Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 6 and 7

WALLS! We have WALLS!

Well, some of them. They are still working on it right this minute. But man is it cool to see some walls up there. It actually looks like a house now, not just an epic line dancing floor. The thing we can’t get over is how TALL this house is going to be. The builder has told us it’s a tall house, but we didn’t really believe him until we saw the walls for ourselves. He wasn’t lying.

Week 6 of the build really didn’t see much progress because a certain hurricane named Harvey came to south central Kentucky and set up shop. The good news is that the 8 inches of rain we got really settled all of the dirt around the house. The other good news is that we didn’t have 50+ inches of rain. I absolutely cannot imagine what those people in Texas and Louisiana are going through.

For week 6 being slow, week 7 started off with a bang. The framers have been getting to work sometime between 6 and 6:30am every day and getting after it. I’m so amazed by the skills that all of the people have that are involved in building a house. They make it look so easy. Meanwhile I’ll keep smashing my fingers with my little hammer trying to make fall crafts.

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We could have hosted a helluva hoe down!

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Pretty surreal seeing it all come to life!
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This is the living room/kitchen area. We were worried we wouldn’t have enough windows. I think we are good. HA! 

Last week I did have what I can only describe as the door hinge debacle all over again. I thought I was going to the siding place to give them our final color choice. Then they started off on eves and pitches and channel locks and board wraps and I was gone. Before I left all employees of said siding building were in the show room with me thumbing though magazines and google-ing stuff. God Bless them. We did finally come up with a plan for what we are doing. (I think?) Good news! The final colors are finalized!

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Granite Gray and Snow. Classic colors that will never go out of style. #winning

In other news, the mum ranch opens up this weekend and we have officially started corn harvest! I’m relishing in these last couple days of somewhat normalcy because fall gets pretty wild and western around these parts!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Oh, and my awkward self is going to be on a Bowling Green news station next week. I’m sorry for advance for any of the channels viewers.

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I apologize for this giant picture of me looking, well, giant. I don’t know how to shrink this picture. Technology is hard.

Laney

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Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 3

Quick quiz. No cheating. What color are your door hinges?

If you can answer that instantly without looking, you are my hero. I can honestly say that never, ever in my life have I given any of my attention to the color of a door hinge. I seriously had never considered that there were even multiple colors of door hinges out there. But there are. And when you’re building a house you have to pick out your door hinge colors. Also the number of lines in windows. Never paid attention to the different options there, either. Oh, and when you build a house you should know what kind of front door you want to have. Who knew?!

MyFarmer and I went to the booming metropolis of Bowling Green on Monday to pick out our roof, windows, front door, interior doors, door hinges, door knobs, trim, the trim around the windows that has a fancy name, and a bunch of other stuff that I can’t even remember. (We had no idea… we seriously thought we were going to pick out windows and the roof. Whoops.) Before we could pick the roof and window colors out we had to decide what color the actual house was going to be. The two color options we had it narrowed down to were a buckskin color with brown trim and brown windows or a medium gray color with white trim and white windows. As soon as the window guy told us that brown windows are “considerably” more expensive than white windows all of our house color questions were answered.

Y’all we gonna have a gray house with white trim.

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We honestly had a BLAST picking all the stuff out. Drew and I are both so “basic” that we just really don’t WANT anything extra and extravagant. Literally everything that we liked the best ended up being at or under what we had budgeted for. #winning. Our new BFF/sales guy was so helpful and fun and was totally cracking up at MyFarmer and I’s complete lack of previous research up to this point. But that’s how we roll. When I apologized for being so unprepared he laughed and said, “You are seriously my favorite female customer this year. You’re the only one that hasn’t pulled out your phone and said, ‘Let me show you what I saw on Pinterest!'” I don’t have Pinterest. In fact I just had to google how to spell Pinterest. That’s the level I’m at. MyFarmer and I just know what we like, go with our gut, and roll on. We had all of that stuff picked out in less than an hour and a half and I promised him that I will not change my mind. I intend to keep that promise.

Next step: picking out lighting and plumbing fixtures. Hopefully the salesperson for those locations are as cool as the door and window guy. They have to have a good sense of humor to deal with us. HA! And no, we have no idea what we want for that stuff either, but we are trying to get everything possible picked out before harvest and Ruby Branch season completely takes over our lives.

Another fun thing MyFarmer and I did the last couple weeks was drive the tri-county area and look at houses with the type of siding we are doing. (Vinyl Board and Batten). We only know of 4 in our area so we spent a considerable amount of time road-tripping. Luckily MyFarmer is my favorite person to get lost in the middle of Logan county with. Also, if you are one of the 4 families that have those houses, I’m sorry for creepily doing picture drive-bys of your house. I promise we are harmless.

We had a couple of MUCH needed rains over the past week, so they didn’t get a whole lot done on the house due to the mud for a couple of days. But they are now laying the block for the non-basement side of the house. Things are moving along!

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3 weeks down… a considerable number of weeks to go!

Laney

Little House on the Ranch Update: Week 2

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but the more the house gets dug out, the smaller it looks. HA! It’s such a strange optical illusion. MyFarmer and I often find ourselves standing in the middle of “rooms” to remind ourselves that we aren’t building a crackerjack box. We are very well aware that when you put walls up it will all the sudden grow – it’s just hilarious right now! It’s also strange how different everything looks with all of the dirt work they have done. We want the house to go at the same angle as the creek, and it is, but because of the dirt it looks completely strait. That probably doesn’t make sense to you so you just have to trust me on this one. I’m sure once all the dirt is flattened out it will look the way we want it to.

The basement is completely poured, as are the footers for the rest of the house and the front porch and back patio. I think I’m going to call the back patio a lanai because that’s what the Golden Girls called their back patio, and if it’s good enough for the Golden Girls it’s good enough for me. Granted, people in Kentucky don’t call back porches lanai’s, but they also don’t call a farm with 4 cows and two horses a ranch, so to heck with tradition. I’m going to have a ranch house with a lanai in Kentucky because that’s Ree Drummond and Sophia Petrillo would want me to have.

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MyFarmer suggested that we don’t actually fill in the front porch and we use it as a mote to keep ScubaSteve out. Okay, maybe the mote idea was his and the Scuba idea was mine… 😛 
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I’ve always dreamed of being able to see my horses from my kitchen window. Childhood dream coming true! ❤ 
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It’s going to be awful waking up to these sunrises every morning, but I’ll suffer through. 
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Queen Clementine Lillan atop her puppy dirt mountain. 

I still don’t know what will be happening next because I still haven’t talked to any of the guys… I’m just staying out of their way!

MyFarmer has decided we need to pick out siding this week. Pray for us.

Until next week,

Laney

Little House on the Ranch: Week 1

It’s officially official. We have a big hole in the ground!

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There was much debate as to whether our #littlehouseontheranch would have a basement or not. I was on team full basement with a walkout, MyFarmer was on team no basement. So we met in the middle, 1/2 basement, no walkout because marriage is about compromise… and concrete is expensive. In the end we truly needed it for storage. The house is going to have an upstairs loft that’s open to the living room/kitchen, so that won’t leave much room for attic space. The basement will also be a perfect annoying cat storage(looking at you, Zazzles) and anti-tornado facility. Both of those are much needed.

The only slight mishap thus far was digging up and breaking the water line that runs down to the horse barn. Luckily they were able to get it fixed fairly quickly and the horses never ran out of water.

We are now getting to “decision mode” so we are trying to line up where we need to go to look at siding, roofing, etc. The only thing we really know for 100% sure is that we are going to have custom barn wood kitchen cabinets made from a barn that was on MyFarmers great uncles farm. We are super excited to see those when they are done!

I’d tell you what they are doing next… but I honestly have no clue. I have yet to be at the farm when the guys are working to ask them. But I keep seeing progress every day when I do get there, so I think I’ll just stay out of their way!

Now’s the time that I ask for your opinions: What brands of appliances do you love and hate and why? We need to know! Seriously, we have no clue what we’re doing here.

Laney

Our Contractor Hates Us

Our house contractor, we’ll call him Bob, hates us. Not as people (I hope), but as clients. He’s never just come out and said, “You, lady, were sent strait from the gates of hell” but I get the feeling he thinks that on occasion.

As I said before, I dreamed up some “house plans” and Bob turned them into an actual blueprint – a very impressive skill, I must add. While the general concept of the house has stayed the same, we have had some modifications as we go. Actually, scratch that. I have completely changed the plans once… My bad. Then there was the great basement/no basement debacle, which lead to the walk-out or no walk out basement debacle, then the “I demand a soaking tub in the master bathroom. Make it fit.” talk. There was also that time I stopped him on the town square and told him I want a sink it my utility room, and we have changed our minds on the actual size of the house about 4 times. I’m willing to admit that there is a possibility that we (by that I mean I) have been a little bit difficult. To be fair, my changes are things that both MyFarmer and I agree on. This isn’t just ME being annoying and demanding… for the most part.

Last week Bob wanted to see the house site now that the old house is gone, and MyFarmer and I decided this would be a good time to show him our treasures! The barn wood, hand hewed beams, and old set rocks being our treasures. Bob’s exact words while looking wide-eyed at our piles of goodies were, “I’m not sure if “treasure” is the word I would use…”

Bob is accustomed to building large, gorgeous houses that belong in Better Homes and Gardens, not so much little ranch houses on the back 40. I’m confident he’s never had someone ask him to build a fireplace with “used” stones before or utilize 130 year old beams in the kitchen island. He may not know it yet, but he’s totally up for the challenge.

Poor Bob.

Yesterday Bob presented us with our finished house plans. And the first thing I did was decide that I need linen closets for the bathrooms. “What if we just move this wall a little?”

Poor Bob.

And then I noticed the opening from the loft to the living room/kitchen was quite large. “Bob, are we still going to be able to do a sliding barn door in this opening?”

“Well, I hadn’t really planned for that…”

“Okay so what do we need to change to make that happen?”

Poor Bob.

Please keep poor Bob in your thoughts as he attempts to build a house for the most hard-headed person on the planet and her husband. Tentative month to start dirt work: June.

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What do you want to bet that there will be a mum or two planted around the front porch? 

Laney