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Workday visit

With a house showing, a truck full of dogs, and time to kill I went over to the house just after noon today.
Pulling up I noticed a lot of vehicles. A Chippewa Stone truck, a HVAC truck, a plumber truck and 7 other miscellaneous pickup trucks, cars.

And a dozer.

Inside there was a lot going on.
The trim carpenter and his crew were doing finish work, partly following the path left by the hardwood floor installers.
The lockers now look like this:
lockers

The lower section actually slides out, (or did before the front edge of trim was attached) so the flooring underneath is laid in full sections, like the rest of the floor.
!!! NB: Shoe space !!!


Looking UP.

garage foyer light

That is the garage entry foyer light.
Meaning one of the teams in the house were installing light fixtures.

The light looks a little on the small side, or maybe the ceiling is just big.


Also:

kitchen counters

Kitchen counters!
They are beautiful.
The installers were rolling on sealer and stepped out of the picture just as I took it. The granite is still wet in this photo.

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Eric’s sink.

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All the pieces fit, it is almost like they do this for a living.

This is the counter area closest to the pantry door.


Next stop: office.

office wainscoting and floor

The header for the paneling is in place, as is the shoe molding.

office fan

Bubble glass  office ceiling fan!
I wonder if the other side of the blades are darker. I think that might look better.


master showerShower!

master bath

Bathroom sconces and bathroom countertops. Sink mounting in progress.
Now I don’t have to wonder how they did it.
Worker count in here: 1.


master fan

Master bedroom ceiling fan.

master wall

Master bedroom wall colour in the corner meets floor. Got shoe moulding here too.

Electric outlets and switches, and the lighting in the tray ceiling are the only thing missing in this room now!


stair handrail

Stairs were also being worked on while I was there.
Notice the moulding at the bottom of the pillar.  I think that looks nicer than the crown on top.

stairs

Worker count in this area: 2 (3?).

floor dining corner

This is the same corner I took a photograph of yesterday. With more floor and trim.
The floor is gorgeous in daylight!

I think the reveal of the last of the Big Unknowns that were decided before we even signed the contract to buy the house turned out to be a nice one. It has character.


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Peeking into the dark powder room, there was sparkle!

The hole in the ceiling behind it is for a fan. The light might sparkle, but like every room in this house, it is actually meant to be used.
Do not like superfluous spaces. (Remembering the house hunt this spring with the countless formal living and formal dining room of so many colonials.)

powder room
This is where one of the plumbers were working.


boys bathroom vanity with counter

The boys’ bathroom vanity counter is in place and so are their two sinks. The granite is very pretty.

I am not a big fan of Jack&Jill bathrooms in general (this is a T&C bathroom). But the boys do brush their teeth at the same time, and I have witnessed enough space squabbling with accompanying toothpaste leakage to think this might work very well for them.

Two people were installing wood floors in Ts bedroom, to the left, and another was assembling a ceiling fan in C’s bedroom to the right.


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M’s countertop and sink. Hers will likely be messier than the boys’. On the other hand, the toilet will be a lot cleaner.

There were a few people in the unfinished part of the basement too.

One was moving the window screens from the area under the stairs where they have been stowed.

Another was doing something with red and blue pipe.

hot water heater Also, we now have a water heater!


Total worker count, no idea, they kept moving around, but maybe around 13. Plus Mike-the-Builder who was showing a couple around, discussing their future house.
Point is, it wasn’t crowded.


slope from driveway

Closing with the view from the concrete pad outside the garage, looking north. I want a split rail fence going from the side of the house here curving right and away into the trees and straight back to the far side of the septic mound. I estimate it will be 6-700 feet. *gulp

This is where the landscapers will install sandstone steps leading down to the backyard and patio.

Next week!

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Edited to add:

west side

This photo was taken on September 18th (the day after the others), just to show where we are at, dirt wise.

More dirt is scheduled to arrive early next week, so lawn installation has been pushed to Wednesday.

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Let the bodies hit the…

…FLOOR!!!
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See?!?
There are sweaty offspring footprints in the dust, but there is definitely a floor here!
Much squealing commenced.

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We arrived just as the sun dipped below the horizon, so the lighting is iphone created.
The floor is variable width Hickory in a medium stain and satin finish. Think it’s sufficiently dirt coloured to hide mud and dog hair?


Next squeal happened in the master bath.

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The new wall tile arrived, and it looks fantastic.
I’m very pleased with the 4×12, and the glass accent looks nice.
The shelves are skimpy, my shampoo bottle would take up one, and the conditioner the other.

But.
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This is the cap on the half wall between shower and the bath tub area. It’s Caesarstone Classic in Nougat, just like the counter tops in the bathroom will be (installing tomorrow?), and I believe it will give us enough of a ledge to put bar soap and rubber duckies on in the shower. If the glass wall butts up to the edge of the tile.
We’ll see.


Heading down to the basement for squeal number 3.
At this point it was really getting dark, but I still had to take a photo.
It’s the DOG SHOWER!

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Clearly it isn’t done-done, it will not be OSB when finished.  But I don’t actually know what it will end up looking like. I think I specified ‘Some kind of dirt colored, budget field tile.’
I don’t really care, it will be a dog shower =D

Cabinets and grout

This is supposedly the last month of the build for us. The local parade of homes being the deadline,
the first couple of weeks of October.

Then Mike-the-builder wants one week for cleaning and touch ups before we move in.
Trim, cabinets and flooring is happening right now. And the septic installers were finishing up in the back yard.

But first:

lockers
Lockers! The first thing you see stepping into the house through the garage entry door.

Looks awesome!

Next up was the kitchen.

kitchen

We have cabinets! And they are wonderful. Raised dishwasher in the tower on the left hand side. Then sink and cooktop.

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Our cabinet makers were taking a lunch break in the office, but cracked a couple of smiles when they came
back to see us excitedly checking everything out.
I can verify that the soft close drawers work. All of them *grin*.

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Plywood cabinet boxes waiting their turn to find their place.
fridge spot

Monster fridge parking spot, and the ovens will go to the right.

We will place the templates on the granite slabs next week, and the countertops will be installed next Thursday.

Boys bedroom

Next stop was the boys’ bathroom, to see if there were cabinets there too.

boys bath

That is also a Yes! They are gorgeous irl, the photos don’t do the stain justice. It is tough to capture with just natural
light from the bedroom windows and a camera phone.

boys bath grout

Also, the floor is grouted!


On to the master bathroom!

master bath

This stain on these vanities is also gorgeous!

master bath vanity

There is one vanity on each side of the door opening visible here. This one is MINE. And I love it.
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This one is not.

Eric walked in, took a long look and remarked that it is a lot of space to store his deodorant and toothbrush.


The floor in here has also been grouted.
The shower on the other hand has not been tiled yet.
The tile setters noticed imperfections in the wall tile’s color, black specks where there should be none. There was questions whether we could get replacement tile of the same kind delivered in time to hit the deadline so we will go with a different dimension tile, 4×12, in the same soft white colour as previously decided for the shower walls.

It will be fine. =)


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The trim carpenters have been busy with baseboards, doors, windows and pillars, but also the board and batten in the office.

We’re still debating desk layouts in here, maybe the huge parrot cage gets to live in the great room, and we’ll hang the orbit and rope walkways by the office window and get a tree play stand or something for Pi to hang out on and keep us company when we’re cooped up in here.


This is M’s bathroom in the basement, Her 36″ vanity (it looks tiny in comparison!) also looks great and the floor has been grouted.Ms bathms bedroom

Her bedroom and walk in closet also has floor today! The baseboards and all the trim is in place as well.

stair wire

Apart from seeing the wood floor, this is the thing I am most curious about right now. It is the power for the stair hand rail light strips.


Outdoors a lot of dirt had been moved.

backyard

The backyard as seen from the rec room.

septic

Further back a crew was working on the septic mound installation.

dirt

The big front yard piles have been used to grade close to the house. I still hope there is more to come so the swale doesn’t have to be quite that pronounced.

Makes for great landscaping possibilities, but also a little scary to mow.

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.
pillars

Also plaid shorts.

dining room

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

Not plaid.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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The shower floor, got slope.

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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.
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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 done.office 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!

front

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!

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.

hardware


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.

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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*