Last August update

This means the next time we see the house will be in September. As in the month when things are scheduled to be finished.

Crazy, but seeing how things are moving along I believe it.

We have tapered columns on the front porch today.

Also plaid shorts.

dining room

Stepping inside, the dining room supports have gotten dressed up in turn!

Not plaid.


The office doors. They will eventually not lean against the wall. And be white.
Bonus weirdo kid reflections in the glass.


The great room windows with trim!

And here are the windows in the dinette area of the kitchen. Just two more pieces of trim needed here.IMG_2293

The deck, this time with railing.


We got to see a crew working on the septic tank install.


Back in the kitchen. When the trim carpenter left the pantry to cut something at the miter saw, we sneaked in and took a picture of the shelving he was working on.

There is still room to fit a good sized bed in the pantry even with the shelving.

laundry roomThis is the laundry room floor the tile setters were working on last time we were at the house.

All the photos are taken with natural light, so the light falling on the floor here is from the window in T’s bedroom.

Can still make out the colour (or lack thereof *grin*)


Next up is the kids bathrooms. The boys’ sink area

kids bath


And M’s bathroom in the basement.

basement floor

Speaking of basement, the pile of flooring has slowly started to migrate. About 1/3 of the rec area looks like this!

There was a trim carpenter downstairs as well, working on window and exterior door trim.

master bath

Back upstairs in the master bath, this is how the floor looks right now.


The shower floor, got slope.


Here is a photo of the interior of the garage, the windows in the doors are awesome. Seeing that window in the single bay door makes me smile.


Primed and proper

First things to get investigated today were the porch pillars. The 4x4s got dressed up!front porch pillar

The porch ceiling is finished, as are the arches and the outside trim, apart from the top part of the pillars and the shutters.

porch ceiling

We walked along the outside of the house, following the stone wrap all the way to the back. The exterior really is finished all the way around!
Also, as a nice surprise: the deck is in place and so are the deck stairs.

This is mostly a picture of our natural drain (green pipe, red flag by lower left corner. You just happen to see a part of the deck as well.
deck natural drain deck

More deck, and future railing in boxes.

rec room floorBasement rec area has floor. Of sorts. =D

master tray

Master bedroom tray ceiling. Urbane Bronze has a warmer tone than the photo shows and doesn’t come off quite as dark in real life.

Here is a corner detail, because I liked how it looked… It’s in the office where a built in bookshelf will live once the trimmers are primed

master bath tub area
The master tub area, with Kerdi board in the shower to the right.IMG_2264

kids bathroom tileThe kids’ bathroom floor tiles were patiently waiting their turn. The tilers were doing the laundry room when we visited so no pictures of that since they were busy and we didn’t want to interrupt.

IMG_2267On the way out we saw, and used, the shiny new garage entry stairs!


This is today’s front elevation view.
Front steps, shutters and pillar uppers missing.
Simply add tons of dirt, literally, and it will look done!


We stopped at the house on the way back from our paint meeting with Katie.

The one item that was lagging behind schedule has arrived!IMG_2217
IMG_2216Several pallets in front of the house.

Got scaffolding!

prep for stone



This is how the metal lath with partly applied scratch coat looks like up close.


Looks pretty nice already, no more white house wrap.

The stone guys said that by tomorrow there will be definite progress to take photos of.


As as a side note (ha ha) the siding on the west side of the house is finished.

Aaaand: The inside is ready for primer!


The interior ceilings have been finished, as has the interior of the garage.

The photos below were taken the following day.
garage door

Speaking of garage…

It seems like both garage doors were supposed to look the same after all.

Here is also the first shot of the exterior stone.
The little area in the center is where the house number stone will live.

garage stone-2Left side of the garage is mostly filled in to the front porch, except the very topmost course.


Paint it Black!

Paint selections happened today!.
As with all the interior decisions, we were meeting with Katie at the Interior Design Studio.

stamped concrete
I like gray.
I have plenty of gray walls now.
I like it.
We’re going with Sherwin Williams Stamped Concrete in the foyer, hallways, formal dining room, the great rom and the kitchen.

This is the kitchen cabinet white, above samples of the backsplash (Pratt&Larson Watercolors W42, 43 & 45) and next to the Stamped Concrete paint

The trim throughout the house will be the same colour as our kitchen cabinets, classic white.

And these are the rest of the paint colours.
Wheat Grass will go in the office, with white board and batten wainscoting.
Copper Harbor will brighten up the east wall in the rec room in the basement, with Stamped Concrete on the other walls.

aloof gray
M picked Aloof Gray, as a green tinted gray for her room and bathroom. Since she’s the basement dweller, and her window is located beneath the deck, it will be dark in there.
She wants some swirly patterns on an accent wall, right now she’s leaning towards a sagey green. It will be a winter project.

The boy’s bedroom and the master bath will be painted Gray Clouds.

gray clouds
Large-Stencil-modernT wants a red and black accent wall, with ‘circle things’. After some browsing I showed him this picture of ‘funky wheel’ stenciling (Cutting Edge Stencils) and he loved it. In caps.

We’ll see how that decision evolves from now until the time comes to make it happen.

C is leaning towards different width chevron stripes in turquoise, blue and chartreuse.

Sounds like a painter’s tape job.

foggy day
The boy’s bathroom and the powder room (with white bead board) will get the darker Foggy Day colour. I see some silver or pearly iridescent stenciling happening in the powder room at some point.

urbane bronze

Finally the master bedroom.

Right now our bedroom is a submarine gray and we really like it. We’re going even darker in the new house with Urbane Bronze.

I use antlers in all of my decorating ♫♩♬

Aka: Lighting revisited.

We had picked out all the lights, except the entry fixture since Whitmer’s did not have one that fit my preconceived notion of what I wanted.
We went quite a bit over our lighting budget.

Quite a bit as in double. >.<

Which would be OK if we actually cared a lot about lights.

We don’t.
Since we were happy with many of the fixtures, we’re just adjusting the big ticket choices.
This is the light we had picked out for the dining room. first dining room option

It looks neat. Combines some industrial vibe with glass that is not crystal but still sparkles.
(Eric has a thing about crystal being ‘old people lights’ I guess it complements purple hair.)
However, it is not $800 worth of pure awesomeness.

We decided to switch it out to this instead.


Similar concept, if busier and more random. It is a lot prettier to look up at, considering the formal dining room will be a reading nook. And a little less expensive.

We will do dark/bronze’ish fixtures throughout the living areas. The one shown above is chrome with clear crystals whereas the bronze version comes with amber crystals.
I don’t know how that will turn out. Either warm and cozy, or like someone covered everything in the room with a thick layer of nicotine grime. It will be exciting to find out!


Here is the bronze & amber version, but in a size smaller than we will get.

Another change of heart and a complete change of direction, style wise: The snot lights will not happen. Not just because of the price.
I saw these cute pendants at Pottery Barn, more like old helmets than mucus.

kitchen island pendant catalog

And Whitmer’s carries something similar enough that I can live with it. Maybe.

The size we want will not have the vertical bands, not as helmety. I still like the restoration vibe. But it gives me another problem.
It is really tough to settle on an ‘over the dining table light’, to go with the little helmet wannabes. They will share the same big cathedral ceiling space.
Something with classic white glass would work, but sounds awfully boring. Any number of dark/bronze chandeliers could work, but it is really difficult zoning in on something.
It would be simpler if we just picked a theme and stuck to it, like Gaston’s antlers in Beauty and the Beast.

Here is a photo of our outdoor lights that I managed to not get pictures of on lighting day. I think it’s a happy medium between traditional and contemporary. And as a bonus it has bubble glass.


And here is the master bath sconce, x 4.

master bath sconce

Finally, the entry light.
Even though I want to make one, I realistically don’t have the time to commit to it right now.
I prefer this one over the tons of other orb lights out there due to the arrangement of straps and the shape of the chandy in the center.

Shake, shake, shake!

Today’s stop let us see shake progress!
That it let us SEE the shakes was really cool in an of itself. The little chip we had still left us wondering how it would look like irl. Now we know.
It’s in the same colour family as the siding, just a little darker. It feels pretty safe and not very crazy. The white trim boards really help make everything feel less bland.
We’re really curious about the stone now!

The east exterior is DONE! 1 / 4, check. The rear is nearly finished, area wise. The outside of the great room and master bedroom is left. The area with crazy many windows, so lots of cuts to hang the siding.

Also new today: soffits! fascia boards! and LOCKS!!!
Meaning the front door was locked, the inner garage door was locked, with a master lock key box for the subs.
The rear sliding door was also locked but the ‘dog door’ wasn’t!
So we went into stealth mode and sneaked into our own house.

First off I have to mention that the light flowing into the house in the late afternoon is really nice!

As for the walls, the drywall has a first layer of tape and mud and the drywall crew has really cleaned up inside! Only a few cut off pieces laying around today by the cutting station in the great room. And the prerequisite layer of drywall dust is now present. Everywhere.

The deck ceiling looks great, so does the very purple drywall in the splash zones in the master bath. The actual shower will have cement board backing.

dining room

Finishing off with a photo of the mixing station. The dining room has got a bunch of joint compound boxes, the green is regular and the ‘lite blue’ for the corner bead.

There were more boxes lining the wall to the left out of picture but two pictures of boxes seemed like overkill.

Siding has started!

At the front of the house some windows have trim! There are also scribbles on the house wrap indicating where there should be siding, shakes and stone.

We weren’t sure if that was it for progress as we walked around the house clockwise; but once we turned the corner by the dog room there it was.


The colour is very neutral, more gray than beige and no yellow undertone, to my relief. Yellow is not a favourite.

As we walked through the basement the two man siding crew took their lunch break. They were playing classic rock in their truck on the way to search for food so we could look around without feeling like we were oogling their semi dressed state. >.<

The bigger indoor drywall crew on the other hand were fully clothed, and listened to Mexican music. They they were labouring away furiously putting corner bead up, so we didn’t want to disturb them.

We did sneak into the boys’ bedrooms. The second to last photo shows the corner bead at the funky angle in T’s bedroom. The entrance door to his room is on the right, his walk in closet to the left.

Finally, the last picture is of the boys’ purple bathroom.