Looking back up the driveway from the lake. POWER!!!
May 8th we finally had permanent power on site. Duke Energy were not the most organized company to work with, but was worth the wait to have power turned on. Stone Work
Stone fireplace in the corner of the living space. Kitchen counter tops are here. There was an error on the island’s size. The cabinets were supposed to be 5′ not 4′. The new ones are ordered. Mirrors and shelving have been added throughout the house. Interior Starting to Take Shape
Living area with cabinets and fixtures.
Kitchen cabinets and light fixtures installed. Cabinets and light fixtures installed. Deck Works!
Sitting on the deck for the first time! Siding installed, and steps on deck. Our Tree House is Being Built!
Deck and the start of siding Deck Minus Screen & Stairs Basement Window Installed & Roof On!
Original plans called for a larger window, but with the slope of the land we chose to switch to a smaller side window. Basement Window Outside We chose Driftwood shingles for the roof which was the shingle I had put on my Deercroft house before selling it. Ready for Roof Shingles
The chimney was accidentally oriented incorrectly. It is now fixed and the roof is ready for shingles. Roof & Windows
The last of the roof trusses is lifted into place. The fire place is framed out next to the frame for one of the sliding glass doors. The roof is on and the windows are ready to install. Workers are building the chimney and installing windows. Chimney further along from the front view. Trenches have been back filled and the mound of dirt is a bit smaller. Framing From the Inside
Deck is temporarily framed out, giving idea of the height. Framing Sliding Doors Framing Kitchen Window Framing Hallway Framing From Fireplace Starting to Look Like a House!
The first floor is framed and they are starting work on the deck. Workers are just starting on the framing for the deck. Framing Begins
The sub floor is in place. Looking out through the basement framing. Craig standing in the basement without the floor above in place yet. Basement Framing Foundations and Concrete
Concrete for the porch is poured & note the power pole has finally moved across the driveway! Basement concrete is done! Craig’s Model of Our Future Home
Model of driveway side of the house. Model from the lake side of the house Model of basement which we added to an existing America’s Home Place plan to create a storage/man cave space. Model of floor plan. We started with an America’s Home Place plan and modified it to suit our needs. My talented husband Craig, made a model of our future house using the plans created by America’s Home Place. Colors are not very accurate, these were the closest I had in colored pencils. Ground Breaking! November 20, 2019
The first two workmen are ready to start! We broke ground November 20, 2019. Stumps came out first before the basement cut was made. …and we are starting to build! Removing an old pine tree stump. Two guys with toys!
Two days later the basement and crawl space are ready for the surveyor to return to square up the house. (Duke Power will be moving the power pole in the near future.) The Driveway & Site Preparation
The driveway to the property had not been worked on in 20 years, so we knew we would need to spend some money on it. Danny Holt out of Winnsboro did a great job, reclaiming the drainage ditches and adding crush and run where it was needed. He also moved some brush and lumber we had accumulated from clearing the site.
House site roughed out after we removed chain link fence, and other odds and ends.
By mid October the drive and the house site were ready to begin (on site at least!) Color Selections
In August we made our color selections for all the finishes indoors and out.
Siding and Roof, Sage Green for the siding, and Driftwood architectural tiles on the roof Sage greens for the shakes and board and battens
Accessible Beige wall color, took the photo of the wrong color. Our selection is to the right. Accent color Softened Green for a few walls. Trim color, white heron. All paint comes from the Sherwin Williams collection. Interior door style Laminate floor for the living areas, white kitchen cabinets and black granite counter tops Selected stone for the fireplace Carpet for bedrooms Bathroom vinyl floor, granite counter tops and khaki cabinets Getting Started
Abby and Mickey want to know when their house will be finished! The Catawba River (our lake) which runs into Lake Wateree
In the summer of 2019 we started looking for someone to build a house for us on our property on Lake Wateree. We narrowed it down to two builders and America’s Home Place convinced us that they were the right builder for us.
Having selected a base plan to work with, we worked with the Columbia, SC Americas Home Place team to revise the plan to fit our specific needs. A great experience. The base plan comes with a set number of windows, doors, ceiling fans etc. If you remove one somewhere you can add it back in another location. We wanted sliding glass doors from the living area to the deck which gave us two windows to put in the basement space. The team worked with us to create a unique home from the base plan that we started with.