Things are coming along nicely at the new house! About two weeks ago they poured the foundation, and once that cured they proceeded with the framing.
Every day after work we head out to the build site and it’s amazing to see how much progress they make. We’re lucky to have such a talented crew working on our home. The photos below are taken in the span of about 7 construction days/9 calendar days.
Seriously- I can barely get the laundry from the dryer to the basket in the span of a week, and these men framed a whole house AND put in the windows. We can “walk” through our floor plan now for the first time, which really is ridiculously exciting. I can’t put it into words.
There’s some rain in the forecast next week, so I’m hoping they’ll have enough time this week to get the roof done. We’re on such a tight timeline that any delays would definitely cause me to lose sleep.
We chose a dark black roof and dark gray stucco with white trim/soffits, sort of like this house below. The house exterior will definitely have a more contemporary vibe than our previous 1970’s ranch home.
And in case you’re wondering what the final verdict is on the island chandelier (you can read about that right here), we went with…
The crystal light bar. Ultimately what pushed us over the edge to this option is the fact that I didn’t want weird shadows cast on the island nor the cabinets due to super ornate chandeliers. Hopefully I don’t regret my decision. We ended up purchasing it here instead of Overstock due to an $80 price drop AND I used a coupon code. Score!
Still haven’t reached a decision on bar stools for the island. I think I’ll have to wait to see the space to make up my mind. A reader recommended the Dayna Counter Stools from Ballard Designs, and I love it. I love it so much I photoshopped in a floral arrangement, wine, a Chanel handbag (that I’ll never have…) and Pee Wee.
Now I have to pick a chandelier for the dining room, which is the one room that is quite smaller than I remember or thought it’d be based on the floor plan. The dining room at the old house was 15×30, so this is quite the adjustment in the opposite direction. The new dining room is about 10×11, has 9’ ceilings/10′ tray ceiling, and is adjacent to the kitchen.
For now, we’ll be keeping our 41” IKEA Docksta table that seats 4. I love, love, love this table. I want to get either the CB2 Stick Around Chairs in white or the Ballard Designs Dayna Side Chairs in gray or black to go around the table.
Based on my calculations, the space needs about a 24”-30” wide chandelier. I’m leaning towards bigger to make an impact in the space with something oversized and dramatic.
So, here are some of my fave contenders for the dining room chandelier with the link to the source right under each photo. Due to the close proximity to the kitchen, I’m definitely leaning towards crystal and chrome finishes in a more traditional chandelier shape that will complement the crystal light bar.
My favorite is the top one, but it’s a whopping 31″ wide…so we’ll see. I truly hope you all are enjoying following along the process as we build our home. Each week is really flying by, and it’s exciting to share with you all and get opinions and ideas. Have a fantastic weekend; see you next week!