Monday, October 22, 2012

950 Shingle Mill Road

Finally!  Our year of renovations are complete.  There are still more things to do next year - like roof, cement walkway, cement steps and patio and landscaping.  But those can all wait.  For now, we are really excited to have a finished house.  Here is a preview... but we are really hoping that our friends and family will come up to stay and see it in person.  Skiing in the winter, lake and mountains in the summer - think about it!


I'll start the tour with my favorite fixture... the hanging lights along the walkway.  They lead up to the enclosed porch.  Perfect for muddy boots, jackets and skis.

Directly inside the front door is the living room.  It's not furnished yet, but that's on the list. Picture a nice comfy couch, some chairs and a TV on that big, blank wall.
 Opposite of the living room is the kitchen.

And dining room.

One bathroom. I can't figure out how to take a wide angle shot in a small room, so you get the boring sink and mirror view.

The master bedroom...  I don't have any furniture up in the second bedroom yet, so I didn't include a photo. 

Here is the back of the house.  We will add cement stairs next year as well as a nice patio area directly out of the sliding glass doors.  Good thing we have a tractor, because there is some serious landscaping in our future.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Work on the Farmhouse

Here are some pictures from earlier this summer.  I have been pretty bad about posting along the way, so I thought I'd show you some old photos before I 'reveal' what we've accomplished so far.

The girls helped Kirk prep the toilet for installation.  It was a big day when the toilet was open for use.  I never realized until then how much I take indoor plumbing for granted!

Here are some shots of the walkway leading up to the front porch.  Kirk extended the roof to give more protection and we used cedar tongue and groove to dress it up. . 

 We also did tongue and groove in the enclosed porch.
 Kelly did all of our trim work for us.  I was so happy with the way it came out. 
The windows and doors look so nice with this simple trim design.

We had granite counter tops installed in the kitchen and bathroom.
Daniel laid slate in the main parts of the house as well as the enclosed porch.  It looks great and should be easy to clean and durable.

The final insulation was blown into the attic space.
Daniel spent a day jack hammering out the cement pad that held the former laundry room.  We removed it early on in the project because it was leaning amazingly far away from the house.  Kirk spent a lot of time hauling the cement chunks to the dump.

Daniel also cut a trench in the basement floor, Caleb shoveled it out and Kirk installed a french drain and covered it up with rock and a final coat of cement to match the floor. This should give us a dry storage area downstairs, even in wet years.