Stuff For The New House

Over the past year I have been doing a lot of online shopping and keeping my eye out for things to put into the house.  It will probably be months before we have our walls up and a roof overhead, but we are on a serious budget, so when I see something I want for the house that is on sale or clearance… I pounce!

Like our front door.  I have a brochure I picked up from one of the local box stores a few years ago, with a beautiful picture of the front door I was dreaming to have for our new home.  Of course, it was a dream and I wasn’t sure it would ever happen because this house is costing much more than we expected, and the door is expensive.

But, hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

This is the picture on the front of the brochure that I have swooned over for a few years.


Then, a few days before Christmas last year we were at that big box store and I SAW MY DOOR!  There it was, on one of those dolly/cart thingys, and I just had to look at it closer.  Of course, it was someone else’s because it is a special order door and normally not one that the store keeps in stock.  Guess what?  It HAD been a special order door that someone was returning because it didn’t fit their front door opening.

And it was almost HALF OFF!

Our new front door… A dream come true!

As I squealed and did a happy dance, we bought the door.  And a few weeks later my sons helped us get it into our cargo container for safekeeping.  Isn’t she beautiful?

Speaking of the house, we seem to get something done almost every day. Here is a picture of where our front door will someday be installed.  I know it doesn’t show (there are a lot of things going on INSIDE the walls) but we are working every day on SOMETHING.  We still have a lot of brush to clear and trees to trim to make the house CalFire safe.  We also need to get some trenches dug to bring the water line from the well house down to the house, and another trench for the LP gas line. On rainy days we are doing a lot of research on things such as: where to put the heater vent, or how to install an outside switch for the Tankless Water Heater.  We thank God for YouTube!

Gloucester Collection from Elk Lighting

Then, one evening, I was browsing on Overstock through their lighting sale and found the perfect chandelier for our dining room.  Seriously!

You see, I had several “musts” for my chandelier.  I wanted one with an “iron” look and feminine curves to mimic the front door.  It also had to be quite large, so I was looking at chandeliers around 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall, as the ceiling height is something like 18 feet in the dining room/great room.  I also wanted the candle type of chandelier with a fairly large bobeche.  I enjoy changing my decor with the seasons and/or holidays, and with this chandelier, I can use those small mini lampshades, or glass globes, or nothing at all.  I had three different sets of mini lampshades in our old house and loved being able to change them out whenever I wanted.  The Chandelier (above) fit all my criteria AND it was on sale… SCORE!

We had a little bit of room left on the storage loft of our well house, and that is right where she is sitting right now.  Yes, she.  She is decidely feminine, which will contrast nicely with the hard surfaces of tile and brick in the house.

When we were getting the rough plumbing done a couple months ago, Juan (our plumber) said that he would need to see the installation instructions for my free standing bathtub, to figure out where the drain should be.  Whoops.  That meant that I would need to actually purchase the bathtub that I had been coveting for a while.  And where would we store it once we had it?  We won’t even have a house to store it in for months and months.  Well, we just figured that, for heavens sake, it’s a bathtub!  As long as we left it in the shipping crate and covered it well with a tarp, it should be fine to store it outside.  I googled around and found a great deal with free shipping at Wayfair.  Isn’t it pretty?  We only unwrapped it enough to see that there was no shipping damage, then rewrapped everything, Gorilla Taped everything, tarped it, then wrapped it with ropes and bungies. Then we tarped it again.  😉

It should be fine.

I can not WAIT to soak in this tub. Ahhhhh…

Oh yeah…I would like to explain why I chose this tub versus a claw foot tub.

You see, I’m not getting younger.  We are trying to plan for old age in this house and one thing I do not want to do is get on my hands and knees to clean dust bunnies out from underneath a claw foot bathtub.  Also, this is an acrylic tub with airspace between the wall of the inside of the tub and the outside of the tub, which can be filled with expanding foam for insulation, so the water will stay warmer longer.

Good reasons…huh?

We also had to buy a direct vent heater and our tankless hot water heater because we needed to have templates for installation and vents installed BEFORE the first pour into the walls.  Once the concrete is in the walls, there will be no chases or vents cut through them without specialized tools, so we are trying to get everything right first, and then checking and checking our lists.

We are considering this bathroom light/vent for the 1/2 bath downstairs

Ray and I are hoping to continue  buying things for the house like these as we find them on sale or clearance, but unfortunately we are running out of storage room!  However, I did find this really nice bathroom vent/light combo on sale at Wayfair, and I just might be able to squeak it onto the shelf next to the chandelier.


We are also starting to frequent antique stores and architectutal salvage places for corbels, doors, stair newell posts, etc., because even though we love having a new house, we want it to have some character and reflect our personalities. As you know, I also love shopping at ReStore.  In the meantime, my favorite websites have become places like Houzz, Build, Wayfair, Overstock and Hayneedle.

Do you know of a great website to shop for household items online?

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