October 28th, 2013
It’s taken me a long time to finalize my design plans for the master bathroom. I’ve waffled between a rustic style (lots of wood), a warm look (gold tones in hardware), and an elegant style (crystals, marble, and lots of white). I realized that all of the images I kept coming back to were really elegant white bathrooms. So I just decided to go for it and have a really elegant space. The nice thing about this white bathroom is that it is directly adjacent to the master bedroom which is going to be a very dark navy-toned gray color (French Beret by Benjamin Moore). So it will be a striking contrast from the dark master to the light master bath.
Okay so some quick inspiration first… This bathroom is from the UV Parade of homes this year. The home was built by Millhaven Homes, and designed by the amazing Caitlin Creer. Some components are the same – white walls, elegant sconces, marble floors/shower. I wanted the cabinetry to contrast a little so I chose a pale gray, and went with solid white quartz countertops instead of marble.
(more images of this home)
Here is the layout of our master bathroom/closet:
Right as you walk in (lower left), there is a make-up vanity with a chandelier over it. Here is my elevation:
I’m going to go with a desaturated navy for the vanity color. I’m trying to decide between BM’s Hale Navy and Baby Seal Black… This placement was inspired by the Life In Grace Master bathroom. I love the concept of seeing a pretty area instead of seeing all the utility spaces of the bathroom. Also allows for a bit more privacy when no one in your house ever closes doors!
As you turn the corner you’ll see a double vanity. I designed a furniture-style vanity that will be the pale gray:
Then across from that is the bathtub etc. You get the idea. So imagine those images with lots of white, shiny silver and sparkling crystals.
Here’s my style guide (source links at bottom of the post).
Some of these items we found as local and online close-out type places and the Restoration Hardware outlet in Vacaville, CA. We got some really great deals, and have already saved several thousands by doing some bargain shopping. I’ve been also shopping online sales for knobs/pulls and lighting to save even more. The marble flooring/shower surround and mosaic shower floor is from BuildDirect. They are my go-to for bargain-priced flooring. I haven’t found anywhere else with 12×24 marble tiles that comes close to their pricing.
So what do you think? Do you like the bright white bling bathroom? Or would you prefer something more subtle, warm, or rustic?
Oh I just remembered this image – I’ve been loving the paneling in this bathroom:
I’m trying to decide if I should give Mr. Project even more stress and tell him I’d like our master bathroom to be paneled out like this. I think it would be a nice way to frame out the mirror without doing a “frame” and give the sconces some framing etc. There really isn’t a lot of open wall space to do… It could look amazing and bring in a more farmhouse feel. What do you think?
Obrien Wall Sconce – Visual Comfort
Marble 12×24 tile – BuildDirect
Marble 1″ hexagon tile – BuildDirect
Single Hole Faucet – Hansgrohe
White Quartz Countertop – Hanstone
Square Undermount Sink – Kohler
Canley Crystal Pendant – Horchow
Antique Tub Faucet – Kohler
Hydro Systems Lacey Soaker Tub – Mountainland Design Closeout Section
Tresham Toilet – Kohler
Grafton Hardware – Restoration Hardware
Manor Court Chandelier – Restoration Hardware Kids
Glass Knob – Restoration Hardware
October 14th, 2013
Because the house is moving forward so quickly, I’ve been working feverishly to design all the closets, built-ins, and storage niches. One of the best parts of being married to a carpenter is having awesome custom closets. The layout in our master closet is kind of tricky. At the last minute we decided to add a washer/dryer hook up, so that makes for some odd spaces. I spent some time the other night figuring out how to maximize the space, and here’s my semi-final master closet layout:
I wanted to go with an “executive depth” for the clothes hanging cabinets. So that they hold the full depth of the clothes providing more of a built-in look. I looked at about a million closets online, but my favorite were by Sawdust Girl. Her master closet is a sight to behold, and exactly the kind of ambiance I’d like to have in my closet. Here’s her pretty closet:
Following her general direction/style, I designed this side of the closet with 1 cabinet for long coats/dresses, 3 cabinets for shirts/pants, and 1 cabinet for shoes/baskets/sweaters. To leave some room to access the washer/dryer, and accompanying laundry cabinet, I put hooks on the wall for hoodies, purses, and anything else we’d like to quickly hang.
On the opposite side of the closet there is the doorway to the bathroom so there is only room for 4 cabinets. I designed it the same as the other side but with one less shirt hanging cabinet.
Then finally, the side of the closet where the washer/dryer is in a recessed part of the wall. Mr. Project will build a cabinet that will house laundry supplies and most likely cleaning supplies for the bathroom, and things like toilet paper etc. It will be the “utility” part of the closet.
So thats the general idea for our master closet. I know things will change up a bit when building the final product, and working through layout issues etc. But for now it’s an awesome start, and i just can’t wait to actually use the space!!
On to the linen niche! When we were designing the house, our drafter kept throwing in linen closets. But I didn’t want just a little closet with a door or two that would inevitably hide a bunch of junk just shoved in there. I wanted a beautiful built-in cabinet with glass doors.
Below you can see the linen niche in the hallway (you can also see the master closet layout below that).
And here is my design for the space:
Plenty of cupboard and drawer space on the bottom, and then above, open cabinets for decorations and folded towels flanked on each side by a counter-to-ceiling cabinet with 2 small drawers and a glass door where there will be more folded linens and probably patterned baskets.
The countertop will be a solid walnut slab of wood, and the cabinets will be painted white. I’m really excited for the idea of having a beautiful built-in cabinet in the in the hallway to house linens and accessories.
October 6th, 2013
My week 4 update ended with the main floor framing being completed, and the garage framing started.
We are still waiting for our Trusses to come in (hopefully this week), however, The front and rear gable are all stick framed in:
And the garage is now framed up as well.
From the inside of the garage you can see Mr. Project’s shop (kind of hidden back in the breezeway)
Also all of the internal walls are all framed out. This is a view of the main hallway.
A view into the family room and kitchen. If you look close you can see PLUMBING sticking out of the ground.
Pretty much all of the plumbing is done. now, just have to put it through the roof once all the trusses are on.
The plumbers even got all the bathtubs in – here’s our master soaker tub and they did a dry fit with our beautiful bath faucet (that we got for a killer deal).
And my pretty view out the windows above the tub:
Here’s the kid’s bathroom bath installed as well. It’s so fun to see actual stuff in the house!
The entry space looking towards the front porch (which they should pour tomorrow).
A cool shot of Mr. Project’s Office – all the studs are supporting the ceiling while they pour the concrete over the top. We call this the Sketch Bunker.
This week we also got our window wells for the front part of the basement. We only have 3 windows that are buried!
Thats pretty much the progress on the house itself. Tomorrow should bring concrete pouring of the deck/porch areas, and HVAC starting in the basement spaces. We’ve measured for all of our cabinets and built-ins, so I’ve got a lot of final planning to do on the design front. The build is going so fast, we’re both so nervous about getting everything done/bought/picked out etc. in time! Lighting and paint colors are what stress me out the most.
Speaking of designing though, Mr. Project is hard at work building the cabinets for the pantry space. Here’s the sink part of the pantry with a pull out garbage, and 4 cute little drawers. We decided to do a V-groove style door on all the doors in the pantry. I wanted the space to feel a little bit more country than the rest of the house.
Here’s the rest of the grooved drawer fronts waiting to be put on:
And here’s the rest of the base cabinets waiting for drawer fronts:
I’ve always wanted these fancy pull-out baskets. They are perfect for storing produce, and extra perfect for a pantry space.
I’m still trying to decide what color to paint the pantry cabinets… Right now I’m back and forth between a golden yellow and an aqua blue.
Here’s some yellow inspiration photos:
Or maybe I should just go crazy and do this awesome jade green:
What color would you paint your pantry if it had cabinets and open shelving?
August 21st, 2013
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! I have a big huge mega update…time just got the best of me lately, between 3 business trips, a trip to the ER, the usual design deadlines, plus trying to get this house started, I’ve been falling into bed at night instead of my working on blog posts. Here’s my July + August in photos:
We drove out to CA and were able to see some friends while we were there. I also found out that it’s nearly impossible to take pictures of 3 little boys:
We also made a special trip to the Restoration Hardware OUTLET in Vacaville (totally worth the trip) and found tons of gorgeous hardware and mirrors for 40-60% off regular price. Score!
When we got back, Mr. Project started building the kitchen cabinets for our new Project House Kitchen.
And I started potty training Ollie… but he did most of the work. And in this photo you can see the utter CHAOS that our rental is. Way too much stuff (and acquiring all our lighting and plumbing fixtures), and no place to put any of it! I so cannot wait to get into our new house and get organized again. Oh and we love our Froggy Potty! He’s totally potty trained now (like a boss!) and it’s awesome not to have to worry about diapers for him.
Then I went to CHA for a few days with My Minds Eye. I debuted my new line Cut & Paste (which I still need to pick my winners for)
I came back home and got sick and had to go to the ER… turns out I have gallstones and need my gallbladder removed. But I was feeling well enough a few days later, and took some time to stop and smell the roses with my two sweet boys.
Mr. Project continued to work on cabinets.
And a few days later we headed to Costa Rica for a little bit of work and a little more smelling of the roses (with no kiddos!)
I got back home and was too beat to run the 5k I’d been training for. But a few days later, I ran for 20 minutes straight… which is a huge accomplishment after taking up running just a few weeks ago. Here’s my view that keeps me going for my morning runs:
Leo started walking… I still haven’t got this on video. He did take a good 10 steps in a row today, but my phone was out of reach!
Mr. Project continued working on cabinets… He’s working on the farmhouse table island in this pic. Made completely out of rough-sawn reclaimed oak. It’s going to look amazing when it’s all done.
And today, our house construction began with a big hole being dug. After all this time of planning and prepping, we have started. It’s thrilling, and scary all at the same time. I can’t wait to dive in, but I know it’s going to go so fast that I might not have time to blink. And I’m terrified that we won’t make all the right decisions, and we’ll be unhappy with aspects of the design here and there. But mostly I want to enjoy every minute of the journey.
Here we go… 3…2…1… blastoff!! I’ll be posting more now with all the construction and design progress. Also I usually post daily on my Project Girl Facebook page and my Instagram as well. So there are lots of ways to keep up on our project house adventures!
June 22nd, 2013
Hi! Mr Project here with a few tidbits from our kitchen cabinet build experience. When the Project Girl and I set out to redo our house in California, I really had no idea what I was doing. Jen had the vision for what this house would be, and I promised to execute. I knew how to use a few tools by then – circular saw, drill, router, hammer to name a few – but I really felt out of my depth. In fact, the first hole we put into a wall the night we signed for the house was as much an adrenaline rush as I had ever felt. Remember when your mom would tell you not to write on the walls, and when you did, you felt SO naughty? Yeah, that was me, but this time with a hammer. It felt surreal.
Here is the kitchen during the first part of demo:
Check out the before pictures of the project house here, and the after pics here in the Project Girl’s project house reveal!
We had quite the task ahead . . . to say the least . . . Definitely look at those before pictures if you haven’t yet. Every surface of the house needed to be re-done.
Soon, I got into the swing of things (pun intended) and the intimidation and anxiety left with each swing of the hammer and each hole I made.
Fast forward to one of the big, no, BIG parts of the renovation: THE KITCHEN. I hadn’t ever built a kitchen cabinet, but I figured that this wasn’t rocket science or brain surgery. I’d built somewhat complex and challenging pieces of furniture in the past, but still, the thought of building a kitchen cabinet was really daunting and stressful. In retrospect, this was probably due to the fact that I really had no idea HOW they were made or pieced together. I was crippled by fear of not knowing how, and somehow made them out to be this really big deal in my mind.
So, I did what any man that is lost, or looking for directions would NEVER do – I tried to find an instruction manual. Turns out that there are some really great books available for purchase that pretty much teach you everything you need to know about building kitchen cabinets, including how to find the right materials, basic construction and makeup, finishing, install, and even building countertops. These are the books I used to learn pretty much everything I know:
“Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets” ,“Trim Carpentry and Built-Ins” , “Building Kitchen Cabinets”
Not only was I able to find out how to make them, but how to make them amazing. Just by reading these books. I did have to expand my tools a bit, but the investment was well worth it and from that effort, we were able to build and create an awesome custom kitchen.
Jen, of course, did the kitchen design, and I just made, installed, and finished the cabinets.
So here are seven things I learned during the process of renovation and building our kitchen -
1. Ask questions -
Not only are there usually great people around who are willing to help, but with the internet, you can pretty much find an answer to any question you have. Power tools aren’t that scary if you just read or watch how to use them, or have a friend show you the basics. It’s all about knowing. Ana White, for example, has some really great tips on getting started with building small wood projects.
2. Get the right tools -
Having the right tools for the job is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Think of all the money you could save by doing your own cabinetry! Most of the cost in pricing out custom cabinetry comes from the labor costs associated with the job. I decided to put the money I would save into purchasing the right tools. You can do a lot with a circular saw, cordless drill, and a router, but having a table saw, for example, will save you SO much time. We built our kitchen cabinets for less than 2500 bucks. Killer deal if you ask me!
Here’s a pic of my garage “shop”.
3. Work Smart -
Cabinetry is pretty standard. Look for patterns as you work and cut your pieces in lots. Cabinets are a lot like puzzles. There are standard pieces and sizes that come together to make the full box.
4. Have a plan -
The Project Girl out together all our kitchen design drawings before I got to work. This was so helpful! We measured everything and planned out where and how we wanted things to be. That way, we could minimize surprises along the way. Part of the biggest challenge in making something is not having a plan on how to execute.
You can check out more plans from The Project Girl here.
5. Be ready to change that plan
… And be ready to change that plan too. As we were installing cabinets in our new kitchen, we realized that the floor in our kitchen wasn’t very level. We had to change a few things in our plan to make it work, but it worked out nicely.
Sometimes, plans change. You can’t see it too well here but there’s definitely a slight shift in level of the floor from one side to the other. We made it work!
6. Patience is everything -
Finishing/Painting is my least favorite part of the process. It sucks. But if you’re patient, have some good tunes, and a good attitude, it’s really not THAT bad. Patience is one of your greatest tools in your arsenal. If you’re patient and let things flow, everything can and will come together. At least, that’s how it was for me.
7. There’s always a fix -
Last, but not least, this is my new motto – “THERE’S ALWAYS A FIX”. One of the great things about this whole process is really, there isn’t THAT much that you can screw up, and if you do, it’s really easy to fix, with some time and effort. Knowing that there always is a fix helps me relax and take things on with a good and positive outlook.
So those are some of the things I learned along the way. There’s much more, of course, and if you’re feeling up for the challenge, here are a few of my favorite books that helped me along the way as I was learning how to build cabinets.
“Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets” - Solid guide, but not my favorite, though useful.
“Trim Carpentry and Built-Ins” - Good for knowing about how to integrate cabinetry into your home and finish things off.
“Building Kitchen Cabinets” - My personal favorite.