Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kitchen Pendant Puzzle Solved!

We're in the midst of trim work at the new house. I've updated my facebook album, but we're a little behind on here because my health has been pretty rough for the last few months. I've enjoyed a few good days recently, at least as far as the pain goes, but my vision is still giving me trouble, so photo editing has been slow.

I do want to make a quick post about our kitchen pendants, though. Yesterday, we decided to stop at Whitmer Lighting in Akron to take a look at lights. I had been drooling over all sorts of fun things on Pinterest, but when we saw these Fizz pendants by ET2, Niels pulled the trigger. I never would have found these online because they are tricky to photograph, but in real life, they are just stunning. Here are few photos we took:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Build - Day ### - October 15, 2011

We haven't posted a lot recently mainly due to a lack of time in decision making processes, travel and health issues, but the progress on the house has not slowed down.

Since our last post the walls have been dry-walled and primed, the ceilings have been finished and all the electrical and plumbing is in as well. Next week we'll have regular power in the house as well and can say goodbye to the temporary pole in the front yard. Oh yeah, the drive way has also been poured, the furnace installed and with the installation of the glass block windows in the basement the building envelop is now sealed.

The items that haven't progressed much have been around cabinets and flooring. The quotes we've gotten were close to double the allowances so some soul searching and cost cutting methods had to be applied. We are very close in finalizing all of those items now though. We'll meet one last time with our kitchen cabinet supplier on Monday so he can get started and we'll meet with the supplier of the rest of the cabinets early next week.
Next Thursday morning we'll also meet with our 'trim guy', the master carpenter who will put the finishing touches on  the walls, windows and door openings.

So, here are a couple of pictures of the build as it stands this week.

Back-porch with the stone columns
Basement window, our manor stone and the back-filled electrical connector.
The walk way to the front door is elevated to one step only. A simple, removable one-step high ramp will be created  later to give us wheelchair access.
Good shot of the front of the house with more of the manor stone and the driveway.
Back-porch with the beautiful fall colors in the background.
Rainy day, but good shot of the house.
Close-up of our manor stone selection.
From the kitchen into the great room. More indoor pics to follow.

We've hit 10,000 views!

I never thought that building our dreamhouse would be such an interesting proposition to so many. I know we tend to post a bit more on decisions as well as the more common 'show-and-tell', but never in our wildest dreams did we think we'd hit 10,000 views. Especially not in under 4 months.

To put this in perspective, our friend Marc Martel (leadsinger of Downhere) got 3 MILLION views on in about 4 days with his audition as Freddie Mercury for the offical Queen Extravaganza tribute band so we know where we stand in the grand scheme of things... ;-)

Thank you for the 10,000 views! On to the next 10k...
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