Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wood Floors Unveiled

All the flooring is finally in the house. Our wood floors actually went in over a month ago but have been under wraps until all the contractors were done in the house. Last week carpet went down in the remaining rooms which meant everyone was pretty much done working inside the house.

As soon as I knew not many more contractors would be walking through the house, I wanted to rip the paper off the floors! I have been anxious to see them in their full glory. The wood floors had this thick protective paper covering them to prevent scratches and dings.

So last weekend we did a major cleaning of the house and took all the paper off! Ohhh, they look so beautiful, I love these floors. The rich brown and red hues are warm and inviting but I still got the darker wood look that I wanted.

From the second floor landing looking into the living room. The floors are from Mohawk, and we selected a line called Santa Barbara. The winning color was Mocha. See our post on how we chose the color here

Having the hardwood floors on the main floor is so inviting and so practical with all the traffic in the entry way, living room, dining room and kitchen

The living room feels complete with the floors unwrapped and we could really see how it looked with the fireplace and all the white built ins

You can see some of the color variance and textures in the wood floors

This is a close up of the floors. The are "hand scraped" so as to look aged, like they have always been here. They also have some manufactured dings and worm hole type areas

The installers did a great job staggering the floor boards and the joints. They also paid special attention to scattering the boards that are darker or lighter to give it a random effect

I just loved this photo of Kyle sweeping the floor. The light was just filtering in the room in a magical way (really highlighting the dirt on the floor too). There was so much to clean up to get the floors looking good

This is the wood floor in the dining room. We tried to hold the wood sample up to each room color to see how they looked side by side. I especially like how the crisp white trim looks with all the wood

We did end up with a few scratches even with the paper on the floor. Some can just be filled in will a wood pen color stain matcher but some others will need the floor boards replaced. We had our brand new stove dragged across the wood floors on two spots in the dining room by a contractor so those ones will be swapped out

Seeing the wood floors all together was just the right pick me up. After weeks of waiting to hear if we can move in, its been a bit discouraging. most everything is done but we are waiting to see if we have been given occupancy and can move in. The waiting continues...

Friday, February 3, 2012

Built in Fireplace with Shelves

We are finally in the home stretch of the house! Another week away from moving in to our dream home. We had a small set back this past week. Kyle and I went to visit the house (like we do every night after work) and I heard water dripping... not a good sound. Turns out we had a plumbing leak in the master bathroom, down to the bedroom on the first floor and to the basement. Awesome.

The leak had been found and repaired. A hole was cut in the wall behind our master bathroom vanity to get to the pipe and also a large hole in the ceiling of the downstairs bedroom. We just have to have the drywall guy mud and tape the hole and our painter will need to come back to repaint the ceiling in that area. On a positive note about the water leak incident: the carpet had not yet gone down in that room so no flooring was damaged.

I wanted to share an area of the living room with you that is 100% done and lookin' good. Our fireplace and built in shelves are perfect. I am really looking forward to putting books and pretty accessories on those white glossy shelves.

Staying true to our love of craftsman, the fireplace has clean lines and nice trim details.

We have 3 shelves on either side of the fireplace, plenty of room for all my pottery bowls and books! The shelves and all the trim in the house are painted with a glossy acrylic paint to make them really shine

Once the paper comes off the floor we will be able to see the gorgeous wide plank woods floors next to the white trim. We opted to go with an electric fireplace because we didn't want to add in propane since we already have geothermal as our heat source. Although I love the look and sound of a wood fireplace, I didn't want to deal with the clean up and messing with the indoor air quality

This tile was a bargain from Home Depot. We had been looking all over for the right tile (in our budget). The only tile I found I liked was $43 a sq ft (waaaayy out of our budget). These 12"x12" sheets were only $4.20 a sq ft. Score!

The moulding details really make the fireplace one of a kind. We designed the trim work with our carpenter. I found inspiration from other fireplaces I had cut from magazines or found on other blogs.

I can see us sitting in front of the fireplace, drinking hot cocoa. We will most likely be sitting on the floor for a while since we have zero living room furniture.

One day a flat screen TV will adorn the wall above the fireplace. Even though it will be a while before the living room design style comes together, I am just so pleased with how it looks. The finished product is just what we wanted.