This is going to be quick - just a photo tour with a couple of comments (because I can't hep myself). I just wanted to keep you in the loop on the latest house progress. So many of you are so kind with your words of encouragement and excitement for us that I wanted to give you an update! The trim carpenters finished last week and the painters swooped in the next day covering floors, filling nail holes and perfecting walls.
I have to tell you the trim aspect of the house was transforming. Transforming! I had a completely humbling moment of - oh, it's too much, too nice, too pretty - when they had finished. We had never lived with too much "fancy" before, and certainly don't need to. Did we need to do all of this? We could live with less. We have lived happily with less in the past. I've come to realize, while this home is a huge thing to us, I'm trying for it to not mean too much. It is easy to get so engrossed in the planning, especially with what seem like huge sacrifices (time, money and energy). But I'm consciously trying not to make it mean too much. Does that sound strange? I'm just trying to keep myself in check and not hold too much stock in something physical. Thinking this way also takes pressure off of excess "needs" and "wants" at this stage in the game. I am so happy with how everything has turned out. So pleased. It is amazing and we will cherish living there. What I'm trying to say (maybe not quite so eloquently...) is our cup runeth over. And over. We'll never take it for granted and I'm hopeful that all of the careful planning and considerations will make our lives a bit brighter living in such a home.
So, back to the recap. (Smooth transition, right...?) The garage doors are in (have you seen these yet? can't remember!). I love how they turned out to look like two doors instead of one very large. Will look even better with paint. We ordered plain doors then had trim added. It was very inexpensive to transform them from plain to carriage type doors - even under budget, if you can imagine. I'll post about how I designed them laster. The driveway was poured yesterday, so even this photo from Monday is dated! Final deadline is approaching things are moving fast - yeah!
This is the entry... still debating on a fixture. We opened up the foyer and lost a small linen closet, but I love the addition of the banister railing. I didn't have my camera before the paper was put down on the floors, so the photos show a lovely red paper where the wood floors are : )
To the right (where the old garage was) is Mike's office. The wood paneling is awesome. We had it done in pine, so it has a soft graining. It was my first choice, and actually the cheapest option... which I didn't even realize. I love when that happens - not often enough. We've picked a medium walnut stain with a matte finish.
I love this room. Very small, but will be our cozy spot.
Back in old front living room looking into new big room. Emma and I spent an entire afternoon there last week testing paint swatches in each room. I don't know why I find paint so overwhelming, but I do! I'll recap final paint choices next week when colors start going up.
Old mantle replaced in old living room with new wood + stone to match the one in the new hearth area. It really updated this old room... in an old way : )
Painters prepping in the kitchen. You can see the beam treatment on the ceiling from this view.
I have to admit I was worried about the beams at first, but they have completely transformed the room and added so much character. Might be my favorite part now.
Fast forward to the wood butcher block top on the island installed. It is being stained right now - a medium provincial. More details later.
Bad lighting : ) Range area.
Baking counter. Favorite spot!
180 degrees from where I was standing (kitchen behind me now) and here is new fireplace. The stone is local called, Kansas Field Stone... appropriately.
To the right of fireplace to table area, and into Mike's office.
Upstairs old bedroom - going to be painted all light blue, windows, base and walls.
Master Bathroom. Tile complete! I'm so glad we added the picture frame mouldings in here - really brought it up the next level.
Master shower. You can see paint swatch on wall to the right - very creamy. Above it was another shade I was considering... too white. Why is paint so hard!
Emma's Bathroom Floor. Seems darker in this photo than in real life.
Tiny Bathroom, but it works! Again, all seems a little darker in this photo.