ONE STEP CLOSER

 

Permit has been picked up...ready to start construction!

Permit has been picked up…ready to start construction!

Yesterday was a big day – I finally picked up (and paid for) the building and septic permit. Unfortunately we have not had a timely response from our local municipality on our unopened roads issue (long story) so we won’t be able to put the house as far back on the lot as we’d like…unless we want to wait for an unknown amount of time. The way things have been going, it could prove to be months, maybe longer. So we have accepted that fact and are going to forge ahead.

I am now waiting to hear back from the construction company as to a possible date to start working, which should be this month some time. The poor old house we moved back in February (almost three months to the day) has been sitting on blocks looking quite bedraggled and vulnerable to the elements while waiting to be moved to solid ground.

The house in its new location right after being moved in February.

I am really looking forward to the exterior makeover the house will undergo with new windows, roof, siding and stone. In a couple of months it will be almost unrecognizable.

So, after months of waiting and some serious frustration things are finally looking up on the home front.

 

 

COLD, COLD GO AWAY…please.

The house in its new home waiting for a foundation.

The house in its new home waiting for a foundation.

Unfortunately there hasn’t been much excitement on the home front since the big house move. We have had record cold temperatures all month and sadly, the forecast doesn’t look good. frozen ground makes it almost impossible to dig a hole for the foundation and constant below zero (way below) temperatures are definitely not ideal for pouring and curing concrete without cracks. Our house is sitting on blocks at it’s new location patiently waiting for a new foundation to be placed on. So aside from the house being on hold, everyone around here is sick of this winter weather. It is too cold to be outdoors, shovelling snow is getting old, heavy coats, hats, mitts and boots are cumbersome (I long for the days of just slipping on my sandals)…and the list goes on. The hot water pipe to my kitchen sink has been frozen for a few days which makes doing dishes a bit challenging and to top it off, today a frozen pipe burst while doing laundry. Now to try and look on the bright side instead of just ranting, I am appreciative for indoor plumbing and not having to venture outside to an outhouse like people had to do in the olden days. And think of our grandparents or great grandparents who had to do all of their clothes washing by hand and who had to run out to fill a bucket with water and heat it on the stove before doing dishes or bathing. So I guess I don’t have it so bad. And February is half over which means April is only a month and a half away and April showers bring May flowers…and help to thaw frozen ground.

FINE DINING – FURNITURE FINDS

 

My lovely tulip table.

My lovely tulip table.

Because the kitchen and dining room in the new house will all be one space I’ve kept my dining room furniture in mind while planning the kitchen design to make sure everything will work well together. The dining room furniture pieces I have so far are things I’ve gotten over the past few years. The beautiful 1960s oval tulip table and chairs (above) with their original yellow vinyl seat cushions are one of my favorite vintage furniture pieces. I had searched for a tulip table for quite some time when I saw this set online at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in a town that was three hours away. I wanted the set so badly but alas, it was out of my price range. I lucked out that it didn’t sell for a few weeks and eventually they advertised a half price sale. I was able to pay for it over the phone and my sister and her boyfriend were nice enough to take the trip to pick it up with his truck. Every time I walk into my current kitchen it makes me smile. There is really no room for more than a tiny two seater table in my current dining room so it sits there but really isn’t useable. So I can’t wait to put it in our new spacious dining room where it will be the room’s highlight and not just stuffed in a corner like it is now.

Stereo credenza for the dining room.

Stereo credenza for the dining room.

I really want to add some teak wood to the dining room and kitchen area to give the rooms some warmth. I picked up this teak stereo credenza at a garage sale a few summers ago for only $20 – score! The record player in it doesn’t work and has cracked so I will likely remove the stereo and use it for storage. Eventually I’d like to find an actual dining room buffet with more suitable storage but for now it will work. It will likely go on the far wall behind the table and can hold a few colourful vases.

 

mid century pendant light.

mid century pendant light.

And this mid century pendant light was a barn sale find. I think it will look great above the table and match nicely with the credenza and the white of the table and cabinets. I am still looking for the perfect piece of art for the dining room. I’d love to find a large original mid century abstract painting but I will likely paint something myself until I find the perfect piece of original art.

ORDER KITCHEN CABINETS ☑

The finalized kitchen plan.

The finalized kitchen plan.

After a bit of indecision we did go ahead and order the kitchen from Home Depot. We liked the cabinets (Thomasville gloss white thermofoil), the kitchen design and the service from Shirley, our kitchen designer…and we were able to take advantage of a $1600 savings so the price was right. The cabinets will be just under $10,000 installed.

Finalized kitchen plan.

Finalized kitchen plan.

 

Window wall of finalized kitchen.

Window wall of finalized kitchen.

The kitchen plan did have to be altered again a bit once we had their installer do exact measurements. You can see the previous plan below to compare. The window wall didn’t have quite the space we thought once the window and patio door trim, etc. was taken into consideration. So now we have five upper cabinets instead of six. She wanted to keep all of the upper cabinets the same width and made the two cabinets beside the window open on opposite sides to give it more symmetry. I also lost my little corner shelf by the window which I thought was a charming addition but I’ll get over it…I’m telling myself it would have just been a dust collector anyway.

The previous kitchen plan.

The previous kitchen plan.

And I am still dreaming about these robin’s egg blue Elmira appliances. They would look so beautiful with the white cabinets…I love them.

Elmira Stove Works appliances in Robin's Egg Blue.

Elmira Stove Works appliances in Robin’s Egg Blue.

Unfortunately, they are not cheap so I will probably end up having to go with stainless. I was also considering white appliances but someone mentioned that the white of the cabinets may not be the same as the white of white appliances which makes sense, so white is no longer an option.

So now that the kitchen is on order I can’t wait until we are ready to install the kitchen. There is lots of work to do before the kitchen cabinets can be installed since currently the kitchen and dining room is down to 2x4s…not to mention the house is sitting on blocks until spring comes and warms up the frozen ground enough to dig a foundation and pour a basement. All of the interior work is on hold until then so I am hoping for an early spring.

While we wait there are plenty of design and decorating decisions we’re still working on like hardware, flooring, counter top, appliances, lighting and that’s just the list for the kitchen.

 

 

MOVIN AND GROOVIN!

House moving day!

House moving day!

After a long wait and a lot of work on the part of the moving team, my husband, brother-in-law and other help, our 1965 ranch house was successfully moved to it’s new location this morning…and in record time. I unfortunately missed the house being moved off of the basement and heading onto the plowed road my husband and brother-in-law paved (well, not technically, but they plowed the route through the fields over and over until it was a nice flat surface for the large moving truck). I thought the process would take hours but the whole move only took about half an hour. Unfortunately, I took too much time picking up a box of coffee and donuts for them while they decided to get the job done before coffee time…how’s that for dedicated workers! When I got to the house it was already long gone – can you see it way back there in the distance in the photo below?  That’s all I saw when I arrived.

The house was long gone when I arrived.

The house was long gone when I arrived.

I grabbed a few quick photos of the exposed basement hole in the ground which strangely looked a lot smaller than it had when actually in it.

The house's original basement exposed and empty.

The house’s original basement exposed and empty.

House is off of the basement.

House is off of the basement.

After checking out the basement quickly and seeing the house already far in the distance I jumped back in the car, high tailing it out of there in hopes to catch it on the other end. I got to the side of the road where it would be crossing with only five minutes to spare. I luckily was able to get some photos of it coming closer and closer and finally crossing the road without issue and it was soon settled on our new property. Quite amazing to see really.

Here it comes!

Here it comes!

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Moving along...

Moving along…

 

Making it's way across the road.

Making it’s way across the road.

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It made it safely across.

It made it safely across.

 

Almost home.

Almost home.

Timing was everything with this move and although it was not fun for them to work in this freezing -20 degree weather and snow, this is exactly the weather needed to get the house moved. The consistently cold temperature for the last couple of months froze the ground nice and solid (but too solid to dig a foundation ahead of time.) And the large dumping of snow we had recently was also ideal to help cover the bumpy fields it would travel on, especially after being plowed fairly flat. And because they were able to move it through fields and not have to utilize roads we saved a great deal of money not having to deal with hydro wires, etc. I was impressed with the whole process and especially the speed in which it was all carried out. I think everyone involved was pumped. Now that it’s moved, spring is more than welcome to come early so we can get the foundation and basement poured to get the house on. Then the real fun will start!