House Update – we have walls!

I haven’t shown you any house progress photos since we knocked the old one down, so I thought I would bring you up to date today. We have walls! Well most of them. Old man winter has really not been cooperating with us, and while I am very excited about having a white Christmas, the two feet of snow we have gotten over the last week hasn’t been helping out the construction process.

A house under construction

Thankfully last week they finished framing the entire basement and then got it closed in before the snow hit, but it now looks like a big windowless box. I texted this pic to the Mr. and work and said “change of plans, going with more of bat cave look” he was actually on board if he got a bat mobile…and if Alfred is going to clean my house, I might be down with it too.

I did snap a few pics before it got closed in and the snow hit – here is the view from the downstairs family room/play room.

lake house framing

You’ll notice the floor is still gravel in the basement,(and my daughter is trying to build a sand castle with it…) it got too cold and they couldn’t get the floor poured, another reason they needed to keep the snow out. When they get the house all closed in they will pour the floors down here, we are putting heated flooring in the basement, so it’s a bit tricky.

lake house framing

Here’s a shot of the view from the upstairs living room, if you notice the window on the left side there will be 8 windows running along that back wall the same size as that. Then another 4 windows on top of them because the ceilings will be 16 ft in this room. So, you can see the few of you who were missing the sunroom from the old house, this room is basically a wall of glass and should feel like the old sunroom.

A house under construction

You will be able to access the deck from the both the living room as well as the dining room thru these sets of doors.

A person standing in front of a body of water

Here are the doors off the master that will lead to the deck.

A beach covered in snow

This is what we’ve got from the street side – the front door is in the center there. They don’t have the garage framed yet, but we are getting there. So far I’m loving the floor plan. That was the number one thing I wanted to get right in this house, because there were a lot of things about our old house that didn’t work for us. I walked thru it for about an hour yesterday, and I think it’s pretty perfect. However, I may have made my kitchen pantry a smidge too big. I can actually lay on the floor in there and make snow angels, and yes you know I did this. I was making sure it felt like a good spot to hide from my kids with a glass of wine and box of girl scout cookies as is my custom around 6:00 when the children are driving me batty. It’s so big I’m thinking I can hide a sleeping bag and pillow in there if I really need to bunk down.

Hopefully by next week I can share the fully framed house with the roof on and everything, our trusses are sitting across the street patiently waiting. However we are currently under yet another winter weather advisory and the windchill is a balmy -3 today. I feel so bad for the guys working outside in this weather!

If you are new here and haven’t seen our new house plans you can check them out here.

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  1. Do you have a link to your houseplan anywhere on your blog? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hey Amy I don’t, unfortunately I’m not able to share our plans due to an agreement with my architect. There is a video home tour on my instagram stories that is helpful to get a better feel for the floorplan – thanks!

  2. I’m just catching up with some blog reading and I’m LOVING your new house. And girl, let me tell you, there is NO SUCH THING AS A PANTRY THAT IS TOO BIG!! I’d give my right arm for a walk -in pantry LOL!!! We live in a very comfortable (but architecturally boring with a very un-modern layout) 1968 ranch style home. My dream is to build a new home with a gorgeous kitchen (I love to cook too), a huge walk-in pantry, a real master bathroom with a soaking tub (we have 2 bathrooms but no true master bath), and with tall ceilings and lots of windows. I know these are all first world country issues, and I am a very blessed lady, but a girl can dream right? So excited to follow along with you through your construction process. I’m loving everything you’ve done!! Wish I lived closer . . . I’d stop by every weekend for a tour :)! Blessings from Missouri!!!

  3. I really envy that view, how beautiful. My family up there is complaining about all the snow y’all got. It’s pretty, but I sure don’t miss that frigid cold and am so thankful to live in GA…grin! Merry Christmas!

  4. have been following your blog for awhile and really love your choices. it’s very gutsy to build a house! we put a room on our house this summer and watching what you are going through brings back memories, except our crew worked in extreme heat. we love our sun porch/family room with its big windows and gas fireplace so i can about imagine how over the moon you are with your project. i wish you smooth sailing and know you’ll be inside decorating before you know it– and i can’t wait to see it!

  5. It’s going to be beautiful can’t wait to see it when your through decorating it.I know your feeling blessed so excited for you!

  6. It looks Amazing!!! So freaking cold… My poor dog wants a walk and I’m thinking no way!!! Love seeing the progress!

  7. That view is to die for. I am surprised to see how close to the lake you are allowed to build. Just goes to show how little I know about building! Enjoy!

    1. Hey Mechelle, we are actually 66 feet back from the lake but the house sits up higher so I think that’s why we look so close!

    1. Yes, I think everyone on the lake thought we were a bit nuts because this lot had so many dead trees on it but once we cleared it all away the view is amazing!

  8. I love the view from the basement windows! All those windows in the living room will be lovely as well. I was so surprised to see snow at your house! Which state do you live in?

    1. We are in West Michigan so we get hit with tons of lake effect snow off Lake Michigan. This winter has been brutal the last 2 weeks!

  9. Loved the window creation in the back and chuckled at the pantry in sympathy.It’s 11 in Colorado too!

  10. So exciting! I can just see you in the pantry ( Huuuummmmm! I just realized that “too big a pantry” is probably an oxymoron)! ?

    1. Well this is probably true, and I’m sure with all the entertaining we do in the summer I won’t have a problem filling it up with snacks :)

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