A House In A Field

Barn Light Electric.

Someone asked where we bought the garage/barn thingy lights.

We don’t mind saying that we bought them — and most of the exterior lighting — from these folks.  We first came across Barn Light Electric when we were “de-colonializing”  (yes, it’s a word.) another house.  Awesome products, built like a tanks and sold by seemingly nice people.  Maybe their funky barn/industrial salvage/school house vintage look isn’t for everyone, but we’ve really liked it.

Here’s the entry light :



It’ll sit just above our door bell :


Speaking of lights.


We must get one of these lights.

Sure, all the fancy lights for Dash Landing are starting to show up on site, but this is the one that has our full attention.

It belongs to Tom the Finish Carpenter Larry the Tiler.  We’re not sure where he got it, but we must have one.  It is the “weeble” of lights :


This is not a bell curve.

We went into this project imagining a process that looked like a bell curve.  A few leisurely decisions at the beginning, gradually building towards the middle and a slow, steady glide path leading up to the move-in date.


As the chart below clearly indicates, the number of decisions and details leading up to our move-in date seem to be multiplying exponentially :

Dash Landing Decision Matrix

The good news is that lots of things are happening on site.  It’s only Tuesday and we’ve already seen :

1) The start of the kitchen :


Greg Soper starting the installation of the kitchen base units


These are destined for the pantry.

2.  Driveway completion :


The driveway after some regrading and “top coat.” The rip rap on the left is a new addition. There was a LOT of water coming down this site of the driveway in the recent store and this steers it in the right direction.

3.  The beginning of master bath tiling.  Larry from Distinctive Tile rightfully made the decision to reject the first batch of tiles from the manufacturer and those are arriving in two shipments this week :


Bathroom floor partially completed.

Lots more scheduled for the end of the week, but as you all know, we no longer talk about those types of things in advance.

And that goes double for some recent activity on Flying Point Road.

Brenizer Grass.


Does Amazon sell tire plugs?

A handful of “treasure” after walking around the driveway for 15 minutes with a magnet.


Ketchup post.

We’re at that phase where day-to-day progress seems  slooooow coming out of the bottle*, but lots has happened by the end of the week.

In no particular order :

1.  The exterior is nearly complete.  Patio is done, walkway is finished and the final grading is in place.  We’re not planning on much of a “lawn” on Dash Landing, but we’re planting meadow grass to hold things down until the field grows in.



2.  Most of the tiling is done.  Bit of a hold-up in the master bath.  Larry the tiler rightfully decided to reject the first batch of floor tiles and getting the right location for the drain took some time.


Second floor bath

3.  Woodwork and molding are chugging along.  Most of the window trim is done, ditto with the baseboards and stairs.  A couple of rooms have a funky crown molding that Rob spec’d in the plans and that’s about 50% complete.  (A simple piece of 1×4 overlaid with a very common piece of stock lumberyard molding.  Looks great.)   Ditto with the assorted nickel-gap walls.


Inside the pantry


Downstairs bath. Horizontal nickel gap on one of the walls. The crown molding at the top will be painted white. This is the wall where we’ll upcycle the “Utah cabinet” into a vanity.

4.  Exterior painting is all but “done.”  And Brendan’s crew is making progress on the inside.  The plan is to get one coat of “color” on everything and then do a final coat after the floors are complete.


Accent wall in one of the 2nd floor bedrooms

5.  And last, but certainly not least, our friend the blue dumpster was hauled off.   We won’t miss it.


Dumpsterless. (Yes, it’s a word.)

Anticipation indeed.

* And for those of you wondering “huh?” —  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW6RhruQb9g

Stone walkway awesomeness.






Brendan got a new paint machine.

He asked for a photo of it looking “brand new” because he’ll never see it that way again….


“Hey blue, here’s a song for you” – Joni Mitchell

Bedroom nickel-gap.  No, not the band.


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