I just found out today that we have to move out of the Crab Shack in two weeks! I don’t think I’m mentally ready for that, although truth be told, there isn’t going to be a whole house to pack up, just the kitchen and the mudroom. But still. We won’t have a kitchen anymore until the house is all completed. And we are moving into the garage – where John’s office is. Thankfully it has a comfortable day bed and a bathroom. And a coffee pot. Phew! It’ll be a little tight and a little inconvenient (little in this case meaning a lot) but we’ll be here on the property, can keep an eye on what’s going on, and of course we can still come into the Crab Shack when the workers leave to get clothes or whatever from the bedroom. Plus my cousin Irene and her husband Gene said we could stay with them at their (new) house up in Easton if we get sick of the garage. So we have a back up plan.
I know I mentioned it before, but what we are doing is adding the house to the Crab Shack as an “addition.” We’ll have (as allowed by the town’s rules) one access from this building to that – in the mudroom. And by doing it this way, we were able to be grandfathered in to keep the house closer to the water (setbacks have changed since we built the Crab Shack). And we won’t have to get whole house sprinklers. Also, of course, it was a less costly project than putting in a new road and new septic and a new well. You’ve heard my story about how expensive that was going to be.
Before I show you what was going on next (we’re up to the end of June) I have a question I’d like your opinion on. Our builder told John this morning (I wasn’t there then) that they are going to run the wood floor from the front door to the back the long way. Like this:
Now I think if he had asked me, I would have said to lay it so it goes side to side. Like this:
We have a long hallway, and a big great room to the back wall of windows and doors. It seems like you’ll see the all the lines where the boards meet and it will make it look even longer….and in this case, believe me, it’s long enough.
I’ve been reading up and mostly people say it’s a matter of opinion, although some architects and builders do recommend laying it perpendicular to the floor joists. I’ll have to ask Rodney (our builder) how our joists are running. What do you guys think? Long way or side to side?
Okay, one last thing – well, two things - before I move on…..here’s a pet peeve I want to rant about…..you go on a site to order something and specifically check the box that says, “I do NOT want to receive emails and promotional materials from you” and then you get them anyway! Argh! Why bother asking me if you’re not going to pay attention to my answer!!
Also, I want to order the Jill mirror from Ballard (I’m sure you’ve seen it, it’s one of their most popular pins) and a canvas picture of a boat for the back hall – the shipping is $71!! Seventy-one dollars! Yeah okay, the mirror might be heavy, but the canvas picture isn’t that heavy. Seventy-one! I still can’t get over it.
Okay, so back we go to the progress – at this point we didn’t have a ton of decisions to make – they really had all been made already. Lars, the house designer, had everything written on the plans, and in this case the plans were everything! With Thom, the builder on the Crab Shack project, we or he would just change things on the fly and it was no problem. But I guess every builder is different, and probably, using the plans like your bible is more the norm. We didn’t realize how nice it was NOT to have to make 99 decisions on the spur of the moment!
We knew of course that these were big windows. But you can’t really appreciate exactly how big till you see them next to a person! They are gigantic!
Only two more to go!
They were also building us the cupola this month.
The cupola is actually centered in the front, but of course the back didn’t frame up the same way. Lars warned us it would be off-center in the back, but we really wanted it so we decided we were okay with it.
Here’s the great room windows from the inside:
A lot of progress was made in June. I felt sorry for the guys some days, it was such a hot a humid summer! Many days with the heat index it was over 100 degrees! But they kept working! Good job, guys!
Enjoy the sunset, and here’s a little guy John found in the driveway: