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Lucas Family Home Update: Details that make a difference

July 20, 2016

I get a lot of questions from friends and family about the progress of our home. Well, this is the latest: Things are coming along nicely and a lot of progress has happened over the past couple of weeks. Almost all of the windows have been installed. As you may recall, we had a little window snafu, and we’re still awaiting a few of the custom windows. That said, the windows on the front porch are getting trimmed out to have more substantial molding around them, which makes a big difference from a curb appeal standpoint.

Another change that happened recently was the master bedroom ceiling got vaulted. This should have happened originally, but it got overlooked so it had to be redone. Vaulting the ceiling made a HUGE difference and it really made the room feel more spacious, so I’m pretty happy with that.

The plumbers came by this week and added in all the plumbing. It’s like a massive maze of pipes and tubes. The heart of the plumbing looks monstrous, and Ben tells me this is very important. (I just nod.)

We did a walk-through with our builder this week to go through the lighting and electrical plans. I’m glad we did this, as we caught a couple of little things that we forgot on the plans/sketches. For instance, I almost forgot to make note of a electrical outlet that will be housed within my vanity drawer for my blowdryer and curling iron. This seems ridiculous, but this is something I’ve always wanted so I can keep my stuff off the counters and keep things looking a little less cluttered. The details, y’all – they’re important!

More soon,

LL

Windows (111) The windows in the front of the house needed a little “oomph” so framing them out with nice trim made a huge difference.
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The heart of the plumbing. Each fixture has its own dedicated line and this helps with water pressure.

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Windows… well at least some of them

July 6, 2016

Windows are beginning to get installed this week, which makes this house feel like, well, a house. I’m pretty amazed at how each piece makes things feel very different.

Late last week, Ben went by the new house during lunch since he likes to micromanage things (we’re probably the worst clients ever…two super detail- oriented people. Or maybe, we’re the best people to build a home?!) and noticed that many of the windows delivered were all the wrong color. Some of our windows are vinyl — the ones on the back or sides of the house. But, many of them are wood, particularly the ones on the front of the house or other areas that we wanted a more custom, cross-hatch look such a the breakfast nook.

So, we basically had a ton of almond-colored windows delivered. This isn’t good when you ordered white ones, plus we’re leaning toward having a white  house. For a good hour, we thought thousands of dollars were going to be wasted and Ben was trying to figure out if there was any way to paint vinyl windows or get them returned. Plus, all these windows were sitting in the house and a crew was scheduled to come out and install them that afternoon. After a few calls, we discovered the window company was the one at fault. So, that was good news but it obviously has caused some delays with window installation since some of the windows need to be custom made.

So, we’re a few days delayed now, but at least we’re getting the windows we want.

More (windows) soon,

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Windows in the breakfast nook area

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Lucas Family Home Update: Sheeting and more

June 30, 2016

I took a little hiatus from updating on the blog because…well, life. Something’s got to give. I need to be a better planner when it comes to this whole blog thing, but I’m not quite there yet. Bear with me, please.

We’ve had a lot of progress on the home front in the past two weeks since my last post on the framing. We have sheeting now. The plywood sheeting material stabilizes the house so it doesn’t collapse from the wind. That’s about my level of expertise on that subject.

With a custom house, you have to be flexible and willing to roll with changes that come your way. There have been some changes due to engineering vs. architectural plan differences. Therefore, we had to alter the roof line a tad.

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Then, the eaves, soffits and roof sheeting were completed. Soffits are the material forming a ceiling from the top of an exterior house wall to the outer edge of the roof, i.e., bridging the gap between a home’s siding and the roofline, otherwise known as the eaves. (thanks, Wikipedia.)

We are now ready for windows, doors, siding and shingles, which should come in the next week. It’s starting to look like a real house!

Behind the scenes, we’ve finalized plans for  light fixtures and electricity since that will be installed next. I may have bought a light fixture already because I came across a sale online for one I really liked. Online shopping is the best. 🙂 We also had to make a decision on a range and purchased that as well. We’re starting to acquire a lot of stuff. And, we really need to plan for our move out of our current house and purge. Details, details.

I’m aiming to make a schedule over the weekend to get a little organized when it comes to our current home because we’ve just been going a mile a minute and haven’t been purging and organizing as much as we should. Maybe if I tackle a little per week it won’t feel so overwhelming, right? Things are a little overwhelming right now, especially with a 23 month old speaking to you and saying things  but you have no idea what he means, then he gets frustrated because you don’t know what he’s saying.  But, the constant “mama, I wuv yooouu” makes up for it.

More soon,

LL

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Second Story Framing

June 15, 2016

The second story framing is pretty much complete! We did a walk through with the builder last week, going through aspects that need to be corrected. i.e. missing a window here, this should be a pocket door not a regular door, etc. Missing a window might sound crazy, right? It’s actually not that big of a deal. The front door is actually incorrect since we are having a custom door made, but it will be fixed.

When you’re building a custom home mistakes will be made, and we understand that. You just have to be diligent in reviewing all the details and making note of that during check-in periods. I feel like I’m a broken record with this statement, but I can really start to visualize the scale of things now! I’m just a visual person, and it just feels so different to see on paper then to see it in-person. The house will be inspected this week for the hurricane clips that were put in to secure things and then we’ll start sheeting later this week, I believe. Or, that’s what I’m told by Ben at least. 🙂

 

More soon,

LL

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Stairs were just put in this week (as opposed the ladder which was making me a little nervous last week!)

Stairs were just put in this week (as opposed the ladder which was making me a little nervous last week!)

Back patio

doors leading to back yard

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Rain, rain go away

May 28, 2016

It’s been raining SO much in Houston lately, which puts a big damper on the home-building process.

Since we’re working with more of a boutique builder, things are probably a little slower than you’d expect. Couple that with the weather, and things seem to be moving along S L O W L Y. We did see some progress this week with the second floor trusses delivered and the second floor framing process started.

Behind-the-scenes, we’re trying to finalize kitchen appliances and this is going to ultimately impact the design and layout of the cabinets. I must admit,  Ben and I are not on the same page when it comes to certain aspects of the kitchen. We cook and eat at home a lot so I think the kitchen is probably the most important home in our house since it gets the most use. We’ll have a very open kitchen/living area concept. BUT, we have a budget and we know we’re going over it. We’re just trying not to go over it TOO much.

Next, we need to sit down and figure out the electrical and lighting plans. Thinking about where you want a light in every part of the home is overwhelming and in some cases, knowing where we want certain types of lights this early on seems ridiculous and even more overwhelming. Single sconce vs. overhead sconces? Canned lights? Chandelier? This needs to be decided because we need to let the builder know so the electrician can then update plans and go in and do all the wiring once the framing is complete. If you don’t like to be in the weeds or think about details like this then maybe a custom home from scratch isn’t for you. But, we’re DIY people and these decisions are ones we like being involved in.

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More on the home front soon (hopefully!),

LL

 

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Breakfast Nooks

May 18, 2016

Source: Becki Owens

I love a good eating nook. I love the casual simplicity of a bench paired with a table that doesn’t necessarily match. When we designed the new house, I knew I wanted a cozy, built-in banquette. Not only does it offer storage, it has a nice window area that lets in some natural light. I envision this as the epicenter of many family meals and conversations. I often wake up to the sound of a waffle maker in my house, and I can see our family enjoying many morning waffle feasts around this table. Here are a few breakfast nooks I’ve found for inspiration.

becki Owens B and A breakfast nook yellow

Source: Becki Owens

Caitlin Creer Interiors Breakfast Nook

Source: Caitlin Creer Interiors

house beautiful breakfast nook

Source: House Beautiful

decor pad nook

Source: Decor Pad

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Piece by piece

May 5, 2016

We’ve seen some progress with the framing of the first floor in the past few days. It’s really helping me understand the scale of each room and  the layout a little more.

Mudroom frame 2

This is the mudroom. (Can’t you tell? Duh. 😉 ) I was really particular about this room in the house. We even designed a special place for Guy Harvey, our beloved cat we lost unexpectedly last Dec. We’ll still build that special spot for him, and one day perhaps another cat will join our family and occupy it.

downstairs framed

I have a post in the works that might be helpful to anyone considering building a home. I hope to have that up next week. The whole process is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s a big commitment in many ways to build a home, and I kind of have a lot on my plate in general right now. I’m starting to realize maybe I’ve bit off more than I can chew in many areas of life, but I’ve realized that “good enough” is the best I can do on any given day and the only person who knows that I’m giving my version of “good enough” is probably just me.

This season of life is tough. I’ve been thinking about how much life has changed in the past 2 years since Braden joined our family. I’m exhausted, and all the decisions for the house make me even more tired. I know this season will pass and one day I’ll wish for more nights when Braden curls up on my chest to fall asleep.

Looking forward to the weekend. Are you?

More soon,

LL

 

 

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Framing

April 28, 2016

After the terrible rain and Houston flooding that made national headlines last week, we’re finally seeing some better weather, which means a little progress on the home front. We’ve stopped by the house twice this week and saw that they drew some chalk lines one day and then started framing the next day.

Chalk Lines

Inspector Braden

B playing with nails

B likes to go around the site and collect nails. (Just a coincidence that he is wearing pants that have screws and washers on them. Baby Zara has the best everyday baby clothes for boys!) He found a bunch of washers and started counting and stacking them. I love that he’s really into counting and the ABCs these days. Such a little sponge.

B pointingBraden always enjoys going to what we call the “contruction site.” His eyes light up when dad says this like it’s the candy store. Totally all boy.

Framing

With the framing up, I’m able to envision the layout and rooms a little better now, too. Hopefully, we have some clear skies so we continue to see more progress this week!

More soon,

LL

 

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Foundation

April 8, 2016

We have foundation! This happened on Thursday, and it’s a process that my husband has been very interested in, so he’s been going over there daily to micromanage check on things.

 

Trenching

Trenching to form the concrete beams of the foundation

Rebar and Cables

Moisture barrier, rebar and post tension cables. These cables will be tensioned up to 33,000 lbs in 7-10 days which will keep the foundation from cracking and shifting. Thanks, Ben, for that little tidbit 😉

Concrete Pump Truck

Photo Credit to our future next door neighbors who have been kind enough to keep us posted about the activity going on at the new house.

A parade of cement trucks came on the street around 7am. Pumping started at 8:45am and took about 1.5 hours to pump the concrete.

Concrete setting up

Concrete setting up right before they remove the form boards that separate the garage and patio levels from the main house level.

Braden Playing on the Slab

At 5pm Braden is the first family member to walk on the slab. At 27 lbs, Braden weighs the least in our family, so Ben felt he wasn’t going to hurt anything. He loves playing there, and we hope that’ll be a trend we continue when there’s walls and other livable spaces. 🙂

 

More soon,

LL

Home Design + Decor Travel

Marburger Farm Antique Show

April 7, 2016

(Photo by Megan Bruce Lucas)

I recently traveled  to Round Top, TX for the Marburger Farm Antique Show. This is about a 1.5 hour drive northwest of Houston. I’ve heard about this show from a few people and read that it’s one of the country’s best shows, so I thought it was worth making the trek. Since we’re building a home, I’ve been doing more window shopping lately. Normally, I hate going places without having a true purpose, but I’m still looking for home inspiration, especially on the decor front.  Overall, it was good to get a feel for the show and vendors since it comes twice a year —  March and September. I’ll definitely go back in the fall when we’re farther in the home building process, and I’ll have more specific pieces in mind. A few accessories caught my eye, and I did find two custom furniture stores I loved  as well. I plan to place an order for a pair of chairs that I think will look great in our new living room. The experience here as a first-timer was a tad overwhelming since there are 350 dealers from across the country in the show. I actually liked more of the vendors we saw along the way to the actual main Marburger Farm area.

Marburger Farms, longhorn

Hook ’em.  (Photo by Tabbetha Powers)

I’m on the hunt for light fixtures, and I’d love something like this for the mudroom.

I think these jars are fun, and I’ve love to have them for a candy bar for a party, but would use them for pantry staples, too.

 

It took awhile to find the letters in the shapes I had in mind, but we went home with some good ones.

Who doesn’t like kettle corn?

Our only family pic of the day. Braden was in a mood at this point.

We bought some metal letters to hang up in the new house. It took awhile to find the shapes that I had in mind. This was our only real purchase of the day.  It was a nice mid-week day trip.

I would consider spreading  my next visit to Marburger Farm over two days so we can look at more vendors, but I’m glad we went on the first day and on a weekday — I can only imagine how crowded it gets on the weekend, especially with all those one lane, small town roads! Overall, we had a nice day despite the some light rain. I’ll definitely go again, but probably sans child. I wouldn’t want to spend most of the day strapped in a stroller after being in a car seat for awhile either. Well, actually, I’d really love if someone would push me around and ask me if I’m thirsty or hungry all day. Sounds pretty dreamy actually! Our day trip to Round Top was actually on my birthday so I’d say it was a simple, yet wonderful birthday adventure. Does that mean I’m super old now if I want to go hunting for antiques on my birthday?!