Week 45: Painting…some more trim

Painting, painting, painting…

Again just more trim painting this week.  It seems to go so slow because they have to tape everything off in order to paint it.  And there’s so much trim around the house, especially because of all of the transom windows (interior & exterior).  So that adds a lot of time to what normally wouldn’t take as long.

Besides just the trim painting, I also had to choose colors for the boys’ rooms.  I ended up mixing a couple colors together to create my own dark blue color for Cameron’s room and then I had Sherwin Williams color match it.  For Spencer’s room I had a hard time choosing.  The blue I had purchased from Restoration Hardware ended up having too much purple in it.  So then I mixed one of my own and I still didn’t like it.  Finally, I grabbed some color chips and settled on Sherwin Williams’ Languid Blue.

 

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Week 33: Drywall Taping, Tile Selections & Paint Colors

Drywall Taping & Mudding

This week, Matt had subs out there taping and mudding the drywall.  The house feels like a total disaster zone – there’s drywall mud EVERYWHERE.  So happy there’s all that paper down – can’t wait for that to get balled up and thrown away!  My mom and I were out there on Wednesday morning to drop some stuff off with Matt and after both of us putting our hands in wet drywall mud we were ready to head out of there.

Tile Selections

While the guys at the house were taping & mudding the drywall, my mom and I were busy running around Seattle picking out tile…for the 4th time!  We’ve really been struggling with the tile for the house.  Matt has us working with a design firm which has a rep who meets us to write things down when we make selections at the stores, and then sends us a quote.  This rep woman has been 100% atrocious to work with though.  In person she’s fine – she doesn’t really give us much advice and really just watches me flip through racks of tile sample boards and waits for me to pick things out.  Every once in a while she finds something that’s a contender…a bit helpful.  Tile is one of the things in the house that I really don’t care to spend extra money on.  We got an initial bid from the rep to create our budget and I want to stick to that as much as possible.  The major problem now is that every time I meet with this woman in the stores she says that things are “definitely within my budget” then when she gets back to her computer and sends me an updated quote based on our selections it’s over-budget….EVERY TIME!  It’s been beyond frustrating.  So instead of taking one day to pick things out, we’ve met with her 4 different times.  And it’s super annoying because I have to take time off work and drive all the way up to Everett to the large CFM store to meet with her.  Luckily I have my mom as a partner in crime because I honestly don’t know how I would have done it without her.  My mom started calling her the “tile queen” and after last week when things were still over-budget, we said, “off with her head”!  😉

On Wednesday this week I took another day off work to re-select tile with my mom and the tile rep.  But before we met up with the tile queen, my mom and I headed to Georgetown on our own to find a tile design to be the inset backsplash detail behind the range in the kitchen.  We had a lot of fun shopping around at Ambiante and seeing all of the beautiful tile.  It was such a relaxing break to look for tile on our own and just work with the awesome sales associate at the store.

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Our favorite at the store is this Divinity Tile in their Artemis pattern. The darker tile is Carrera Velato Honed Marble and the lighter whiter tile is White Thassos Polished Marble. All of the little white tiles are cut and placed by hand, the larger ones are cut precisely using a water jet and at $135 per square foot, we’ll be buying just a little bit for a feature behind the range.  They had two sample boards at Ambiante which is why there’s a line going through the middle of the two boards.  If we end up going with this one, it’ll be continuous without any break.

After leaving Ambiante, we met up with the tile queen in Redmond to make some more changes to the other tile in the house (our 4th time trying to pick out tile within our budget with her).  After this meeting, this was the first time that when she said “this tile is more cost efficient” that she was right, and we were able to reduce some tiling costs.  I really hope this is the last time that I have to work with her!  Below are a few of the selections that we made.

Paint Colors & Sheen

On Sunday, my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, and little cousin came out to look at the house.  It was fun to get to show them around and give them a “during construction” tour.  My mom’s sees the house quite frequently because she’s always running errands with me, but my dad hadn’t seen it since we had bare studs – inside and out!  It’s been months!!  And I’m not sure if my aunt and uncle had ever seen it.

The main reason that we were there was to look at paint sheens and colors.  We settled on a satin finish that really looks more flat/satin than glossy/satin at all, which I like.  The paint color was a lot harder to settle on though…and I still don’t think we’ve 100% chosen a color!  For the ceiling, I used the cabinetry color which is Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White, so that choice was pretty easy.  But choosing an all-over color for the house seemed a lot harder to do.  I started the day thinking that I really would like Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White (but at 50% because the color at 100% saturation was too dark for me).  But after putting one of the master tile floor pieces next to the tile I wasn’t so sure about my color choice.  To make matters worse, we don’t have a sample of what our main countertop choice looks like (Absolute White Quartzite), so we were only looking at pictures on my phone to jog our memory.  And after looking at the pictures we’re thinking that it looks pretty good with the Cornforth White (yay!), but that means maybe we need to re-select the master bath flooring tile.  Ugh!!  My mom and I are going to need to take a trip to the visit our slabs up in Woodinville with our paint and master bath tile to really figure this one out.

Other Updates

Besides all of the tile drama, and the drywall mudding, blown-in insulation was added in in the attic and the front door for the mudroom was installed!  The dutch door looks fantastic!!  And it’ll look even better once the siding is completed around it.

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The mudroom door turned out fantastic – I love the X detail on the door and how it’s mirrored in the garage doors. And the dutch door will be really fun when the boys are outside playing. Too bad all that paper is covering up the glass on the door.

Week 27: Siding, Garage & Pocket Doors, and Prepping Studs for Drywall

Siding

We’ve had some crazy weather this week including a windstorm on early Tuesday morning which took out a Puget Sound Energy major transmission line at 3am.  That meant we lost power until about mid-day on Wednesday.  Amidst all of the weather craziness, the siding subcontractor did get quite a bit more work done on the front of the house.  Matt said that the work they’re doing on the entry is the most time consuming since it’s a lot more detail work and the type/style of siding changes.

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Almost all of the entry siding has been finished this week. Just a bit more above the arches and it’ll be complete!

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The gable above the office was completed this week. I love the mix of board and batten and the “mini” siding in the very top. And doesn’t the frieze boards look good?  I know…it’s hard to see at this angle, but they’re there!

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The front of the house really is taking shape now! So many changes this week including more work on the entry and garage doors!

Garage Doors

Our garage doors were also installed this week on Tuesday!  It’s awesome to finally see garage doors instead of black plastic.  We chose carriage style garage doors with X’s and windows on the front of them.  The two garage doors on the left are 9′ doors while the one on the right is an 8′ door.  I knew we wanted a 3 car garage since we always have so many outdoor toys for the boys and have NEVER been able to park in the garage because of them.  This will give both Joel and I each a space to park, and another place for the boys’ bikes and outdoor toys.  It’s shocking the number of nerf guns and scooters they have!  The only problem with a 3 car garage is how massive it can look on the front of the house, so to make it look a little less intrusive (and so that it didn’t seem like the main focus of the house), we designed the 3rd bay to be set back and at a smaller height.  I think it turned out great!

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The garage doors were installed this week – the first two are 4 panel doors and the smaller one is a 3 panel door. They look good now, but they’ll look even better once the hardware has been installed.

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Here’s a closer up look at the garage doors. We used Northwest Door’s Carriage Style door.

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The doors and tracks were installed, but can’t open quite yet – we’re still missing the motors.

Pocket Door Frames

The frames for the pocket doors were also installed this week.  We have two locations where we have pocket doors in the house.  The first being the master bathroom entrance from our bedroom; and the second is a pocket dutch door that’s in the hallway between the mudroom and the rest of the house.  Most of the time, this mudroom door will be open when we’re home.  But when we’re away our Yorkshire Terrier, Bella, will be in the mudroom and by just closing the bottom half of the pocket dutch door we’ll be able to keep her in there and it’ll act as a little “doggy gate” for us.

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The double pocket doors to enter the master bath were also installed. It’s fantastic to see the true opening width now.

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The pocket door between the mudroom and the rest of the house was installed. This one will be a bit tricky to work out the details, because it’s a dutch door. The top will be on a track and I think the bottom will have casters.

Prepping Studs for Drywall

The last thing worked on this week was prepping the studs for drywall on the inside of the house.  They used lasers to tell which studs weren’t even with each other.  In order to get a fully level wall, they either shaved off portions of the studs that stuck out too much or added cardboard shims to the face of the studs that weren’t quite wide enough.  This was done all over the house on the studs or on the plywood surfaces.

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Here’s an example of one of the walls where a couple of the studs were shaved down and if you look really close you can see that a shim was added to another one of them.

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Here’s a close-up which shows the cardboard shim on the left and the shaving down of the stud on the right.

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Shims were even added to walls where spots were low.

 

Week 23: Windows & Doors

Windows

By now the house is pretty much built, and now we’re getting to the fun stages of picking out all the finishes and watching them get installed!  Windows started last week, but there were still some windows that took longer to arrive (arched ones, oval ones, etc).  But those came late this week!!  Super exciting!  There’s still just a couple of windows that are missing – the arched window over the entry, the oval window for the front gable and one of the oval windows in the great room.  Besides those, I think we’re pretty much done with windows.

Doors

The exterior doors arrived, all primed, in their jambs and ready to be installed.  I absolutely love them, don’t they look amazing??

A lot more of the windows have been installed this week.

A lot more of the windows have been installed this week.

The windows in the dining room arrived and were installed!

The windows in the dining room arrived and were installed!

This is the north side of the house - on the upper level is the master bedroom, and Spencer's bedroom is on the lower level.

This is the north side of the house – on the upper level is the master bedroom, and Spencer’s bedroom is on the lower level.

The back of the house looks so good now that the windows are there!

The back of the house looks so good now that the windows are there!

The front door was installed and it looks great! It'll be fun to see it finished once that last window above the door is installed.

The front door was installed and it looks great! It’ll be fun to see it finished once that last window above the door is installed.

The 6’8″ french doors in the great room were installed – they look how fantastic with the transom windows above them. Still missing one last oval window up top though!

In the kitchen, the banquette bench was installed this week along the back wall of windows.

In the kitchen, the banquette bench was installed this week along the back wall of windows.

Here's another view of the kitchen, lots of natural light with windows and doors. Love it!

Here’s another view of the kitchen, lots of natural light with windows and doors. Love it!

And one of my favorites is the dutch door heading to the back deck from the kitchen.

And one of my favorites is the dutch door heading to the back deck from the kitchen.

The back french door in our bedroom was installed.

The back french door in our bedroom was installed.

Also in our master closet we added a small bench. With how much Joel travels, it's the perfect spot to pack his luggage.

Also in our master closet we added a small bench. With how much Joel travels, it’s the perfect spot to pack his luggage.

This is by far my FAVORITE window in the house - it'll be located above our antique clawfoot tub in the master bathroom.

This is by far my FAVORITE window in the house – it’ll be located above our antique clawfoot tub in the master bathroom.  Just something fun and different to make a statement.

We skipped the transoms downstairs and installed taller 8'0" doors in the rec room.

We skipped the transoms downstairs and installed taller 8’0″ doors in the rec room.

The only issue is with the front mudroom door.  It’s a dutch door (so excited about that), and it should have had some extra cuts & pieces on the top half of the door (called “dado cut”) so that when the doors close, there’s weatherstripping and so that the two doors “catch” and stay together.  Well, the bottom 1/2 of the door looks great, but the top half is missing it.  So back to the manufacturer it goes!  Not really a big deal, but such a bummer because it’s such a cute door, and on the front of the house!!  Why can’t it be some side door that they screw up on?  Murphy’s law!

Here's the dutch door for the mudroom front door. Isn't it cute with the X detail in the bottom half? It's the only door we ordered like that...I thought it would be fun for the front of the house.

Here’s the dutch door for the mudroom front door. Isn’t it cute with the X detail in the bottom half? It’s the only door we ordered like that…I thought it would be fun for the front of the house.

The bottom of top half of the door should have been dado cut like this. Instead, the one we got just has a flat bottom. Back to the factory it goes!

The bottom of top half of the door should have been dado cut like this. Instead, the one we got just has a flat bottom. Back to the factory it goes!

The other doors all look fantastic though, It’s such a bummer that they primed the doors so now we can’t see through them, but I promise they’ll look even more fantastic when you can actually see through them!  For now, just getting them in and seeing the shape is good enough for me.

Week 10: Floor Joists & Door Delivery

Compared to last week when the majority of the framing was done for the downstairs, this week definitely seemed less eventful.   By week’s end they had installed all of the TJI’s joists and beams on top of the downstairs as well as installed all of the plywood sheeting.  This was pretty important because now they’re able to backfill completely around the house.  Besides backfilling, the sitework guys also started graded out a bit more of the front yard, back yard and the trench for the waterlines running from the well.

It doesn't look like much, but the floor system is now in place and the house has been completely backfilled.

It doesn’t look like much, but the floor system is now in place and the house has been completely backfilled.

Here's a shot of the little bulldozer they used for some site grading this week.

The little bulldozer they used for some site grading this week.

They also started on the trench for the water lines.

They also started on the trench for the water lines.

The really fun part was that they snapped all of the lines for the first floor on top of the plywood so you and we could start to get an idea of the outlines of each room.  It’ll be really fun once the first floor framing is done and we can really walk through each room!  But for now, it’s a start and nevertheless is pretty neat to be able to do.

The upstairs wall lines are all laid out and we can start to get an idea of what the first floor will feel like.

The upstairs wall lines are all laid out and we can start to get an idea of what the first floor will feel like.

Besides construction we also got delivery of the doors for our new house.  We bought these outside of our construction contract because we got a great deal through my cousin’s work.  On Saturday, we unloaded all of them into the office in our house.  There’s 54 doors in the house (although 3 of them are dutch doors so it felt like we moved 57 of them), they’re all solid fir (some with glass) and it’s nuts how much some of them weigh.  Some of the exterior ones are crazy heavy – probably because they’re 8 feet tall.  So, here’s where they’ll stay – in our office until they’re ready to be painted, framed and installed.  I have a feeling we’re going to have them here for a long time!

Our doors were delivered - and now they're being stored in our office.

Our doors were delivered – and now they’re being stored in our office.

Here's a few of the inspiration pictures that I used when I ordered my doors.  Not exactly what I ordered, but pretty close!

Here’s a few of the inspiration pictures that I used when I ordered my doors. Not exactly what I ordered, but pretty close!