Rain Chains

Every time Sam and I went to a home show (and we went to far more than he'd care to remember!), I looked at a booth displaying copper rain gutters and accessories. Watching rain run down a verdigrised chain, draping from the roof to the ground, was far more romantic...

Driveway and Walkway Cement Poured

The premature packing and move have put the construction updates way behind. There are a number of things to report. The back patio and walkway cement was poured months ago, but we still had lots of front yard concrete work to be done. A few weeks ago the driveway and...

Simple Design

When planning a custom home, you can incorporate all sorts of really cool things that are important to you. We have durable, easy to maintain surfaces, granite with fabulous details, a stainless steel kitchen sink, lots of storage space, and a simple design. But you...

Custom Home Building: Busy Like Crazy

If you're thinking the house building has come to a stand still, think again. The reason I'm not posting about it — or about much of anything — is because I'm too busy with the details. Painting, cabinets, trim, hardware, flooring, decking, landscaping, fixtures. Not...

Exterior Floodlights Installed

We are party people. We love to entertain, especially by hosting dozens of teens. That works best for us if the party can spill out into a great backyard. To make that more feasible — and to make the fun last longer — it's imperative to have a way to light up your...