Friday, August 21, 2015

Mud Deck

Because Nigel likes to celebrate International Muddy Dog Day, and also because we hoped to display our lovely collection of shoes, we really wanted a mudroom.  We went with the next best (and relatively inexpensive) solution we could come up with, a "mud deck", using a lean-to "solarium" kit.

Our contractor spent the last couple of days assembling it.  He did such an awesome job despite the fact that the kit was missing some screws and the instruction manual tried to trick him into doing things wrong,

The solarium, as you can see, is on the homely side, but this time function overrules form for us.  Despite some notable quibbles, it appears solid.

The new solarium on a grey morning, perched atop our new deck.
Interior.  Our glorious shoe collection, sports stuff, and dog stuff.

In other news, we now have vanity mirrors!  We're still waiting on the closet door.
Also, the hole in our wall turned into an access for ants, so I sealed it up.  I don't know if the smiley face goes with our post-apocalyptic style house, but at least the duct tape does.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

deck stairs

14 August 2015
15 August 2015
17 August 2015
18 August 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

outside Bruges, Belgium (2015/08/18)

18 August 2015 - outside Bruges, Belgium
18" x 24", acrylic on canvas

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Post-apocalyptic style both inside... and out.

Next up on the long list of our home renovation projects, our contractor is building us a "mud-porch" (or "mud-deck").  It turned out that the existing deck wasn't in that great a shape, so it had to go.
10 August 2015.  The old deck is disassembled, beginning with the railing.  You'll notice one of the beautiful cabinets from the kitchen to the left; it'd been placed there when part of the kitchen ceiling needed to be lowered for the upstairs remodel, months ago.
11 August 2015.  Nigel watches the deck demolition.
'Bye, deck.
12 August 2015.  I think this look matches the interior post-apocalyptic style best. 
Later that day...
13 August 2015.  As you can see, we're covering the concrete hot tub pad to the right with more decking.
To be continued...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The window vanishes.

Post-apocalyptic living at its finest
There used to be a window there... or was there?  Maybe it was just my imagination.
Our contractor removed one of the kitchen windows recently.  We decided to sacrifice it and move the range there as part of our kitchen remodel.  The boarded-up window matches our post-apocalyptic style interior decor quite nicely.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Upstairs remodel completed... mostly.

We moved into our master suite this past weekend.  We're still without our closet door and mirrors for our medicine cabinets, but otherwise it's done.
Thought I'd start with this picture of Nigel rather than ones of an empty room.  He's watching us move furniture up.

The exposed electrical switch area to the right has since been finished.

Moving day.  Nigel supervises the disassembling of the bed frame.

Truly exhausting work...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

very big sticks

Lately, Nigel's enjoyed bringing home tree branches.  While we're heading home from a walk, about three blocks away, he'll snag one and run all the way back.  This was today's find.

Nigel and I check out upstairs.

The upstairs is done...almost.  We just had the shower door put in today, and our contractor has been continuing with some of the details.  We're still waiting on the closet door, which was ordered something like three months ago.

Saturday, August 1, 2015