Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tile and Trim Instead of Tinsel

Normally this would be the weekend to decorate the house.  Instead, the trim crew has been here this week.  They installed the beams in the kitchen, all the baseboards, window trim and new doors where needed. The tile guy also came back and installed the backsplash.





Work on the walnut for the island top has begun.  So far the straight run has been matched sanded and glued.  Now they are working on the edge. 



The master bath cabinets are installed.  We are now waiting on the countertop.

The porch ceiling has been installed.  It is the same spruce as the dining room ceiling, but it will be painted in a shiny version of the Palladium Blue that is on the cabinets. 
Painters were here until 9:30 PM on a Friday night and back again at 7:30 AM Sat, but the trim upstairs got painted this weekend.

BUT, the BEST thing that happened all week!  The washer and dryer came inside!!!  They aren't stacked yet, but I no longer have to go out on the deck to wash clothes.  It's amazing what makes you happy during a remodel.
I have my fingers and toes crossed that it will be finished so we can have Christmas dinner in our house.  

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Small Steps to Completion

Every week, a little something happens at the house. Not a lot, but each little step is closer to completion so I am happy.  This is such a painfully slow process. This week:
The pantry doors are hung.  The barn door hardware will not be visible when completed.  They will build a valance with the drywall to hide it.

The opening for the doors is a little too tall and that will need to be fixed.  You can see that the doors are too high off the floor.  
The stainless steel fabricator came and installed the substrate. 

To keep from getting the substrate wet, we had to move from our large sink to the smaller sink.  Hubs installed the new faucet on this sink.  I am adjusting to having the handle on the side vs on top of the faucet. 
All of the countertop next to the wall will be stainless steel.  
One small section of the stainless countertops was finished and installed.  
Hard to capture the finish in a photograph, but it is called Jitterbug and it will help avoid noticeable scratches.  I love the sparkle. 

I know it's not everyones taste, but after working in commercial kitchens as a caterer for years, stainless steel is the prefect, no worry choice for me.  
The laundry room with tile.  Monday it gets grout. Hopefully we can move the washer/dryer in here and get it off the deck before we have our first freeze. 
Bathroom with tile. 
Shower with tile. 
The old "popcorn" ceiling in our master bedroom.  
No more popcorn! A crew came and sprayed, scraped and then added a light coat of mud.  More sanding and drywall dust to come, but I am thrilled to have the popcorn gone! 
The contractor is rushing to get our master area finished so we can move back upstairs.  Once we are upstairs, then the crew can take down the ceilings in the guest room, the office and install the rest of the hardwood floors.  

Friday, October 28, 2016

Small Changes

 The roofers finally completed the steel portion of the roof.  With the magnolia tree in the way, I was unable to get a good picture of the entire roof.  I need to get my son to use his drone to take photos for us.  



 A view of the porch from ground level. Gravel needs to be leveled and then the pavers can be installed. The concrete block line is where the old porch ended. 
This is my baking station.  It is a pedestal that pulls all the way out and I can stand on it when I am kneading bread on the island.  It has a bumper underneath that stablizes it.  I was unable to pull it all the way out without moving the paper.  
Shoe molding installed at the base of the TV cabinet. They still need to come back and paint it to match the cabinet.
 Rescued bathroom doors now have a new purpose as the expanded coat closet doors.
 Getting ready to install hardwood in the new family room.
 Lazy susan's finally arrived!  They also installed hardware to bottom shelves for additional pull out drawers.  Metal pull out bins will be installed on the bottom shelf on the right too.
 Master bath has seen lots of progress.  Backer board for tile is installed, sheetrock and first coat of mud.  
 This entire wall will be two vanities with a make up table between.
 The shower and toilet are in a separate room.  

 Behind the shower/toilet room we found room for a bathroom closet.
 This is the laundry room.  The washer dryer will be stacked in the corner with the doggie bathtub next to it.  
Stair from the laundry room up to additional storage.
We wanted an easily accessible room to store seasonal clothing, luggage, etc.  We have pull down stair access at the other end of the house, so hubby put a door so he can walk across the attic to the other storage space. 
Gas and water hook ups for washer/dryer and laundry sink.
 View from the bedroom of master bath on the left and laundry room on the right.  This entire space used to be one ridiculously large bathroom.  Makes so much more sense now.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Quick Update

As if starting a total home remodel on the same day as bilateral knee replacement wasn't enough, I had to have my gall bladder removed last Wednesday.  I went the ER Monday night, was finally admitted Tues AM, surgery Wed, and came home on Thurs. Not fun.  
Breakfast tray the day after surgery.  Looked appetizing after 4 days of no food at all.  I drank the Boost.

Home resting this week.  I will post remodel updates when I have the energy to get up and take some more photos.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Exterior Changes

We have had some progress on the exterior of our house!  We waited forever for our contractor to find a crew to do the block and brickwork and nothing happened.  So Mr Creative took matters into his own hands and went to a man that used to work for him. They came last Sunday to check it out and started on Monday!
House before
The windows across the front of our house were all level with the roof line, but b/c the house is on a hill, the master bedroom/bath was above the garage. The windows you see here were actually partially in the master bath closet and partially through the floor into the garage below.  These windows were boxed in with sheet rock on the inside so you could only see them from the outside. 
Our design was to start the windows closer to the bathroom floor and then go through the roof line with dormers so we could reclaim the windows.  
The framing crew built the dormers in the same space as the old windows, but closed up the bottom where it went through to the garage.  
Here you can see the old windows from the inside going through the floor.
Another view, but with boards to keep Daisy from falling through to the garage. This entire space was our old bathroom with a narrow closet across the front to hide those boxed in windows.
This shows the new window openings before the interior framing was completed.  
Now we claimed that closet space with one new window in the new bathroom the other in the laundry room.  
The dormers under construction with the new roof.

The finished dormers.  I love the herringbone brick. All of this ugly brown brick will be painted.  

We have also had some major changes on the other end of the house.  The masons also built the base of the new front porch.
The arrows point to the old porch steps in front of the new front door and the side of the old porch under the window.  We increased the porch size considerably!
Of course Daisy has to check every new footprint. 
A phantom crew shows up around 6:00 PM each night and works on putting new fascia boards around the porch edges.  They work until about 8:00 PM and disappear until the next day.  Today a couple of tons of gravel will arrive to fill in the porch.  Stay tuned.