Well, as you can see here, the outside of the house is ALMOST done - there is just that one little section by the front door. The stone looks fabulous and we are very happy with the colors. The builder asked if we wanted to acid wash the brick. I have never heard of acid washing new brick - just molded and older brick. We politely refused.
This is the saltillo tile. We went with the hexagon shape for a classic design. I wish there was a little more color variation as was their original style, but this is lovely as well. I am still really in love with this tile.
Our signature stone fireplace - this one with an actual hearth for sitting. It will be a gas (propane) fireplace because we do not need a traditional one for heat. This puts out a little heat, but not too much.
We are in awe of the mantle - it is very old - about 120 years old and has the old pegs and iron nails. I cannot wait until we can unwrap the beams on the ceiling!