Sunday, January 29, 2012


We are really coming along! Wahoo!

View from the current kitchen.

View from entry between new kitchen and living room.

From near the entry to back hallway.

Up close with the new sconces.

Good stuff. One nice thing is that the mineral oil we're using on the soapstone smells like roses. Delightful.

This is not to say that all is perfect. There is still a crapload of work to do. We need to finish the windows; paint the ceiling; install the trim around four entries and two windows; paint the trim; install the fridge; install the garbage disposal and faucet (plumber is coming tomorrow); hook up the gas to the cooktop; paint the walls; and figure out how to put the doors on the ovens. But overall, reflecting on the giganticness of the whole project, we're in the home stretch.

After that, we have some major tiling to do in the back hallway/powder room and in the current kitchen/future dining room. After that, we are taking a bit of a break, because we are worn out, physically, emotionally and financially.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


What a HUGE day at #2021! When I returned home from grocery shopping, this is what I found in my kitchen! AMAZING! Isn't this the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Ceiling

... Is progressing nicely! And will not be nearly as difficult to finish as I anticipated (knock on wood). Here are some pix of the first panel of planking. There are seven of these roughly 6 x 8 sections, partitioned off by the boxbeams. We'll be painting this in an antique white (let's be honest--we'll be paying someone to spray paint this one...). I am very pleased, and VERY proud of Eric, who has engineered the crap out of this ceiling.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Well, this is embarrassing.

It's been since September. This is due to a combination of 1) busy-ness (about 15%) and 2) laziness (83%). And 2% forgetfulness. I am not as smart as I was 25 months ago.

Anyway, we are wrapping up a glorious two-week vacation, half spent up north and half here at home. I spent the vast majority of it in sweatpants, which in my book makes for a GREAT vacation. Little Harp is a delight. She talks constantly. We understand about 10% of what she's saying, but she learns a new word or two every day and is a wonderful girl. This week, we have visited museums (Eiteljorg and Children's) and had a fine old time.

The house is coming along, but SO SLOWLY. It is starting to wear me down. That I am only now starting to be worn down after 3.5 years of living in one construction project or another is a testament, I think, to my patience. But yeah, it will be wonderful when this D*** kitchen is done.

We are getting there, though, so I don't mean to make it sound like I'm in the depths of despair or anything. The tile is down, the wall is opened, the windows are in, the walls are up, and the ceiling is half finished. The electric and plumbing are done, but waiting for final inspection when things are all closed in.

Originally, we had planned to go with a golden slate tile. For one reason or another, we didn't. We ordered what we thought was greenish slate tile, and as it turned out, we had ordered greenish porcelain tile. The good news is that we liked this tile a lot, so we laid it and it looks great.

I, staying true to my habits, got in a big yank to paint, and selected a color on a whim, invested significant time and money into it, and now I am not at all convinced that I picked the right color or even like the color. This is par for the course, and I am learning to just say no when it comes to making these kinds of decisions. Anyway, you can just barely see the paint around the window here--this is a new window, by the way. The old one was too long, and this one will create space for countertop to go beneath it.

The ceiling is the main thing that is slowing us up right now. It will be very cool when it gets done, but it is going to take a lot of work to get it done. We're doing box beams with planks in between the boxes. At this point, I would be thrilled with a smooth drywall ceiling, but we are where we are.

I just went through a bunch of pictures, and realized I have not been tracking our progress very well. Will post more pix tomorrow.

A New Year's resolution--better documentation. Just in case y'all need proof after I'm found expired under a pile of sawdust and cement board...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dare I Say... Progress?

No doubt that tonight a bolt of lightning will strike and I will learn to hold my tongue... um, fingers. Whatever.

First things first. The deck. This deck has been a work in progress for, ohhhh, since I got pregnant. I remember it quite vividly because the evening I told Eric I was pregnant was the same evening we moved in a bunch of lumber from the slab out back to the yard. And the weekend we told my parents was the weekend Eric and Dad actually built the thing. So 7 months pregnancy, and Harper is now 20 months old... So almost 2.5 years. But, if we needed 2.5 years to get to this, perhaps it was worth it. This deck is a wonder.

The kitchen, we've only been working on for the last four months or so, and we're at a very good point. It still LOOKS terrible, but there has been major work done in there. Eric took up all the hardwood and some of the subfloor, refloored and cement boarded the floor to prep for tile, took down the drywall on the walls and ceiling, built the frame for the island, installed a header for the opening in the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and removed the windows in order to make enough room for the countertop. Plus, electric is finished and plumbing is all done except for the gas line. Next steps are tile, drywall, cabinet installation and appliances. We're reusing our fridge, microwave and dishwasher (which has actually never left its box in the foyer) but we'll get a new wall oven and cooktop. Here's what it looked like a couple weeks ago.

And here's what it looks like now. Nice.

And outside.

More soon.


Someone at work yesterday said the word "margarita." Or actually, it might have been "limes." Anyway, since that moment, I have had margs on the brain. I used crappy tequila and a mix from a bottle, but tossed in a few strawberries, and darn it if this isn't the most delicious drink ever. :)

Things are interesting here at #2021. Little bunny continues to be a joy and a delight. She is a trip, and becoming more hilarious by the day. She learned to dance the other night, and entertained us this morning with some killer trick moves. She talks constantly, and is using some real words now--"night night" is a favorite, along with "see you later," "bye-bye," "hi," "puppy," and a bunch of others. Remember how I was despairing a while back about her refusal to say mama? Well, she says it now, and it's a lot like this:

I actually despite Family Guy, but this one paints a pretty accurate picture.

It's thundering rather dramatically out there right now, but no rain yet. It is dry as a bone out there. We have mowed our lawn once since June. Of course, we don't mow all that much even when it does rain because we're THAT house. Yes, you know the one. But it makes little sense right now to kick up dust and disturb the cicadas simply to cut down that one weed that has managed to grow three feet tall during a drought. Sigh.

Eric is making pretty dramatic progress on the house, but that is the next post. For now, I leave you with a shot of the little monkey making her escape with pigtails.