Let There Be Dormers


I drive down the rock road to our house, crossing the rain-swollen streams in my path, and up the driveway and halfway there I see– My house. My house! With dormers! It’s starting to look more and more like a real house. And I can’t believe it sometimes because it is so pretty, so soft and cozy. I think it whispers to me, Come home, I’m waiting..

I see electric candle lights in the dormer windows. Rocking chairs on the porch. Overflowing pots of flowers on the steps. A little kitchen garden to the side where I can grow herbs and tomatoes. Me inside, taking fresh bread out of the oven. Want to come over? That would be lovely!

It’s exciting to see the siding and roofing going on, see how the colors we chose fit together. This is a metal roof, which I’m also really excited about. The dormer in the foreground here is in Princess’s room. This is where she’ll have a windowseat. The middle dormer is closed, a false dormer–it’s over the staircase and for structural reasons couldn’t be opened. The dormer on the far side goes into the living room, where it will make a sort of skylight. (See below.)

I’ll need a ladder to get to my candle light in this window, and to get to the middle, closed dormer, I’ll have to go out on the roof. (Electric plugs are being placed inside all the dormers.) Well, as you can see, I went out onto the roof yesterday to take the picture above! I’m just like Princess–crazy!!!! Or, just really crazy for this house.

Today I’m working on revisions for the as-yet-untitled Haven 3 and restraining myself from running out to see the house again. (What if it needs me? What if it’s lonely?) Our farm is only a couple of miles away from the farm where I live now so it is a constant temptation. What about you? What are you doing this cold late autumn day?

I’ll get you a cup of something hot and you can sit down and tell me.


  1. Kim A. says:

    Oooh, this is *so* exciting! What is the estimated completion/move-in date? Before Christmas?

    This cold, autumn day finds me at the office, not at all as exciting as seeing one’s new house being “born.”

    I’m coming over! 🙂


  2. Bonnie Ferguson says:

    It looks absolutely fantastic!!! :snoopy:

  3. Alice Audrey says:

    It isn’t late autumn here. It’s the dead of winter, and I’m already tired of snow. I could swear in previous years it melted a little between blizzards.

  4. Sonja Foust says:

    Your house is just lovely, and I’m looking on with envy and wishing for the day when Husband and I build our own house in the country. :love:

    I’m at work at the moment, but wishing I could crawl back into my nice warm bed and sleep for, oh, another century or two.

  5. Melissa McClone says:

    Very exciting, Suzanne! It looks wonderful. I can just picture on the porch in one of those rockers!!!!

  6. Caro Kinkead says:

    So very, very exciting! It really is starting to look like a house.

    Today, I’m at work, but the sky outside looks grey and wintery, which is unusual for So. Cal.

  7. Estella says:

    Your house is really starting to take shape.
    Until I came online I was sitting by the fire reading.

  8. Lis says:

    The house is looking great! Love that the dormer makes a skylight. I always wanted one of those :thumbsup:

  9. Susan says:

    Home Sweet Home! :thumbsup:

  10. Brandy says:

    Your house look lovely and inviting. And while reading your post I am in my favorite comfy chair gathering courage before having to leave the house. *g*
    And LOVE the metal roof!

  11. Hetty says:

    Your house is looking great! I love those dormers! And the porch!

    On this cold, blustery day, I have been busy with my quilting and crocheting. I have no desire to go out today. It was -10C this morning!

  12. Dru says:

    I only have one word…okay, two words

    Simply Beautiful!

  13. Danica/Dream says:

    Yes, but the real question is… where’s the guest quarters for all of us to come visit?

  14. Lexi Connor says:

    Wow! It’s really coming along, isn’t it?

  15. catslady says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. But I have to ask about the metal roof? Only thing I can think of is so you can hear the rain? or am I missing something lol.

  16. Joely says:

    Oh, Suzanne, what a gorgeous house!! I can’t wait to see what wonderful books you dream up there. Thanks for your words of encouragement yesterday–I hit my NaNoWriMo goal this morning!!

  17. Ellen says:

    What a great house you’re building, Suzanne! It’s so beautful and homey.

    These cold autumn days (or rather winter since we have several inches of snow), I’m working on quarter-end finals projects for my masters, volunteering at the kids school, running our biz, and generally loosing it since that aren’t enough hours in the day. :shocked:

    I can’t wait to see your house in all it’s finished glory – but seeing the progress has been fun. No wonder you have a hard time staying away from it. 🙂

  18. Nicole Reising says:

    Holy Moly! I leave on vacation for a week and you have a ‘house’! Or what really, really looks like one! :snoopy: Yay!


  19. Ellen says:

    For some reason, my comments aren’t going through – I’m trying again today…

    You’re house is absolutely incredible – no wonder it’s hard to stay away. It’s really been amazing to watch the progress.

    These autumn/winter days for me have been spent working our biz, volunteering at the kids’ schools, and wrapping up this quarter for my masters degree – too chaotic to write or blog lately. Soon I’ll turn my attention to Christmas (which will give me a whole week to shop and decorate. LOL). You seem to have a country “zen” keeping you grounded even though you’re very busy too – maybe I should relax and enjoy what’s around me more.

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