Construction Update – Surviving the move and Kitchen Progress

March 31st, 2014

Okay okay, I must beg your forgiveness on not posting for the past 5 weeks. I’ve gotten emails, texts, and calls from friends and readers begging for more updates. The beat goes on, so they say, and I’ve been on quite the ride the past 5 weeks. We had to move out of our rental before the house was done. I’ll tell you right now that this is a logistical nightmare. Even more so with 2 small children and a husband who is busy finishing a house.

If you want to hear all about it… read below, otherwise, skip to the pictures of the kitchen build!

So for 3 weeks were were without stable housing. I took the boys and went and stayed with my parents for nearly a week. This was great… and not so great. They live an hour from the house build, and with so much going on, I really needed to be close by the build site. Also with limited child care available, it was nearly impossible to work. And work is kind of a priority. So the boys and I headed back to the construction site and found a hotel a few miles away. Not quite a vacation, but not terrible either, we were able to get somewhat settled in a hotel, and have our regular babysitter help with the kids (a Godsend), and I was able to work once again. With an unknown closing date, we weren’t too thrilled to be paying for a hotel for days and days. So after a week, we packed up again and headed to a friend’s house for another week. Once we got the OK to move in, I was beyond thrilled, however the excitement was somewhat dampened by the fact that Mr. Project was going on a business trip early the following morning. Not so exciting being in an empty new house with just the kids and very limited toys/clothes/cooking implements/work supplies (who needs a desk anyway??). Not to mention no furniture, TVs, INTERNET (kill me!), and towels. Needless to say there were many break-downs most of which were me, not the children. Mr. Project was gone for 2 days, and in a twist of fate, we all caught a stomach bug upon his arrival back home… luckily I had found some towels and the washer and dryer were installed before he left. Unluckily, I was pretty much down for 2 days, and Mr. Project was right there after me.

After recovering, the past two weeks+ have been spent unpacking, organizing, moving everything into the house from the garage, and of course working. So blogging has been low on the priority list. It’s also been a bit overwhelming. So many pictures to edit, and wondering how exactly to divide the updates into digestible bits. At the end of the day its just easier to go get cozy in bed and rest then to commit to blogging.

But here I am, back and ready to get all these exciting pictures and moments documented. I’m just going to start small, and hopefully with momentum get  a lot posted in a short time period. Lets get started with the kitchen build!

To get an idea for the layout and design of the kitchen check out my Kitchen Inspiration & Style Guide. Looking back at it, we really did follow this pretty closely.

Mr. Project built all the cabinets for the entire kitchen+island. So these pics are all the various stages of install.

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First step was the wall cabinets where the range goes. This image is missing one last drawer cabinet on the far right. This was a little tricky in that the cabinets had to be installed before the countetops could be installed before the wall trim could be installed. So a lot was hinging on getting these cabinets in place.

The adjacent appliance wall was a BEAST. We were going for these built-in looking columns which funny enough required building actual columns. So build them Mr. Project did! 4 columns total.

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Here you can see the finished column on the right, and kind of see the one on the left. kitchen-progress-columns2-theprojectgirl

Mr. Project building one of the center columns using MDF (full weight), and 2x4s.

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Construction Update – Pantry Cabinets

February 22nd, 2014

So so much to post about! I have a million flagged photos in my iphoto and I get anxiety just thinking about how long it will take me to process them all and post. Things have been moving so quickly, I haven’t been able to keep up. And I wish I could take even more pictures but I’ve been mostly at home taking care of kids, working, and trying to finalize lighting/finishes etc.

At this point the easiest way to do updates is to go by project. So lets start with the pantry space. You can see my inspiration and previous plans on my pantry inspiration post. Between that post, and the actual build, I went through a handful of design changes to accommodate various appliances, and scenarios. Initially I planned a microwave and fridge on the left-side of the space, but ended up putting in a broom closet – you know, for brooms and vacuums. So the microwave spot got pushed to the right-side. I also planned a “command-central” hutch, but then decided to put that in the mud room (I added a mudroom at the last minute instead of a mud hallway). So the command central went into the mud room, and I designed an open shelf dish hutch in that space instead.

Okay lets get started… A few weeks ago the floor was grouted and cabinets moved into the pantry space.

 

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Mr. Project installed them all that evening, and started on the countertop. We decided a wood butcher block in here – they really are a great work-horse countertop as long as you avoid standing water. Even then, keep them oiled up good and there should be no problem. Budget shoppers that we are, we purchased the IKEA beech wood ones, though our store didn’t have enough and we had to order one online and wait for it to be delivered.
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Two of the countertops had to be joined for this long span. There’s a bit of a lip showing in this picture, but Mr. Project will make it all work and look fabulous.
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Once all the countertops were installed, Mr. Project started on the hutch. He built the drawer unit, each shelving row separately, and the face frame offsite, and then assembled them in place.

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Here they are all stacked, with the face frame waiting below.

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After the hutch was assembled, Mr. Project installed the cabinet box that will house the microwave and a steam oven next to it.

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On the other side of the cab we planned for open shelving with corbels. Lots of corbels. I’ve talked about corbels before and how expensive they can be. We decided to DIY our corbels again (you can read about this process on my DIY Corbels post), so we called around a few CNC places to get pricing, and found a local one to cut these for us:

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I have a bunch of pictures that they sent me for another post just on more DIY corbels, but I’ll save those for another day. Basically I designed a super simple corbel pattern in Adobe Illustrator, and emailed the .eps file to the cutters. Then a few days later we picked up 96 of these babies. They used a 3/4″ mdf material and then we glued two of them together to create a thicker corbel. For this wall we used 24 single corbels to make 12 doubled up ones. Before painting, Mr. Project spackled and sanded the seam to make them look seamless.

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Oh I forgot to mention the t&g paneling. Mr. Project installed it on this entire wall (except behind the big cabinet in the middle), to add a finished look to the space. Even though he wasn’t too keen on taking the time to install it, it’s one of his favorite features now.

This is the wall all finished up!

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And a view of the sink/window side. I love having a window in this room!

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The next day, the painters came through an primed the kitchen, and primed/painted the pantry. I love seeing the shelving through the open door from the kitchen.

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Here’s a good shot of the painted shelving.

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And then later that night, Mr. Project painted the lower cabinets with turquoise conversion varnish.

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And the upper cabinets with a white conversion varnish.

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It turned out so so pretty! I cannot wait to see all the doors and drawers painted and in place.

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Here’s a close-up of the varnish color – this image is pretty close to the real color, maybe a little light.

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It is so much fun to see it start to come together. Now I just want to move in so bad and be able to use the space, and enjoy the beauty of it.

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The Project House – Custom Trim update

January 25th, 2014

I should title this post “Mr. Project is the most amazing person, I’ve ever met. Lets see all the beautiful things he’s created for this house” But it got kind of wordy there at the end ;) . But seriously, Mr. Project is so incredibly talented and hardworking, and I’m thrilled that we’ll be able to see his handiwork all around us in this new house. He did nearly all the millwork/trim/carpentry in this house, needless to say, he hasn’t been sleeping much.

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When we designed the house, I wanted an entry way that had door portals so you felt you were actually inside of a room instead of a wide hallway. I also wanted a formal room right off the entry for a piano (which we don’t have yet), and a little seating area.

I thought about having columns built out to separate the spaces, but decided that columns were more formal than the look I was going for. I wanted to keep things simple, okay maybe simple isn’t the word, I wanted to keep all the lines very concise and all the trim work very flat. So a lot of detail, but simple detail. Instead of columns I went with trimmed out portals, so the trim work is all around you when you walk through. I carried this portal idea throughout the main floor, and all of the portals are 18″ deep.

Mr. Project installed all of the trim in the entryway, including the “tongue and groove”  ceiling. This tongue and groove has a big “V” groove at the seams.

Our front door is one of my favorite features of the house. We had seen a similar door in a home being built, but it had stain glass “X”s. I actually found that door at Simpson Doors, and I had my door provider price out the sourced door, and a custom built door, and the custom built door was about 25% cheaper than the pre-made one. The only difference was that the “X”s would be made of wood. It turned out so lovely, and so much a statement piece. I love it so much.
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I wanted an perfect paneled wall  (no doors etc.) in the entry as a backdrop for my entry table vignette. I also made sure there was a plug so I could have lamps etc. there. theprojecthouse-paneled-entry-wall

Moving onto the formal living/music room – We had more time than we expected to finish up trim projects (due to Christmas and new years keeping subs away), and Mr. Project asked if I had any other trim projects I wanted done. I sheepishly said that I wanted a full paneled wall in the living room, and he was happy to oblige. I think this wall took him 3-4 hours. I’m super excited for this room as the paneled wall will be white (all the millwork in the house will be white), and the wood floor will be next to it, and on the opposite wall is a huge picture window that doesn’t get direct light. So it will be a very lovely place to take photographs. theprojecthouse-paneled-wall

Moving to the great room… We had our builder do most of the ceiling work in the house. They build this beautiful coffered arch ceiling. It turned out so beautiful, it looks quite formal now, but once it’s painted white, it should look a little more casual beach-house. Mr. Project framed out the doors with trim above, which I think will look quite striking once there are curtains on them. The doors will be painted black. I love me some black doors. Also from this view, you can see just a peek-a-boo of the kitchen windows being trimmed out. Those won’t be finished till the kitchen cabinets are all in, so I didn’t take a picture of that space.

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Here’s another detail view of the ceiling. The planking is the same tongue and groove trim boards.
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I pulled out my wide-angle lens for this shoot – so you get a much better view of the linen built-ins. These are going to be painted a very pale ice aqua color. Mr. Project built this unit, and it’s just phenomenal and really makes the space look incredible.
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Here is one of the door portals that I was talking about. We recessed the bedroom doors and created this trimmed-out portal effect, complete with a light in the top. All of this will be white, but the door itself will be black. Mr. Project wanted these portals to look really unique and so he mitered all the outside corners. This was a considerable amount of work, but makes them look very clean, and different.

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Here’s the master bedroom portalL
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This is what the doors look like (and the regular casing) – and I snapped this picture because this door is a pocket door – the first one that was installed and it made me so happy!
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The nursery got some board & batten. I wanted a more masculine skinny stripe for the verticals, and I think it turned out perfectly. This will actually be painted NOT WHITE haha, it will be a mid gray color, and the window trim will all be the same color. theprojecthouse-paneled-bedroom

This room has a little niche, so Mr. Project added these beefy shelves. I can’t wait to decorate!!

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Mr. Project paneled out the master window wall. The builder did the ceiling planking, and there will also be some cool beam work that will make that portion of the ceiling look like rafters/attic floor.
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Mr. Project suggested a planked ceiling in the master bath, and I was over the moon excited! I’m thinking about painting it a light gray color.

 

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I’m so loving our master bathroom. The marble and mosaic floor turned out incredibly, and I love all the trim details (not done yet!).theprojecthouse-bathroom-trim

Mr. Project paneled out the bathtub (with waterproof/resistant material called Medex). I’m so happy we went this route instead of tile up the side. I think it makes the space look so romantic. He also paneled the window out (still missing the bottom trim piece). This space will have a pretty rectangle chandelier over it. (see Master Bath Style Guide)

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I couldn’t resist a detail shot of the floor:theprojecthouse-tile-border-hexagon

Mr. Project paneled out this portal just a little differently than the others due to the tile placement. I LOVE it! He used this 3″x.5″ pre-cut trim material for this door, and I love the proportion. He’s also going to panel out a the mirror part of the wall with a space specifically for the mirror etc.theprojecthouse-door-trim

And the closet system all done and trimmed out.

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I love all my drawers!
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And then onto the basement family room… We created a similar room-divider space in our last house to visually divide two spaces, and decided that we loved the look so much, we wanted to incorporate it into our design here. Mr. Project made the base cabinets, and they have doors on both sides. He also used these gorgeous solid live-edge walnut slabs for the tops, and then built these beefy columns to reach up to the beam that we had the framers build. I love how it makes the space seem not so big and boring.

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And of course the focal point of the room, is the fireplace planking. All the corners are mitered and it looks awesome. Mr. Project just built a reclaimed lumber mantel for the space and it looks amazing. The wood here is going to be painted gray, with white shelves and cabinets.

theprojecthouse-wood-planked-mantleAnd last, but not least, my craft closet! Lots of shelves, and this bin/cubby hutch in the middle with a space for my big elfa drawer units (from the container store).

 

theprojecthouse-craft-closetSoooooo that’s the trim work/millwork/carpentry projects in the house. There are a few more little things, and the ceiling work has to be finished, but for the most part we’re really close to being able to paint! So so exciting! I’m loving seeing it start to look like the home I imagined, and I really just can’t wait to move in. Actually I don’t believe it’s ours, I’m going to have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up and walk through this beautiful home.

Post post notes:

*I posted about our built-in bench/shelving earlier this week, so it doesn’t appear in this post.

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