DIGGIN IT – DAY 2

Gravel is in

Gravel is in

So after a successful day 1 of starting the hole for the foundation and basement things have progressed a little. Day 2 involved a few minor changes. The basement layout included four support beams down the center which wasn’t a big deal to me since I’d planned the future basement layout around them. But we decided to find out if and how we might take out one or two of the beams so there would be a larger open space for say, a family room. As with any structural change we had to meet with our architect who with some slight adjustments to the footing size gave the go ahead to remove one of the beams. So although a little extra work for the contractors we will have a less obstructed space. They got the new footings poured and added the gravel. Tomorrow after a site meeting with the contractor to discuss window sizes, they will be pouring the basement and things will really start to take shape.

DIGGIN IT – DAY 1

After yesterday’s frustration about the rain holding off the contractors ability to start digging our basement and foundation as planned, I was super excited today when we drove by the property. There was machinery, giant piles of soil and lots of men hard at work. FINALLY something is happening at our property after months and months of nothing. I am so thankful that things will be moving along now.

Here’s what it looked like at the end of day 1:

Day 1 of digging the basement

Day 1 of digging the basement

The only glitch today was a mix up with the plans. They were setting up the foundation for brick and we are siding the house so they had to change a few things but luckily that was caught in time. And, the water table is high on this property which limits the depth so they really could only dig about 4-5 feet. So with our 9′ basement ceiling height the basement will show quite a ways above ground so it won’t have the low rancher profile. I think that with fill and proper grading and some creative landscaping the end result will be great.

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY…PRETTY PLEASE

rainy days

rainy days

I thought this photo was fitting for the way the weather has been around here lately. A few months ago we were dealing with a very snowy winter with below average temperatures and now it is the great amounts of rain we’ve been getting this spring which has postponed things.

I was happy to hear from the contractor yesterday that after weeks of too much rain keeping them behind on jobs, they were going to be digging our basement/foundation today. Well, you can imagine how excited I was to hear this…until I checked the weather. And as the forecast suggested, today will be a rainy and stormy day. Definitely not the ideal day to be digging. Unfortunately the kitchen that will be delivered to us in two weeks time will have to sit in storage as we will be nowhere close to be being ready to install kitchen cabinets. So…I swallow my frustration once again and tell myself that the house will eventually get a basement and settle on a foundation, it will just take a bit longer.

With more rain supposed to come later this week I really don’t know when they’ll be able to start but I will be celebrating with a glass of bubbly when the house does finally sit on a foundation. I’ll keep you posted. Until then I’ll keep this in mind…

patience

BETTY MIGHT BE THE COUNTERTOP I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR

Wilsonart's new laminate counter top option, Betty

Wilsonart’s new laminate counter top option, Betty

This is Betty – a new laminate counter top option from Wilsonart with a great retro inspired look. I had almost given up on finding a retro pattern countertop that I actually liked so I was so excited when I saw this one online a few months ago. Wilsonart describes Betty as a ‘small-scale abstract pattern of interlocking boxes and squares in a retro colour blend of teal and orange’ http://www.wilsonart.com/homeowners/laminates/detail?sku=4972

The design will definitely go well with the style of our future kitchen. I put together a bit of a collage of parts of the kitchen design; a glossy white tile to represent the cabinets, one of the chrome boomerang handles, a piece of teak as I’m hoping to bring in a teak credenza and light in the dining room, a white subway tile which is likely what we’ll be doing the backsplash in, a photo of our dining room tulip table and the paint colours that are on the top of the list for one wall of our kitchen and dining room. They include Glidden paint Orange Cantaloupe, Rona Collection paint Baby Linen (aqua) and Sico paint’s Cloud of Volcanic Ashes.

Possible colours to go with the Wilsonart Betty counter top

Possible colours to go with the Wilsonart Betty counter top

 

This could be the perfect counter top for our kitchen if it wasn’t for one thing that has me hesitating. I just got the sample in the mail and it confirmed that the background of this countertop is not white, it is more of a dirty white or linen colour so I’m not sure that it will match well with our future glossy white cabinets. Also, I’m a bit worried about committing to a colour scheme long term…I mean, what if in a year or two I want to change the accent colours in the kitchen to yellow? A countertop in whites or greys would give me endless colour options. We still have some time before we have to order countertops so we can take some more time to decide but this is definitely my favorite retro pattern laminate counter option I’ve seen so far.

 

MY RETRO COUCH AND CHAIR GET A MAKEOVER

I showed you the 1960s sofa and chair I picked up at a thrift shop a few years ago in a previous post. They were a great find for a great price – only $65 for both. I used them in my photo studio for a year and since then, they were being stored in my parent’s basement. For months I hummed and hawed about whether to have them reupholstered and use them in the new living room or if they were destined to be old basement furniture forever.

Retro couch and chair.

Retro couch and chair.

I really liked the original orange textured fabric but it was quite worn and stained in spots and needed new foam. Our options were either to spend money on a brand new sofa and chair or invest in my original 1960s vintage set and give them a makeover – we decided on the latter. I knew of a local upholsterer who had redone a bench seat for me a few years ago which turned out great. I contacted her to find out if they were worth making over and to get an idea of the types of fabrics that might work well. Upholstery fabric comes in such a wide range of colours, prints, textures and prices. Each fabric sample that she showed me had a number on the tag that gives the amount of ‘rubs’ it held up to, the fabric world’s wearability code for strength testing. I learned that fabric is rubbed back and forth to estimate the wear and tear of someone actually sitting and getting up on the fabric. If a fabric holds well for more than 15 000 rubs than it is considered a more heavy duty fabric. I thought I was set on doing the sofa in grey and the chair in a turquoise like the sample on the right, but I ended up really liking the brighter chartreuse green on the left for the chair instead. That fabric had a great rub score (100 000 rubs if I recall correctly) so it should stand up very well to people, kids, the odd spill and a dog (who won’t be allowed on them but will likely sneak a nap on them when we’re not home.) And to top it all off, the price was right at $29 a yard.

fabric choices

fabric choices

When upholsterer extraordinaire Deb was ready, I stuffed the sofa in my SUV (amazingly it fit) and brought them to her work studio.

The sofa, delivered and waiting to be made over

The sofa, delivered and waiting to be made over

and the chair...

and the chair…

I was able to check them out after Deb had removed all of the old fabric and foam and bring it down to their original frame. The springs on the couch and chair were in good shape so they didn’t have to be replaced.

The sofa down to its bare bones

The sofa down to its bare bones

The wood looks as good as new

The wood looks as good as new

Rebuilding the sofa and chair included adding a layer of a burlap type fabric, strong felt, webbing on the arm rests, a fresh layer of foam, and finally, the lovely new fabric…along with perfectly placed new buttons on the backs.

Button back sofa

Button back sofa

Deb even touched up the wood in a walnut stain which really finishes off their new look.

Walnut stained wood base and legs

Walnut stained wood base and legs

They look amazing. I suspected that they would transform nicely but wow, they really are beautiful. I am so glad I decided to have them redone rather than buy new. Here they are at the upholsterer’s studio when I picked them up.

The couch made over ready to leave the upholsterers

The couch made over ready to leave the upholsterers

 

The chair gets a new colour

The chair gets a new colour

And here they sit once again in my parent’s basement until the house is ready.

AFTER photo of reupholstered vintage sofa and chair

AFTER photo of reupholstered vintage sofa and chair

I will of course add a photo of them once they are in their intended space – the living room of the new house where they will shine.