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Site photo 1
Site photo 2
View of Village Park across the street from house site.
Our site sign is up!
OCTOBER CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS
L-R: Chris Miles, Wayne Atkins, Cherri Atkins ready for the start of dirt moving!
Our builder Wayne Atkins and crew plotting best way to protect the tree during construction.
Plumbing going in. Watch for more information about our new plumbing technique. Only the sewer lines and one fresh water lie to each tankless water heater are beneath the slab.
NOVEMBER 1-9 CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS
The soil beneath the slab was leveled, trenches prepared, sand added and rebar laid in the garage and post-tension cable laid throughout the remainder of the house Then Termimesh termite control was installed. Termites are subterranean and a barrier is necessary to prevent them from traveling from the soil under the slab into the house. Termimesh is environmentally friendly. It does not require chemicals.
Next the electrician laid conduit to the site of the kitchen island and to an outlet in the floor of the living room. One more thing before we could pour the slab -- the inspection that we passed with flying colors! The slab was poured Saturday, Nov. 9. Next week the framing of the walls.
When laying out the forms for the slab, the area in the garage where the storm shelter will be installed was formed out to keep it free of concrete.
AUGUST SITE PHOTOS
NOVEMBER 17-23 FRAMING PHOTOS
NOVEMBER 25-29 FRAMING PHOTOS
DECEMBER 2-6 PROGRESS
Our videographer, David Clark, Video Logic Productions, along with Wayne and Chris and several sponsor representatives, were busy creating videos. David is editing and they will be posted on our website soon.
DECEMBER 9-13 PROGRESS
Supporter BASF's FINESTOP RA sealant at all seams; then rolled on to completely cover each of the exterior walls. The product is a ready-mixed flexible coating applied directly to our blue board. It functions as an air and water-resistive barrier.
DECEMBER 16-20 PROGRESS
Team meets with Dustin Hunter, Hunter Trim & Cabinets. Wayne and Highland Village Mayor Patrick Davis
tour the house.
HVAC system installation almost completed. It is a 4 ton variable speed indoor air handler and variable speed condenser. There are four zones in the house - one of which allows the second floor to be conditioned separately from the lower floor. A second zone is for the master bedroom and bathroom, a third for the living room, kitchen an dining room. The fourth is for the front three bedrooms and bathrooms. All the flex duct is in conditioned space. Flexible duct material is used so that it can be curved to feed air into rooms. Curving the ducts rather than installing 90 degree turns saves up to 10 feet of duct run. Each bedroom has a vent supply plus return air vent. Notice the "trunk and branch" system.
The framing for the cove ceiling and arches in the master bathroom were installed.
DECEMBER 23-JANUARY 3 PROGRESS
Clothing washing machine water lines. Black lines are insulated water lines. You can see the opening for one of the tankless water heaters behind the ladder.
Flexible PEX water supply lines. Shower pan liner in master bathroom.
JANUARY 6 - 11 PROGRESS
Our interior designer Barbara Gilbert and Asst. Designer Amy Armstrong shopped this week for Tile and other materials.
Direct vent gas fireplace is now in place courtesy of GDS of USA.
Framing for the Masonite pocket doors was installed.
Milgard windows with transoms in the Great Room -- looking out to patio. See the stairs to second floor on the right -- behind fireplace.
The garage was wrapped with DOW Building Solutions WeatherMate to reduce air and moisture infiltration.
L-R Cherri, Wayne (out of photo) Chris, and Pat learn about interior material selections from Barbara.
PROGRESS JANUARY 13-18
Lots of caulking and painting of the siding this week.
David filmed Chris making interviews about the Milgard windows and LP SmartSide siding.
The new Galvalume standing seam roof looks geat and no worries about hail damage.
We had a great afternoon visiting with members of the Dallas Builders Association/Green Built Texas Division.
PROGRESS JANUARY 20-25
Demilec spray foam insulation was installed this week.
PROGRESS JANUARY 27-31
Bricking process started this week.
Barbara Gilbert (on the right below) selected styles, fabrics and more at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (MGBW). The Plano retailer is providing all the furnishings for our open house events. Haley Hatley assisted Barbara as did Barbara Gilbert Interiors Asst. Designer
Stone from Whiz-Q-Stone is waiting to be set.
Recycled content sheetrock was installed. Tape, bed and floating will happen next week.
Porch ceiling going in along with the track for the KJ Custom Designs remote controlled screen.
The Milgard French doors were installed in the master Bedroom to the porch and two from the great room to the porch.
PROGRESS FEBRUARY 3-8
Great Room beams -- from a barn to a wood lot to our ceiling. Next sheetrock above and special LED lighting above the beams.
Our Interior Designer Barbara Gilbert was busy shopping this week. She worked with Haley Hatley at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Plano to select the frames, fabrics, and case goods for our furniture during the open house events. Then she visited with Ashlea Orton and Terri Marchesfski at Levantina USA Dallas Stone Center where they finalized plans for the natural stone for the bathrooms. Barbara checks out the crema marble for our Master Bath floor with Terri Marchefski.
The cold slowed our progress this week. While the workers had the sheetrock taped and bedded, the bedding material would not dry enough to be sanded. Plus it was too cold for the masons to add the stone to the facade. Friday and Saturday allowed the masons to do a bit of work. Hopefully the we will be warmer soon.
PROGRESS FEBRUARY 10-15
The sheetrocking team put our partially recycled sheetrock behind the beams in the Great Room, finished the tape and bed process and applied texture to the walls that are to be painted. Some of the walls will have wallpaper. These guys are amazing on those stilts!
It finally warmed up enough so the masons could get back to work adding the stone to the exterior. ...love the exterior with the Milgard windows, LP SmartSide siding and the Granbury chopped stone from Whiz-Q-Stone.
On Thursday, the whole team met to review the furnishings and finishes selected by Barbara and Amy, Barbara Gilbert Interiors. Then they reviewed all the tile selections and did a walk-thru and final measure with our tile installer. Our kitchen countertops are Cosentino Eco, bathroom tiles are from Levantina.
Barbara and Amy then worked with Gaylynn at La Montage to finalize plans for the art for our open house. This house has great "bones" and it will be equally as great on the inside with all the beautiful finishes and furnishings.
PROGRESS FEBRUARY 17-21
Our "standing dead" Red Oak wood flooring is from a huge forest in Wisconsin that was killed out by Oak Wilt. Each tree is individually cut and dragged out of the forest. Forest grown trees grow slower than farmed trees and are older and taller resulting in a more dense grain and longer boards. From: New Life Hardwoods
The wood for our floors almost completely filled the garage -- acclimating before being installed. Some additional was ordered because of potential loss due to knot holes.
Right: Barbara met with Alex Hosseinnia, owner of Dallas Rugs to make additional selections for furnishings during the open house events.
Custom made, formaldahyde-free, cabinets of Poplar were delivered and installed this week by Hunter Trim & Cabinets. Top left: detail on island. Above center: cabinets in child's bathroom. Below left: cabinets ready to be installed. Below center: cabinets being installed in Master Bathroom. Far right: Custom cabinets and shelves installed around fireplace. All cabinetry will be painted white with the exception of the kitchen island that will be an accent color.
Sub-flooring was installed everywhere we will have wood flooring.
PROGRESS FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 1
"Standing dead" Red Oak floors have been
installed throughout the house. The black
marks are from a filler and will disappear
once the floor is sanded.
Once sanded, the floors will be stained and sealed. The flooring is from a natural florest in Wisconsin that was killed by Oak Wilt many years ago. Old, natural growth results in stronger wood and longer boards.
The Milgard patio doors were installed in the study.Our front door is here but we are waiting until more construction is completed to protect it from accidental damage.
Floor in the Great Room ready for next step. Crown molding in the Great Room.
All the cabinet, baseboard, door, trim and crown molding were completed by Texas Door & Trim.
PROGRESS MARCH 3-7
The 12" X 12" tile looks great in the laundry room laid in an offset pattern.
These are our Masonite Safe 'N Sound 5 panel doors at the entrance the study. Masonite’s environmentally responsible Solid Core Safe ‘N Sound (SNS) interior door is manufactured with a low density fiberboard made from wheat straw, an annually renewable, agricultural, wheat by-product.
12" X 24" beautiful Crema Marfil polished marble from Levantina Dallas on the floor of the Master Bath and cut into 4" X 4" squares for shower floor. Both laid in offset pattern. Antique white for grout. The side of the Jacuzzi tub (you can just see on the upper right) will have the same Crema Marfil.
PROGRESS MARCH 10-14
Painters have taken over the house -- first the primer, then all the various wall and ceiling colors selected by our Interior Designer Barbara Gilbert. Next all the cabinetry and trim painting.
We framed an opening in the slab in the garage floor before it was poured to accept the storm shelter. This week installation was started.
PROGRESS MARCH 17-31
Sidewalks now installed.
Three car garage driveway being completed.
Left: Barbara selecting carpet for the bonus room -- with Faryn at Natural Selections.
Ceiling fans, LED fixtures and light strips are in and beautiful! The chandelier is in the dining/flex room. Fixture below in guest bathroom.
The standing dead Red Oak floors have been sanded, stained a coffee color and sealed.
Barn doors waiting to be finished and installed between the Great Room and flex/dining room.
PROGRESS APRIL 1-4
The team from Worlds of WOW has been busy creating Cassidy's Make-A-Wish North Texas room for our open house events. We are keeping the finished room a secret from Cassidy and all of you. When you see the room during your tour, it will make you smile! Thank you Worlds of WOW team! Donations will be accepted during the tours benefitting Make-A-Wish North Texas.
Irrigation system and fence going in.
Tile installation in the kitchen being completed.
PROGRESS APRIL 6-22
Our beautiful house is completed and furnished. We hosted our first public tours April 19 & 20th. Tours will continue each weekend through May 11. See tour information along with maps on our Events page.
Soon we will have professional photos made by Michael Hunter. Until then our pics will have to do. Bottom row below: lower left: Master Bedroom bed. Lower middle: bedroom. Lower right: bedroom. Next row: Great Room from the entry area. Middle: Study from the entry. Right: kitchen and view out kitchen window. Our furnishings and window treatments are courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Plano; art from La Montage, Rugs from Dallas Rugs, Master Bedroom bed coverings and window treatments from Complete Interior Solutions, LED lighting and fans from Lights Fantastic. See our Sponsor pages for more product information.
Left: Here is our wonderful Cassidy whose wish was to be a zookeeper. She had great fun realizing her wish, granted by Make-A-Wish North Texas, at the San Diego Zoo. Come see her spectacular room created by Worlds of Wow!
While our tours are free we are accepting donations to Make-A-Wish North Texas. This amazing organization operates on donations alone. Your donations will help grant wishes for other local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Granting wishes strengthens wish kids and their families, brings communities together and changes the lives of everyone involved.
Thank you for helping bring some joy into the lives of these children and their families!
Our very unique, custom dining table from The Armored Frog is built of reclaimed ancient heart pine timber beams and flooring recovered from the old 1920 Micolas Textile Mill, in Opp, Alabama. Dining Room photos by Michael Hunter Photography. The photo on the lower right, from The Armored Frog, shows a reclaimed beam being sawn to use in furniture. Our table can be yours! It is included in the Mother's Day furnishings sale May 10-11.
OUR CUSTOM DINING TABLE
You can follow our photo journal from August, 2013 through May, 2014 and learn how the Village Park Eco Home was built, furnished, and shared with builders and consumers.
HERE IS WHAT OUR GUESTS SAW WHEN THEY TOURED!
Bonus Room, second floor
Master Bedroom Suite