The Homemade Roost is getting a Makeover

So something that has taken us forever and really we lost most if not all motivation on was our yard 🙂
We were able to get lucky and with our loan not have to finish it to move in and be able to just get the money out so we could do it later– but ya I’ll be the first to admit- we’ve been lazy- burned out and every time we’d walk out and try to do anything with it we’d end up overwhelmed and very frustrated!
There were so many ROCKS– so many– I’m not kidding when I say I’ve probably picked up a thousand or more rocks!  and putting in 35+ sprinklers was a job in itself- and leveling it and spreading a bit more dirt– ya it just went on and on and on
Thankfully we had some help and motivation come along 🙂 and I’m so happy to say that we have grass seed spread– And the kids actually enjoyed the process– I love that they are learning to love to help and work 🙂
but in all honesty what kid who didn’t get the chance to drive the four wheeler wouldn’t like to work too? 🙂
  We decided that even though it was pretty late in the season we’d try and spread some grass seed and see if it grew or not– either way we know we’ll probably be spreading some more in the spring 🙂
And even though I am never in these pictures I swear I was there spreading that crap too 🙂 and picking up Rocks– always forever picking up rocks–
But I will admit it looks so much better– You can Hardly see anymore Rocks!
and guess what I spotted this morning…….
Itty bitty little grass 🙂 It’s growing!!– I’m just hoping it can survive the coming up storms 🙁

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Well I know I’ve been quite the slacker on our house updates– I won’t lie our house is a stinkin mess right now!!!– We have so many projects going on the house and absolutely none of them are totally finished– {which is my biggest pet peeve and frustration! I hate leaving just a little bit left to be done– ugh}
One thing that is done though is our Cabinets!
We had Merrills with Merrill woodworking do them and I absolutely LOVE them! They did an amazing job and were great to work with {and I’ll admit it I had some kinda out there ideas and designs 🙂 } As far as recommendations go– these guys get five thumbs up from me 🙂
We did build the back of the bar wood wainscoting and so I’m still working on finishing that up— and we have lights that still need to get done– and appliances to put in– Like I said never ending little things.
 As part of our cabinets I had this file cabinet built and I’ve never been so excited to file some stuff 🙂
Master bath Cabinets– we still have to cut out the bottom shelves for the plumbing 🙂
I love the kids bathroom cabinets– {there’s also a huge linen closet in here that I forgot to take a pic of }
and the kitchen desk {ya a huge mess right now}
And our Study Desk– Merrills did the cabinets and we put on the wood top {I wanted kinda an old wood bench top look 🙂 }
Other stuff we’ve been doing.
trying forever to finish the electrical
and building many much built ins
 Our Mudbench {still needs paint and a wood top for the bench
Shelves and cubbies in our Mud closet
 Master Bedroom Closet Organizers
Organizers in the kids closets
Pantry Shelves
Our Living room Bookcases and Columns {ya still a lot of paint and stuff left to do}
I finally finished our powder room table {that is until Dave builds a shelf for it 🙂 }
and we are trying to finish up on the trim stuff
 The Mantle is 99.8% done 🙂
 and the Carpet is 100% done- {yippee ki yay!}
And the stairs railings from that firey burney place is pretty darn close to being finished {thanks to our nephew Reily helping all day yesterday! Thank you thank you thank you Reily!}
 So yes we’re close but oh so far– {I see a massive amount of painting and caulking and just “stuff” that takes time to get done left still  *sigh}
But really we’re getting closer to attacking the outside–
 which will definitely be a war that I hope we can win. {I can guarantee I’ll be getting me some sun 🙂 }
{*and just a side note cuz I know you’ll wonder………..  Why in the heck are we doing the outside right now before we move in?! Well it’s because at the beginning of this whole project on my list was Sod {cuz our kids haven’t had a backyard to really play in for close to 5yrs now!?} So in order to close on our loan and move in we have to put down the sod– which ya opens a whole can of beans for us to do on the outside– *sigh* yes I am tired and burned out and trying my best not to take another trip to breakdown city…. but we’re getting there right?! 🙂

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  • Grace @ Sense and SimplicityJuly 9, 2012 - 1:08 am

    It’s looking fantastic. It is so much to do with little ones around, but hang in there as I can feel it in my bones that it is going to look fantastic and function even better.ReplyCancel

  • SarahJuly 9, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    It looks so good!!! You have worked so hard and now it’s almost done. 🙂 I love everything you’ve done, It’s so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel AshmoreJuly 18, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Hi…I’m from Our Smalltown Idaho Life. Thanks for the comment. It’s always fun to make a new friend…especially another homebuilder from Idaho! I totally get all the crazy stress/excitement that you’re going through right now. But your place is looking great! I love all the extra, pretty details, and I’m excited to see it all finished.ReplyCancel

So we’ve been working….. just slowly
 I’ve never been a huge fan of tile– and while it’s not really that hard to lay– I just don’t like doing it {and neither does Dave}
So over Memorial weekend that was what we were up to…. laying the tile in our house
It was a miserable weekend…… raining and cold and Dave was a sick sick sickee boy…. so work was slow and torturous {we later found out he had pneumonia– ugh!}
Thankfully our Brother-in-Law Keri came over and helped us cut the tile otherwise I’m pretty sure we never would have finished it!
 I tried to make the best of it { Checking out my hubby’s butt while he works….. always a plus!  🙂 }
{Master Bath tile}
On Saturday and Monday we cut all the tile and laid it out,
{Kids Bath}
Than on Wednesday we thin set them in,
{Laundry room}
Than on Thursday and Friday I sealed the wood floor
 We were gonna try to put the last coat of poly on this weekend and grout the floor but…
We decided to take a break and went Camping up at Birch Creek instead! 🙂
{Now though vacation time is over and I gotta get to work again— another coat of poly here I come!}

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  • Goings on at the Glenn'sJune 4, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    the wood floor looks great! Way to go! I love the wood grain and the color of the wood. It is awesome! I too love love the knots and dark features in itReplyCancel

So here’s the weekly house update 🙂
We’ve been working on the Wood Floor
 Isn’t it pretty! I love it! {yes I know we still need to sand it and finish it– but even unfinished I still love it!}
 I love all the characteristics in the wood, the darker one’s and the grain and the worm holes and ya just pretty much everything 🙂
 While installing the floor my main job was to cut boards and get them lined up and out in the pattern I wanted…. I loved looking through the stacks for my favorite boards and putting them in the floor in a spot that I knew I’d get to see them a lot 🙂
This one with the wavy curve is I’m pretty sure my fav. Favorite! So pretty!
We had most the floor done on the weekend { after a very long 14hr. Saturday}– but on Wednesday we finished off the Steps which had a bit of a chicken before egg thing going on with the Newel post– Let’s not talk about Wednesday it was a frustrating day and Thursday too—- We’ve just been a bit burned out on working on the house… ya just a little bit.
BTW though I Love the stairs– another one of  my favorite things in the house!
Anyhow Tomorrow we’re gonna be tackling all this in our house {the dreaded Tile}
 Here’s to another stinkin long Saturday– {bleh} I’m hoping Dave at least get’s feeling better {he’s a sickee tonight} Otherwise it is Really! gonna be a long day tomorrow.
Only 5 weeks left and hopefully this project will be over!

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  • Goings on at the Glenn'sMay 27, 2012 - 3:52 am

    It is looking great! That tile looks like it will be amazing too!ReplyCancel

  • Carlene FertigJuly 25, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Indeed. Pretty wood flooring! Make sure to keep it in good condition. As much as possible keep things dry in parts of the house that are made of wood, to prevent the wood from degrading, and pests from living in it too.

    Carlene FertigReplyCancel

    • Ali FosterAugust 26, 2016 - 12:49 am

      Yep 🙂 luckily where I live it is very very dry and we don’t have problems usually from pests living in our wood floors- thankfully!ReplyCancel

 First off Ellie decided she’d show you just how I was feeling on being done with the painting…..
{Yay!!!!!!!! we’re done painting, we’re done painting! My wrist can recover- yay! –I can wear normal clothes again– Yay!– we’re done painting!!}
Our Entryway {Sherwin Williams Relaxed Khaki}
My choice 🙂 Dave thinks it looks to grey {I think he’s crazy}
 The Study {SW whole wheat}
Ya Dave won the battle– Our house mainly has warm toned colors
Living Room {SW whole wheat}
Kitchen {SW whole wheat & Columbia Millet}
and try to ignore the light fixtures 🙂 the shade is precariously just sitting on the light and we don’t have the pendant shades on yet and the kitchen light is hung to low 🙂 fun times but it’s getting there
 Master {SW whole wheat & Columbia Millet}
Do you really want to know what happened?! and why our bedroom and kitchen living room is now multi-colored, and why I had to paint these walls 3 times already *sigh………. okay I’ll tell you.. embarresment and all 🙂
So I picked whole wheat because well Dave pretty much won with wanting the warm colors in our house. {I was leaning more towards white’s and greys 🙂 } but our niece’s house is painted with a really dark warm brown and I love the way their house feels, so welcome and cozy… so I figured heck let’s go darker….. Ya it didn’t go so well….. the walls ended up turning orange in the middle of the day- bright brilliant pukey colored orange.
🙁 I cried and fretted and stressed and quite literally had an emotional breakdown….. I mean give me a little here I was on day 4 of painting non stop 10 hour days….. and now I literally hated the color.
So Dave, being the amazing husband that he is and knowing me pretty well, showed up home that night with 5 gallons of pretty much our fall back color– the color we’ve had in all our other homes– Millet.
So the next day I turned around and started painting all over again 🙂 It was fun fun fun times.
Basement Stairs {Columbia Millet & SW sea salt}
{I aint’ gonna lie, I’ve been going through design bipolar disease– Desbilar 🙂 yep just made up that name
I love the cool grey colors you see now a lot, and I love the light walls and creams and even whites, but I also love and want a warm comfy inviting home (and not to mention a happy hubby who likes those warm colors) so I literally haven’t know what I’ve wanted I’ve been going back and forth– ya so frusterating! and I feel like our house is showing the bi- polarness}
 Basement {SW Sea Salt}
 Guest room, a.k.a Kurts room 🙂
 {and no I’m not announcing anything here :)…. I just would like another baby and I’d like it to be a boy and I’d like to name him Kurt 🙂 I’m not being picky or weird or anything 🙂
 Payt’s room {SW whole wheat & SW urbane bronze}
Yep all Payton wanted in his room was black walls {ya Black!} being a sane mom I said “ummm ya no” but he gave me his sad pouty eyes and I caved and gave him one black wall 🙂  not to mention a sweet light fixture– He’s pretty excited about it his room!
Girls Bedroom {SW intimate white & SW Priscilla pink in the closet}
Bryn of course wanted pink and pink and more pink ……. I thought I was going more with a creamy white with just a hint of pink… ya didn’t turn out so much that way but I still love the color and Brynley really likes her pink closet 🙂
Attic Room {SW Sea Salt  & Wool Skein}
My space….. I got to pick the colors….. and I love em…… nuff said 🙂
Attic Studio/ Bedroom {SW Marshmallow}
We Started the laminate floor upstairs it’s Golden Select Walnut ……. I’m loving it……. course it’s absolutly filthy right now and in this photo {what can I say I’ve been super super busy}
Busy with what you say?!
Well I’ve had many much paint cans and crap to clean out…..
And we’ve been laying this beautiful Product down on our floors {Red Oak #2}
I Love LOVE love hardwood floors especially this one…… I love all the different characteristics of the boards and the different color variations it comes in…. *sigh I’m one happy girl getting to put this floor down
{I’ll try to go over tomorrow and take some pictures of it down on the floor– it’s yummy 🙂 }
 Zeeta I must say is wondering when the stink we might be done with this project so she can feel a bit more settled 🙂 I told her never…. 🙂
{ but secretly I’m hoping in the next month}
PS. I really really really want to thank Everyone who helped me with the painting…. seriously every roll counted for me….. especially when I thought I couldn’t do anymore! {Shelly, Annette, Alysha, Mandi, Johan, Anne, Keri} I love you guys! Thanks so so so much!
{and Ty, Russ and Clark– who from hear out shall be know as the electrical Masters!….. Dave says “I love you guys” 🙂 okay he more likely says…. Thanks so much man! no but really Thanks! }


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  • Bastian FamilyMay 21, 2012 - 12:32 am

    lovin’ it! Can’t wait to see all the finished product. Will have to come visit when it is done:)ReplyCancel

  • wells angel mommaMay 21, 2012 - 2:42 am

    It looks amazing! Cant wait to see finished moved in decorated beauty! Your so good at building these…start doing one a year …hahaReplyCancel

  • kelseyMay 22, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Everything looks great! And still, just love your moldings. My favorite has to be the black wall though. And the fixture. Decided to put one like that in our boys’ room too;).ReplyCancel

  • Whats Ur Home StoryMay 30, 2012 - 4:51 pm

    Totally with you on the beige. I love the greys and blues too. But somehow feel cozier in a beige room. So I’m keeping the main living areas neutral aka…shades of beige and trying to take some color risks in the office, powder room etc. You guys are doing great on the house.

    Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story