Monday, October 20, 2014

What Kind of House To Build?

 
Our house is under contract.  Yeah!  But....there are some contingencies.   If all goes well, we will be closing on January 9th.  Which is perfect, because we won't have to try to move during the holidays. 
 
In the meanwhile, I have told you we are going to be building a new home on some property we have.  We will rent a furnished place while the house is being built.  You can see the property here.
 
 
We are pretty sure we are going to build a normal stick built type home, but this weekend we went to a log home manufacturer to check them out.
 
 
I think that log homes look charming from the outside.  They are very fitting for the mountain community we will be building in.  In fact there are several log homes already built in the community.  There are also some arts and craft style homes, with stone and shingles.

 
Above is a shot of the inside of the model log home.  It is really pretty, but Mr. Comforts and I decided, we just did not like so much wood.
 
So, log homes are off the list.  We are going to either build and arts and craft style or a standard type home, with log siding.  And of course as always, when we start this whole thing I will bring you right along with me.
 
Keep your fingers crossed that all goes smoothly for the next couple of months.


Friday, October 17, 2014

The Winner

 
Thank you everyone for your kind words in the last post about my 1001 blogging post!  The winner will be announced at the end of this post.
 
 
While my sister was here visiting last week, one of the things we did was go to the Biltmore Estate.  I know I have shown you pictures of the house before, but I thought I would show you how beautiful other parts of the estate are.  The picture above and the one directly below are shots of the estate from the back side of the home.  We had packed a picnic dinner and sat by the lagoon to dine.  This is the view we were looking at.
 
 
We went back the next day and wandered around the estate.  We spent some time in the gardens.


 
Then we spent some time in the greenhouse and conservatory.


 
We also walked around the bass pond - which is totally different and separate from the lagoon where we had our picnic the day before.

 
Did you notice anything about the pictures above?  There were thousands of people on the Biltmore Estate that day.  And yet we found places to enjoy without the crowds. In second to last picture above, you will see the only evidence of other people. There are cars going over the bridge. 
 
If you are ever in the Asheville, NC area, I highly recommend checking out the Biltmore Estate.  This is NOT a sponsored post.  We just love it there and I wanted to share it with you.
 
Now on to the winner of the Amazon gift card (which is also not sponsored, but paid for by me.). 
 
The winner via Random.org drawing is number 17.  Mary from A Breath of Fresh Air.  Congrats Mary!  I will be emailing you.
 
Before I end this post...just one more picture to share of the Biltmore Estate.