Since my last update on our hew house, we’ve had our windows installed, the ground leveled around the house and our roof has been shingled. All of that excitement packed into one picture-ific post:
The house feels much more grounded, nestled into the property, now that the dirt has been leveled. We’ve got a lot of landscaping to do!
The window in the foreground will be over my desk, looking out into the backyard.
The front door (in the right of this pic) opens into the dining room and kitchen area. The windows next to the door were not yet installed in this picture. We get a ton of light while still having a lot of privacy from the street.
From the front door, we can see straight down the hallway and out the window in one of the kids’ rooms. I love how that worked out.
Also from the front door, I catch a glimpse of the living room with big window and tall concrete block fireplace.
We’re looking forward to cozying up in front of the fire this winter.
I really, really love how much indirect natural light we get in the house through the clerestory windows. Three cheers for thoughtful architects!
The exposed concrete block continues into the den/playroom/spare bedroom. Jason is probably swatting a mosquito in this picture. They’re really bad down by our house. Maybe because all the dirt was stirred up with the leveling?
We have some nice big windows in the master bedroom too.
I love that we get to look out at this beautiful crepe myrtle tree all summer and fall!
Lucy is very happy that we have some low windows and glass doors that she can bird watch through.
The front door on a different day, after the windows were installed. This is from the dining room looking out toward the courtyard entryway.
A couple of weekends ago, Jason and I did a bunch of yard work. We removed about 60 feet of chain link fence and posts, cut back/down some trees, weed and shrubs and hauled all the debris to either the dumpster or the curb for brush pick-up. It was hard work on humid days but it felt so good—the physical exercision and the fact that we were working on our new property. This photo is taken from the back corner of our lot, the highest point on the property.
In the above pictures, our roof is covered in tar paper but not shingles. I’m not sure if you can tell by looking at them. But, in the pictures below, we have shingles! Yay! We selected “weathered gray” and it’s just what we were hoping for. We didn’t want to go too dark to attract the sun and we didn’t want to go too light that it looked the same shade as concrete. We didn’t want to go too brown since we have gray concrete block but we also didn’t want to go too gray because we’ll have cedar wood siding. Needlesstosay, we’re pleased with our choice.