Thursday, April 29, 2010

Movin' on the west side

To a deluxe addition in the sky-hi.........OK enough of the Jefferson's theme song. On to some pictures of the finished product!

The crew had some last minute touch-ups this morning and we are moving in. After almost a year of actively rehabbing this house we can see light at the end of the tunnel. Hell, I'm even exciting to do laundry today. Stay tuned for pictures of the landscaping efforts which start next week. We will be installing a flagstone patio and a bunch of fruit trees in the backyard. The front yard will have an herb garden and tons of native perennials.....the final step in restoring an area that has been neglected for over a decade.

View of rear entry

View of the house looking east

Obligatory pet photo

Finished bedroom

Laundry room

Vanity and mirrors (Chinese craftsmanship at its finest)

Tiled shower and toilet nook

Walk-in Closet

View of bedroom looking towards driveway

Be sure to check out the old posts to see how far we've come!

Monday, April 5, 2010

On the home stretch....

The house has been a hive of activity over the past few weeks. Painters, electricians, name it. We have finally been blessed with good weather, which has also boosted productivity. Right now we are approximately 2 weeks away from completion.

Amazingly the paint colors we picked out matched perfectly with everything! We chose a sky blue/gray for the bedroom and an sandy orange for the bathroom (looks like the color of "push-up" ice cream treats). The tiles we picked out also came out great (see below). While neither of us are big fans of the exterior green, we decided to keep it for the time being, plus it would cost about $2,000 to repaint the whole house.

So what's left?.........Not much with the actual house. Final touches to the paint, trim, etc. will be made this week. After that, the floor guys will come into the stain everything.

Now the outside, that's a different story. Grading will be conducted in the backyard to prepare a 20'x15' space for a patio. Once the grading is done, I will be attempting to install a flagstone patio. I have to learn some type of home improvement skills out of this, right? Could be a disaster, I don't know. The grading contractor will also be reworking our driveway so we will have some extra off-street parking for visitors.

Bar-b-que season is upon us....hopefully we will be ready for it in a few weeks.

Bathroom paint and tiled shower.

View of shower tile accents.

View of vanity and tiled floor in bathroom.

Painted bedroom.

View from the foyer looking into the bedroom and laundry room.

Back porch.