Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I Forgot

In the last post I edited and put in the rest of the color names.  I realized that I didn't really talk much about the wood and cabinets.

So here's what's what there.  We are using the old interior doors, except for the basement door, as it had too much moisture damage.  We are getting salvaged doors and having a couple closet doors made where we don't have anything that will work.  All wood will be oil stained to a deep reddish brown, as in many older homes here.  It will match what we started with.  The windows will have sills that I can put a candle or a plant on.  Of course that may mean that the cat wants to try it out...  But I like window sills - the kind we used to have, not that 1 inch slat that most houses have now. 

The upper corners of the window frame will have the old fashioned bullseye corners, is my thought so far.  But after looking at them in my parents' old house, it appears that the woodwork wasn't just flat board.  It has a grooved surface.  So now what?  Regardless, this is the color of my woodwork in the house.  Not sure if I will paint the kitchen woodwork to go with the cabinets or the bathroom woodwork white to match fixtures, but I don't think so.

I want a door like this one to go between the den and the living room.  Our contractor said he has a few vintage doors to choose from.  We'll have sheer curtains on the inside or some way of blocking the window in case we have any guests who need to sleep in there.
These are the old cabinets that we had to get rid of.  Some doors were broken and there was mold on some parts.  I would have kept them, but I can't risk any mold and I'd like to start fresh.  They weren't really "historic" cabinets anyway.  But I am trying to keep up the feel of them by using the same color, and somewhat the same style.  We'll see what the builder comes up with for us to see.
Oh, and don't you just know...I am messing with colors again.  I have a bit of a different idea on some of the colors and I'm getting myself jumbled up again.  I may fall back to the ones I had originally even, but I'm still playing with them and tweaking them some.  The final has to be soon though.  I think they are almost ready to paint.  When the weather's bad they won't work on the siding, so they need inside work to do.  I've been told they are ready for the bathroom sinks and the toilets now.

We are going to be able to get up there for a summer stay I think!  I can see the lobsters in the pot already.  We have an RV hookup beside the house, so visitors are welcome!  Well, we have to know you, of course!  Otherwise there will definitely be a fee involved!  This might be our retirement income...a single RV campground.

Today though, there is new snow on the ground.  So put away those summer dreams for now.  I have to shovel me a path...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Colors and Wood and Cabinet Talk

Yellow is getting there.  They will stop at the top of the upper windows and change to green fish scales, and then a green vent in the peak. 
The vents just need priming and paint.  They are about 2 feet at the base, a foot tall and made of cedar. The paint will be the same English Cottage green as the shakes that will be going up above the yellow.

These are the paints for downstairs.  The red is called Bitter Rose, and is for the small downstairs bathroom.  Then the front blueish piece with the hole in it is the Formica (yes, I know, it's not granite) for the countertops.  It is really a green.  Then we have Buttered Popcorn for the kitchen walls (which is really minimal what with cabinets, windows and doorways) and the small green in the center is called Retro Green that I'm using on the cabinets.  It is actually an exact replica of the paint on the cabinets that were in here when we bought it.  That is exciting to me.  I wanted to have some of the look of the original somewhere and wasn't sure where that would come in. It looks a bit bluer in the picture than it really is.  It's actually a minty green.  Then the blue behind that is the color for the livingroom.  It's called Seascape .  The light, almost sage green is Sea Marsh.  This we'll use for the den, the stairway and the upstairs hall - which leads into the next picture:
From left to right:  Peach Preserves is for the guest room, Sea Sage is for the Master Bedroom with Niagara Blue (not shown) accents in the cubbies and closet, Sea Marsh (very light) is for the hallway (as mentioned before) and Seaweed Wrap is for the upstairs bathroom.

I am excited to have so many colors on the walls.  I hope I haven't overdone it, but I'm liking the idea of color.  In our current home I am very pleased with the pine walls, pine floors and pine ceilings everywhere and love the warmth and interesting knot holes everywhere.  So if I'm going to have sheetrock, it's going to have color!

My contractor brought up an interesting thought, though.  He said a home he'd just worked on had dark blue throughout, and that with the different lighting in each room it changed the tone of the blue just a bit and made it look different.  I guess if you picked a color you liked and made every room the same color but changed the accent pieces in each, it wouldn't be too bad.  Interesting thought.  I could do that with the Seaweed Wrap.  Then you just change accent pieces to other colors in the room - like green with peach, rose and green, green and beige, green and yellow.  Hmmm. Just when I thought I knew what I was doing.  I'm going to think this through one more time.

And I sign off for today with a picture of the well.  Water is constantly flowing out of it, and the ice crystals that form at the base are lovely.  The snow doesn't stay in that area due to the water flow.  It's been in the low teens lately, so it's very cold and everything is frozen pretty solid outside.  The sun's rays are lasting a bit longer now though.  It will be spring soon!  Well, not soon.  But it's coming.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kitchen Sink

I ordered my kitchen sink yesterday.  It is on back-order from National Builder Supply, but placing my order meant a 2% discount on the sink that was already lower than other suppliers.  So since I don't have the kitchen cabinets ordered yet, I ordered the sink.  It will probably all come together about the same time. 

It isn't the one I had originally picked, but this one definitely fits in a 24" cabinet base with a bit of the drainboard over the left side dishwasher.  No sense in filling my kitchen with sink when I'll have two dishwashers.  This one also has a drain in the middle section in case of overflow and for getting water or rinsing without putting more water in the sink portion.  I had wanted white, but the two white ones I've seen are missing either a way to mount the faucet on the actual sink rim or are missing the middle drain.  So this is my compromise and I think it will actually work out better than the other options.

My other decision is to have wood grain ceramic tile on the kitchen floor.  You come directly into the kitchen from the outside, so this will be better for cleanup, and with radiant heat it works well, too.  I'm debating about the floors upstairs also.  I like wood, but it does have a tendency to expand and contract in the seasons.  Tiles don't do that.  I have seen at Lowe's and online, some tile planks that look an awfully lot like wood.  Actually, unless you felt the coolness, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  Since we have radiant heat, in the winter, the tiles will warm nicely and stay warm, and in summer they will be cool.  So, I'm thinking except for the wood we are salvaging in the living room, den and downstairs bath, maybe we'll just go with tile...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tiffany Light for the Kitchen

The light arrived today.  Seems to be in perfect condition.  May make sure by lighting it up with a flashlight so I can see it better, but so far so wonderful!

Seaside, Sheetrock and Siding

We went out there on January 5th and got some pictures of insulation...not too interesting.  Upstairs has sheetroock and is mudded.  Downstairs got its insulation for sound.  It looks like Barbie could live here.

Living room is all insulated.
Insulation for the radiant heat upstairs

Kitchen wall where sink goes.

Closet and bathroom insulation

Sheetrock downstairs was done this week, and now it looks like a house inside.  Starting to pick out colors and wood for the flooring.  The living room, den and downstairs bath already have wood floors that we kept, so they will just need refinishing.

Kitchen into livingroom sheetrock
Closet and bathroom sheetrock

And yesterday the siding was started.  I am really liking the cheery, but not too giddy, yellow cedar shakes.  There will be rounded, fish scale, green shakes near the peak.  The contractor said the siding installation attracted some neighborhood interest.  Don't know what that meant exactly, but I hope it was positive.

Cedar shakes started!
 And lastly... the ocean today down the road a bit...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Warming Up!

Look, Ma, no windows!
It's been so long since I've posted about the house.  I guess I'll just post some pictures in chronological order, with some descriptions.  There was a lull in the work for a bit, and then some of the work was kind of dull and uninteresting.
Dull and Uninteresting
Doing work around the outside to keep the basement dry is not as much fun as the inside, but it has to be done.
Water should go this way...
Bulkhead is gone and area is sealed up.
New septic connection
Back filled and a Drip line...keep that water moving

Tank for the toilet is in the wall.
Large shower ready to be installed.

It's starting to get more exciting now.  Partly because in the past few weeks our house has been insulated and the radiant heat has been installed along with the boiler, and propane tanks, which means I can stand to stay in there longer.  It is quiet and warm now.

Tubes for radiant heat...I've always wanted these!

The exterior shakes have finally arrived, along with the triangular vents for the attic space.  They are in the living room right now, waiting for some good days.  I don't know if they side houses in winter or not.  My husband says they do, so I'll go with that.  It's been pretty cold though, so I wouldn't want to work out there if I didn't have to.  It was 0 degrees last night, and still pretty cold today at 10 degrees now.   I'd wait.

Windows and trim painting

Window trim and stucco on basement

Our water filter has been installed.  Surprisingly it only needed an iron filter for turbidity.  The water is fine to drink now.  No salt needed at Gull Haven, as we do now in our current home.
And since it is warm inside the house, I think they are excited about moving forward again!
Sheetrock ready to go in upstairs
They can proceed with the sheetrock.  The upstairs has had sheetrock put up and is going to be taped shortly.  The downstairs is next.  My contractor wants to know room colors now and flooring and cabinets.  Whee!  This is going to be a ride.  Dust off that checkbook!
Living room insulated

Kitchen insulated - here's where the Tiffany light goes!
Update!  Today I placed my order for a pendant light for the kitchen!  I do so hope it works.  It's from Tacoma Tiffany, a small company in Washington, that has a good selection of Tiffany style lighting. Though somewhat limited, the selection is unique and very reasonably priced.
Here's my cheery flowery Tiffany light!

I am so excited for its arrival.  I've looked at about every Tiffany light available around the world in the past year or more.  And finally.  When I saw this one.  I knew.  Oh, please, oh, pleeeez, don't arrive broken.  It's a long way from Washington to Maine...Pacific to Atlantic...safe travels my little flowery friend!