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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!!




 

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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