Monday, March 8, 2010

Is it wrong for a grown woman to be THIS excited about ROCK?

No, I don't me "Rock" as in "Rock and Roll", I mean "Rock" as in the kind of hard thing you find outside in the yard.

Three-and-a-half years ago, when we were planning this house, our plans ALWAYS centered on the use of rock.  Specifically, we wanted a stacked stone fireplace, foundation, and as an element above the vent hood in the kitchen.

We poured over photos, magazines, websites, and brochures; drove around new neighborhoods, and visited numerous vendors just looking for the "perfect" rock.

No matter how much we looked, we always came back to one type of stone....

We centered all of our color and design decisions around this particular stone.

There was one problem, however....

The price.

El Dorado is expensive.....very expensive....

And as we got to the end of the building process, and the end of our budget....

We just couldn't afford it.

There were other, less expensive brands out there, but Hubby was adamant that if we couldn't get exactly what we wanted, we would wait.

So here it is, two years later.....still no rock.

I've gotten pretty used to looking at my concrete backer board wall that holds our television and fireplace...

And gotten used to my concrete block foundation and steps....

And I've attempted to get used to the open frame above the vent hood....but it's just so darn UGLY!

(Hubby didn't want to put the concrete backer board up yet because he didn't want to risk getting grease residue on it.)

But after two years, I am ready to live in a FINISHED house!

(Actually after 22 years, I'm ready to live in a finished house..... Remember, "slacker mama" married a "slacker daddy"....)

I am also ready to have a mantel to decorate!

Well, this weekend, part of our dreams came true....

We were able to FINALLY order our rock!

Not only were we able to order rock, we were able to order El Dorado Bodega Bluffstone!

And the BEST was ON SALE for CHEAPER than the "other" brands!


They delivered it this morning, and hubby and I are about to bust a gut because we are so excited!


We are also very fortunate that one of our friends just finished building a house and had eleven boxes of another brand of rock left over, and sold it to us for a really great price. 


When we put the two brands side-by-side, they match perfectly!


We may have enough rock between the two, to finish the inside AND the outside of the house!

Marty is so raring to get started putting it up, he almost took a week of vacation....

But the keystone isn't in yet, so we were going to have to wait a few more days anyway.

However, it looks like hubby will be starting on Friday!

We know it's going to take a LONG time to get it finished, but any progress is better than no progress!

Hopefully, I will have some great finished pictures soon!


  1. I can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. Awesome!!!
    I am eager to see what you guys do with it!!! :)

  3. You have every right to be excited! I'M excited FOR you! :) Can't wait to see the finished product.

  4. that is GREAT that you waited until you could get what you wanted....and NOW it is coming true.....kind of like a cinderella story!! happy for you guys!! It's going to be fabulous and we are all going to drool on our keyboards looking at it!!!


  5. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Happy for you!!!!! congrats & cannot wait to see your dream home come to life even more! :D

  6. Robin, That is great news, things are really moving fast now! I cant wait to see the finished projects! I havent forgotten you, I am just so darn busy, I will get your prize out to you soon, promise! Sue

  7. Very exciting! I can't wait to see your photos! What's first, the fireplace? The Steps?

  8. Thanks Guys! Y'all

    Sue, don't worry about it....I KNOW you have been super-busy!

    Cherie, the inside will be done first because we can't do the steps until they are poured and Marty doesn't want to pour the steps until we can do at least the sidewalk, too! It's never

  9. Oh, I am soooo happy I'm not the only one in the "construction boat" these days!!! I can't wait to see the results- it's gonna be fabulous with that rock!

  10. How can it be that your rock matched the extra rock that your friend had? "It was meant to be!". I love to see before and after photos, so thanks for sharing your "before". I'll be watching for your "after" when the time comes. Woo Hoo for you & your dh!!

  11. Oh I can't wait to see this! I love the idea of putting the rock face on the foundation, it's going to be beautiful. Tell Marty to hurry up because we want to see! Kathy

  12. Cannot WAIT to see this up on the wall(s)! It is going to be AWESOME!!!

    Good things comes to those who wait! It's just REAL HARD to do the waitin'!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  13. oh I can't wait to see it. Post a few pictures as it's going up, I don't think I can wait for the finished product. If we ever get to build another house, we would like to use the rock too. I have always liked it. so pretty.

  14. I love that stone...:) Yay! So fun!I wanted to invite you over to meet Poor Pitiful Pearl, my slipcover I made...Hope to see you there! Meme

  15. Oh Robin, that is exciting! I can't wait to see how everything turns out. laurie


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