Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Paint Color Updates

Lots of fun things happening at the house over the last few weeks. To recap: Painting finished up (except for some minor touch up work), Granite counter tops were installed in the kitchen and master bathroom and flooring was delivered.

The most dramatic changes took place when the painting wrapped up. Its incredible how a little color can transform a space. The majority of the house has neutral beige and grey (which I love as a neutral) with a few punches of color. Kyle is still wrapping his head around the in-your-face orange of the mudroom but I am head over heels for it. I have a few photos of each room for your sampling delight. I must warn you, it's already dark by the time I come home to visit the house and as a result the following photos and pretty terrible.


The lovely exterior hasn't changed much lately. It still needs crisp white paint for all the areas you see that are tan (that's just the primer color). And of course we need front stairs so people can actually walk to the front door. The chicken coop type plank is getting old


Terrible lighting photo #1. The staircase rails are stained "rich mahogany" and are looking so beautiful. I can picture garland wrapped around the railings for Christmas next year!


A little close up view of the railings. The stain has a warm, inviting feel with red under tones. I like the contrast with the dark stain and the bright white spindles. We decided to have the rails and newl post in the dark stain because these are the areas most people touch and the stain will hide hand oils better than if we went white.


Looking from the living room to the foyer. New stair treads are down and are awaiting carpet next week


Granite counters are here! Looking great, although one cupboard door got damaged during the installation. Put that on the too do list of things to fix this week



The view of the kitchen from the now Green dining room. Sorry for the general lack of lighting in the photo ( I did warn you they were awful photos). We are still waiting for lighting to be hung throughout the house.


My beautiful cast iron farmhouse sink is now nested in place with the grey counter tops. Look at all the counter top space and wide expanse of windows! I am a happy girl.


I couldn't resist another view out the window in the kitchen. The back splash will be joining the kitchen in a few weeks too


Parakeet green dining room! I know its intense for some. We had one wall that was green at our old apartment and I loved it. I think with trim and hardwood floors it wont look so shockingly green. I also have plans for artwork to go between the door to the office and the wall near the kitchen


This photo does not do justice to what Kyle calls "Hunters Vest Orange".


I think the Tangerine color works in this space because there is not a lot of wall space and most of the hallway is white trim or the white lockers


The down stairs bathroom is now a classy grey. Soon a white sink and toilet will join and I am thinking a black oval mirror to complete the crisp modern feel


The fireplace is nearly complete. The built in shelves are looking amazing with their new coat of glossy white paint


We just picked up the glass tile that will go on the face of the fireplace and it will go on in a few weeks with the rest of the tile in the house


Here is the tile for the fireplace we got for a steal at Home Depot for $3.97 a sq ft. It is a clear glass with a very slight hint of green sea glass. We needed about 12 sq ft (and we threw in a 13th tile just in case)



The upstairs South bedroom in Essential Grey


I L-O-V-E the grey with the white trim! All this room needs is carpet (next week) and a light fixture and its done!


Caution: another crazy color. This one is called Nervy and frankly I was terrified when it first went on the walls. It's grown on me now but its not for everyone. I have a pattern picked out for curtains with pale blue, burnt orange and a hint of lime green


Our lovely master bedroom with its new coat of Sea Salt. Love this color too. It seems to be everyones favorite in the house



Its hard to see the color on the wall in this photo of the master bedroom. The beam on the ceiling is stained and is in the basement waiting to be installed next week possibly, then carpet and done!


Flooring will hopefully be installed next week and then tile. Its all coming together and we are nearing completion!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Goethermal Loop

Its like Christmas morning around here! Kyle and I were so excited to see our geothermal loop go in yesterday. It will only take about 2 days for the crew of 2 guys to dig the trench (with a backhoe) and run the lines for the loop.

Kyle did a wonderful post this past spring all about what geothermal is, check it out at Heating and Cooling with Geothermal. Basically we are using the constant heat below ground to heat and cool our new home. This method costs more up front but offers savings each month in lower utility bills.



The loop is 6 feet deep and extends from the house almost to the road


Here is where the loop joins to the house. The warmth of the earth heats the fluid in the loops and in turn transfers the warmth to the furnace which distributes warm air inside, keeping the house toasty warm (or cool in summer)


We have 3 loops going away from the house and 3 loops coming back towards the house


Looks like the grand canyon! Actually it looks like my front yard is a big pile of dirt. The crew will "back fill" or use the dirt that was dug out of the trench to fill the hole back in


The loops are held in place with what look like giant staples. They pin the loops in place in the ground so they don't shift too much from there spots in the ground


This is almost to the road in front of our house. The loop starts way out here and goes up to the house


This is view of the geothermal loop field from the upstairs bedroom. You can really see how far out to the road the loops extend


Once the dirt is back over the loops and grass starts to grow back, we wont ever be able to see this view again. Its great knowing that those loops will sit in the ground and work around the clock to heat and cool our house, love it!



Hit us up for any questions if you are considering or want more information on geothermal systems. We are always happy help!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Kitchen Is In, Columns are Up

So much is happening at the house these days! We have kitchen cabinets going in, granite is being measured next week, doors are being hung and baseboard trim is almost done in the upstairs! Oh, and I almost forgot, painting started last week too!


All the kitchen cabinets were delivered in about 30 boxes on Wednesday of this past week. We also had a large delivery of all the trim for the interior of the house and the doors. The living room, dining room and kitchen are pretty much full right now


I could not be happier with the grey wall color (Summit Grey by Sherwin Williams) and the crisp white cabinets. This is exactly as I had pictured it would look. This is the South side of the kitchen, the wall oven will be on the far right, then the fridge in the middle opening


This area is next to the fridge, lots of prep space. The back wall under the cabinets will have our gorgeous glass tile back splash. Check out Kitchen Finishes to see more details


Here is another view of the area that will house the built in oven and microwave combo and the fridge. We elected to go with a counter depth fridge in order to save space in the kitchen. We lost a few cubic feet of space inside the fridge by having the counter depth but it wont stick out from the cabinets and we can always add a chest freezer in the basement!


The door ways aren't being neglected any more! Each door has a 4" wide trim (in MDF) and the top trim piece is also 4" but over hangs the frame a little and sticks out an extra 1/4" from the wall. This creates a "thicker" header for the top of the door. Just another lovely Craftsman detail that we love


The doors have been hung on their pretty oil rubbed bronze hinges but soon they will have to come down. The doors come from the manufacturer primed white but not painted. The doors will go down to the basement for a coat of white paint from our painter


The trim on the baseboards are also MDF (bonus: they paint up so nicely) and are 1" thick and 6" tall. I have learned this week that for the carpeted rooms, the base trim goes on before the carpet, you learn something new everyday! We are trying to have the wood floors installed before the trim goes down so we can avoid having the transition moulding called "shoe moulding" downstairs


Favorite photo of the week! Surprisingly I was just as excited to see the columns up as I was to see the kitchen start. With all the snow on the ground that porch just looks so inviting and friendly


The columns still need to be painted on the top part. They will be white to match the rest of the exterior trim. The trim used on the columns is called LP smart trim, it has a wood grain texture but without the maintenance of real wood


We love the look of the "dry stacked" stones for the porch columns. I think this looks puts more emphasis on the stones themselves and let on the grout. The brand we selected was Quarry Ridge and the color is Rustic Bella (what can I say, I'm a Twilight fan. And in case you were wondering, I am Team Edward all the way).



Lots more kitchen updates to follow this week as the remaining cabinets go in. Also on the agenda for Monday... The Geothermal Loop digging! We are so pumped to see the Geothermal start. Even though the front West side of the lawn is going to get all torn up, a small sacrifice for energy efficient heating and cooling I suppose.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Update: Drywall Done, finally

I see a pattern in building a custom home... everything takes 4 times as long as it should and costs about double. First it was the county permits, lost about a week. Then it was the electrical, that took about a 3 week chunk of time. Last week we lost a week waiting for our electrical company to run the line to the house and the latest loss of time goes to drywall. Not trying to be negative, just keeping it real.

But now it's finally done! wait, scratch that, its 99% done. They still need to come back and finished the basement doorway opening that they forgot. The hung, mudded, taped and sanded all the drywall and it looks great. No lumpy areas or wavy drywall boards. A good drywall company is a must when building a house. It may be something one would be tempted to over look but in all our research we found it was a must.  If you have a poor drywall job done, your paint can look terrible or have "nail pops" where the drywall nails pop through the drywall.

See here is the photo progress on the inside of the house...


View straight on of the living room and the fireplace


This is the kitchen all covered in drywall dust. Next week we are scheduled for our kitchen cabinetry delivery and installation


Another view of the living room, this time with the large front window


This is the view from the living room looking out at the front door and the area where the stairs go to the second floor


Kyle took this photo at a fun angle, he is standing on the basement stairs looking into the living room


Looking down at the entry way from the loft


Here is the front (South) facing bedroom and the lovely tall ceilings!


Another view looking down from the loft. You can see the "plant shelf" on top of the entry way closet. I'm sure I can find something cute to sit there!


While standing in the loft we are looking at the bathroom (on the left) and the master bedroom door way (on the right)


Here's what the house looks like as of today. The columns are in process of getting there stone facade and then the tops of the columns can be built and attach to the roof


Just for fun, here is the Google Maps Aeriel view of the property. You can really see how long our drive way is from this photo


One day the grass will grow back!