Our first meeting today was at Chippewa Stone, to place our kitchen counter templates. Meaning we got to see our slabs and in theory decide which part we wanted placed where.
In reality we asked the stone lady her opinion and went with that.
It was a challenge to take photos of the slabs, as even with the dust layer they reflected the cars in the adjacent parking lot.
See the olive? No? Try squinting, it might help!
We helped place the counter templates on our two slabs, holding the wooden templates in place as they were taped on. There was also white marker being used.
Since I was using my hands for more important things, I forgot to take pictures.
I did snap one of our island countertop though. It’s the whole area above the masking tape. 123 inches long and we were lucky it fit without having to do a seam.
Bonus red car reflection!
Dairy Queen break.
The next meeting was with Kevin-the-Landscaper from Lamphear’s. We met him at the house.
Today’s view ! Another beautiful day and blue September sky.
We have well drilling happening. They just got started with the actually drilling as we arrived.
Taking bets on how deep they will have to go, with us being close to the top of the slope. We are adding an extra commercial waterpump to amp up the water pressure.
I know this might come off as sacrilege to those in the drought stricken parts of the country, but the Great Lakes area is not known for being arid.
Concrete moulds and prepping was being done by one very sun exposed, hard working man in the 90 degree temperatures around noon.
Half the concrete will go in tomorrow, and half on Friday.
Also, the paint crew was working indoors, in the AC I might add to show the contrast, doing final paint because all the trim is done!
Two stair steps at the front door.
And a _huge_ front bed area.
We are leaning toward having a swoopy part of this being lawn , to break up the hard lines of the walkway and to lessen a threatening mulch desert. Maybe some rock pebbles. We will see what Kevin-the-landscaper comes up with, design wise.
We would like some good bones in shrubs and trees, so I can add perennials for colour to create my own cottage garden idea of pretty.
We gave Kevin pretty free reins for the design, with the exception of not overdoing the yellow. We also asked him to spec out sandstone steps from the garage down to the back patio, and a retaining wall for the west side slope.
The majority of our complimentary 6 pine trees will get to live on the dog door side of the house, to screen the neighbour’s basketball court. The only gap in our nature provided privacy screening.
Moving on to more concrete. This is the parking pad outside the garage, the swoop of the walkway, and the 10′ deep garden bed in front of the garage.
Indoors I just took a few photos.
Today’s locker view, white suits them, but also the only ‘hmm’ of the day.
The bottom cubbies here should be for tucking away shoes, but we spotted something on the great room floor that looks an awful lot like a paneled front and side for this.
While the paneling was beautiful, echoing the fireplace and office board and batten, I do hope we get shoe storage. We really need it!
Fireplace. I really like it.
Meanwhile, I think the dining room pillars are a little pretentious. The crown moulding at the top in particular.
I have an itch to square that off.
The office window, taken against the light and really throwing off the wall color. I still took the picture because like how the trim carpenters solved the under window panels.
The view from the deck, looking down on the patio.
Also starring Kevin-the-Landscaper’s feet.
Another view of the patio, as seen from outside the dog room door.
Right as we were leaving a dirt truck arrived. Front yard dirt dumping as seen from the car.
Looks like really nice dirt.
We hope to have the lawn going in early next week, even if the full landscape plan isn’t set in stone by then.