The House on Hilltop Farm BLOG is a record of the progress on a home we are building ourselves. We bought the land in 2007, and started building the house in 2010. We lived in one room, 550 square feet, in the basement while we built the house above us. We moved on the main level of the house in February 2016. We decided blogging is the best way to record our journey. I'm glad to have you join me.
I'm finally finding time to do some of the things I want to do. Such as download pictures and blog! The upstairs to our home is finished!
This is the upstairs bathroom. And I have to say, I LOVE the upstairs of our house.
Almost better than the main level! Yikes!
So, this mirror was a mirror that a friend was going to get rid of in a sale and I either bought it off of her or traded her something, I forget. Dave painted it white and roughed it up, and it fit perfectly.
The towel hooks...I brought those from our other house and I don't remember where I bought them. Back in those days...probably a garage sale!
The European sink vanity came from Menard's. It's a small bathroom so it fit in perfectly. Dave changed the knobs on it. We have changed a lot of knobs in our house and those came from a store in Olney, Illinois called D. Lawless Hardware. If you would like to change the look of dressers and cabinets, you need to shop at this place. Click here to shop. ( I don't get anything for recommending this place, they don't even know me! ) We've ordered from them several times and have been very pleased.
I suppose I should have put the toilet lid down for the picture, but this is real life folks. They are rarely down. And I don't know why that laundry basket looks dirty in the picture. It isn't. I did buy it at a garage sale years ago.
It's a small bathroom in between two bedrooms. The window is dressed with plantation shutters from Lowe's. Seriously, who talks like that? I have never in my life talked about "dressed windows!"
We have used these light fixtures, way before they were cool to use. So it's old. I have always loved old light fixtures. And we've bought a lot of them at garage sales or auctions. We put this one over the shower.
Honestly, we have put secure towel bars in every bathroom for the last 20 years.
I LOVE this floor. It's called Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and this is EXACTLY what I wanted for my kitchen. We looked for it everywhere. I have LVT in my kitchen but it isn't this scuffed up looking grey and white. When we did our kitchen it was in ALL of the magazines, but we could not find it in our town or any town nearby. So, by the time we did the upstairs bathroom, everyone had what I was looking for, so I used it. The one great thing about LVT is it looks like wood, or tile, but it is waterproof. There are two different kinds you can get. One is a floating kind, which is what we have, and you lay it around your tub or kitchen cabinets. The glue down kind, which we have NEVER used, you can lay it all first, then put your cabinets on it. But you have to glue it down. So there is your LVT lesson. I love it for kitchens and bathrooms. We got ours at a local store in town called McCool's flooring.
We put a closet behind the door because we had the room. Not sure that was in the original plan. You can never have enough closet space.
Dave made the shelves himself. He has actually made all of the shelves in our closets and pantries.
So that's it for the bathroom. It's small and there really isn't anywhere you can stand and get the whole view. You'll just have to stop by and see it!
Next up....upstairs bedrooms with the furniture in them.
We have these corner protectors all over the house. People seem to love them.
And this is the foyer. I'm sure I got these lights at a garage sale somewhere. They look like outdoor lights and I just love them in the foyer. Makes me feel like I'm outside when I'm in!
I'm thinking about putting a little bookshelf here.
Its' funny how you have everything planned out in your head where you are going to put stuff, then it never looks as good when you actually do it!
Step into the back bedroom!
Someone mentioned that they would put chandeliers up everywhere in the house. I love chandys and would love the put them up, but we actually use the ceiling fans a lot. We did a lot of practical and less maintenance type stuff on this house whenever possible.
I thought I would stand in each corner of the room and take a picture, since I can't get the whole room in one picture.
I think the bed will go between these two windows.
We are working on the upper level, which is just two bedrooms and a bath.
And for our purposes, I doubt it will be used much.
I started painting trim for the upstairs back in November.
The way we do it is like this....
Dave measures and cuts the pieces of trim he needs and lays out what will fit on the horses.
He also puts these little trim pieces on nails because they are easier to paint and dry like this. I can get all sides without them sticking to the wood.
This house has a lot of trim. We have trim around all of the windows, doors, and crown molding.
As you can see in the background of these pictures, we have a bit of a mess. There are a lot of materials and tools needed to build, and when you are working in two rooms, it gets a bit crowded with those materials and tools. We've put cardboard down to protect the hardwood floors. I'll do a proper TahDah post on the bedrooms when all of the stuff is out of those rooms.
We have lights and ceiling fans!
I'm pretty sure I'm done painting trim. And it's all hung.
We've also been busy with the bathroom.
Looking for flooring took a little bit of time.
When we first started building this house we looked for a flooring called Luxury Vinyl Tile. It was a fairly new product and there wasn't a lot of choices in our town. We discovered it from some friends who were building. We put hardwood down in most of the house, but in the kitchen and bathrooms we wanted something that could withstand water and a lot of wear and tear.
Now there are a LOT of choices!
And of course the farmhouse look is so popular right now. I actually wanted a gray for my kitchen but at the time they didn't have it. They do now.
But we had to make sure what we bought for the bathroom was going to look ok next to the hardwood that it butts up against in the foyer.
Those were a couple of samples Dave brought home, but he wanted me to go to the store with him to make sure there wasn't something I liked better.
LVT also comes in pieces that look like tile. It's very versatile, VERY easy to clean, and wears well. I could sell it! (lol)
We have since finished the bathroom and in my next post I will show you all the details!