Monday, July 23, 2012


I wish I owned this handy little blue lift
I might put balloons on it and get in our parade
see the matching bucket?

who is going to wash these windows?
Don't you like how the border is looking?
The rest will be stucco

The crew made good progress in just one day

A lot of time is spent in picking out the right size and putting up the scaffolds
we were so lucky to find a rock that matched our existing rock which is from 1923
the original rock is about 4-6 inches thick and is very heavy
I can't even imagine what our house weighs

I will have so much room in my yard when these boxes go to the trash

space to rake my dirt

This is day 2...I'm impressed!

Day 3 should complete the part that shows to the street

Then we can do the porch which will look like the other ones
round wedding cake style
it will also bring the turret into perspective

we will also install the door
I wanted a washed out French Blue
Hubs won...I'll show you later

one soldier row on the turret
this will take a little longer to cut all the stone

the 4 windows are diamond beveled thermal
and I think they will be so beautiful on the rock turret

kind of a cozy little corner hidden in the trees
from the inside it seems like a tree house

I am having the hardest time on paint color
I think typical is the beige that is seen here, but the first time I saw it it screamed
and I said
this is the only part of the house that will have paint
and could prove a big mistake if not careful
the stone is really showing so much orange 
so I'm kind of leaning toward some kind of grey?
I've never had trouble with this before
the stucco is called river rock and matches the rock pretty closely
the only part that will be painted is what shows white right now

when I was taking these photos I walked down the street to get a look from a distance
I am so sad the number that has been played on our huge old elm trees
drought is not good
The very first thing we did when we bought 822 was trim back all the trees
and now you can't even feels like a huge waste of money because they will need it again

but...we have come a very long way


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Gina:
progress on your house certainly does seem to be gathering pace. The stonework looks very professionally done and will surely give the house the appearance of having aged gracefully.

What paint colour you choose for the walls, we are definitely of the view that white it should not be. In a garden it looks as if aspirin has been thrown around....and very large aspirins at that in the case of your house!!!

savvycityfarmer said...

I love your home ... and I'm trying really hard to be be a bit green with envy ...

stone makes my heart weak!!!!

chateau chic said...

You must be delighted with the progress on your home. It's looking wonderful, and I love the stone work!
Mary Alice

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh my! Your home is GORGEOUS! Love all the stonework & architectural details--looks like a fairytale!

Thank-you for your kind visits--I always appreciate your comments and thoughts...I've not been a very good blogger this summer--I'm looking forward to being home more after this next week!

Wishing you a lovely day!


Acquired Objects said...

Hi Gina, What a wonderful home and I love what you're doing to the facade and can't wait to watch the progress. Like you we had a difficult time picking a front door color, white house with black trim. Everyone around here seems to have red, black or white door but I wanted something different. Can you say burnt orange? The color of an autumn leaf, love it!


unique house furniture said...

Living in this house is very cool and it looks also like a countryside house.

Tutti Chic said...

This house is going to be beyond gorgeous! I am jealous!!! xo chris

Lilla Kullan said...

It looks very nice.:-) Stina

Stacy Curran said...

Not white. That's all I know! Sorry, wish I could be more helpful. Mocha maybe? The stonework looks INCREDIBLE and it is going to be absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I now you'll find the right paint color!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Gina,
O wow the house is coming along, and it looks divine even if we have to peek through the trees, we see all its beauty this is going to be a house to love.

Thank you for sharing, and we can't wait to be invited in when you have it furnished and all.

Thank you for your beautiful words that encourage my art over at my place.

Blessings to your new journey and a home that will take you there.


Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Wow! I'm excited to see so much progress, Gina. The stonework is gorgeous. Our house is a beige / tan stucco with old brick trim, and we used Ben Moore's Lancaster White cut down to 75%.

Annmarie Pipa said...

fabulous!!! oh you must be so excited!!! looks great!!
fun too!

Anonymous said...

its amazing, you are building a castle!!!! I can't wait to see the finish!! ( I bet you can't either) ha ha , looks amazing!!

Leslie said...


I SO admire your perseverance with this amazing home project - WOW! The stone wall is gorgeous and I had to chuckle with your comment regarding who will wash the windows :)

Geneva said...

It's going to be so nice ... I know what you mean about picking just the right paint color, but I'm sure whatever you choose will be wonderful! It's nice to see all the progress!

helen tilston said...

Hello Gina

What a fabulous home. I love it and the mature trees anchor it beautifully.
Regarding paint colour, I would suggest you take some of the stone to your paint store and select some colour, get some sample pots and use bristle board and paint two coats on each, then tape to your home and walk a distance from the house and view. Be sure to look at the colour boards at various times through the day. You will know which is best


PS Thank you for commenting on my encaustic painting, can you please send me a link on your story concerning bees, to which you refer?

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

Hi Gina

I'm agreeing with Helen above. Sampling is the way to go. I also think white is definitely out.

You might go all out and get a colour consultant. I would recommend Maria Killam from Colour Me Happy - she really knows her stuff and does online consultations.

Nancy said...

A turret? lucky you, this is so beautiful. I love the stone work, and the setting of your beautiful home. It looks wonderful. Sorry about your trees! We have constant storm damage on our 6 acres here in VA. I favor a CREAM color...

Savvy Seasons said...

What an exciting undertaking, this will be so fun to watch. I love the stone and architecture. I can't wait to see more. xo ~Liz

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