Well, So Much for That

In the last post, I proudly evidenced our choices thus far. I should have known I was tempting fate. Shortly after that, our contractor (Is he ours? We can’t seem to get the details of the contract finally ironed out so work can actually begin.) pointed out our choice of fireplace stone would cost significantly more because it needed to be pieced together, rather than arriving in easily installed pre-fabricated squares.

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The choices. . . .

For whatever reason, that triggered some need to revisit the carpet because, well, why not?

The end result:

Nantucket Stacked Stone by El Dorado Stone with Rustic Revival in Fedora Grey.

Or, to get a closer look:

So, this is what the carpet looked like originally, huh?

We also made a bit of progress on paint colors.

On the top, Behr’s Cyper Grape

Mom would like a much ligher shade of Cyber Grape for one wall in each of her rooms.

On top, Behr’s Pure Turquoise

Similarly, I want a lighter shade of the Pure Turquoise in my office.

Somehow, choosing shades of grey for the remainder of the house is not nearly as exciting.

Finally, we are starting to notice a slightly perplexing trend. We frequently stop by the house to make certain everything is as it should be. While we haven’t found anything that caused significant concern, we seem to find things we would not expect. First, it was the water heater letting loose a full stream of water at the front of the house. A second time, Spouse found one of the garage doors open. Nothing had been disturbed that we could find, but we’d guess it had been open for more than a day. This past Saturday, we pulled in to be greeted by these to exuberant individuals.

The quality of the photo conveys the level of excitement our arrival engendered.

What? You mean I can’t come inside?

At first, we assumed that they were probably our next door neighbors’ dogs. They certainly seemed at home at the house, coming in the garage and finding a nerf ball that they bandied about as if it really belonged to them. The red one even dashed through the front door for a quick look around. From their familiarity, we assumed they would just meander to their rightful home. After a while however, when we realized that they were sleeping on the front step, we decided to investigate a bit more thoroughly. It turns out they lived .7 miles away, and their owner had been out looking for them all night after a horse broke their Invisible Fence. That is when we started to notice the chewed up faucet protector in the back yard and the now demolished nerf ball in the front yard. While waiting for their owners, they apparently occupied themselves by pulling out some kind of shrub by the front door and started to work on a second faucet protector. (Fortunately, I’m pretty sure I intended to pull that shrub myself so that worked out for the best.)

Although I’m glad they are back with their rightful owners, I have to say I enjoyed meeting them and am already wondering what will greet us on our next house check.

Where Do We Start?

Despite our best intentions, renovations are off to a slow start. This is partly due to the winter holidays and partly due to difficulty finding reputable contractors to do the work during a housing boom.

Even so, we checked off our first box on the endless t0-do list: our second garage door now has a garage door opener. From humble beginnings, right?

Probably the cleanest this garage will ever be.

After this heady initial success, little else has changed. That said, we’ve made many choices.

Rock for the living room fireplace:

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Coos Bay from El Dorado Stone.

Satin nickel toilet paper holders:

I know. The excitement of renovation can be overwhelming at times. Still this house has a strange absence of these holders.

Satin nickel locks with flipper handles:

The cats thank us for those flipper handles.

Lighting is a huge issue in this house. Several rooms,, including my office, my mom’s bedroom and sitting room, and the laundry room are very dark. (Given some of the laundry, I’m wondering if that might not be a blessing in disguise?) To exacerbate the lack of natural light in the dark Pacific Northwest, someone placed the only mounted light fixtures way off to the side of each room. So, my office had two small wall sconces on one wall and no other mounted fixtures. We are moving the mount to the center of the ceiling in my room and looking for a fixture that will maximize the area covered in light. This one has possibilities:

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Since I will only have one fixture in my office, this one allows me to direct light to the places I need it most.

And one of the most hotly debated items thus far has been . . . wait for it. . . towel racks. So far, we are going going with this lovely number because Spouse has well reasoned arguments about the stablility of the mounting design.

That said, we are sorely tempted by the option of a heated towel rack suggested by our friend, JoAnne. As luxurious as the idea of warm towels sounds in the middle of a cold, wet Pacific Northwest winter, we are having issues with their placement in the bathrooms because they need power and traipsing the length of the bathroom while dripping to reach the rack seems less than ideal.

We are replacing several doors inside and outside of the house and adding a final wall to enclose my office that will have double glass doors. To that end, the master bedroom doors that open on the back deck and my office doors will be “full lite.” That is, they will have no grid pattern.

Instead of clear glass, we’ve chosen “glue chip,” which is far more attractive than its name suggests.

Glue Chip glass

Finally, we chose our new carpet. We unanimously chose the center carpet, “Tradewinds” because the dark grey speckles blend nicely with the grey tones that will predominate, but it has a slightly warmer undertone well suited to our beige furniture, the hardwood flooring that will remain, and the dirt that will inevitably be tracked in from the property.

I don’t think this picture does any of these samples justice, but it’s what I’ve got.

Currently, we are debating the relative merits of a traditional hot water heater and a tankless hot water heater. The latter costs fifty percent more, and we can’t find reliable data proving that it will should last as long as a tradition water heater. At the same time, the tankless is far more energy efficient. I bet you will be waiting with bated breath to hear the results.

In the meantime as we are spending more time in our new home with various professionals, more issues are coming to our attention. Suffice it to say, I suspect some people should not be allowed to watch DIY television.

Master bath tub faucet ready to convert into a fountain

That’s all for now, folks!

And So It Begins. . . .

Today marks the ending of a journey eight years in the making that took my husband, myself, our sons, my mother, and many pets from California to the Pacific Northwest. For the past five years, we’ve painstakingly searched for the right house and property for our family. About a month ago, we finally turned off our Redfin searches, and today our realtor, whose patience is legendary, handed us these.

Today also marks the beginning of a new journey to turn this empty shell of house that contained the story of another family for so long into our home.

Let the journey begin!