Saturday, October 17, 2015

Solstice Cottage from the outside

I don't have much to say about the outside. I think I have already written about picking the red paint and the windows.  We did some landscaping this summer and I am looking forward to it all maturing as the years go by.  We have since added a little mulch, but now the leaves are gone, so I am going to stick with these photos for now.  

This one is here just because I like the house in the fog. :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Solstice Cottage Tour - Part 2 - Upstairs

Want to see the upstairs?  Let's go!

This is the landing/library.  We're still trying to figure out what to call it.  Someday there may be a built-in for a tv or game console (on the wall opposite the sofa), but for now, the space is often a stage for the kids' plays. All those pictures are supposed to be on the wall, but that is as far as I got.  They made it through a 6.4 earthquake recently, so the pressure is off. :)

This is Oliver and Benton's shared room.  I didn't take any pictures, but they each have their own large walk-in closet.

Oliver's side of the room.

 Benton's side of the room.

 The kids' bath.

Linen closet in the toilet and tub area.

Handy shower nook.

Our master bedroom.  I recently got the curtains sewn and hung up.  I'm still looking for the right lamps, rug, maybe some decorative pillows, and furniture for the other side of the room.

 I'm still working on some of the upstairs rooms, including Dan's office, the laundry room, our closet and our bathroom.  Someday, I'll post some photos of those rooms too! 
It sure takes a lot of time and effort to get it all together.

Solstice Cottage tour part 1

Welcome and come on in!

Our entry, not quite done, but functional. 
 I plan to add a bench, a row of hooks, more artwork on the stair wall, but this it right now.

Our dining room and doors out to the deck on the South side.

To the left of the dining room is the kitchen.  I recently sewed the curtains (with my mom's help). I am pretty happy with the pop of color and personality they add to our kitchen.

To the right of the dining area is our Living room. I would like to add a lot of finishing touches like a coffee table, lamps, some pillows, quilts and a piece of art above the mantel, but for now, the living room feels cozy and comfortable.

The chair on the right is my favorite morning spot, especially if Dan is sitting in the other one.  

The long view from the back of the house.

The family room is at the back of the house and will be getting a makeover soon (built-ins, new table, etc). So, I am going to wait to post pictures.  But here is my laundry room.

More to come of the first floor...the mudroom (also getting built-ins soon), the guest room and bath, pantry, and other built-ins are in progress.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Linnea's room

I started and finished a sewing project 2 weekends ago. It was single digits out and we were cozy here at home. The kids wanted to sew too and I let them do what they pleased with the scraps. Every time I got up to iron, one of them sat down at my machine to sewing something.  It was pretty fun.

Here are 2 lousy iphone photos of some their projects:

Here is my project, a wall pocket quilt:

It only took two afternoons to complete, but it has taken me a week and a half to post any pictures!  It felt wonderful to get out my forgotten fabrics and make something again.  I have a stack of other projects to work on next and I am excited about them all. I have quilt tops finished for the boys' beds and a quilt top started for Linnea's bed. I am eager to get those done and on their beds for them.

Meanwhile, here are a few photos of Linnea's room.  I like her room and so does she.  We still have curtains to hang, she kind of needs a dresser and maybe a bigger rug, but for now, the room is quite comfortable.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sinking in

We moved in over 2 months ago, and despite requests, I have yet to post anything about it or even share photos.  At the end, the stress of building and moving took its toll on me, in a big way, and I am still recovering.  We moved in and celebrated the winter holidays and now we are relaxing and finding our new rhythm.  I thought I might miss the building process and wondered what I would do with myself after it was all done, but right now I just want to move on.  I might like to be involved in home building, just not my house.

We are all sinking into this new life.  Our days are our own again. I am enjoying being a family, cooking, running, sewing, reading and playing with the kids, having friends over, and just living in a house where sun streams through the windows in January.

We have quite a list of up-coming projects, because the house is only mostly done (so many built-ins to come). It's not yet decorated, fully organized or photo-ready, but it doesn't matter.

I just like being here. I like our family here.  I like being a mom and wife here.  I like being me here.

What I have been trying to wrap my brain around, is that we created a reality from my daydreams. And now, instead of daydreaming all the time, I find myself exactly where I have wanted to be for the last 15 years.  I feel at home, in the deepest sense.

I know it is just a house, but it's not. It is the home and life I have been looking for my entire life; Dan, our kids, Alaska. Our life is different here, our family is different here. Moving 3/10ths of a mile changed us and made our family better.  How do you put all that in a Facebook post?

So, here we are, enjoying life and feeling grateful.

I still daydream, in a lovely new spot.  I am excited to figure out what is next for our family.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Interior Details - Part 3

We are so close now.  We got our Certificate of Occupancy from the Municipality almost 2 weeks ago.  Since then, there has been a pretty constant push to finish.  There was a little tension on the job site between what I would call the "40+ hour folks" and the small crew that seemed to think 28 hours a week was enough.  I have been frustrated and disappointed by that aspect of the build, and have said so many times over the last couple months to our contractor, but nothing changed.  Oh well, moving on.

Meanwhile, things did get done.  There is now only a one-page list of little items that need to be completed. Our foreman checks on those items every day and our hard-working painter will be around for another week or two doing touch ups and finishing out the garage.

The appraiser guy came by today for more photos.  I hope it is done enough that we can finalize our long-term mortgage.

Here are a few photos from today:

I am kind of in love with my kitchen, despite its missing parts (a little paint on the hood, lighting in the stained glass cabinet, a dish hutch, and two tall china cabinets to complete the archway - all coming soon).  We cleaned it all up last night for the the appaiser guy, so most of my pics are of the kitchen. 

That is November sun shining in the windows at about 10:30am!  I was loving that today.


Living room (bad iPhone pic) - I am pretty pleased with the way the fireplace came together.  I am looking forward to a getting a fire going in it the night we move in.

 Southwest corner of the living room at about 3:30pm this afternoon.

 Master bath vanity all ready for us to move in.

Kids' bath vanity - custom color chosen by our kids.  All three kids looked at the Sherwin-Williams fan deck and agreed on this color and I said "Ok, let's do it!"  I couldn't believe they picked a color together so quickly.  It is fun splash of color in our mostly-white house.

I am so ready, except there is much packing to be done at the current house.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will able and ready to move in this coming weekend. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Interior Details - Part 2

Our project manager has been making a big push to get the house ready for final inspections so we can get a Certificate of Occupancy from the Muni this month.  Once we have it, we will be able to finalize our mortgage and maybe actually move in.

So, the build site has had a lot of people popping in for a bit of work over the last few weeks.

Finish work - We have had 3 different finishing crews on site, all amazing craftsman. Bath and Laundry cabinets are are in.

The stair handrail is almost done.  It needs paint and a piece of Cherry on top to finish it off.  It should go in on Monday or Tuesday.

Doors and Windows are all beautifully trimmed out.  Actual doors will be hung this week or the next and hardware installed. The shiplap wainscot is almost done, and the tongue-groove ceiling is done in the main living areas.

Cabinetry - my kitchen cabinets are half in.   The island will get a butcher block top in a few days.  The cabinets were designed by me and were beautifully built by a local cabinet maker, as was my bath vanity.

Dan built our guest bath vanity.

The laundry and kids bath cabinets are from a manufacturer with custom paint colors.

Painting - We had a very hard working solo painter who finished up the exterior last month and has been bouncing around the inside and pushing along the finish carpenters.  Last week, as soon as they put up trim, he was behind them filling holes and sanding.  Thankfully, he has had some help this week and the last.

Tile work...still needs some baseboard tile and grout, bathroom windows and niches are not quite done, and there a few spots that just need grout.  Despite that list, I am happy with the progress.

The plumbers have started installing the fixtures.

The electrician has been busy too and should be ready for an inspection mid-week.

Dirt work - mailbox is going in on Monday and maybe some more gravel for additional parking.  We will do some additional landscaping in the spring, but it will be fine for this winter.

Last weekend, I just wanted something to be done, anything.  I am still waiting, but things are getting close.