Framing Update with a First Floor Tour

Does it feel like this house is taking forever to get done or what?


I haven’t had much to share about it because it just looks like this.

The roof, windows, plumbing and heating are all in and now the framers are back to fix a few things.

Want to peek inside?

Here’s a little guide so you can see the layout.

This may take a little imagination but lets pretend we are walking through the front door…

which is actually sitting in the garage at the moment. (the side lites are supposed to go to the bottom so Mazi can see out, we’ll see if the builder catches that one)

Walk into the foyer to a center staircase. To the right is Marc’s office which will have doors for privacy.

To the left is the guest room with french doors and a bathroom. When we don’t have guests I will be using that space for my office (I think). The french doors aren’t private but I thought it will give the room more options to use as a den/parlor or a piano room if we like.

Straight back is the great room.

(mish-mash all over the floor right now – framers are fixing the real coffered ceiling that they built but we did not order – our’s is going to be faux coffered. Marc keeps asking me what that means and I just say – you’ll see.)

The fireplace hearth is raised. We chose to do this because – well, I love the look but the ceilings are 10 feet high and the fireplace would seem too low for that tall of walls, in my opinion.

From the fireplace looking toward the front of the house is the kitchen area. Right in the center of the house.

A dining room is off the great room and on the opposite side is the breakfast nook.

The breakfast nook has french doors that will go out to a patio.

I am super excited to have a backyard and patio that is easy to get to from the house. This area will be flat and private. Yes!

The main floor has a lot of flexibility, which I am looking forward to.

Next week we do a walk through with the electrician.

It’s coming along, right!?

Even though it’s fun to watch this all come together, I am really trying to keep calm and hold on to my patience. Our apartment seems noisy and claustrophobic at this point.

The novelty of apartment living has ….. worn off!

The only one that is enjoying our apartment right now is Mazi.

I have been super busy with my shop space and decorating for people. I hope you are doing great and I thank you for stopping by!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Katie Mansfield

It looks so good. I know you are going to love it! Mazi will love it too. When is the expected move in date?

At Rivercrest Cottage

It was fun doing a walk thru with you. The kitchen in the center of everything sounds ideal. Really looking forward to seeing it finished.


Oh Holly this is going to be so gorgeous. Love the size of the rooms and all the windows to let light in. I know you are excited and it is hard to be patient but it will all be worth it. I cannot wait to see what you do once you are in there and living. I Know your great design sense will look so pretty. Hugs to little Mazi. That face is so adorable.Hugs,Kris


Holly!!!! It is wonderful and will be even MORE wonderful when you can get inside and put your stamp on it. I think we are going to have to move into a rental while we decide what to do. Our house is closing at the end of March and we haven't pinpointed a place yet. sigh….dreading the double move and I know you must be champing at the bit to get into your new place. It is just beautiful!!!! xo Diana


I know how frustrating it all can be Holly. In the end it will be worth it though. I was so depressed while living in our temporary living. It was just awful. Looking forward to see your come together.