Week 10: Windows and Doors
Windows, doors AND stairs. It was a good week! To tell you the truth, I'm shocked with the speed at which everything is coming together. We're already in discussions regarding the timing of drywall and kitchen cabinets. Eek! I'm sure winter will throw a wrench into things eventually, but I'm just taking it all in at this point.
Just look at those windows! Oh, and we have a front door!! We're a little excited, in case you couldn't tell. :) Even better, a construction stair was installed late in the week, so I FINALLY got to check out the second floor. Let's jump right into some details.
Tyler and I were swamped with work all week, so we didn't have a chance to check on progress. Luckily, my parents happened to be going through the area on Wednesday, so they stopped by and snapped some photos. The windows were delivered and installed that day, so it was great to see how it all looked.
The windows really make it look like a house, huh? Our builder sent us a few more photos on Friday. Supports were removed throughout the first floor and "construction stairs" were installed. Just LOOK at the light streaming through those windows.
Speaking of windows, does the large "window wall" I've been talking about make more sense now? SO. GOOD. Oh man. It looks even better in person. 12 feet of nothing but beautiful sunshine. I always told Tyler I would live in a glass house if I could. I suppose this will do. :) Having windows that span the first and second floor makes everything feel extremely spacious.
Tyler and I finally stopped by on Saturday morning to check everything out for ourselves, and we were greeted with our very first snow flakes! It was extremely windy and wet, but we couldn't wait to check it all out. The black trim windows look AWESOME. It's the perfect mix between modern and farmhouse.
The inside is really coming together, too. All of the temporary supports have been removed, so you can truly get a sense for just how open and light the space will be. Below is a view from the back door all the way through the first floor.
A big 12' slider will go in the space shown below. The slider is actually sitting to the left and not yet installed because a a large scratch was found on the frame, but we hope to have a replacement installed in a few weeks.
Let's head upstairs... Below is a view from the second floor landing down to the first. As you can see, the large windows span the entire space, flooding both floors with lots of natural light.
Once upstairs, the master bedroom is to your right (or straight ahead in the photo shown below). Two guest bedrooms are on the left with the guest bath directly behind me.
This is the view once you're in the master bedroom. Our bed will sit centered underneath those windows. It's not a huge space by any means, but we like something a bit more cozy.
The photo below is from the opposite direction. The three small windows are now at my back and I'm looking straight ahead. This will be the view from the bed. The area directly in front will be an alcove in which we will likely put a piece of furniture. The areas on the left and right of the alcove will be entrances into the master bathroom and master closet respectively. Each will have a pocket door keeping things clean and modern. Tyler is basically standing at the master vanity for reference.
The second floor is a little more difficult to visualize in photos, but I think it's all going to really come together in the next few weeks. We are hoping to get siding and a roof installed by mid-December with insulation and drywall soon after. Plumbing, electrical and mechanical rough-in's will begin next week and the week after Thanksgiving.
The big decisions are really starting to flow at this point. We even picked out our countertops on Saturday morning! A sneak peak of the quartz counters for the kitchen island is below. It's going to be SO GOOD. Stay tuned for some design talk later this week. Happy Sunday!