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Let’s take a look at the exterior of the house and then I’ll show you around the inside.
This view of the front is one that I’ll rarely see unless I’m mowing the grass. The driveway is on the right side of the house.
I’ll also not see this side of the house unless I’m mowing the grass. The three windows on the main floor are in the dining area of the kitchen. The two windows in the basement will be in a future family room.
The covered deck is a feature that we are most looking forward to enjoying. The window to the left in the basement will one day be a guest bedroom. The triple windows on the main floor are in the master bedroom.
You may remember that our builder, David James Homes, has limited selections for every house detail. Their program keeps prices low and helps the home owner stay within budget. If you want a detail that they don’t carry, then you pay extra for it. One detail that I really wanted was a Craftsman style door. The door should be stained a dark brown color this week.
We had to bring in some fill dirt because of the lay of the land in the front of our house. The sharp slope shown here has since been leveled out a bit. I grew up with red clay soil and wouldn’t you know it, the fill dirt that they brought in is red clay. Let’s just hope that Sherman’s paws don’t track it everywhere.
I just hope he doesn’t jump on the white bedspread that I purchased for my mom’s room. Red clay stains like you wouldn’t believe!
We will need bar stools but have yet to pick any out.
I really like our kitchen and it’s more spacious than I thought it would be. We upgraded to stainless appliances from the standard David James Homes package. We also provided our own pendants and dining light because I wasn’t thrilled with their standard choices.
We provided our own sink, a Domsjo purchased at Ikea, a much cheaper alternative to expensive farm sinks. The faucet was one of the David James Homes choices. It has a sprayer that pulls out of the nozzle and I’m looking forward to using that feature.
It took us f.o.r.e.v.e.r to pick out our kitchen lighting. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent online searching. Mr. SP discovered our final choice while searching an unlikely source, Cabela’s. We both are super happy with the Grand River Lodge Fisherman’s Pendant Lights that we chose.
We both love their coppery patina. This shot gives you a view of the fireplace in the living room. We can’t wait to use that!
The light in the dining area is Cabela’s Grand River Lodge Fisherman’s Four Light Chandelier.
Our foyer and hall lights match those in the kitchen, Grand River Lodge Fisherman’s Ceiling Light. They have yet to be installed so I have no pictures to share.
You probably noticed in a previous picture that fireplace has no mantel. We are using a beam from the former carriage house on the farm where my grandfather grew up in Maryland.
You can see more of the farm in this post from March of 2013. Mr. SP took this picture from the top of one of the silos. The carriage house once stood where the white garage stands now. My grandfather tore the carriage house down on his summer vacation and salvaged some of the timber. The mantel in our lake house will be a beam that he saved.
When we visited the house on Saturday, we expected the mantel to be in place. Instead we found some stone missing from the area under the mantel and the mantel placed to the side. Hopefully repairs will be made this week and the mantel attached to the stone.
This is the master bedroom. We provided our own fans since the ones that David James Homes offered did not have lights. The fan is the Petersford 52” LED purchased from Home Depot.
This is the view from the master bedroom. The trees along the shoreline will eventually be removed pending approval from AEP.
Our 1950’s Cape Cod has tiny bathrooms with no counter space. I’m going to be in hog heaven with this big counter and so many drawers. The master closet is off of the bathroom but due to its position, I had trouble getting a picture. It’s a small walk-in-closet.
This bathroom view was taken with me standing in the doorway to the closet. The floor is vinyl and will be easy to take care of and will hide dirt.
This guest room will be primarily my mom’s. Right now she has a nice view of the dumpster. Her fan is a Hunter 52” Meridale Brush Nickel from Lowe’s.
The other guest room will be for my father-in-law and looks very similar to Mama’s room. His room is slightly larger but has a smaller closet.
The second bathroom is off of the main hall. I picked a black cabinet for this room.
The basement is a big unfinished space and not much to see right now. I’m going to try really hard not to fill it up too quickly. 🙂
Our house isn’t visible from our subdivision’s main road. As you start down the driveway both the house and lake can be seen.
We are hoping to close on the house this Friday and to start moving some things into it over the weekend. My fingers are crossed!