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You Always Need a Little Bling

In Basement, Spaces on April 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Things are moving along swimmingly actually.  I have held off putting up the newest pictures because I am so excited at the work that in my mind I’m thinking “Just let them get a little further…

The lower level is looking a lot less like a construction site and much more like the family room we have been wanting for a decade.  The new wood floors are down and they came out beautifully.  If you recall we nabbed this flooring at $0.39 per square foot. So for around $100 we scored a fantastic floor.  The contractor leveled the floor and the flooring went down with ease.  Yesterday they added the baseboard and I literally swooned! So pretty.

The laundry area is complete, though the bi-fold doors still need to go one, but my wonderful top loading washer and dryer are hooked up and operational with a new venting system that goes out through the rear underside of the house, rather than out of the former laundry window (that’s an ugly picture, but it wasn’t as crazy as the visual I am sure you have). I am really relishing in the ability to choose finishes and I have yet to choose the knobs for the doors just yet.

What would have been our laundry room is now the “breaker room” and will be a storage pantry.  That has been framed dry-walled and has a door.  Neat little space for storage. As well the bathroom is completely framed and dry-walled.  Today the tile goes down on the walls and floor which sent me out yesterday on a hunt for paint.

So…. The tile we are using which is completely The Bizness!!!

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Sent me on  a hunt for paint color for this little powder room.  Everywhere we went with this tile, it became the subject of intense conversation. But I wanted to focus on PAINT.  So my vision was a metallic silver shade to compliment the accent on the tile.  However I really didn’t want a big multi step, multi brush process that takes several days.  Boooooo!

Our first stop was Home Depot and we encountered Martha Stewart  Precious Metals.  I was pretty impressed.  Lots of really nice metallic colors and the process seemed pretty simple for the basic effect that I wanted.  “Faux” was a word that I wanted no parts of!!  The paint is ready to go in small containers or can be mixed in the gallon size with a Precious Metals base making it a one step process.  Sounded great.

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Next, we took a ride over to Sherwin Williams, as Direct Buy members we wanted to see if we could take advantage of this little membership perk.  They offer Metallic Impressions which have three different textures and a number of different colors.  Now it could have been the location we were at but it was really difficult to see the swatches, they are housed inside of a fixture in a small unlit compartment. So without taking each one out it’s just hard to see anything.  It’s really a shame because they have very large samples ( not those little snippets which are a pain to me…)

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I did find a color and an effect that I liked and headed over for a little assistance.  I was given the brochure and there was that word… FAUX!  As I flipped through the brochure I can across two interesting pages, one that outlined the materials I would need for the process and one for the amount of time the process would take.

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More than 14 items need to complete the process and two days worth of work.  I won’t even get into the cost !!!!  Even with our discount it was considerably more than $150 to complete a 4×6 room that is 50% tile……  Now I don’t know if that was just the cost at the location I visited or nationwide, I just know what I was personally quoted.  Needless to say, we kept looking and headed over to Lowe’s….

I ran across Valspar Brilliant Metals and It fell pretty much in the middle of the two.  Only a dollar less per gallon than the Martha Stewart but it required a special roller, a semi gloss base coat and a metallic topcoat. So it was an additional step that has some extra cost. And I was very underwhelmed at the color selection.

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So I have opted for the Martha Stewart.  I will definitely update you on the progress once I start as soon as the tilers are finished.  We also got to knock out paint for the other lower level spaces.  SO I’m pretty stoked!

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CHANGE Order….

In Basement, Spaces on April 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

These are two words that represent sacrilege to me.

Thou shalt not issue a myriad of change orders on this job, so help me Lord!

Yes we are only a few weeks into the actual, renovation and for the most part things are going smoothly as we have a phenomenal GC. She really stays on top of the project and is able to look forward in case of a back up to keep the job moving.  Now I want to give her as much credit as possible, but I can’t help to believe that she’s working this hard because I have eagle eyes and ask 50,000 questions a day.

Thus far we have had to make a slight adjustment to the kitchen cabinets in order to reduce the size of the wine cooler we wanted, that cost me about $100 plus I lost my soft close feature.  My gut says we will be looking at this again before the order is placed.  We have added steps onto the deck ( yes, this seems like a no brainer but whatever…. things happen.) Yesterday we found out because code states that there can be nothing within three feet of a breaker box, my washer and dryer can not sit side by side in my new laundry room.

Now, under different circumstances, I am sure this would have sent me to the moon, I mean isn’t knowing code a major part of the primary job functions of the contractor and when all these people are traipsing through my home measuring and conferring wouldn’t that have come up as the breaker box has always been there to welcome them when they came to visit and inquire about its ability to handle the drain of the gee whiz new appliances and such that we wanted to install……  DID NO ONE THINK ABOUT THIS WHEN MEASURING OUT THE ROOM???????

(writer take breath…)

But I didn’t go crazy because in actuality, it served my purpose perfectly.  You see when they moved out my washer and dry and demo’d the little bar area, I  inquired if the washer and dryer could go into the new little nook.  To which the answer was a resounding No because of the moving of the water lines, venting the dryer and yada yada yada….  Guess where my washer and dryer are now going????

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Ding ding ding Correct!!!! Into the little nook created by the newly removed bar. All those reasons why it couldn’t be done before…. Pish Posh they’re simple fixes.  We even have options!!  So I  am having bi fold doors added to enclose them and the niche you see in the wall will have some shelving to hold fabric softener and detergent.  I’m a little psyched.  Because I also not get a new storage area.  I am contemplating what to use it for and thinking of shelving it in as a pantry.  Even though it’s not upstairs, its only a few steps down from the kitchen and a great place to store juice which we have to buy by the case and large non perishables like paper towels and toilet paper.

So all in all this, I think it works out well and we haven’t added to the budget because “whomever” didn’t measure… Whew……

 

Hammer It Out

In Bathroom, Spaces on March 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Powder rooms are neat to me from a design stand.  I mean they are small and can stay relatively neat, as there isn’t much going on in there.  So I was pretty excited about decorating our new addition.  I ran across a hammered chrome vessel sink and it became the inspiration for my little powder room.

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I’m utterly in love with this piece and though the room is tiny, it will be a showcase and I hope everyone gives a little smile when they walk in at its unexpectedness.  Yes, I know that’s a lot to expect from a sink but hey, a girl can dream.  To keep my little sink company, I have gone completely rogue and chosen a fabulous red python tile by Tau Ceramica called Serp.

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The thing aobut this that sent me over the edge is the accent color is silver on this little baby.  Some may say it’s garish and I might too, once it’s done but I do know that secretly I WILL LOVE IT!! Can’t wait.

This hammered look is really speaking to me. And while I am accustomed to seeing it done in copper a great deal, chrome is really The Business!!




 

Is Everything Front Loading?

In Basement, Spaces on March 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Our laundry room will be simple.

I looked around for examples of what I wanted to have done with the space and I was very surprised.  See, my household is very small usually two and sometimes three people tops in the house at any given time.  No itty bitty’s and no pets.

Our current laundry room, was never finished.  So there were no walls or ceiling just a space with a lot of pipes and a washer and dryer.  So the thought of having…..WALLS was pretty much enough for me.

It wasn’t until everyone started asking me questions about what would be going in the space that I decided to take a look at what was out there. And Oh My Goodness!!  Laundry in the closet, behind sliding doors, granite counters and soft close cabinetry.  But the one common denominator was the front loading washer and dryer.

My husband broached the idea of a new set, but I didn’t think we needed it.  I think he was trying to be sweet and “Upgrade Me” I mean I really don’t want to spend a bunch of time in there and there’s only so much laundry detergent and fabric softener one can store so I think a shelf is plenty with my current top loading washer and handy dandy dryer. I mean after all I’VE GOT WALLS!

What are your thoughts on “Super-Sizing” a laundry room?

A Wall Says It All

In Basement, real estate, Spaces on March 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Going through a renovation is pretty major and it takes a toll on you in many ways you really don’t expect.  We found ourselves traveling this past weekend, unexpectedly. When we arrived back home Monday morning to more snow than we have seen all season and the phone’s ringing off the hook it was really a lot to handle.  My first thought was to get all our laundry done, knowing our laundry room would be out of commission for a minute.

So I am really encouraged by the progress they are making walls came down and in a flash new walls went up!

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Yes, there is still a large hole in the floor but the dry wall is up for the new space and we look forward to the plumber coming in and adding his handiwork to the process.

Of course, he is going to be delayed by a day, so we have our first work stoppage.  I really do hope its only for one day and that on Friday the plumbing will be done and the last wall put in and finished.

Although when I think about it, there really is still a lot that has to go on in there, insulation, framing the last wall, flooring, lighting, tiling and the installation of the bathroom amenities ( vanity, toilet, mirror, etc. )

But, I’m still pleased with the progress and will be happy when all of the items, we’ve ordered actually get installed and out of my living room ( so that too can be demolished and reconstructed…..)

 

Walls Come Down…

In real estate on March 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

We have had our share of dealings with lenders, contractors, builders, underwriters, appraisers and the like. Finally the walls have started coming down!

(insert praise break HERE….)

So they are starting inside downstairs in the basement.  Scope of Work:  Frame and finish new laundry room, remove existing bar area, construct a new powder rooms and install wood flooring.  There will also be a new central air conditioning system installed and since the furnace is in the basement, I guess that is considered basement work too…

So after a lot of back and forth and talking and viewing etc.  Last week the first walls came down and looked something like this:

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This area once held a built in bar.  It was a cute use of space for it sits right under the stairwell.  But it was still a little awkward to get in and out of because you had to enter through the laundry room.  Once completed, I believe this space will hold a small desk and a computer monitor.  We are completely wireless here, but its always good to have a small workspace and I think when we sell, it will be a neat little feature off the family room. BasementDay1b

Welcome to the new home of our powder room.  These built-in banquettes are now gone ( they came down today) this framing you see is also gone.  The laundry room will become a little smaller and the powder room will sit next to it. We’ve opted for a pump system for the toilet and vanity to avoid too much plumbing and digging, since the bathroom and basement sit below the sewer line.  So the jackhammering began today but was minimal.

My living room looks like a mail order catalog receiving department as we have opted to choose the majority of our finishes rather than picking from the offerings of our contractors.  Hopefully, in the end, we will save a little bit of money by having control of our choices and ultimately we will have the look and finishes we really want.  It’s kind of a big undertaking, trying to get the best deal, tracking auctions, researching manufacturers and dealing with shipping times. But we really hope it will be worth it in the end.

 

It’s Gotta Go…….

In real estate, Spaces on March 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Making room for the new not just in the sense of design but literally in order to allow the renovation to go forward!  When we married we inherited a great of furniture from my husband’s great-aunt and it has served us well for many a year, but now with the new contemporary direction of the renovation we feel the time has come to part with many of these pieces.  After conferring with family, these remaining items are up for grabs.  Ideally, I’d like to have a consignment shop pick up the lot for a flat price and have at it, I’m not looking forward to the process of lots of people poking around and making appointments waiting around for people so anyone shops in the area that have cash and a truck feel free to contact me and make an offer.

6 draw chest of drawers:  49″x 17 x 32

Round side table: 26″ diameter 27″ tall

3 section Marble inset coffee table: 48″ x 14.5″

Matching 2 tier marble inset side table:  25″ x 21″ 24″

Oval dining room table with one leaf and table pad: 69″ (w/leaf) x 40 x 29

Buffet: 56 x 18 x 31″ (5 drawers 2 cabinets)

China closet: 72″ x 48″ x 15″ ( glass front, 3 shelves, 3 drawers 2 cabinets)

Picture Frame: 50″ x 47″ Silver

Child’s Vanity Set: (mirror) 25 x 34 vanity 44 x 30 x 18″

Matching chest: 32 x 18 x 48″

Child’s armchair: Off white vinyl heart-shaped 31 x 26 x 21

Back On Track! (Finally)

In real estate on February 22, 2013 at 7:03 PM

After many many months of back and forth with lenders. We finally closed on our renovation loan. Now it’s back to business. We need to go and re-shop some of the little touches. We have to revisit tile, some appliances and fixtures. It was a lot of fun the first time and will be more fun the second time around. Especially since the loan is final. We will be contacting the builder next week to get an idea of the work schedule. Many more post to follow.