Here’s a very quick update…pictures of the new butcher block and Island.
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We are all moved in and “roughing it”. No appliances until Wednesday and no cable for at least a week. That is not good in my world. I am a television addict! But on a positive note, we are watching a lot of movies and Jack is playing outside more than ever.
Here is a peak at the kitchen. This is exactly what it looks like today. We also got our butcher block today, I will post pictures soon.
When renovating a home,the most important decision you will make will be choosing a contractor. Here are some tips on how to do just that:
1. Do your homework. For us this meant asking around, checking references, checking out projects that our contractor worked on. This is where the proof is in the pudding.
2. Talk to him. Talk at length about your vision and be clear about your needs and wants. Your contractor should show interest in what you are saying and what you want. He will have ideas (don’t forget this is NOT his first renovation) and a good contractor will offer advice on how to work within your budget.
3. Trust your gut. If something seems “off” then it probably is. Nuff said!
4. Check in with him often. We speak to our contractor daily and most times, its several times a day. Things can change quickly and you have to both be on the same page to get what you want.
5. Don’t expect miracles. They do happen, but not usually in the renovation business. If you are fortunate enough to find a contractor who will do little “extra things” for you, then consider yourself blessed! They usually charge for anything that was not originally negotiated in the price.
I’m sure there are hundreds of other tips but these are the ones that we have found most useful. We have been extremely blessed to find the contractor that we hired for our reno. Mark from Storm Construction has been forthright,honest and accommodating. We value his experience and honest opinion and look forward to finishing this renovation knowing that he was a huge part of it.
If you like before and after photos of renos or furniture make-overs, then you are going to love this site too. Check it out!
It has been a painting kind of weekend. A lot got done but there is still a lot more to do. We used almost 5 gallons of primer and we haven’t even moved upstairs yet.
Here are some pictures of what we did. The gray owl paint is not even noticeable, I had it lightened by 25% so in pictures it looks like white paint. In person it is so subtle and so delicate, I am happy with the color and it looks really nice in person.
I’m procrastinating again…this time about paint colors. I’m so scared to make the wrong choice that for some reason I believe that making no choice at all is a better alternative.
I have some ideas, I mentioned Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore in an earlier post and I am certain I want that color. Now, where? What rooms? Do I lighten it by 50% or leave it as is? I also love this color by BM…Gray Cashmere. But same questions arise.
I do know that I want Simply White for all the trim because the kitchen cupboards are that color and it’s a nice white. It doesn’t have any blue undertones and just looks, well…simply white.
I’m leaning towards a beige color too. I’m not sure why though because I really don’t like it all that much. I mean I like it but I want to get away from it. We’ve lived in a sea of brown/beige tones and I’ve always said that I have a physical reaction to paint colors. Seriously, I do. The darker the color, the more blah I feel. I need light colors in my home since this is where I will be spending tons of time. It doesn’t meant that if you have brown walls in your home and I visit, that I’ll slip into a depressive state. I know that everyone has their own taste and if you like dark, then cool but I want to be surrounded by light most of the time.
I still have a couple of days to think about choosing the colors. I know that I will stick to the white/gray/blue/greige colors. In the meantime, here are some pics of the new dining room window.
If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment and let me know!
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I’m not sure that I gave any history about the house that we bought or why we are moving again… We are living in a BEAUTIFUL home very close to the Inch Arran and close to my Mom’s house. We thought a year ago that this was our “forever” home, but it turned out that there was another plan for us.
For some reason, it just wasn’t meant to be, and at first I was very disappointed and devastated actually. But then I realized that everything that has happened in my life has been for a reason, sounds cliché but it’s really true. So we began our search for another house knowing that there was not much on the market. We went to visit our house (which is on Peterson St.(Lloyd Harrison’s old house) for all you Dalhousie people who know the area) and after that first visit I was like “no way, like no frigging way!”
I wanted something that required little work and was as beautiful as the house we are currently in. Ya…I quickly realized there was no chance that was going to happen. So, it was time to suck it up Princess!!
So this is our story of how we plan to renovate that little blue house and make it our home. I am thankful and grateful that things turned out the way that they did and that we get the chance to make that house exactly what we want.
It brings me to this quote…
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
William Arthur Ward
I look forward to whatever the future brings with our home and I hope you will continue to join us on our adventure.
Home Stories A to Z is one of those blogs that I check regularly, it’s just filled with inspiration and positivity! So when I saw today’s post I knew it would be worth the read.
As a new blogger, I’m always looking for advice on how to be a good blogger and keep people coming back to visit our humble little site. These Ten Blogger Commandments to Live By are a great help for me and maybe some of you who are thinking of starting your very own blog.
I also wanted to say thank you for visiting and for sharing my page on FB. Every bit helps and it’s exciting to check my stats and see the views increase all the time. Visit often, share with friends and feel free to leave comments…I LOVE getting feedback.
We are off to Carpet Ranch to switch our hardwood flooring this morning. We had originally bought really nice brown oak with a bit of a gloss on it, but after looking at this picture…
and how much light is in the kitchen and entire upstairs (not to mention our construction guy Mark warned us), we realized that every single speck of dirt, dust and dent would show because of the light and the shine on the floor. Not practical at all! That’s why I appreciate all the advice from experienced renovators, their experience and knowledge are a huge help!