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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

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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:

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

Looks awesome!

Next up was the kitchen.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Also, the floor is grouted!


On to the master bathroom!

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This stain on these vanities is also gorgeous!

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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.

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The backyard as seen from the rec room.

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

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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.
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Also plaid shorts.

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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

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And M’s bathroom in the basement.


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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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


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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.
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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.

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.

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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*