And the debris slowly grew…

With all the construction, the contractors have made a huge pile of trash.  Bits of wood, miscellaneous empty boxes, plastic bags, and … a spare tire?  Hmm…not sure where that came from, but it managed to make its way onto the pile.  Our contractor was supposed to keep our site clean – do you think he’s doing a good job?  After several requests he is finally coming to clean up the mess this week, or so he says.  In the meantime it feels like all this debris is going to swallow our home.  Here’s a photo of what once was our driveway.  The debris makes a lovely addition to the outhouse in the back – don’t you think?

With construction comes garbage

With construction comes garbage

There’s a hint of a kitchen so far.

The cabinets are gradually making their debut in our kitchen.  After two weeks of cabinet construction on-site, we have the skeleton of an island bar (made a little bigger for our tall friends), the built-in pantry cabinets (no doors yet) and the home for the refrigerator and appliances.  Every day something has progressed, although this part seems slow since we’re anxious to see it all come together. The granite guy comes on Wednesday to measure, and then we’ll start to see more of the wall cabinets make their appearance.  Lighting needs to be altered a bit, but we’re definitely getting there.

Island bar with new walk-in pantry.

Island bar with new walk-in pantry.

Island bar in front of refrigerator cabinet.

Island bar in front of refrigerator cabinet.

Cabinets in place, but walls still bare.

Cabinets in place, but walls still bare.

Christmas came early

Christmas came early this year – our cabinets just arrived.  This is a photo of the truck (small semi) when the guys were almost done unloading it.  The whole truck was filled with boxes upon boxes of our kitchen cabinets, straight from Canada.  They endured the long journey, and have finally found a home with us.  We will love them, care for them, and make “oohing and awing”sounds as we enjoy these, our new additions to our family.   Welcome to your new home!  They will be well-taken care of, for certain.  That is, after the installer gets done nailing them to the walls – Ouch!

An early Christmas

An early Christmas

 

 

Windows on the world

Our windows finally arrived and have been installed.  Now the house is actually starting to come together.  We added additional new windows in the living room and dining room.  Why?  Well, because slowly but surely our remodel is creeping into every inch of our home.  After all, now that we’re living with 3/4 ton of dust, we might as well round up to a full ton.

Next up is exterior house painting, which means our house will soon look like the shabbiest house on the block while being sanded and primed, and of course we’ll be spreading the dust throughout the neighborhood.

Kitchen window - exterior.

Kitchen window – exterior.

New kitchen nook windows

New kitchen nook windows

Kitchen nook windows from inside.

Kitchen nook windows from inside.

Exterior living room window.

Exterior living room window.

Color me fantastic

Which color should we use outside as the base color of our house?  Let me know what you think by voting in our poll.

Pantry and laundry rooms: designing small spaces

Who knew designing a pantry and a laundry room could be so involved?  After receiving 2 separate bids on designing our little spaces, we settled on one that seemed to maximize the space with storage for all our stuff.  First, the pantry – the tall cabinets built to keep the vacuum and brooms tucked away and out of sight.  Room for (hopefully) all my kitchen appliances, boxes of pasta, canned goods, party supplies, and…well, yes…dog food.  The laundry room – simple and clean.  The small square on the right wall will hold a drying rack, which folds down to hang clothes but hugs the wall when not in use – an ingenious little device picked up from Ikea for $20 – alas, our only kitchen bargain in this entire remodel.

The pantry rendering

The pantry rendering

Pantry angle - overhead view.

Pantry angle – overhead view.

Laundry rendering

Laundry rendering

Help! I can’t find the bathroom!

Where once we had a bathroom door, now we have a wall.  In order to make room for the kitchen, we’ve had to close off one of the doors to the Jack & Jill style bathroom, which we called “Monty’s bathroom”.  Now our dear sheepdog has his own “en suite” bathroom off his bedroom.  If you’re looking to use Monty’s bathroom, make sure you knock first because now that he’s learned how to fetch the paper, he’s usually in that bathroom for hours.

AFTER: A wall now covers up one of the door's to the bathroom

AFTER: A wall now covers up one of the doors to the bathroom

BEFORE: Bathroom between laundry room and Monty's room

BEFORE: Bathroom between laundry room and Monty’s room