mike and I have been redirected to focusing our energy on lawn prep.

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My mom came to save the day with gravel spreading and hauling.

My dad chose to save the day in a different way. We had been planning to wrap up our exterior painting touch up this weekend, as we are getting dangerously close to the Fall. Once our attention was pulled to the yard, my dad stepped in and spent about ten hours on a very tall ladder to touch up our house.

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A few more hours of work on Sunday for Mike and I and the exterior touch up was done! I still don’t really believe it. Hammering down those exterior paint lids brought tears to my eyes… almost.

Back to rock picking and gravel spreading for me.

Our Week

We are deep in the trenches of inspections and finishing touches. Here are a few photos that summarize our life as of late.

We sit in our yard of mud and have camp fires. Like real life hicks.


We take pictures of our dog laying around. That’s old news.

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And last, but most certainly not least, we are enjoying the development of our kitchen.

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Finishing Stages

Yesterday I made what I sincerely hope may be my last and final trip to this one particular paint store.

We go to multiple paint stores depending on the product. Almost anything (except for our decks) that is made with wood has been finished by Daly’s stuff. The employees have become dangerously close to friends.

We are truly in the final finishing stages of the interior. It doesn’t seem possible, but when we make our lists, it really is.

Here is to a fruitful Labor Day weekend!