This post has been a long time coming! After what seemed like months of nothing happening to the house, I finally get to show you some actual changes! For the last few months a lot of what I like to call the “behind-the-scenes” stuff has been happening – you know, the plumbing, the electrical, drywall mudding/taping and painting, exterior finishes – the stuff that makes a house, however showing pictures of pipes and electrical wire is not too exciting for a blog post…
You can see that brick is now finished, although that nightmare deserves a blog post of its’ own in the future, and the metal cladding is all done except for a couple of fascia pieces and the metal capping (the top part of the roof line). Let’s go inside…
We intended the upstairs living area to be a relaxing area to eat, hang out, listen to music, and entertain guests. When the sliding glass doors are installed (only a couple more weeks until they get here!) it will be a truly indoor-outdoor space, perfect for parties, barbeques, and even winter days watching the snow fall. In the future we’ll have a fireplace in this area as well.
The kitchen… so far! The two cabinets are in – no they are not blue, that’s the protective wrap – they are Ikea, in high gloss white. Why Ikea? We originally wanted to go with a very high-end cabinet system, which didn’t exactly pan out, so we started to head in this direction aesthetically – and now we’ve merged the two styles to create a minimal and industrial kitchen. The industrial part? That will be more showcased in the island… which is coming soon! The cabinet on the left (which isn’t quite done yet) hides the fridge and other appliances, the other cabinet will contain the espresso maker and will be mainly used as a pantry.
Shall we go downstairs? Before we head down there, let me explain this big white thing in the middle of my room – I was so unhappy with it at first. It’s a temporary solution until we can afford to splurge for the glass railing that was intended for this room – I originally wanted to look directly across the room, from kitchen to living area, with nothing in the way. Do you know how expensive glass is? Seriously, choose that as your next career because you’ll make loads of money! So for now we have this big white drywall stair enclosure. The floors are natural hickory.
For the time being, we will be carpeting the stairs. Downstairs we have our concrete floors, that still have to be sealed, but the radiant flooring works and is absolutely glorious to walk on! Below is the master bedroom, here you can see a better representation of the ‘no-trim’ look we went for – between the flooring and the wall there is usually a strip of trim, we forgo-ed that and went trim-less!
Our bathroom tile is almost finished being installed, we are just awaiting the extra tile that we had to order. The tile is by Salvatori called ‘raw bianco carrara’, which is a raw cut marble. The bathroom has a bit of a ways to go still – glass shower walls have to be installed, all fixtures have to be installed (shower heads, faucets, taps), the vanity, the toilet, the mirrors, the lighting…! And we have a two week time crunch…!
I’ve been at the house site every day and most evenings, which explains my absence here and online. We have about two more weeks left – in two weeks we are finished our lease and we have to move into our dream home, whether it’s ready for us or not! (and I’d obviously prefer to have a toilet…)
This is the house at it sits right now, and next time I post about our dream home we’ll hopefully be living in it!