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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…..)

 

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

One Shot: Hannah Blackmore

In Design Options, Living Room, real estate, Spaces on May 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

If you don’t already know I have taken to Pinterest with a vengeance. There’s something about seeing an image that kind of takes your breath away and being able to make a statement about it.

So welcome to what I am now calling One Shot.  One image, that for whatever reason makes me stop in my tracks and muse over it.

The above image courtesy of  Desire to Inspire has done just that.  I so absolutely love the floor in this room its ridiculous.  This flooring is very similar to what we have chosen for our kitchen so I am über excited. I have a thing for rectangles and offset tiling so the tile on the rear wall makes me smile.  The colors are calming ( to me) and the whole feel is still chic.  I could see myself wearing “casual slacks” and sipping coffee in this space.

What do you think?

desire to inspire – desiretoinspire.net – Hannah Blackmore.

Bottoms Up

In Basement, Materials, real estate, Spaces on May 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The basement is coming along. Albeit a little backwards… See we had a not so great contractor previously to finish our basement. He put in new light fixtures and dry walled the space and put in new windows.

Well I won’t go into a long dissertation on my disdain for this particular person and I will just note that we have moved on.  My wonderful hubs has removed the 60-year-old tile floor and it is ready to be leveled.

The wood flooring arrived on Monday and is tempering as we speak.  I find it interesting that even as warm as it is the flooring has to sit and see how it likes living in our house before we can install and move it in.  I’m just glad it’s here.  We really found a steal. Lumber Liquidators had their annual clearance sale and we nabbed the flooring for a mere .39 cents per sq. foot and free shipping to the store which is 10 minutes from our front door. Whoo Hoo!

We thought it was worth it to go ahead and buy it.  As soon as the main renovation begins and the support column is installed in the bathroom we can get the floor install scheduled.  I just want to make sure the framing and tiling of the laundry room isn’t going to have them damaging the floor.  It would be nice to have some concurrent work going on up in here.

Leveraging our Costs

In Materials, Spaces on April 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

We expected to have the report  from our friendly HUD consultant last Friday, but instead were informed that he need a bit longer to complete so it would be close of business Monday before he could deliver it to us.  Not a huge deal, though it does hold off the appraiser being scheduled for a few days.

So since we were not scouring over a report this weekend, we decided on a whim to head on over to one of those shopping clubs and head their spiel. We had been to a home show about a month ago and signed up for a visit.

Now we are soooooooo not the time-share-free-cruise-trip-to-Orlando type of people but often go to these types of things to see what’s out there. I play “bad cop”  and ask questions to make life difficult and the hubs plays “good cop” sharing lovely anecdotes.

I guess the looks on the faces of myself and the “bad cop” from the other couple touring with us encouraged our consultant to really spare us the “rah-rah” version of the tour and he got right down to the nuts and bolts of what club is and isn’t and bottom line what it would cost us.  We took a tour of the facility and got to see first hand the manner in which it operates ( the Debbie Downer in me noted that I thought they were actors…) (I’m a great “bad cop”).

It was informative to see and understand the process.  We have already negotiated with our builder to provide many of the materials, finishes and appliances for our renovation just based on a cursory comparison of what they were going to charge us and our finding the exact models of items we wanted much cheaper.

Ultimately, we bit the bullet!  ( I know, I wasn’t expecting to do so at all) but once we saw the custom services that were available in addition to just retail type items it began to make sense for us very quickly. We did a very quick tally of the number of items we saw ourselves buying literally within the next 90 days and were pretty surprised. We went a little further and gave some serious thought to furnishing this new abode. It was pretty much a foregone thought that we would put off a lot of the decor changes until some time after the renovation was completed, perhaps Hollywood Regency is a much closer reality than a dream.

I will definitely keep you updated with our experience, but honestly we are pretty excited to get going with them.

 

A Step Above

In Design Options, Dining Rooms, Materials, real estate, Spaces on April 22, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I am really the type of person that should not have too much idle time on my hands waiting for responses. I am pretty resolute at making decisions, though I like to banter about a bit and toss around viable ( or not so viable) options.  Luckily, the designer on our project is receptive to this approach and when I come up with a gee whiz idea and shoot it over I usually get a pretty quick response which will then allow my to give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the idea and move on.  When I don’t hear back, it just gives me more time to root around for additional options and ideas.  After all, until I get a response there’s nothing that I am doing that will stall the process…

And hence we arrive here today.  We are currently awaiting costing on some items the HUD consultant has mandated be included into the scope of work.  The amount of this additional work will determine if other things need to come off the current scope of work we have. So we’re waiting…meanwhile I got to thinking that perhaps the foyer concept we are currently implementing may not be the best way go.

This currently our idea.  I don’t like that in our Colonial the front door drops you into the living room so abruptly. We like the idea of something a little more defined.  The more I think about it though we are blowing out all the walls on the first floor and I am a little concerned that it will look like a big open space with a foyer and a kitchen island. So during breakfast this morning, I had an epiphany.  “What if instead of putting in the entry space we raised the dining area, while keeping it open?”

Much to my astonishment, the hubs almost immediately latched onto the idea and really liked (dare I say Loved?) it.  Now it will be open on two side and walled( by the exterior walls) on two side, rather than landlocked like in the pictures above and below.

In essence, I see it being a large platform that the dining room set will be on overlooking the large bay window that is currently in that space. As much as I am all for the open concept, something in me cringes just a little at the loss of a formal dining room ( perhaps it’s the realtor in me).  This option gives me a defined space while keeping the open concept. Yay!

This image (above) gives a better idea of what I am thinking. Simple and clean with just a hint of schmaltz 🙂 A cursory search of course showed some of the bells and whistles I shall add to my request. Love the lights recessed into the platform.

The drawers in this option are interesting, but I don’t know if we’d make adequate use of them. What would I store there? Suggestions?

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