We are finally moved into the house. We have a few things still to do, some to be done soon and will be ongoing, some others will be done in the spring when the weather warms up, mostly the work that needs to take place outside:
— install the decking and rails
— stain the small front deck
— fix up the landscaping and grass
— furnish more of the inside and some decorating touches here and there
— install closet systems in master walk in and office double closet
Without further ado, here are some final pics.
Notice the small TV. For those of you who have watched TV at our house before, you may be wondering where the nice 56″ Samsung LED is. Well, that was a casualty of one of my moving nights. Put it in the SUV to bring it over for the cable guy to come the next day and the way it was leaning in the back ruined the screen. Until we get a new one, this little Sony will have to do set up on a temporary stand until the new one goes up on the wall. Next time I will lay it flat like the last time I moved it.
Please excuse the mess in the office, that is one room that has definitely not been fully unpacked and set up yet. The desk was pulled from the wife’s brother’s garage. At some point, we will locate some nice bookshelves, or pony up for some built ins and a nice desk that fits better. Works for now, though.
The bed frame/headboard and bedroom furniture is long overdue for an upgrade, as well for something that fits our style a little better. We got this set from a family friend when we first bought the house back in 2006. The mattress and box spring we purchased new a few years back. It’s a Beautyrest pillow top mattress and super comfortable. Definitely one of the better purchases we have made in a long time.
We are waiting on a final electric approval and the occupancy permit. The only things not finished at this time is the tile backspace in the kitchen and the decking and rails for the deck. The deck will get finished in the spring when it is a bit warmer. We have also decided to replace the chandelier that we initially picked for the dining room, which you will see in the pics. Hopefully, we’ll like the next one that is being ordered as I write this.
Back of the house from the street behind us.
All paint downstairs, and up into upstairs hall is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. All trim in the entire house is Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Waterborne paint in White. That is definitely one thing I would change if we were to ever repaint. I would swap out Cloud White instead of the White for trim. The basic White is a bit to stark. You wouldn’t think that subtle differences in color would have such an impact, but when all of the trim is done, you can see where just a subtle change in color can make a difference. I have seen Cloud White and it seems like a color we would have been a little more happy with. We are very happy with how things came out though. We hired the painting out to a pro for downstairs, kitchen, stair area and hall upstairs. We painted all of the rest with a lot of help from my parents. The painter did a really great job and all of the prep work he did really had an impact on the finished product.
After entering looking towards stairs, first floor bath, and door to office.
Paint in kitchen is Lancaster Whitewash by Benjamin Moore.
First floor bath
The first floor bath was actually started before this whole project. The last thing we did was repaint all of the try in the bathroom and change the color on the walls. It used to be a blueish with some purple color that we never really liked, so we repainted the walls to Sea Haze from Benjamin Moore.
Office on first floor. Paint is Coventry Gray from Benjamin Moore.
Common bath on second floor
Master bedroom. Paint is Woodlawn Blue from Benajmin Moore
Master bath. Paint is Pale Smoke from Benjamin Moore
There is a master closet behind the shower. Paint is Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore.
The frameless glass door was installed in the master shower a couple of weeks back.
Master bath vanity awaiting plumber
We decided to hire professional painters for the first floor, stair area, and upstairs hallway to alleviate a time crunch with the holidays upon us
The house has come a long way since this last picture. Most things are done and cleaning has started. More pics to come after I take some more. Move in will take place in the next couple of weekends.
The trim around the overhangs was finished up and a wreath was placed on the door for the holidays.
My father in law jumped in before the holidays to tackle installing new basement windows.
Hard to see, but the driveway has been paved with a rough asphalt binder. The finish coat will go on in the spring.
Brackets for the front overhang were installed today.
With a second floor on the house now, we can see the water. There are houses between us and water, but you can get some small views between the houses behind us.
I took some pics of the state of the backyard. It used to look much nicer, but there was some excavation work during this whole process and a lot of perennials moved from one side of the house. Spring will bring sod, reshaping of some beds, and moving perennials around.
My parents have been helping out a lot over the past couple of weeks doing A LOT of prep work: sanding, filling nail holes, priming, etc. That has allowed us to head in on the weekends and get some paint on the walls. Most of the rooms upstairs have one coat. Next week, my cousin, who is a painter will be coming to paint the downstairs, including the kitchen, and the upstairs hallway.
Woodlawn Blue in the master bedroom
Pale Smoke in the master bath
All paint is Benjamin Moore. Basic ceiling white was done on all of the ceilings. All trim was done with White. If I was to pick the trim color again, we would have went with Cloud White, but we have enough done already to just keep rolling with the the same color already used.
All closets were done with Manchester Tan, a neutral color. The open living, dining room, and upstairs hall will be done in Revere Pewter.