Supporting the blog title…

So, more projects, yes. Same house, 5 years later and there’s still more to do. The house looked great in 2011, unless you peaked into the non-functioning bathroom and laundry area located in an old (1890’s) enclosed¬†back porch. The rest of the house was so functional and lovely that we forgot about it until we couldn’t anymore. So, the scope definition began, and then, of course, creeped. The original plan:

Tear old down old back enclosed porch, create new foundation expand 2′ more back where possible. Reconfigure the tiny office to capture space from the old porch, new bathroom, in same location as old, make the flow less awkward in the back of the house (kitchen, office, laundry/bath area):

Original Goals:

Make office more functional – larger

Create a new laundry/bath area

Get rid of the hallway next to the kitchen and use the space in the kitchen

Create some type of storage for vacuum/brooms and cleaning supplies so the don’t have to be stored in the the bathtub.

Heating for the WHOLE house, the back porch never had heating and heating the upstair never fit into our last remodel budget.

Scope creep:

While we at the foundation work, why not dig the back of the old foundation and enlarge the tiny guest room.

Ikea doesn’t make our kitchen cabinets any more, so why not replace the kitchen cabinets. Since our tile is no longer possible to re-make, why not re-tile the kitchen. And I always hated that cooktop, and the dishwasher leaks, so let’s get new appliances.

Old back porch, our laundry area and 1st floor bathroom, tub doubles as vacuum/broom closet.

 

 

 

 

 

House Warming

One year after we finished the big remodel, we’re kind of finished. Once the budget was done we had to save up again for the deck and then scrapped together a way to do the front yard. Our house was on the Dwell Home Tours at the beginning of this summer, so that gave us a serious deadline, and was a good time to have a house warming (9.5 years after we moved in). Here are a few photos of how the house looks now. Next….we’re building a mini-log cabin for jasper in the back yard.

Josef Frank installed

Dark wallpaper is in the living room, the same patter with the white background is in hallway leading to the very white upstairs. I think it’s working, the amount of color down stairs is intense, and the wallpaper transitions to the white rooms upstairs.

Finished Bathroom

Finished bathroom, Concreteworks counter tops, Flimish bond tile in “dandelion seed”. The best thing about the bathroom is the light, it’s beautiful throughout the day. There’s a skylight in the toilet room and the show area, and glass connecting those area with the sinks.

Tapestry Tile…done

I’ve been overwhelmed with the whole project and the amount it’s taxed us over the few months, but it’s just about done. The white tile is absolutely perfect. The differences in the glaze colors and finishes create a beautiful surface, there is a really sublte pattern in the way the colors lay out. The goal is was to have nothing totally demanding you attention (unilke what’s going on downstairs), while keeping the surface beautiful and a¬† slightly surprising.

Tile tapestry

We’ve struggled with the tile choice for months. As you can see, our former attic bedroom is being converted in to this small bath and two bedrooms. I’ve always seen it as being all white, the former attic was all white bead board, with the ancient worn wood floors, and we loved it. I didn’t want to distract from that feel, yet I wanted to do something interesting with our tile. After a lot of deliberation and looking at every white we could possible make I think this is the perfect solution, it’s a pattern of 3 different whites. The design is going to be added to our tapestry line, so it can be purchased mounted in square feet sections. This installation was done one single tile at a time, the quality of the installation is perfect. Our tile contractor (Team Ted Tile) has done a fantastic job about figuring out every detail, we’ve worked with him before so I figured he would do a good job, but it’s surpased my expectations so far. I can’t wait to see it with the concrete details from concrete works that should come together in the next few weeks.