It’s fun to go in and see all the small things happening each day. It’s almost like an Easter egg hunt at this point. Today they got all of the appliances in, put in the glass door in one of the bathrooms, painted our front doors, hung all our outdoor lights… I am excited to see what is tackled tomorrow. I still see all the things that need to be done and there are tons, so hopefully it all pulls together!
Our contractor also started to put his blue tape everywhere where the paint needs touched up. See all the blue tape throughout the hallway:
Front of the House
They painted the door red. When I see that I always think of the song “Paint It Black” by Rolling Stones. I had to keep this door red. It just helps to add the extra color our house needs. They also added our other lantern above the garage. They accidentally added the wrong one above the garage last week, so it’s nice to see this one that goes with our portico one.
Back of the House
The rails are painted white now and they added all our outdoor lights. Now we just have to wait until our porch stone comes in.
West Side of the House
See our beautiful light. It matches all the ones in the back.
I really hated losing our losing our fireplace brick, but because of code we had to add a wider tile to it. Thank goodness that I ended up loving how this turned out. It’s not fully done yet, but I know it will look great.
All the appliances are in now. It’s making it feel more like a kitchen. They also lowered the lights and I like it so much better. The length we had before never felt right to me. This length is perfect.
Our awesome drink fridge is in. This will be nice to have drinks and wine in although I don’t like chilled wine. I tend to like dry, warm reds. We will just have to put water and juice boxes in it too!
More tiles went up and it’s almost done.
Out bathroom lights are in. Now I still need to find the mirror and we are almost done.
The glass shower went in and the mirror went up. The bathroom is almost complete!
I bought Maren’s mirror a long time ago off of craigslist from someone redoing their bathroom. Unfortunately, it got a little dirty from storing it in the basement during the remodel, but nothing Windex won’t cure.
I stopped by around 10:45AM coming home from my doctor’s appointment and there were so many people working on the house. We had the tile guys, carpet installers, electrician, landscaping, painters, plumbers… You name it and they were at the house. Here’s what I snapped so far. I can’t wait to go back and see what else is done.
Mudroom – Lighting
No shock on what light we chose. We picked this one for almost all our lights.
Downstairs Bathroom – Tile
I can’t wait to see all of the tile grouted.
Upstairs Hallway – Lighting
Same light as the front room and mudroom.
Master Bedroom – Carpet
Not sure that I am diggin’ the color, but I think once the furniture is in all the rooms I will like it more. It is super soft though.
All the little things are going to be happening throughout this week. Our inspection is this week, so everything needs to be pretty wrapped up. Plus we are starting to get our deliveries on our larger items. We have carpet going in tomorrow, tile being finished, landscaping and stone going in the back porch…the list goes on. It will take a team of people to wrap this all up, but hopefully it will all come together. We are hoping that the floors will be completed on Friday and then we just have to wait for them to dry over the weekend and we are moving in next Monday! If the baby doesn’t come sooner, we plan to go in on the 28th to have him. That gives us 3 full weeks to get everything pulled together for his arrival.
The mattresses are in:
Front of the House
They put up our door handle. We have been looking for one that we both liked, but it had to be in black. Everything seems to come in aged bronze and not solid black. We ended up getting this handle for $20 after Wilson’s Lighting said it was a floor model they would sell us. We figured we would put it up and if we really hated it, we will change it out later. They also hung our mailbox, which I really hate the placement. We need to put our address up too, so I think I just need to get a new layout.
You can also see the start of our sprinklers.
Back of the House – Sprinklers
You can see all the black hoses coming out for the start of the sprinklers.
The backsplash went in today and the hood and all the appliances go in this week.
Mudroom / Laundry Room – Tile
They are almost done with the tile installation in these rooms.
They snuck in on Sunday and started the bathroom tub tile.
I took a few shots of the shower. I figured once the glass is installed that I won’t be able to grab them as easily. Plus some of the other small items that went in like the hardware, toilet paper holder and hooks.
Maren’s Bedroom Closet Organizer
They built a shelf to the side of her closet since there was so much room. We try to layout school clothes for the week on Sunday night, so there are five small cubbies to hold each outfit.
The nice part of having a code deployment for my work in the middle of a Saturday night / Sunday morning is that I can catch up on my blogging in between testing. I wanted to show off the hardwoods, since that was what they worked on the most this week. It was also nice since I had such a busy work week, because I was once again made to stay away while the fumes were strong. We did end up finalizing our choice to ebony, which we read a ton that people are starting to move away from using dark floors because of the dirt and dust that will show up on them. I know it’s going to be a challenge with a new baby and a white dog, but I have always wanted dark floors. These pictures are proving that dark floors show a lot, but there is still a lot of dirt and dust in our house! They have to come back, sand and set the floors and this part will be done.
Back of the House – Back porch Tile, Lights and Heater
The bottom back porch was tiled with the same tile we used upstairs. They also added our lights and our heater. We can’t find an outdoor fan we like, so they are going to cap it for now and come back at a later date. We also finally bought our lamp posts for the upper porch and our hanging lamps for our bottom porch. Now we just have to wait until they put the stone in on the porch to get those hung.
Front Room – Hardwoods
Kitchen – Hardwoods
Dining Room – Hardwoods
Mudroom – Tile
We switched this tile out at the last second. I had to return some items at JoAnn’s Fabric and the Tile Shop was next store, so Jay opted to go to the Tile Shop and hang out instead of JoAnn’s. While he was there he noticed this tile and had me come over to look. I instantly fell in love with it and we decided to switch out what we planned to use. Not only did I think it would work better with our colors, but it ended up being a couple dollars a square foot cheaper.
I like to refer to this past week as “Hell Week”. Work was crazy, my computer crashed and I had to work a million hours. It doesn’t happen too often, so I don’t mind except for the fact that we have so much stuff to get done with the house. I was exhausted all week long and missed having normal nights. After Sunday day, things should be back to normal and I can concentrate on my house again!
We did have to decide on a floor color this week. They mixed a 50% mixture of jacobean and ebony and then we had them apply only the ebony floor color. We were told it is more unique having just ebony, because ebony pulls a lot of green and grays out of the floor. We don’t think we will have that big of an issue, because our floors are red oak, so it helps keep the green and gray to a minimum.
Can you tell a difference in colors? The left is jacobean and to the right is ebony.
The rest of the floors were sanded and filled before they can be stained.
On a side note, I may have been working hard at work, but below are shots of how hard they worked on the house all week. All the little things are being pulled together. I plan to run by the house tonight to take pictures of all the hard work they are doing throughout this weekend.
Front of the House
The doorbell and lighting was installed this week. They also started in on the landscaping.
Back of the House
Landscaping mapping was started in the back.
They prepped the fireplace for tiling.
The garbage disposals are in and they started the backsplash. They also installed our faucets and sink. We used our old faucet, because we really liked it and the sink is identical to our old one. Maren came in and instantly recognized the sink and asked if that was our old one too, but then I reminded her how we put our old sink at the lake house.
I love how the backsplash looks with our colors. I can’t wait to see what it looks like once they grout. They also got our door hardware on. They only had a few colors to pick from with this type of Marvin door. I don’t think I am that fond of it, but it will have to do. They also di the under mount lighting in the kitchen and dining room.
They put the hooks up on the lockers. Don’t be fooled by the letter we picked for the baby’s locker. I just had them put one of our many letters up there until we figure out a name. Jay asked if I picked that one on purpose, because it was one I must really like on our short list the most. I told him I just grabbed one of the boxes.
All our hardware is now on our cabinets and our speakers throughout the house are in. I think these are temp speakers for now until our permanent ones come in.
The only thing going on in here right now is our toilet paper holder. I hated the fact I had to put in on the cabinet, but there weren’t any other choices.
They added our fan today. Hopefully it doesn’t hang to low.
Our master bathroom tiling is finally coming to an end. They did offset our facets, so they had to break into the tile and move them over a bit. With all the work they put into that tile, I am sure it hurt to take them off.
We also got our toilets and our bathtub faucets installed.
The baby’s room got its fan and the flush mount in the closet.
The glass shelves are in the boy’s room. It may be awhile before he can ever use the shower, but it will be ready when he finally can!
Maren got her fan too!
They had to get into her wall, so they could adjust our faucets in our master bathroom. They also got her hardware, faucets, and glass shelves in.
Basement – Tank less Water Heater
We went with the tank less water heater. We only know a few people that have them and they say that it works out well for them, so hopefully we can take simultaneous showers without any issues.
This was a long post with a lot of small things happening. We have about a week left and hopefully it’s time to move in!
Most of our door hardware is on and it’s looking good. I wasn’t so sure about the pulls we (Jay) picked at first picked out in the kitchen, but I think it fits our style. Our hardwoods are being done all next week, so this was the last scramble to get some of the main items done. Mark, our builder, really pushed to get our tile done in the upstairs so that we can keep on schedule. We also had the electrician in and he finished all of the lighting that we have in so far.
Front Room – Fireplace Prep
If I had my choice I would leave the brick as it is, but due to code we have to tile further out then what it was. Hopefully the tile we selected works well with our colors.
Kitchen – Cabinet Hardware
All of the kitchen cabinet hardware went on. I remember trying to figure out the length of the handles we wanted for each of the doors and drawers and we picked pretty much the same size for all of them throughout.
Laundry Room – Cabinet Hardware
All of my hardware and rods for my wrap station went in today. I will probably have to switch out the lower ones to fit my ribbons better, but it’s a start.
Dining Room – Cabinet Hardware
We had the hardware match the kitchen for our dining room. Plus all the glass and shelves are in too. It is slowly all coming together.
Living Room – Hardwood Repair
Our floors sloped a little in the living room, so they came in and replaced a lot of them to get them ready for the hardware next week.
Alexa’s Room – Lights Are In
All of Alexa’s lights are up and in. She really wanted to have her chandelier back when we moved out and asked me several times if it would be put back into her room. I also went with an off white pottery barn kids sconce for her vanity area, because all of her furniture is the off white color. Hopefully, I don’t end up regretting this since it’s next to all the white. I will be able to tell better once I get the furniture in with it.
Upstairs Hallway – Bookshelves
All of the shelves are in and now they have officially became bookshelves.
Master Bedroom – Sitting Room Sconces
Our sitting room had sconces that we had to come up with. They are a little huge, but I think they will work for now.
Master Bathroom – Tiling
These guys have been tiling and tiling and tiling in here. Hopefully they get this finished this weekend! They are for sure in the home stretch.
Baby’s Bathroom – Tile Grout Is In
So all of the tile gray grout is done on the baby’s bathroom floors and his bathroom hardware is in.
Maren’s Bathroom – Tile
Her tile is close to being done! I can’t wait to see it all grouted.
…and there was light. I came to the house today and it was all lit up. Actually, Alexa told me over the phone that she drove by with her Grandma and saw the lights on, so I was excited to get over there and check it out myself.
Front Room – Lights
I still can’t get over how much I like how these lights turned out. I like them so much that I ordered them for our upstairs hallway window seat (we found out that the ones I originally ordered for the window seat are backordered until December.) I also ordered the semi-flush one to go in the upstairs hallway and mudroom. We ordered a lot of our items for the house from Ferguson and this was one of them. It’s so hard to figure out what we want from an image online, but this one turned out great.
Kitchen – Lights
I showed a picture of these the other day, but they look so much better lit up. Still not convinced that they are hanging low enough.
Laundry Room – Lights
The lights are working great, but now they just need their little covers.
Dining Room – Lights
Our main light is up and working. We ordered this through Restoration Hardware a few weeks ago and when I was on their site today I noticed that it was marked down $200 from what we spent, so I called their customer service and they did a 30 day price match guarantee for me and refunded that amount back. Let’s just say I was doing a happy dance! Sometimes being an obsessive compulsive site surfer pays off. I am on that site daily for ideas or to see if their price compares to other websites on items we need.
Living Room – Lights
These are all canned light, so nothing exciting here, but the lights are working!
Downstairs Bathroom – Lights
We decided to do chrome since everything else is going to be chrome in this room.
Downstairs Hallway – Light
This is the same as the Front Room.
Baby’s Bedroom – Lights
The lights aren’t turning on yet, but I am very pleased how they came out. These are also from Restoration Hardware Baby line. (you can checkout this post for more details on the lights. When we first got them in we were scared that they would not be able to be hardwired, because they came with a cord and switch, but our great electrician was able to make it happen.
We picked this also from Restoration Hardware’s Baby line. I wish they could have mounted these higher, but the pocket door is in the way, so they couldn’t. I still think that once we get a square mirror up that it will look even.
Check out the tile that’s coming along. We had to decide on the shelf placement today for the shower nook and what kind of glass we wanted for the showers. We also had to do the white penny round from the floors. The moss penny round was sold out for the next 30 years (ok, maybe not that long), so we had to come up with another solution. I think it will blend in better once it is grouted. Eventually, I wouldn’t mind tiling the rest of the bath and we will continue the moss around the top of the walls if we do.
Maren’s Bedroom – Lights
Maren came in and said she didn’t care for her window seat light. I think she will like it once she has her window seat, curtains and furniture in her room. I really liked them, because they matched everything else. We ordered her lights from Ferguson as well.
Maren’s Bathroom – Lights
Maren’s bathroom sconces are the same as we used for the downstairs bathroom from Ferguson too. We figured the more simple the better.
There was a bunch of other things going on as well.
We got our front door in and decided on using Caliente AF-290 (Benjamin Moore).
Here is our new front door. Look familiar? Not much different from our old one! We actually bought our house from a family that not only had a child in our oldest daughter’s grade, but they also moved directly across the street from us. We see them on a daily basis. I always wondered if their children thought it was weird that they got to see their old house every day and then one day their oldest came up to me while we were painting our house and asked if I planned to paint the red door. I told him no and he seemed so relieved. Lucky for him, I like the contrast from the gray and black and it also helps to remind people which house we live in – the Cape Cod with the red door. There is a similar house that is only two houses down from ours – I won’t mention that my dad accidentally walked into that house before realizing it wasn’t ours, but I will point out that that house does have a black door on the front (and no dormers).
My hidden outlet in the kitchen went in today. Like I mentioned in the past, I was outlet crazy, but for some reason this one is my favorite. I already know I will probably use this one a lot.
West Side of the House
Check out the rock. It’s taking shape a little more, but I am not in love with it.
Back of the House
They laid most of the tile down. It’s the same as the upstairs porch. They also painted the top of the portico and back of the porch Palladian Blue. Not very noticeable, but those evil (haint) spirits will be warded off or at least that’s the tradition of the blue porch ceilings that originated from the south.
All the small details will be happening within the next couple of weeks. You know the things that take a ton of time, but they don’t stand out as much as putting an entire roof on in a day or so. Going in the house today, I could see all the small little areas that they worked on and I know that it must have taken a lot of time.
We had our thermostat installed…
We went with nest thermostat (http://www.nest.com/) when our builder suggested a few. The geeky side of me can’t wait to see what I can do with it on my ipad/iphone. They stuck one in our bedroom and in our downstairs hallway near our stairs. It was located near our basement door in our dining room before the rebuild.
They wired all outlets and added all outlet covers…
I went a little crazy with the outlets. I still need to go through and count how many I ended up having, but I figured I should have them do it while the walls were all torn down then regret anything. I had them installed in all cubbies, closets, cabinets. You name it and I probably stuck an outlet in it. I just know that I hated it when I wanted to easily plug something in and the outlet was on the other side of the room.
They added all switches and added several of the switch covers…
The switches and functionality was figured out early on, so I have to admit that I am not certain at what some of them do (mainly the ones in the kitchen). I know we had to make some odd choices because of the number of lights we had in each room. We have lights under cabinets, above sinks, controlling sconces and we had to figure out how to get them all working together.
They installed all the smoke detectors and canned lighting…
Not very exciting, but very much needed. I will also have to go in and put a couple of non-wired smoke detectors. I read somewhere that it’s best to do that in case of an electrical fire shortening some of the smoke detectors. I am also going to need to grab a few carbon dioxide detectors for each level of the house.
There are now thresholds in all the bathrooms…
This was a small detail that made a huge difference. They haven’t grouted the tile yet, but the thresholds help to make it even more complete.
The put in our kitchen lighting over our island…
I love these lights, but I may want them a little longer. They just seem a tad short to me. I thought I would wait to see if my thoughts changed after looking at them for a couple of days.
And finally… they worked on our tile.
These poor guys are at it again. It seems like this is one of the most detailed jobs when building a house, but they are taking their time and in the end it will be worth it.
Several different areas of the house have been worked on in the past couple of days. All of the rooms have been painted, landscaping has started and countertops and sinks were installed. Now we have all the final touches and we will be close to moving in.
West Side of the House – Landscaping
They started the landscaping by putting some of the rock down around the house. I wasn’t expecting it to run the whole west side of the house, only around the stoop. The landscaper suggested it because there isn’t a lot of light and the grass doesn’t grow well in that area. I was a little shocked to see the rock in the bushes. I figured I would let the landscaper do his thing and see if I like it better once it’s done.
Back of the House – Landscaping
There was a ton of brick and wood on the backside and east side of our shed. They cleared that all out and added the same rock that they had on the west side of the house. Hopefully this will help cut back some of the weeds that can grow behind the shed.
They also started burying the downspouts around the house.
Kitchen – Cabinets
All of our counter tops are installed. They have to come back and do some more work on them, but I like the granite that we ended up going with. We kept going back and forth on changing the center island to maybe darker granite, but I am glad we stuck with the lighter one. We also chose to go with granite instead of marble. We were told the marble holds stains and wouldn’t work as well in the kitchen as granite.
Laundry Room – Cabinets
Laundry room granite is in. I was scared that more of the brown in the granite would pull out instead of the gray, but I think that the light gray walls helped. The floor tile should also help to make the gray stand out. Notice how the gap in the center of the countertop to feed my fabric through blends in more. Our sink also went in the laundry room, which we didn’t originally plan to have but we were convinced by our builder to have one. The faucets will be going in the next few weeks.
Dining Room – Cabinets
We used the same granite that we picked for the kitchen for the dining room cabinets. They still have to tile the backsplash and add the glass to all of the cabinets and then the Dining Room will almost be complete.
Downstairs Bathroom – Countertops
We chose Carrera Marble for all of the bathrooms. This was the first real time that I got to see the cabinets unwrapped, since it’s always been prepped for painting.
Downstairs Hallway – Refinished
Upstairs Hallway – Painted
Master Bedroom – Painted
Master Bathroom – Painted and Countertops
Baby’s Bedroom – Paint
They started to paint the baby’s room in the same color as our living room, but I just hated it. It wasn’t the right shade to match the rest of what I am planning for his nursery, so I called our builder to have him change it to the same color as our Master bedroom. I like it a lot better!
Baby’s Bathroom – Paint and Countertops
Baby’s Closet – Paint
Maren’s Bedroom – Paint
Maren told her uncle Trevor this weekend that her bedroom was the room that brightened up the house. She said it was because it was the only non-gray room. She has picked this color forever and it is very similar to what Alexa originally had in her bedroom before the rebuild.
We have learned so much on what type of paint should be used and where just by watching these guys. We just needed to pick the color and they knew the rest. I always battled on what type of paint we should use like using eggshell, flat… on each surface, so it was nice to not even have to give it a thought.
Today was special as well, after waiting for weeks I was finally able to go into the house for more than 10 seconds! It was the first time I was able to really take my time and look at everything. Some of the rooms have been completely painted on the walls and others are prepped and ready to go.
Here are all the rooms that are done:
Front Room – Finished Paint
I like how this gray came out. It has a little green tint to it, but it still pulls out a lot of gray. This room still has a few items on our to-do list, but it is near completion.
To-do List: Add all lighting; Tile the fireplace; Refinish the Hardwoods; Change the front door
Kitchen – Finished Paint
This was the first time I could really get up close to the cabinets and see them. Anytime I was in the house they had them covered up for all the other painting.
To-do List: Install appliances; Finish the hardwood floors; Install counter tops; Start the backsplash; Install the lighting
Mudroom – Finished Paint
They originally painted the bench on the lockers accidentally, so they had to sand them down and re-stain them. We wanted the dark bench to contrast with all the light colors in this room. The wall color looks blue, but it is a light gray.
To-do List: Install floors; Install appliances
Laundry Room – Finished Paint
We kept the same paint color in the laundry room that we used in the kitchen and in the mudroom.
This was the first room that they started the enamel coats on, so we knew how dark this gray would be for the cabinets. It matches with the living room fireplace and all the grays in our marbles and granites throughout the house.
Alexa wanted her walls to be gray, so that she could switch her bedroom colors easier. It also is something she can grow into and not be stuck with a little girl’s color. It is the same color we used in the Master and Baby’s room.
The final touches are coming together on the house. That means we have to decide on door hardware and get ordered and shipped in within the next couple of weeks. I am excited we are finally at this stage!
Our yard was torn apart with all of the construction, so it was nice to have it smoothed out again. This is also something Jay has wanted to do with our house for a long time. He has always hated our grass, so he loves that the grass is dead and we can start over. Throughout the next few weeks we are going to get our actual landscaping put in, so our house will feel more complete.
Front of the House – Excavation
Back of the House – Excavation
I still can’t get into the house, but Jay snapped some pictures for me. You can see a hint of what our kitchen cabinets will look like. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about the glaze, but I think we both like how it came out. I will really know for sure once the cabinets are all put back together. They are finally finishing the trim and cabinets this week and on to wall color next week. I still can’t get over that it took two weeks for just the trim and cabinets, but those guys were working hard at painting and sanding and painting again. I can’t wait until the smell goes away and I can go in and take a look myself. I have to sit outside and wait for Jay to go through to see the day’s work.
Kitchen – Cabinet Painting
Front Room – Trim Paint
Dining Room – Trim Paint
Living Room – Trim Paint
Laundry Room – Trim Paint
Mudroom – Trim Paint
Alexa’s Bedroom – Trim Paint
Doors – Trim Paint
Stairs – Trim Paint
Upstairs Hallway – Trim Paint
Maren’s Bedroom – Arch
Maren’s arch went in. I didn’t know how it was going to look with trim, but it gives it a unique look for her room and adds a small amount of detail.
Master Bedroom – Arch
I like how both our room and Maren’s room curved trim came out. I guess I never noticed any other house with curved trims, so I was curious throughout the process to see it. The idea of the arch was started out in our room and we reused the idea in Maren’s.
After the staining and the stairs, they have moved on to priming for the trim and cabinets. They use enamel on this part, so it buys us another day to finalize the wall colors. We think we have the main ones, but I want to make sure it’s what we really wanted. Below are a couple snap shots I was able to get from the door. The rest of the house was way to dark too take a picture of since they have taped off all the windows and doors to be painted.
While they are busy painted the house, I am able to concentrate on some of the other areas we need to make decisions on. I finally found bedding for the baby and for Alexa’s room.
I wanted to keep the baby’s room really simple and use his colors from this post: Thoughts on the Nursery I opted not to do a bumper or quilt. I never used them in the past with the girls.
I also bought a few sheet colors to go with it:
Now I just have to figure out his curtains, window seat and changing table fabric.
I also got a great deal on Alexa’s bedding from PBTeen.com. They sent a 15% off card and a $10 off card, plus a lot of their bedding is on a major sale since its Labor Day weekend. I think light gray walls, coral and white striped curtains and this teal bedding is going to look great in her room and give her a teen room she can grow into.
We have been trying to come up with colors for over a few months now for our walls, but we finally buckled down for the last two evenings and decided on most of the colors. We already had to come up with the cabinet and trim colors, but the wall colors were hard to decide on. Technically our painters only gave us seven color options without an additional charge, which is not easy to stick with. Lucky for us it seems like we are on a gray kick. Either gray blue, gray green or plain gray – it was still all in the gray family. Even Alexa wanted gray in her room. Maren is the only one that ended up doing her own thing (if you don’t count her light gray bathroom) and choosing a light teal.
I tried organizing our paint choices by creating a large paper chart with all the rooms we had to pick colors in. As we picked colors, I stuck the color swatch for that room in its grid and noted all colors in that room (trim, wall, cabinets, ceiling). I figured if we could visually see it all then we can know where we plan to reuse colors. Plus it helped to keep track of our 7 color limit. Although, if truth be told, I was willing to go over on colors if needed to get the right look. We just happen to settle for just the 7 colors.
I also cheated today and ran through the house holding my breath. I think it will be my last time doing that, because I hate thinking I am breathing that in and hurting the little guy. I did snap some pictures of all the paint prepping they are doing. Plus they finished sanding and staining the stairs, which we are not caring for at the moment on how it turned out. I was told the sheen will die down a little and they can dull it more if I still don’t like it later, although it does look a lot better than what it was before:
I have to be banned from the house again due to all the paint fumes in combination with my baby bump. You can smell the fumes all the way from the sidewalk. I don’t know how the painters do it everyday. The crazy part is that they have only started working on the stairs and staining our downstairs bathroom vanity and our kitchen island.
Luckily, I am kept busy with the new driveway, picking out paint colors, finishing up on lighting choices and everything else left for the house. It’s hard not to go in and see everything as it happens though. At least Jay can run in really quick and take a few snapshots of everything happening. He even brought some of the cabinet doors to me to see the coloring.
Below is what is going on with the driveway as of Friday. Notice the missing tree to the right of the driveway. I think it opens it up a lot. I have always hated the placement of the tree. The roots caused so many issues, so it was time for it to go.
They also put in the railing on our upper porch:
Back of the House – Porch Railing
Today they continued with the paint and finished up on the driveway. Look how the driveway turned out. I think it is helping to complete the outside. I even got a thumbs-up of approval from a couple walking their dog on how the house is progressing today. I love all the positive comments our neighborhood is making towards our remodel. I know it must be a pain to see this for 5 months.
Jay was able to grab the cabinet doors to the bathroom and kitchen to show me as I stood outside and waited (no fumes, but millions of mosquitos). I think we are going to put one more layer of stain on the cabinets to darken them up just a little more.
Our exterior paint is pretty much finished. I definitely like all the trim more now that it’s completed. I was also convinced to give in on the garage door being painted the trim color and now I am glad. I think it makes the portico look like it belongs better on the house.
Front of the House – Finished Paint
Back of the House – Finished Paint
East Side of the House – Finished Paint
West Side of the House – Finished Paint
The dumpster is gone and now our driveway destruction begins. We are going to extend part of our driveway out so that we can park beside each other. Now we won’t have to do the morning car shuffle if one of us parks behind the other that needs to leave earlier. It never failed if once of us was in a hurry, the other one would be parked behind them.
Below is what we want our sidewalk and driveway to look like.
The painters tackled the house painting today and even started in on the trim. I like the color, but after looking at it we realized that it’s the original color that the house was when we bought it. It makes it nice, because we won’t have to paint the shed now.
We are trying to make a couple decisions on the painting.
1. Do we paint the garage the trim color or the house color? We have always had it the house color, but our contractor is convincing us that we need to paint it the trim color.
2. Are the dormers and portico too white? Should we add a little house color to it? Our contractor is trying to convince us to leave it all white, but it seems almost too white.
Front of the House – Base Paint
East Side of the House – Base Paint
West Side of the House – Base Paint
My camera fogs every time I am upstairs from all the humidity, so I am constantly wiping it off. Forgive any pictures that come out hazy. At least you can see what these poor guys that are upstairs all day are going through.
Front Room – Fireplace Mantle
I couldn’t remember if I shared the latest on our front room mantle.
Many small things happened today and a few big things. They started in with prepping and spraying our trim on the exterior of the house. My favorite thing was hearing a little girl walking by asking her mom why our house was polka dotted. Her mom had to explain to her that it wouldn’t stay that way.
Front of the House – Prep for Paint
Back of the House – Prep for Paint
West Side of the House – Prep for Paint
East Side of the House – Prep for Paint
New Air Conditioning Unit
They also put in our air conditioning unit. I will have to think of a way to better blend it into our house. Right now it’s a pretty big eye sore.
Living Room – Fireplace
All of the trim wood is out, so I got a better shot of the fireplace. I really like how this turned out. I made sure that we did static shelves, so that it didn’t have the punched holes in the side. I don’t mind them on the bookcases upstairs, but I didn’t want them on a big piece like this.
I finally got a shot of the laundry room. All of the carpenter tools are out of this room, so they didn’t have to lock it up in the evenings anymore. See how there is a dropdown in the center? I had to have them go back in and fix it since I need to be able to sit there and sew. They also left a small 1 inch gap so that I can run my fabric through it easily.
Maren’s Bedroom – Bookcase
They put the trim on the nook in Maren’s bedroom today. It’s looking a lot better, but I am not fully love it. I think when the walls and trim are painted it will look a lot better.
Here is a shot of Maren’s hallway trim. I have no clue how they are going to trim the arch. You can also see that they had to move the cabinet into the bathroom. I think they may have had to remove the door frame to fit it in because of its size.
Master Bathroom – Tile
They added our shower bench today. I guess I assumed it was just going to be tiled like the shower walls, but they did one big slab instead. I like the solid piece of marble though and I think I prefer it this way.
They also worked more on our tile on both the walls and floors.
Check out the arch. Just like in Maren’s room they have this arch that they are going to have to put trim around. I assumed that it would just be sheet rock with no trim. I am curious to see how this turns out.
They also added back Jay’s nook. The sheet rock guys thought the hole was an accident and filled it back in. The carpenters had to come back out and recut it.
Mudroom – Locker Built-ins
I love our mudroom lockers (Union Locksmith). These are turning out great. At first I wasn’t sure about them until after they made a few modifications. Each kid will have their own locker and Jay and I will get to share. Below is an image of the hooks I bought to go in them with our initials. I have no clue yet what we are naming the baby boy, so I just bought the initials from our short list. I can always return the ones we don’t use.
Jay and I were able to meet Mark over at the house during lunch time. I wanted to make sure that the nook in Alexa’s room was taken care of. I really hated how it looked. I can’t put my finger on it, but it just looked odd. Once they took off that huge piece it looked a lot better. They also lowered her nook and changed it to two shelves instead of three. They also plan to move the sconces lower.
I also asked to redo the laundry room cabinets. I can’t wait to see how that turns out.
We drove out to Miller Cabinets in Excelsor Springs, MO today to finalize everything we wanted for our counter tops. We decided to go with Super White granite for our kitchen and dining room, Carrera marble for all of our bathrooms and Caledonia granite for the laundry room.
They also got a lot done today with all the trim pieces and got to work on getting the tile done. I think they are almost done with all of that. Next week is painting!
Alexa’s Bedroom – New Nook and Finished Trim
I wanted a little nook next to her vanity for make-up. I think the shelves aren’t spaced 100% the way I would do it. I just wanted two shelves total and there are three. I think it will work for now though. We also moved the sconces wiring up above the nook.
Baby Boy’s Bedroom – Start on Shower
I love the look of his bathroom so far. We chose white penny rounds for the floor and we are going to do a darker grey grout. Then we did white matte subway tiles and moss penny rounds for the shower. His nook will have moss penny rounds in it as well.
They also put his nook in his walk in closet. I can’t wait to put little baskets to hold his stuff on each shelf.
Dining Room – Crown Installed
It looks like most the crown molding is installed. Jay noticed that they added a small piece of trim above the door and right below the crown molding, which we thought was smart. This will keep from having a fine line of sheet rock exposed, which will make painting a lot easier.
Downstairs Hallway – Nook
They smoothed out this nook today. We don’t plan to add any wood to this and only have plaster. It won’t have a lot of the wear the other nooks will have, so we wanted to leave it alone with only the sheet rock.
Front Room – Finished Trim
All the trim is finished and they are starting in on the fireplace tomorrow. Check out all the saw dust these guys make. It is crazy how much work they are doing in such a short time and how well it is all turning out.
Kitchen- Finished Crown
It looks like they finished everything in this room for the crown. We already ordered our pendant lights and now we have our granite selection off our list as well. Next are cabinet paint colors. This has been one of our hardest choices of all.
Living Room – Crown and Fireplace Mantel
I love how they still have our sketch from Houzz up of what we want. It really looks similar to the picture and I am loving how it is turning out. I wasn’t convinced to rebuild it at first, but I am glad in the end that they did. Already it looks 10X better than what we had. Jay also made the decision to get rid of the sconces, which I will try to be the bigger person and remind him how I fought not to have it. If we ever sell, the next owners will still have the wiring if they ever have the need for the sconces.
Maren’s Room – Tiling the Shower and New Nook
Maren also had part of her shower tiled today. The boy’s bathroom and her bathroom pretty much look identical. They both will have the matte white penny rounds with dark gray grout on the floors. Their showers will have the matte white 3X6 subway tiles with moss penny rounds with dark gray grout too. I can’t wait until it’s all said and done.
Maren also had her fireplace mantel put in. I love how they boxed it off. They will need to clean the chimney from all the mud that got on it, but I love how the new pretty brick is exposed.
Her nook went in as well. This didn’t quite happen the way I described. I wanted a small nook in this entry of her room and it turned into ceiling to floor. I think it will look fine, but I didn’t picture it this large. I wanted a nook here because there was all this open space. I knew I couldn’t stick a side table in that area, but I wanted to make use of the dead space.
There was this odd part in her hallway that leads from her closet to her bedroom. It almost looked like a door once belonged there. We decided to make a rounded arch, so it looked like it was meant to be there. It really was caused by how the support beams and walls came together, but now it looks like an added detail. It also matches our master bedroom.
Master Bathroom – Tiling the Tub
Our tub in our master bedroom received its new facade today. It also had the tile we are using in the shower and on the walls ran around the perimeter of the tub. We still haven’t picked out the color of grout we are going to use. I think it may be a lighter gray.
Upstairs Hallway – Smooth Walls
They smoothed our walls and cleaned up where that odd chair rail was. This poor hallway had so many bangs and dings. I am glad to see that it looks like it has brand new walls.