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 for our us. The result is some really energy efficient windows with great outside noise reduction capabilities as well.

There was a bit of confusion on the oval window at the front of the house (I mentioned the window in my first post), but we were able to get it straightened out. I’ve learned to be flexible and find new ways to do things or to find new options when necessary in the building process but this was one feature I wan’t willing to budge on, despite being such a frequent topic and causing a lot of annoyances but I’m glad I’ve stuck with it and now it’s in place!

Another feature I spent a lot of time on in the design process was the front edge of the mansard style center roofline that the oval window sits in. I wanted it to have some curvature to it to really bring out the style I was going for. It was something we spent a lot of time talking about because I was concerned about adding a lot of expense. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I think it adds a really nice, yet subtle touch.

I’ve been working on the design for a wall of built-ins in my office. One night Colin helped me by bringing me a bunch of the framing lumber to lay out all over the floor to get a real-life visual of how they’ll look. It was really helpful.

The stairs are in and I’ve been working on the design for the iron railings. There are as many options as your imagination can come up with, which can be overwhelming if you allow it to be. I’ve honed in on a really classic design and will be sharing a post about that process soon, as they are being custom made right here in Spokane!

Colin and I did a walkthrough with the electrician last week and determined where every light switch, outlet, and light fixture will be. That’s probably my least favorite part of the building process because it’s so. much. work. It’s really worth the time and effort though and we definitely put the hours in trying to get it right. We’ll have a few adjustments before it’s all locked into place but it sure was a good feeling to cross that off the list!

Each time I have to run to the house for a meeting, it feels like I’m walking into a working hive with so many trades at work at the same time. I’m out of town with one of the kiddos this week and am so excited to see the process when I get back!

Note: This house update is part of a long series of posts on the progress of our new home we’re building in Spokane. You can find the first post here, the second post here, the third post here, the fourth post here, and my guest post on selecting door hardware here on The Hardware Hut blog.


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!