It’s all in the details….my sanity, that is.

If there’s one thing I’ve found to be true throughout this process it’s that details keep me going.  When progress stops, contractors fail, and all hope seems lost, I can easily lose myself in revisiting the details that will *someday* fill the kitchen…the nursery…the house.

Somehow, that calms my nerves, eases the tension, and leaves me ready to face the next day.

Give me a pencil and a sheet of graph paper, and I’m set.

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Here’s a look at where we are now.  Beachboy has about 4 feet to go until all three spaces have flooring.  Alas, work won’t resume again until Monday.  This weekend brings with it out of town guests.  That leaves us just a few fleeting weekends to go.  8 weeks until we’re “due.”  I’m hoping for a late baby.  How often do you hear a momma say THAT?

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We have His and Hers projects underway, and they are keeping us hopping! (and away from the laptop)

His: Painting the new drywall in the kitchen, breakfast room, and laundry studio.  (We’re lovin’ Olympics’ VOC free paint! I had it color matched to a Martha color from Home Depot.)

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primer up!

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first coat up in laundry studio

Hers: Growing BeachBaby. (Just under 3 months left to go!)

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That’s right, it’s a race against the clock in our cottage. If BeachBaby holds out for a full 40 weeks, we have just 12 left to pull this place together so that it resembles a home.  (With a home birth in our future, I’d say that’s pretty important!)

BUT….That’s asking a lot since the master bath is still gutted, the kitchen/laundry studio clearly aren’t done, the whole house is still boxed up and displaced, the “nursery” is currently holding overflow and hasn’t even been started, there is no lighting in the kitchen, the electrical in the kitchen and laundry studio need fixed, and the floors still aren’t finished in any of the bedrooms.

And, all this is going on while our contractor is MIA!

I’d call that stress.

BeachBoy has been working his cute little booty off, trying to pull everything together so I don’t have a meltdown in time to order furniture and prep the baby’s room.  Maybe I should call him Superman instead.

my hero

and I can’t get out!!

After 6 months, it certainly feels that way.  The contractor’s portion of the work was supposed to wrap up Monday. (Ha!)  We spent Monday walking him through the project with a list of 20 issues that needed to be correct.  Yes, that’s right, he made 20 can’t-deal-with-that mistakes.  Add to that the things we decided we could deal with.  It was a bit overwhelming.

Here’s a look at where we stand.

You may notice that the stained glass window is missing from the right hand wall.  That’s the window that is to go between the studio and the master bedroom.  After some (ok, MANY) issues with the contractor, we’ve put the installation on hold.  The windows are sitting in my living room, but I hope they will make it into the wall before long.  What a difference that will make for our bedroom since it has no exterior walls.

The wiring for the lighting is not done, and this room is missing several key outlets.  But, after weeks without, I have access to a washer and dryer again, even if it only has cold water.  That, my friend, is a blessing.

Just imagine a desk under the window, ready to go with my sewing machine.  I’m looking forward to sewing with a view of the potager.

It’s amazing what a difference raising the ceiling in this room made.  It feels bigger and brighter.  In fact, BeachBoy proclaimed it his favorite room in the house.  I think it’s all because of the new french door.

I’d love to say the men are finishing things up this week, but the truth is our contractor “doesn’t know when the electrician can come back.”

Oh me, oh my!

No kitchen since November….no problem?  Well, maybe it’s a bit of a challenge.  😉

 

Here is the current state of the laundry space.  The kitchen looks about like this, but it still retains half of the subfloor.  That stuff is a BEAST to take out since it’s a few layers thick.

 

Who knew a laundry room could be so exciting!?

I think it’s fair to say that I’m as excited about the new laundry/mud/craft room as I am about the kitchen.  For nearly 5 years, the laundry has been a chore: storing it on the kitchen floor (YUCK), folding it in the bedroom, hanging it to dry on the breakfast room chairs….chaos, in short.  When BeachBoy suggested working a true home management room into the plan, I was all ears!

The most underutilized room in our house is the room we’ve been planning to turn into a library.  However, with a little craftiness, we have devised a plan that will let us have a library AND a work room. Can I get a WOOHOO, ya’ll?!

The room measures 14’9″ x 7’6″.  Awkward, to say the least.  But, I’m willing to make it work.

Here’s a sneak peek.

View #1: Looking into the room from the office-to-be.   From far to near on the right wall, there will be: washer/dryer, cabinet, sink, cabinet, freezer, broom cabinet.  On the opposite wall, the counter will stretch between the cabinets, allowing me a space for crafting and sewing! (Pinch me; I must be dreaming!!!) Walking into the room, the space on your left will have a shoe drop and coat hooks.  We’ll start using the exterior door in this room as our main entry point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View #2 Looking through the exterior wall from the back yard.  You’ll notice that the cabinet over the washer/dryer is the wrong size.  That will be a combination of cabinetry and open shelves.  A hanging rack will be incorporated on that wall, as well.  The window over the sink will be a leaded or stained glass window to the master bedroom (which is composed of all interior walls, as you may remember) The office/kitchen is through the doorway on the right side of the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now, for the fun part!

Picture this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I keep our home very neutral, so the project room seemed like the perfect place to bring a little playfulness into our home.  I was smitten when I found this reproduction tile online.  (Let’s see what happens when I request a quote though!)

I’m thinking of going with an aged brass for the hardware (gasp!) and a fun color for the cabinets.  I have decided, however, not to decide on the cabinet color until everything is in the space.  It’s a very small room, and I want to keep the option of leaving them white if need be.  There’s no need to make the room feel even smaller, right!?

 

BeachBoy doesn’t want the space closed off with a door, but I have concerns since guests will walk past the room when we entertain (to get to the back yard).  I’m thinking a fun pocket door might be just the compromise we need.  Perhaps frosted or reeded glass?  Maybe a cute etched phrase?  We’ll see! (I have just the magazine clipping in mind….now, where is my inspiration folder?)

 

So, what do you think?