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House Update – Drywall

House Update – Drywall

The mason's scaffolding has been removed and the brickwork has all been completed. We've been told that once we're back to the dry climate of summertime, the bricks and mortar will permanently settle into becoming pure white (as they were when they were initially...

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House Update – Exterior and Interior Progress

House Update – Exterior and Interior Progress

Progress continues on all aspects of the house. I'm not sure if I've talked about the overall plan for the exterior yet, which is for the entire house portion of the exterior to be brick and the garage to be concrete board and batten siding. The mason and his crew...

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House Update – Brick and Angle Iron

House Update – Brick and Angle Iron

In my last update on the house construction, I talked about the brick that we'd be using as the siding. I had explained that we had originally planned on using brick but it turned out that the type of brick we wanted wasn’t available so we had decided to go in a...

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House Update – Masonry

House Update – Masonry

When I first wrote about our new home project, I explained that we had originally planned on using white brick but it turned out that it wasn't available and we had decided to go in a different direction. We looked at different natural stones and eventually decided to...

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House Update, Behind the Walls

House Update, Behind the Walls

We're just about wrapping up all the construction items on the house that we'll never see. The stuff behind the walls and in the floors. And although these things are obviously so important, I'm really looking forward to moving on to the stuff we will see. That's a...

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New House Progress

New House Progress

I’m happy to report that the windows were delivered last week and put into place. We ended up going with commercial windows that aren’t normally available for home construction, but we’re lucky to have a close friend who owns a window factory and he made it possible...

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Designing Our New Front Door

Designing Our New Front Door

As we’ve been making great progress on our new home, it was time to design the front door and although our house had been designed with a large single front door, I decided to go with a double front door instead. I thought I’d take you along on the process that went...

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House Update – Floors, Walls, and Trusses

House Update – Floors, Walls, and Trusses

Things have been trucking right along at the building site and every day there's so much progress to be seen. We've watched the house go from floor joists, to sub floor, to main floor wall framing, upstairs wall framing, and on to the trusses in a short time. This is...

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House Progress Update – Framing

House Progress Update – Framing

After a late spring and some seasonal road restrictions on concrete trucks, they were finally able to get in to our property and pour the final little slab in the mechanical room that was needed before the framing on the new house could begin. With the slab in place,...

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MEET SERENA!

Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.

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