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Building a home, week 6: Insulation and appliances

This week there were major changes to the home’s interior. The week was lighter on meetings than in past weeks but enormous progress was made. Insulation was installed and the dry walling started. Finally, we have actual walls!

Ultimately, this will be the master bedroom closet. Getting it there, will be up to Don's Shelving.
Cheryl Dangel Bartolini
We haven't bought it yet, but this pull down pendant would be perfect for our hanging over the kitchen island.
Cheryl Dangel Bartolini

Here’s how it panned out in the ongoing series, “Building a home, week 6: Insulation and appliances.”

May 3: It is Saturday and they are busy working on the house. The front door and main focal windows on the front of the house were stained using the Minwax walnut stain we chose last week. We love how the view from the curb is coming together.

Met up with our builder, Steve Lecas of Gander Builders, at the house, and he was changing the alignment of the driveway to ensure we could back out of the garage, turn about, and then pull forward down the long, narrow drive. This change will impact the landscaping and fence line.

May 4: Went shopping for light fixtures and ceiling fans and did more window shopping than buying at Horton’s Lighting in LaGrange, Ill., where we found two nice pendant lights for use in the kitchen. We will consider those more seriously once we see some other options. Next stop, Lowe’s, where we bought a couple ceiling fans. We’ll be going to a lighting showroom later in the month, but in the meantime, anything we can take off the list helps. At home, I found a perfect lamp for the great room at Lamps Plus, so we went ahead and ordered it.

May 5: We met with Mark McClure of Beary Landscaping based in Lockport, Ill. to review his rough plans for the front and the backyards. Does the idea of a mud-free, lawn-free yard sound smart, especially if you have dogs? I think so, but I feel alone in the crowd. I’m imagining a backyard occupied partly with a driveway, walkway to the garage, patio, firepit and shed. In the balance of the space, I see a vegetable garden and ideally, planting beds with weed barrier and stone or mulch; no grass. The reaction I get from those I tell about this plan varies from “Great!” to “Are you kidding?” I feel like I'm losing ground to the naysayers.

At the house, they started installing the insulation today, a combination of blown-in insulation and roll batting.

May 7: The insulation is finished. Now that you can’t see through the framing from one room to the next, you can get a feel for the actual size of the rooms. In other news, I found a wonderful vessel sink at for our first floor bathroom. After checking on the installation, Lecas gave the go ahead to order it.

May 8: We finalized the appliance shopping at Lorenz Appliances, Homewood, Ill. On the way, we drove by the house to see the drywall being delivered. Around 2 p.m., it was being unloaded by a crane and off-loaded into the house via an upstairs window. By 4:30, a truckload of sheetrock was being brought in the front door. Then, at about 6 p.m. we stopped in to find that many rooms had already been drywalled. We were pleasantly shocked at the progress. The rooms are now taking shape.

Back home, we finalized our choice of pattern for the stamped concrete that will be the floor in the screened-in porch. Later, I spent considerable time trying to track down a chandelier purchase made two weeks ago in New Orleans that hasn’t showed up. The day ended with still no word on its whereabouts.

May 9: Located the chandelier from New Orleans. It hasn't even been shipped yet. It is a good thing that I'm tracking every single purchase. You can easily forget about something and if it never ships, you could be out of luck.

To read this series from the beginning, click here. To read the next installment, click here.

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