Grove House Progress


Well, there has been so much happening with Grove House. Keeping up with the day to day details of construction has proven to be challenging, exciting, frustrating, rewarding, and a little bit exhausting. Here’s a recap of what we’ve accomplished thus far. The framing took much longer than expected, and we are happy to have moved on from that phase…

There are 70ft long covered porches on both the front and back of the house, and as you can see, we kept several rows of orange trees just steps from the porch. Can’t wait to add a few black rocking chairs and benches when we’re moved in!


The house is single story, but with the addition of 5 dormers, it has the appearance of a two story home. We had our electrician wire lighting on the inside of each dormer, and all will be set to a timer, so each evening they’ll provide a nice glow. Black shutters will be added to each exterior window as well.


In the photo above, you can see my “challenge” area. The main breakers and control panels had to face the street for metering, so I’ll have to cleverly disguise them with small trees and shrubs. Hopefully, they won’t be too noticeable once we’re finished painting them to match the house. They’re on the side entrance and not really in view of the main front door, which helps.

From there, we moved on to the interior and finshed all the rough-in for electrical, plumbing, fire sprinklers, heating and air conditioning, and the surround sound system. And continued with the roof and siding on the exterior…


This is the back porch that connects to my studio. We chose 12″ smooth cement siding to give the house a clean, modern line and had the porch eaves and ceilings boxed in with cement boards. We’re in a high fire zone (as is, nearly all of California) and could not have any exposed wood on the entire house.


The 4 1/2 car garages will have two carriage style doors installed and simple, black modern barn lights above each. For the roof, we chose the Bel Air Charcoal Slate Tile and absolutely love the finished look of it.

Below is the back of the house where the master bedroom and bath suite are located, and the amazing painters working away.


And in this porch photo, you can see the ceiling and eaves are boxed in, creating a clean line.
Some of you may remember my inspiration for the porches that I shared with you here.


And here’s a few peeks at the interior progress…


I designed a custom vanity for the master bathroom that is being made out of salvaged wood. Can’t wait to show it to you, along with a few other details in the works! The door to the right is the walk-in closet.


This is the great room and the hallway to the left leads to my studio. I love the enormous picture windows that will have a view to the gardens. The vaulted ceiling will have a reclaimed wood beam. We had the challenge of fire sprinkler heads needing to be right in the center of the room, thus the caps covering the sprinkler heads will be custom painted to match the beam.


And the kitchen is at the other end of the great room. The window is deceiving in the’s actually 12 feet long! The sink will be below the window. The facing wall will have the range and the left wall will have the refrigerator. I’ll work on a full kitchen post as we progress!
Between the two rooms, there is also a large set of french doors, creating plenty of light and garden views.


And lastly, here’s one side of my studio. I think it may end up being my favorite room. It has a TON of light. Another reclaimed wood beam will be going on the 17ft vaulted ceiling. And the hall to the left leads to the studio bathroom. On the other side of the studio will be the kitchenette and entrance.


And from here, we continue on….
Please let me know if you have any questions and I’ll answer them in the comments.
Thanks for sticking with me on this epic post. I promise to keep future updates on a shorter note.

Between posts you can find me on Instagram (heatherbullard) sharing the little things in life.

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