Monday, July 20, 2009

Patience Is A Virtue

I am a fairly patient person but lately I have had a lot of waiting to do. Not only am I eagerly awaiting the arrival of our little lady, I am also counting the moments until we are in our new house.

As of Friday we no longer own this house. We are now renting the house that we have lived in for the last 7 years until we can move into the new house. Why can't we move in now? Well, remember when I said it would be a huge project? Yeah. It's huge. The contractors are working at lightening speed but there is still so much to be done. All the major interior projects have been done like the electrical, plumbing, HVAC work, addition to the garage, and framing all the rooms in as they should be. Now they have to start making it look like a house.

I took some pictures of the progress so far to give you an idea of the scale of this project. Today the windows will be coming in and once those are in the siding and the drywall can go up. From there I think things will be moving even faster than they have been so I wanted to get some shots of the house as it is now.

Here is a quick little tour:

This is our lovely spiral staircase at the entrance of the house. See my library off to the right? Isn't is grand? You can't tell? Hmm.
This is where my kitchen sink will be. I love the huge window over my soon to be sink. It looks out onto my massive backyard. See? This is the view from my window and only a portion of the backyard. This is where our patio will be. Todd is dreaming of sitting on the patio drinking beer. Doesn't he look thirsty?
This is where my kitchen table will go. Another very large window. I love it. It makes me look small. hehe
This is the view from where the kitchen table will be. It looks through our kitchen into the family room to our beautiful fireplace. Ahhh. Cozy. The new dining room. And another massive window.
This is our new master suite looking into the master bathroom. Oooo. I feel relaxed just looking at it, don't you? Okay. Maybe not yet. But I will.
Anyway, you get the picture. Major work has been done and major work still left to be done. I am hoping to be in the house before the boys start school, but we'll just have to wait and see. For now we will just keep renting and reminding ourselves that patience is a virtue.
(Can't remember what the house looked like before? Click on my "The New House" label on the bottom of this post.)

40 comments:

Wendy said...

Wow- that's going to be great!

ewe are here said...

Wow. A lot of work in your future, but it's going to be fantastic!

Tammy said...

That is going to be beautiful...can't wait to see the finished product. Love all the big windows and your yard looks wonderful!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You have been BUSY since that last post about your house! I applaud your effort!

Fellow Wisconsinite said...

How exciting!!

Jaysi said...

That is amazing!! It looks so different already. I can't believe how quickly this is all happening. I know it is hard to wait...but wow, when it is done...it is going to be bliss!!!

lakeviewer said...

It will be your dream house, with places and views you have contributed toward. Your new baby will be born and you all will settle in for a while. Lovely voyage.

Laura said...

I read once that the ornaments of a home are the friends that frequent it...so, I cannot wait to visit!!!!!

Mom24 said...

That's awesome. They are really making great progress. So exciting.

Scrappy said...

Wow! It looks great. I love the big windows. You will be in there before you know it!

Michelle said...

OOh a library!

That place looks totally fab!

And you have the cutest little tummy!

Elaine A. said...

Wow, they are working fast! Seems like they've gotten a lot done. Are you having so much fun picking everything out? Those rooms all look huge. What a wonderful home it will be for you all soon! YAY! : )

Stephanie said...

I can tell it is going to look stunning when it's all complete! What a special year this is for you and your family! I'm so thrilled for you guys :)

Emily said...

oh just can't wait to see the finished product! Do you have a estimated move date? Love all the windows! So much natural light. And you can watch your boys play in the backyard while you wash dishes! lol

Megan said...

Can't wait to see it when it's all done! Lovely progress!

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

I love all the big windows! It seems like they're making good progress. Can't wait to see it fnished.

Riahli said...

I'm so glad you guys found the perfect place, and all the waiting will make it seem all the more perfect and wonderful by the time it is done!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Good times ahead!

It looks wonderful!

Dawn said...

I can picture what it will look like even better now than the first time you gave "the tour". It's going to be great! I bet you're so excited.

Krystyn said...

That is some serious progress. I love seeing all of the things in work! Can't wait to see the final product.

Molly's Mom said...

Holy cow! Can't wait to see the results!!!

Robyn said...

It is going to be so worth it.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a great house that will be! I'm thrilled for you!

painted maypole said...

lookin' good!

coastrat said...

Looks like things are progressing right along, Kat. Hope it continues for you folks.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

LOL! Very cozy. I am so excited for it to be done and I don't even get to live there!!

April said...

Already it's looking great! Can't wait to continue to see the progress!!

Momisodes said...

Wow, that is quite a bit of work, but it looks AMAZING! It is all coming along nicely, and I can just imagine how wonderful the new space will be for your growing family.

Tonya said...

wow moving along! And Tommy's comment about the ball cracked me up!

tweetey30 said...

Amazing work. I hope for you all that the house is done to before school starts. Its hard moving during the school year.. Hope all is well other wise.

Nap Warden said...

Wow...you are doing serious work. It'll be fabulous!

Kathryn said...

Thanks for sharing all the pics. WOW, it is going to be great! I'm really happy for you!

Chris said...

That's going to be a gorgeous home -- I love that stairway!

CC said...

It will be fantastic, but you are one brave woman to be doing all that work right now!

Hilary said...

Oh wow.. that is a huge project. I hope it happens as soon as can be. It'll be just beautiful.. no doubt. :)

Sue said...

It looks like an amazing place...and oh my God...you are the cutest pregnant lady ever!!

EatPlayLove said...

I love the entry way and curved lines in a house, beautiful! Can't believe it's almost go time. I've mentioned to you before I have 3 older brothers, didn't I? Lucky girl.

lime said...

wow! i didn't realize what a total overhaul you were going for! no wonder your patience is being tried.

Dani said...

If I was building the house of my dreams... I would have all the patience in the world!!! Looks like you are going to have a beautiful home!!! Congrats!!!

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Wow, such a task...but I bet you're VERY excited about it!!! I hope you're okay..I see you haven't posted in a week or so.

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