Electric trench and insulation

trench    meter box

Greeting us today was some 120+ feet of utility trench with a looong length of fancy gray conduit running the whole length from the box at the road up to the meter box on the house.

The theme colour of the day indoors was cotton candy pink.


Here is the shower in the master bath. Two shower heads now!

barrel ceiling

The barrel ceiling above the tub.

tub filler

These are the water lines for the floor mounted tub filler.

master bedroom insulation

The west-facing wall in the master bedroom, complete with pink panthers.

walk though walls We will not be able to walk through walls for much longer. Considering the abundance of poltergeist trip wires we probably shouldn’t anyway.

This photo was taken while standing in the master bedroom looking east.

cadens room insulation

This is C’s exterior corner (NE) I thought it showed the wall insulation meeting the inner roof baffles pretty well. The ceiling insulation will be blown in, and this dark plastic material will make sure there is still room for air to circulate between the insulation and the roof sheathing.  The air channels allow fresh outdoor air to enter through the soffits and hopefully help with air moisture removal as it makes its way up, as air rises when it gets warmed up, and out the ridge vents.

I found a graphic from the US Department of Energy’s website, to show what I’m trying to say.
It even has arrows. Very educational. te332_allotherceilings5_pnnl_6-28-12

hose bib

We found a hose bib by the garage door. I foresee some Bruce grooming happening on the driveway using it.

outdoor camera

This is a picture of a small coil of blue wire. See it? Just a little bit off center diagonally to the upper left corner.
That’s where one of the outdoor cameras will go. Enter our yard and we WILL spy on you 😉


Stone and light – Design meeting #3

Our first stop today was at Chippewa Stone, in Medina and our second was at Whitmer’s Lighting, in Fairlawn.

The stoneyard visit took an hour and the lighting took three (!). And we still didn’t pick a main entry light.

We met with Interior Design Studio Katie, who helped us work through the stone yard’s selections of natural stone and quartz as well as the plethora of lightning options. I’m combining the two visits in this post, so things that belong in the same area get grouped together.

The first slab both Eric and I could agree on liking was Giallo Ornamental Light, which will go in the kids bathrooms, both the boys’ and Ms in the basement.

Kids bahts counter

As a refresher, their bathroom vanities are espresso stained maple, and their floors a light ceramic tile.

kids bath floor grout and vanity

bathroom lights The kids will have this light above their mirrors and vanities, but upside down so suicidal bugs will fall out and not accumulate in the glass chamber of Doom. The boys will each have a 2 light version, and M will have a 3 light over her mirror.

All three are getting the same ceiling fan in their bedrooms, with modified boob light >_<

Kids fansThat was it for today’s kiddie selections


Chocolate! What’s not to like.

This is the counter for the laundry room. The cabinets in there will be white and the tile floor has the same small grain look as the counter. The photo of the tile is a little lighter than reality.

Laundry floor

On to the master bath. Here we went with a Caesarstone Classico in Nougat.

I’m very happy with how this worked with the striped floor especially.

Katie had samples of our flooring and vanities, among other things, in her awesome bag-of-holding. Here they are all together:

Master bath counter and floor

Master floor shower wall and accent     Master bath floor and shower floor

These are the other master bath selections, shower wall with accent to the left, and floor, shower wall and shower floor mosaic to the right.

I did not get a picture of our bathroom sconces, because I forgot. They will be similar to this one in shape, mounted vertically on each side of the mirrors in the master bath.master bath sconcesAnd finally the crazy ball that will go over the master tub, it will be one size down from the one showed.

master bath chandelier

Here is our master bedroom fan, followed by the bigger great room fan with dark blades.

master bedroom fangreat room fan

The office will have this fan with seeded glass (so we’ll till get those cool patterns thrown on the walls from the bubbles in the glass) and an old bronze finish and darker blades than the picture shows. 

Onward to the kitchen!
Katie found our backsplash! It’s a crackle subway tile in three different shades of green, I think it will look awesome! Something along these lines with a third of the tiles darker, and a third lighter than this. Emser Tile Cape Cod 3

Since we have white cabinets Eric wanted a darker counter while I leaned towards light. So we tried finding something in between. We saw this and really liked it:


It even had some olive in there, but there were only two slabs left from this lot, and both were claimed. They had another batch but it was a lot darker and busier, not for us.
A few rows further back we found something else we both thought looked nice. Again they only had 2 slabs so in a worst case scenario we will only get it on the island, and then go with a calmer medium dark gray Caesarstone quartz on the perimeter counters. In this slab we have some light and medium gray with darker gray veins and there’s also some taupe in there and a green tint.

When we came to the kitchen lighting, Jason, our sales rep at Whitmer, mentioned this ‘really different Area51 series’ in passing, we passed it in the store and I made a remark that it reminded me of ‘Alien mucous. It’s a snot light!’. After a moment followed by ‘I like it.’
Eric actually agreed, it wasn’t as crystally as he had feared.
The cage around the glass blobs will be a dark antique bronze instead of white, and it will have two buddies to dangle with over the island. It really looks a lot cooler in person and the green of the glass works well with the green of the backsplash.

snot light kitchen  The hard part was finding a kitchen table light that played nicely with it. After some old school catalog browsing we found something we hope won’t look too out of place. Also with greenish glass.

We’re going with the bigger one, to the left.kitchen table light

There will be a flushmount light by the garage entry, and a small classic crystal chandelier in the powder room.

Eric claimed he will never look at this light, and if he has to use the half bath, he’ll keep his eyes closed.
I honestly don’t care as long as he hits the inside of the toilet :p

We did pick out a very cool looking chandelier for the ‘formal dining/reading area’ form a catalogue, but I forgot to take a photo.

The one light we have left is for the main entry. I want a metal hoop ball pendant/chandelier, with a crystal pendant in the center, but I haven’t found the right one yet. I might try to make one and when that thought strikes, it’s difficult to settle for something less than that image that evolves in my head.

Electrical walk through

Today we met Mike-the-Builder and Steve-the-Electrician, not to be confused with cabinet maker Steve, who also showed up to measure in place for the cabinets.

He and Mike are, by the way, very patient men. Something that was very noticeable when I started fretting over the placement of the dishwasher in regards to the flatware storage in the island. Seeing it laid out on the sub floor put things in perspective. kitchen

Steve-the-Cabinet-maker shrunk some cabinets down and got the dishwasher moved over 2 feet closer to the island, and I think it will work now. I hope it will work now.

Back to electric because electrical rough-in starts tomorrow!
We went though the house room by room, discussing light patterns, outlets and TV placements and generally working through our check list of tech toy needs. The media closet circuit(s), stair lights (under hand rail LEDs) Christmas lights and landscape lighting were also covered.

master bath
The bedrooms, office and great room will all have ceiling fans, because Ohio summers.
The kitchen will have LED lighting in the front under the cabinets, throwing light on the counter and back splash.

We’re going with basic mushroom lights in the closets, laundry and pantry. Sconces in master bath, chandeliers in entry, powder, master bath, formal dining and casual dining. Some kind of hanging light fixture in the garage entry as well. Can lights in the rec room downstairs and through the main corridor upstairs as well as in the kitchen and great room.

I have a few exciting photos of the spray paint and sharpie marks on the framing, but mostly various other pictures from today:


At noon this is how the sun hits the front of the house.

garage front Very avant-garde house number display on the garage.

Garage floor being inspected, floor drains are in place and so is the trim around the garage doors.garage side

front porch

Front porch. I imagine a porch swing on the other side of the dining room window sometime in the future.front door

The front door with side lites and visualize the transom above that didn’t make the frame.

It really is a very dark brown, not black. And look, there is the fireplace!


Oooh and aaah!
Eric wants the TV above the fireplace, I want it on the wall to the left… The ‘E’s mark eyeball recessed lights.

The HVAC rough-in was happening as we were there. The floor registers were in place and they were working on the air returns. air return

These are in the wall between the office and the corridor leading past the great room. The corner of the media closet is in the upper right.

The ‘R’ on the floor marks a recessed light location.

The roof is on fire

Roofing home stretch! This side of the garage, and the very peak are the last parts of the main roof. I’m guessing they’re saving the little bump out on the garage with the three square windows for last.

Garage roof

Garage floor      Front porch

The concrete for the garage floor, the front porch and most likely the basement floor have been poured.

Can’t verify the basement because we didn’t trek down to the back yard to find our for sure, we had a meeting with our cabinet maker to get to.

front elevation

Today’s front view. That is one steep angle the roofers have to work on. 12/12 roof pitch.

Looking straight on through the front door, we also saw the fire place insert in place. Impossible to make out from this photo, so just take out word for it.

Edited to add: We checked out the basement on the way home from agility gamblers practice later in the evening. Not only is there concrete, the interior walls down there have been framed, M’s shower is in the bathroom, the dog door opening has been cut out and there are STAIRS leading up into the house.
On top of everything else, the ROOF was done! =D

Design meeting #2

Today we selected cabinet fronts and hardware, closet shelving, stair spindles, ceiling texture, switches and dimmers. Also tile for baths and laundry room and flooring for the basement.

Cabinet door styleThis modified shaker style door with a beveled inner edge (easier to clean?) will be used throughout the house.

In the kitchen and laundry room the cabinets will be painted ‘Classic white’. Jaco bean brown in the master bath, and in the kids’ baths the cabinets will be stained espresso.

Kitchen cabinet color and wall color ‘Classic white’ shown with a paint chip of Sherwin William’s ‘Misty’, a possible wall color for the kitchen or great room.

Cabinet hardware in brushed nickel. Bathrooms and laundry room will just have knobs, no handles.


Concrete’y, laundry room floor tile, with a medium gray grout. White cabinets and white washer and dryer.Laundry floor

kids bath floor grout and vanity The upper left corner of this photo shows the stain for the kids’ vanities. The tile is a sample of the kids’ bathroom floor tile, a 12×12 in a staggered pattern. The picture also shows a sliver of the matching grout at the very bottom.

Master bath:

Master floor shower wall and accent

Master bath floor and shower floor

Here are  the Master bath samples. The floor will be the stranded light gray, the lower of the two to the right in the left picture – 12×24 Zera Annex in Silver.

The walls in the shower will be the solid white tile, American Olean’s Urban Tones in Designer White, accented with the Anatolia Fusion random strip mosaic in the colour ‘Clay’ the walls will have a light grout to reduce the pattern of the big field tile.

The shower floor will be the tiny square stone / glass mix mosaic seen in the right picture, called Dusk & Dawn from Crossville. It also sits on top of the bathroom floor tile and the floor grout can be hinted, it’s the gray triangle sliver at the bottom.


The vanities will be the already mentioned dark brown, to match the tub base.

We decided on a LVFT vinyl plank for the basement floor. If we ever have a moisture problem, it will most likely hold up better than both wood and laminate. And it should do fine with the 16 (20?) paws it will share a home with. The color is 02 Walnut.

Basement chestnut vinyl plank

The stairs down to the basement will have the same hickory hardwood as the upstairs, but we added a carpet runner, because slippery stairs are not awesome. In a house with only hard surface flooring we went with a commercial grade carpet that will in theory hold up very well.

Not something I would chose on my own, but compromises happen. And It will be grippy and protect both stairs and stair users.

Stair runner carpetA similar compromise was made for the stair spindles. I wanted simple straight black iron.  Eric wanted some decorative double knuckles. So we’re doing every other spindle…

We didn’t pick a kitchen backsplash. I’m hoping for something light sage green, probably in a subway tile.  Will update when I find it. =)

Next designer meeting will be for lighting *dreading*

We couldn’t stay away

We had a house showing at our current house this evening, and with the truck packed up with dogs and kids we had some time to kill.

Cue new house visit: About half the shingles are in place!

Venturing inside, this is the front entry, with the office to the right.


Office, with built in bookcase on the right hand wall.


dining room
The dining room area is to the left, and the pillars obviously won’t be just hollow core things. There’s also a temporary safety rail installed around the basement stair abyss. Good call.

This is the boys’ bathroom, their pocket door frames have been installed. Their vanities will run between the two frames in the photoIMG_1338

Boys' bathTheir tub/shower is in place. and there will be another pocket door leading to their tub and toilet area.

There is a sliding glass door living in the powder room! It is accompanied by a bunch of window screens. We assume the door will be installed in the basement eventually.

Through the wall framing you can get a glimpse of the great room  fireplace and the raised hearth.Screens in the powder room

Kitchen roof Looking through the window in the great room, towards the place in the kitchen where the dining table will be. Got roof!

Master bedroom roof     Deck roof

Dimensional shingle photos, in an attempt to show the colour of the shingles. The first one shows the roof over the Master bedroom. The second is taken from just outside the dog room door.

Basement plumbing!Dog room floor drain     M's bath rough plumbing
Floor drain for the dog room. Plumbing for M’s bathroom.

Aaand it turns out we’re ahead of schedule

An hour after I posted this month’s calendar, I got a text message from Eric with a picture. Windows are in, and shingles have not only been delivered, but the bundles are stacked on the ridges of the roof.

The whole roof is now covered with the synthetic roof underlayment as well.

The two small windows in the Master bath have been raised a little. I guess we won’t be flashing people while showering after all 😉