SPRING UPDATE

drywalling

drywalling

Spring is officially here and with that I am getting more anxious to get things done and move to the new house. There is still quite a bit left to do but I am so happy that the drywall is all up and the sanding is complete. After being a bit behind schedule with the drywall, the guys finished mudding and sanding on the weekend and we spent most of yesterday vacuuming up all of that pesky drywall dust which had covered everything in the house. The painter is finally able to start priming the walls and painting the ceilings. I can’t wait to see the house all cleaned up, primed and ready for some colour!

Here are a few more interior photos of the dry walled walls prior to the mudding and sanding:

 

the future dining room

the future dining room

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COUNTERTOP UPDATE – A NEW CONTENDER

L shaped kitchen with drainboard sink and Formica countertop

L shaped kitchen with drainboard sink and Formica countertop

I never thought that choosing a countertop for our kitchen would be such a difficult decision. I thought that Formica or Arborite would have a laminate that would be just right for our mid century inspired kitchen. Back in the day laminate was the thing to put on every countertop in the house and there were so many fun and colourful prints available then. I mean, look at these options from Arborite in 1965.

Some colourful Arborite countertop choices, 1965

Some colourful Arborite countertop choices, 1965

My search for a suitable countertop started a year ago when I found a Formica sample at a local big box store. It had a retro boomerang pattern in a beautiful bright aqua. I was sold but when I asked about it I found out it had been discontinued and the store hadn’t taken the old samples away. The alternative grey option was still available but I thought it had too much contrast and was too busy. So I continued my search.

Discontinued Formica boomerang in aqua, and dark grey which is still available.

Discontinued Formica boomerang in aqua, and dark grey which is still available.

Eventually, I came across ‘Betty'; a colourful retro looking laminate from Formica in a soft aqua and orange, both colours that I love and would gladly use for accents in my kitchen. My only hesitation was that the background was not white, but a wishy washy greyish white. I don’t think that would look good against my very white glossy cabinets that will go up in our kitchen.

Wilsonart's Betty laminate

Wilsonart’s Betty laminate

Once again, I started searching for another option. As a backup, I settled on Formica’s dark neutral Smoke Quarstone:

Formica's  Smoke Quarstone

Formica’s Smoke Quarstone

A bit boring, yes, but I thought it would contrast nicely with the white cabinets and my vintage aqua accents would definitely pop against it.

Then in the new year, Wilsonart announced a new line. They teamed up with retrorenovation.com (the go-to vintage renovation blog) to create seven colourful boomerang patterns with a definite mid century flair. The pattern is similar to the grey pattern from Formica but is a little more subdued. The two that catch my eye for our kitchen are Aqua Ripple,

Wilsonart's Aqua Ripple laminate

Wilsonart’s Aqua Ripple laminate

Or maybe Nostalgic Grey?

Wilsonart's Nostalgic Grey laminate

Wilsonart’s Nostalgic Grey laminate

I still have to see them in person but I know the boomerang print will match perfectly with my vintage boomerang hardware. So now I’m just crossing my fingers that it will be available in Canada – I think this might just be the one!

TAKING SHAPE

House moving day!

House moving day!

Just over a year ago, we moved this house across snowy fields to it’s new location and then waited many months to dig a basement and foundation. Next, the not so fun job of removing all of the home’s plaster walls and ceilings, old (and disgusting) insulation, layers of flooring and the original venting, pipes and electrical began. After all of that work, it was time to start rebuilding the inside of the home.

The part of putting the house back together that I’ve really been waiting for is finally upon us – the drywall. I never thought I could get so excited about drywall, but I am.

Taking shape with drywall

Taking shape with drywall

Drywall is starting to go up

Drywall is starting to go up

It took some time to get everything properly framed and insulated and get the electrician and the plumber in to do their magic before the drywall could go on. Because we are drywalling our basement ceiling as well, we needed to make sure that anything and everything that had to be up in the basement ceiling – any wiring, plumbing, heating and cooling, central vac, etc. was in correctly (and approved by the building inspector) before it can be covered. So we can finally breath a sigh of relief as the crew have started to put up the drywall which really makes the house start to take shape. The original frame of the house built in 1965 will once again be covered up and provide a sturdy shell for our home. Next on the agenda, painting!

NEW YEAR – NEW HOUSE

The house exterior is almost finished

The house exterior is almost finished

Time has been flying by since I last gave an update on the house. I was hopeful back in the summer that we might be in the house by Christmas but that was just wishful thinking. I watch a lot of HGTV and I see houses completely gutted, renovated and decorated all within a few weeks time; which is not the reality for most people. Our original plan to move this house and do some renovations turned into what ended up being basically a new home build. And when you are your own project manager and don’t have a crew of tradespeople working every day in preparation for the big reveal, like on television, things move a lot slower than they do on a home renovation show. But after all these months things are really coming together and moving in to the new house doesn’t seem so far away.

There has been lots of activity at the house over the last few months, some visible and some not so obvious. The garage floor and porch concrete was poured, the septic system was installed, the gas lines are in and the siding and ledge stone around the front porch area is on. I’m very happy with how it all looks.

The stone looks great with the grey siding

The stone looks great with the grey siding

I was hopeful we could keep the original front door as I really loved it but we did end up having to replace it because it wasn’t very energy efficient. We are going to use the original door as an interior door though, so it won’t go to waste. I did not want to replace such a cool door with just anything and I managed to find the brand Trimlite, that has a line called Mid-Century Modern Designs which offers five vintage inspired door options. We opted for the diamond design which I will paint in the spring when it warms up.

the original front door

the original front door

The new door

The new door

Inside the house things are happening too. The electrical is roughed in, our radiant floor heating is running in the basement, framing is complete, the insulation is going in and vapour barrier is going on.

Insulation is going in

Insulation is going in

A steel beam was installed (with the help of a few good strong friends) on the main floor so we could open up the main living area between the kitchen, dining, living room and hallway. It’s hard to see here but there were walls separating the living room and dining room, now nicely opened up.

The main floor opened up

The main floor opened up

So I am happy with the recent progress and look forward to the drywall that will be going up next month. I am excited to see the drywall up because then it will really start to look like a home.

 

 

 

 

FALL PROGRESS REPORT

The roof is on!

The roof is on!

The last few weeks of summer flew by as they always do and then the craziness of September began with back to school and a new job so I haven’t been keeping up with the blog. But with all that will be happening at the house in the next while, I will be sure to keep the updates coming and do some more  more vintage inspired home décor posts.

It will be a while yet until we can start doing what I consider the fun part – painting, decorating and finding the perfect place for all of my vintage finds but there has been some noticeable progress in the last few weeks.

As you can see above, the exterior of the house looks quite a bit different with the chip board and Tyvec applied, roof completed, most of the windows installed and the siding completed on one end. After countless loads of fill the grading of the yard is looking good and our electrician has been busy hooking up the electric panel and installing lights like the pot lights you can see under the front overhang. The house is really starting to come together which makes me very happy.

The windows are almost all installed.

The windows are almost all installed.

The siding is done on one end - the colour is Ironstone, a nice dark grey.

The siding is done on one end – the colour is Ironstone, a nice dark grey.

I am hoping that we have a milder fall and winter holds off until December but as in past years, wintery cold and snow could come sooner than we want. So before the house is ready for winter weather there is still a long list of to-do’s. We need to complete the siding and stone on the front of the house, finish installing the windows, soffit, facia, eaves troughs, install the exterior and garage doors, finish the garage floor in preparation for pouring concrete and pour the front concrete porch. We should be able to get all of that done without a problem in a day or two right? Okay, it may take longer than a few days to complete this list but I know with all of the great workers we’ve got, it will get done.