Monday, June 7, 2010

A list of demands

I was recently informed by a reader, aka friend, that she needs more house blog. She is distressed that my posts are not as rapid and numerous as she'd like. Well, demands being my specialty, I give you: THE WALLS!

Our tour begins at the entry door into the mudroom/laundry room. Please notice the niche left for the laundry board.
A turn to the left reveals the laundry room.
Walking into the kitchen, turning around this is the view of the mud/laundry room.

Turning our attention back to the kitchen you'll notice the huge stack of plastering mud in the room.
Now we're looking to the right.
Now we've run across the room, literally, and are turned back looking into the master bedroom.
Again, running break neck speed into the master bedroom, you can see the patch job on the wall where the old wall heater used to be plus the interior of the master bath.
Just around the corner is the rest of the master bath.

This concludes our tour for today.

Let there be WALLS

This is what the kitchen looked like before the sheet rock crew descended upon it just 30 min ago. The first sheet of drywall just went up. I can hear the them working at epic speed as I type. I'm sure later today the kitchen, mud room/laundry room, mstr. bathroom, mstr. bedroom will be covered and we will have WALLS!The master bathroom prep was competed last week. The Wonder Board went in the shower and on the walls. The shower pan passed inspection and we have a smooth mortar bed for floor tile installation.
Today's fun fact refers to the bathroom. Can anyone guess how far out of square the room was? I'll give you a hint: The previous owner who did such splendid work elsewhere definitely had his hand in constructing the small section of wall next to the door - between the bedroom and bathroom. Remember folks, the bathroom was once half the size it is today, then the previous owner put up a wall doubling the length but kept the original wall dividing the space in two. We removed the partition wall (original bathroom wall) leaving his section. You can see the offending wall portion in the image bellow. If you look really carefully you can see the wall furred out.
Anyone notice the 2x4 in the far corner. Yes. The wall was off by 2" inches. Considering the room is only about 11' long, that's quite a large variant.

Now that I've got that out of my system; moving along to something way cooler. We've been looking at exterior paint colors!

I admit, the two small squares on either side of the door are 1) pretty darned subtle in this picture 2) look pretty much alike. I can guarantee that they look very different. I swear it. My neighbor would attest to it as well. She'd swear it in front of a grand jury. She'd swear it threatened by a pit of vipers. She'd swear it, but don't tell her I told you so. Plus, she's an artist.

Here's the official color pallet as of 6/7/2010:

The two sage colors are for the body of the house and accents in the arches over the windows. The trim is a dark eggplant (color didn't translate to the computer very well). The windows which are already installed are the coconut cream. At the moment, I'm toying with the red umber for the front door.

I suppose with the drywall scheduled to be finished and textured by Friday, I need to get cracking on paint for the interior. The forerunner for the mstr. bedroom is the looser for the exterior. It has more green in the color and the paint swatch looks gorgeous in the room. Speaking of the paint swatches, after doing some great reading and chatting with my artiste neighbor, I picked up 2x2 squares of drywall and painted them with sample paint. They are great for moving around the house and checking various lighting situations.

I suppose I should be typing less and doing more. I'm off to Home Depot to rent a power washer and get some exterior paint to test out on the cottage.