The House That Zesty Built!

by zesty on January 15, 2010 · 71 comments

Ok, so here it is! I have been asked numerous times by various people when am I going to post the final result of the house build. Today is the day! I am pretty excited because as I posted throughout the summer with smaller updates it really was a great way to document the whole building process.

Before we get started I owe a lot of credit to the “Zesty Builders“.  We could not have achieved this house without their tremendous ability and support.  I know their female halves are zesty readers as well as other parts of their family so I am sure they will be happy to see the finished product as well.  In addition to the excitement from my part – I think this maybe the longest zesty post ever so bear with me if you are not overly interested in the pictures.

What I thought I would do is break it down into certain rooms and put a little text around certain areas so you can better visualize the space.  Some of the areas are not furnished in the pictures because they are not set up and camera ready.  In addition to that,  as you can see from outside I will do a follow up post in the summer when we have completed the landscaping and deck.  I am pretty excited about the deck that I have drawn in my head so there will be more to come in the summer months.

Zesty’s House

Exterior

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Entry(s)

The front entry is seen below which is located off the cedar deck in the front of the house.

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The second picture below is the entrance from the garage.  The double doors you are seeing on the left side of the picture is the walk in pantry and the garage man door is on the right which you cannot see in the picture.  Down to the back left of the half is the 1/2 bathroom and directly across from the bathroom  is a closet.

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Kitchen

So here is the kitchen.  I am really excited about the kitchen as you can well imagine.  I love to cook and so far the kitchen is working out really well.  Listed below are some of the features included in the kitchen.

Kitchen Details:

  • Maple Cabinets w/ Dark Nut Brown Stain
  • Corian Countertops
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Auto close drawer system
  • Soft Close Door System
  • Large Walk in Pantry
  • TV for the Food Network

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Below is the walk in pantry that is directly off the kitchen.  It really is one of my favorite rooms in the house.  it is not super organized as of yet but I am excited to get things in there and organized for both cooking and baking.

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Bathroom(s)

In the house we have a total of 2 1/2 bathrooms. Pretty standard – we chose to have a main bathroom upstairs for the kids to share and a master bathroom connected to our room and then a 1/2 bath down stairs.

The Half Bath is seen here. Just a simple all in one cabinet with sink. Nice and contemporary We really like it.

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The main bathroom is pictured below which continues the kitchen cabinets with two sinks and a one piece shower/tub.

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The Master Bath contains a 4 four stand up shower and a stand alone tub. It also continues the theme of the kitchen cabinets and has his and her sinks.

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Staircase

The staircase is custom designed by us and implemented to perfection by the builders.  The stairs are made from birch and stained with a dark nut brown stain to match the kitchen.  The treads are a little wider than normal and feature a simulated 2 inch high tread.  The railing is made from Steel and painted a brownish gray color to match the feature wall in the family room.  The cables are 3/8 inch material pulled taunt for safety.

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Family Room

The family room is a large open space with a lot of natural light and features a built out wall with a propane fireplace and a flat screen plasma TV.

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Bedrooms

There are four bedrooms upstairs including a spare room, the two kids room and the master bedroom.

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Laundry

The Laundry room consists of a front load washer and dryer as well as storage cabinets above and a closet rod at the end of the room to hang wet items that are not allowed to be in the dryer.

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Bonus Room

The bonus room situated above the double garage is basically just a “Cave”.  It is where we have the comfy couch, flat screen and DVD player.  It is just a spot to lounge around and either play together or watch tv.  It is very cozy and so far we are very happy with it.  In hindsight we are wishing we put in a larger window but that is not the end of the world.

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Square Footage

  • Main Floor – Approx 1500 Sq Feet
  • Upper Floor – Approx 1700 Sq Feet
  • Basement – Approx 1500 Sq Feet
  • Garages  – Approx 900 Sq Feet

Flooring

  • Main Level – Concrete Laminate Tiles
  • Bathrooms and Entry Ways – Ceramic Tile
  • Upper Level – 3 1/2 inch Maple Hardwood
  • Basement and Garage – Cement

Exterior

  • Vinyl Siding
  • Roof ( Asphalt Shingles )
  • Low E Argon Casement Windows

Heating

  • Buderus Oil Furnace
  • Propane Fireplace

Project Timeline

  • Start Date July 07, 2009
  • Completion Date Dec 22, 2009

I didn’t shoot the 3 garages as they are pretty standard and somewhat messy.  For the most part that is Zesty’s house.  I didn’t shoot the basement either as at this point it is unfinished.  We may finish the basement in a year or two.  The next project on the horizon is landscaping, deck building and tree planting.

Overall that is pretty much the whole house.  Of course I am always a fan of reading comments as you know from the past so be sure to leave a comment or ask a question if you so desire.

Have a great weekend and I will see you back on Monday with some more eats.

Take care

zesty

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{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joanna Sutter

You had me at your kitchen! Nice…very nice!

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2 Michelle@Eatingjourney

beautiful….love it.

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3 Sarah R

I’ve been waiting to read this post! I am completely jealous of the kitchen and pantry. Can I move into the guest room? What a gorgeous, gorgeous house.

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4 Jessie

You house is beautiful.

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5 Melynda

Very nice, lots of good times will be had there. Oh and the kitchen…..

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6 Lindsey @ Sound Eats

Wow, I love love love love it!!

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7 brandi

holy crap, Zesty! It’s beautiful! I love the color of the outside of the house, the kitchen is AMAZING, and i love the wood floors throughout.

just beautiful :)

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8 Meg

Amazing! Beautiful! Love every square inch of it! You all made some wonderful choices and it turned out just perfect. Enjoy your new home :)

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9 caitlin

ohmigod your house looks like its from a magazine!

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10 legalstyle

I love it all! Congratulations!

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11 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

WOW!! LOVE your kitchen!! It is like my dream. Also love the closets and paint colors – really gorgeous. Bet you guys are so excited!

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite

Beautiful house! Love it!

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13 Melissa

Love the whole house, but I ab.so.lu.tely LOVE that kitchen. I’m saving it for inspiration for my next house :) Great job!

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14 RhodeyGirl

Zest- Your home is stunning. It is pretty much my taste so I really appreciate it. SUPER gorgeous, I love it.

And of course… I am very jealous of that insane closet.

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15 JT

I Love – LOVE your kitchen…the whole house is amazing.

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16 Olga

omg, GORGEOUS. The kitchen and the bathroom are spectacular…and all that closet space!!!

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17 Scorpio Woman

Wow it was done in just a few months. Wow! And each room is beautiful. But in your Master Bath, there is no mirrors in front of the sinks?

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18 ZestyCook

Yeah – We have not gotten the mirrors installed yet… and we also don’t have toilet paper holders or towel racks. Hopefully next week!

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19 Scorpio Woman

oh ok, that’s what I thought LOL You have such good taste :)

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20 Katie (Sweet Tater)

what a gorgeous house! the kitchen, ohhh the kitchen.

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21 Kim C.

kitchen.. pantry.. closet… swoon!

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22 Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me

That is a gorgeous home!!! You must be thrilled! :)

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23 Org Junkie

Stunning and spacious….ahhh so nice!

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24 Gina

That kitchen is my dream kitchen, so beautiful! I also love the hardwood floors!

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25 Mellissa

That is my DREAM kitchen, so beautiful. And I love the orange walls :)

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26 eatingRD

It looks absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I LOVE that kitchen of yours, that is my dream kitchen. I bet you can’t wait to get all settled and experimenting in there. I love all your colors and the incredible hard wood craftsmanship, wow. Did you design the layout too? it’s perfection.

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27 Kim

Gorgeous house! I love the kitchen, pantry, cloests & tub!

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28 Alisa - Frugal Foodie

Congratulations Zesty, it is beautiful!! I love the clean lines, and of course that kitchen is to die for!

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29 Jaime

I’ll be right over. I can live in that spare closet room. You don’t mind do you? :)

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30 Anne

What a fantastic house! Very beautiful!

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31 allijag

Ohmygoodness! Your house is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!! I am so insanely jealous of the kitchen! Wow, wow, WOW!!! :) Thanks so much for sharing (now I need to go show my husband these pictures so I can say “I’d like this, please” :)

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32 DailyChef

What a beautiful house! I’m very jealous, especially of that kitchen…can’t wait to see what you cook up in there. So sleek and modern! And the walk-in pantry…amazing.

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33 Thinspired

This is a gorgeous home for the Zesty Family! Congratulations on finishing this big project. It is truly beautiful. I hope you have many, many years of happiness there!

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34 Sarah

Oh my goodness Zesty your house is GORGEOUS!! And you have (what looks like) so much land around you! I love love love your walk-in closet, and the kitchen of course!! Wonderful job, I can’t wait to see the landscaping and deck you were talking about!

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35 Hangry Pants

Congratulations! The kitchen is insane!

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36 stacey

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your home. It is beautiful!

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37 kimberly

Oh wow, that looks great!! i am jealous and I love it – thanks for showing!

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38 Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

It is stunning – especially the kitchen! COngrats – that is an amazing accomplishment in such a short amount of time!

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39 Jacquie

Wow! Your house is beautiful. Can I come live in your kitchen? It’s a dream!

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40 Brittany

It’s great Cory!! I love the kitchen and the bathroom.

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41 healthy ashley

I LOVE your house! Can I have the spare bedroom? :)

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42 Amanda

Love LOVE LOVE it!

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43 Marisa (Loser for Life)

Your kitchen is TO.DIE.FOR.! Love it!

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44 Sherri Medley

Beautiful! Love the clean lines and contemporary feel!

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45 Beth @ DiningAndDishing

Your new house is gorgeous!! Esp. the kitchen and bath :)

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46 Evan Thomas

Quite simple that looks amazing. I wish our pantry were half that size. And that we had a cave! And I think we have the same microwave/oven combo and refrigerator, which are perfect except a little too close in our house and rub against each other

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47 Danica

AWESOME!!!! You all did such a great job at designing the house. I LOVE the kitchen (obv!), the floors, the color, all the levels and all the room! Our exterior of our house is painted the same too – fun!

have a great weekend – thanks for sharing!

Danica

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48 Kate

WOW. The whole house is amazing………LOVE the staircase…the cave..the bathtub..and of course, the kitchen!

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49 Penny

My favorite things:
1. The kitchen
2. The closet!! Oh my.
3. The pantry.
4. The bathtub.

Beautiful house. Congratulations. :-)

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50 Kim

I am with everybody else……..Love the kitchen and most of all the huge closet!!!!!! Wow. Very pretty! Thanks for all that you do!
Kim

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51 Marianne

I heart your kitchen.

I can only think about how much a house + land that size would run in Vancouver. Something I will NEVER afford in my life time ;)

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52 Jenny

B-E-A-YOOOOOOOOO-TIFULL!!!!!!

One thing to look out for….although I love all the wonderful natural light….you have two windows in your master walk-in…..you may notice that your clothing will start to fade from the sunlight beaming down on it. Yes, a shade/curtain would hinder fading….yet getting ready in there without the bright sun would be sad as well. Damned if you have a window in a closet, dimmed if you don’t….bwahahahahahaha!

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53 ZestyCook

@Jenny – I was thinking that too about the windoews but we opted for Lo E argon windows which block 95% of the uv rays… lets hope they work!

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54 Jenny Matlock

Love your paint color choices. And your pancakes recipe on Picky Palate looked delicious.

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55 Jocelyn

wow……………..BEAUTIFUL.. I want your kitchen!

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56 Barbara Bakes

You have a beautiful new home! I’d love to spend some time in the kitchen!

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57 Erica

oh my gosh your house is amazing! Its so modern/clean! Its like Josh/my ideal! Love the handles on the cabinets, the lights in the kitchen, that tub in the bathroom, the really cool/unique colors! Just amazing!

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58 Jay

The inside is beautiful. Love the paint colors and finishes. Can’t wait to see what the exterior looks like when it’s completed.

Found you on the Picky-Palate site. Looking forward to getting recipes and ideas from your blog.

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59 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

Nice house! I love the kitchen and pantry. Who wouldn’t love to cook in that room! I wish I had double ovens and sinks! Great space. I hope you enjoy it!

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60 Jenny

Nice! I didn’t even know those type of windows existed. Well, your house is perfect from top to bottom then! Props to Zesty, master cook and house designer!

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61 Jennifer (Savor)

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Now, when should I plan my visit? Congrats!

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62 Hugging the Coast

Just wonderful! Especially love your kitchen, pantry area, and playful sense of color.

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63 Angela

Look at that kitchen!! Wow!…Simply amazing!

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64 Lynn Epstein

What a great kitchen and pantry. A couple of questions… what appliances did you select? Any special criteria? What sink/facet? Did you work with the closet specialist for the pantry? Thanks in advance for you reply.

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65 ZestyCook

Lynn- Thank you for the nice comment on the kitchen and pantry! For the appliances we kind of have a mis-mash of stainless steel. The fridge is a Samsung, dishwasher is a BOSCH while the wall ovens are Kenmore and the cook top is Electrolux. The sinks are just standard under mount sinks by Kindred and the kitchen faucets are Moen.

We did have the closet doctor come in for the pantry as a matter of fact we had the closet doctor do the whole house.

zest

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66 Carolyn

I’m basically a house/real estate whore. Love love love this!

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67 Char

New to this website – Love your house and love this site. Was looking for some great juicing recipes and found some, thanks!

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68 zesty

Thanks Char

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