May 12th, 2014
Mr. Project has been super busy with work lately (imagine that), and hasn’t had a lot of time to work on house projects. So we’re kind of living in this limbo state right now. And I want to share pictures of the house, but at the same time, I want to wait for everything to be finished and perfect. But it’s not finished and perfect yet, so I haven’t really been posting anything.
There are a few rooms that are done and ready to go, so I figured I might as well start there! I’m going to have a professional photographer come and do the whole house when it’s done, but for now you’ll have to enjoy my photography. The photos in this post were taken with my Nikon DSLR and a wide-angle lens.
Okay, onto the bathroom! Here’s the Powder Room Style Guide that I created for this bathroom. I got pretty close except the color pallet changed. And here is the bathroom from the black ceiling to the basketweave tile floor.
And a little closer view:
Originally I had planned on painting the vanity a brighter color, but towards the end of the build, decided that I was in love with the color black. So I painted the upper half of the room black (Restoration Hardware Obsidian), and balanced out the black with a white 3×6 subway tile wainscot (tile from BuildDirect). I finished off the tile with a piece of trim that had a dadoed edge to cover the top of the tile. I did this because it was so much cheaper than buying a specialty tile to finish it off with. I also like how it’s just a little more cozy feeling than a tile border. The wainscot is 44″ tall.
On the floor I wanted a beautiful marble and basket weave tile. When I was pricing out all my tile, I realized I could save quite a bit of money by creating a border of field tiles (in this case 12×24 marble tiles from BuildDirect) on the outside of the room. Then the inside could be the more expensive mosaic tile. To bring some definition to the space, I found some skinny black pencil tiles at Lowes.
I love the effect and think it looks more custom than if the whole floor was basket weave.
Because I wanted the black walls, I decided at the very last minute to paint the vanity off white. Mr. Project had undertaken the task to strip the whole thing in preparation for the new paint, and when I saw how beautiful the original wood was, we decided to stain (to make the color/grain look more uniform) and seal the top, and then paint the bottom for contrast. I would have loved to have the whole thing be the original wood, but I was a little worried with all the fine details that we would run into paint stripping issues and an uneven finish. I love the final product though, it really is a gorgeous and unique vanity.
Behind the door is a hidden pocket or closet shower. I had seen pictures of showers with door entrances like this while I was looking for house inspiration, but I didn’t think I would have a spot for one in the house. When our framing was being done, we changed this space from a supply closet (accessible from the pantry) to a shower. I just love how it turned out.
The jamb is made of marble (cut from 12×24 tiles), and the exterior casing is just regular flat door casing.
We used the same 3×6 white subway tile for the walls and ceiling. And the marble basketweave for the floor.
And a little bit of the marble on the inside of this recessed shelf. The bench top is from a remnant piece of quartz.
I’m so in love with how elegant and unique this room is. Also, I totally spray painted the chandelier gold/brass!
Mirror (24″x48″) – Ballard Designs
Vanity (22″x41″x36″) – found at local vintage market
Wood Stain – Minwax Espresso
Sink – Overstock.com
Wall Faucet – Elements
3″x6″ Subway Tile – BuildDirect
Marble Basketweave Mosaic Tile – BuildDirect
Marble 12″x24″ Tile – BuildDirect
Black Pencil Tile – Lowes
Toilet – Kohler Tresham
Paint – Restoration Hardware Obsidian (we had it color matched)
Sconces – Restoration Hardware
Chandelier – Lamps Plus (no longer available)
Grafton Train Rack, Towel Bar & Paper Holder – Restoration Hardware
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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.
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.
Here you can see the finished column on the right, and kind of see the one on the left.
Mr. Project building one of the center columns using MDF (full weight), and 2x4s.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s another detail view of the ceiling. The planking is the same tongue and groove trim boards.
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.
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.
Here’s the master bedroom portalL
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!
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.
This room has a little niche, so Mr. Project added these beefy shelves. I can’t wait to decorate!!
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.
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.
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!).
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)
I couldn’t resist a detail shot of the floor:
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.
And the closet system all done and trimmed out.
I love all my drawers!
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.
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.
And 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).
Soooooo 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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