Finally, some shots of the exterior. Its hard to get good pictures because of the trees and the tall weeds I have to wade through to get out near the road, but since I am currently on steroids for a severe case of poison ivy, I figured it would be a good time to make the hike.
It's raining today, so I finally have a minute to upload some pictures of our progress. We've been working on a million projects over the past few months, including the stucco (more accurately STO EIFS synthetic stucco), cedar shake siding, the deck, and the fireplace. Oh, and we actually moved into the place!
The STO EIFS system has multiple steps. You start by sanding down the ICFs with rough sandpaper, and then put on a basecoat and embed mesh into it. I recruited my brother for this project. The photo below is the "big" wall complete with basecoat.
We used a fine grain top coat in a color called Moon dust. The color does not show up in these photos at all. I did all of the top coat myself because it turns out the guys thought that this was a "girl's job" because it took a light touch to get an even finish.
When Izak went to the lumber yard to pick up our siding I NEVER expected him to show up with cedar shakes! They are gorgeous, but quite a tedious process putting them up. Turns out that this is another great "girl's job" because they are light weight and a one person job. So, other than the corner of the garage, I've put up all of the shingles. The smell of cedar actually makes me nauseous now, but I've still got hours of shingling to go.
We are going to let the shingles naturally gray a bit before treating them (if at all). They look great but they are a little pink for our taste.
Turkey the cat really loves the front deck. He had a rough car ride getting to the new house, but he has come to quickly love the country home.
Our view from the front deck is beautiful.
After contemplating what to finish the fireplace in, we went with stucco. The simplicity of it seems to be the best option for the space. Now we just need to get the floating mantles put on to the brackets. It just stopped raining...so back to those shingles!
Izak built an interesting entry way into the house to keep us from needed a hand rail. It was also designed to eliminate the confusion as the where our front door is (seems it wasn't intuitive). Izak dug all of the rocks out of the hillside behind the house.
We've managed to get trim on some of the windows. This one is in the entry so having trim on it has made a big impact on the feel of the house. It'll look even better when I get around to putting the finish on.
The mirrors in the downstairs full bath are from a Re-Use center here in Cincinnati called Building Value. The mirrors were originally in a school.
We have actually gotten around to hanging a few wall cabinets in the kitchen too. It still looks a little boring, but once we get the remainder of the countertops done and backsplash on I think it will come around.
Last but not least, I can't help but put in a picture of Nola and Otte.