Room renovation...

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Room renovation...
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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 12:29pm

Ah...the walls are painted to this small room where my computer is...(the 'den' as it can be known as or my 'office'?).  And a new carpet was laid yesterday.  I think I might have preferred a laminate floor but Ray figured that was a lot more work to install - a piece of dense but flat carpeting would be an easier solution.  We got a short pile carpet and no underlay so the office chair wheels roll  more easily on it. 

At first when we saw the carpet installed, both Ray and I looked at each other and asked, "Is this the colour carpet we ordered?"  Todd, our carpet installer laughed and said he's heard that question so many times before from his clients when installing carpet.  A small swatch of carpet is not the same as a room full of the same carpet!  Our memory seems to fail us - but then again, I don't imagine the store got the order wrong, and the colour is not so 'off' as to be offensive, but again, it was not as we  had imagined.  I think it will do, but at first I thought...Ewww...not quite how I pictured in my imagination as to how it would look.  However already today I think I am getting used to it!

But my feature wall in this room is my favourite.  It is exactly the colour I love... I don't know why, but I have been drawn to this colour for the past so many years.  I have bought cushions in this colour, and it is not far from being a similar colour to a pottery vase I bought a while ago that adorns our mantlepiece.  It is a rich brick red colour with tiny hints of a  pink tone - not so orange and with a touch of 'cream' added to it to make it not too dark, but not too light either.  It is the wall I will always be looking at when sitting at my desk  here.  (The other walls are a pale beige tone). So it is just as well that it makes me  happy to see it!

Ray began building the Ikea furniture that will go in this room. He began with the filing cabinet and it is by far the more complex piece to build!  It took him hours to get it made!  Otherwise, there is a desk to make and a bookcase.  All are in a matching colour of stain.  Ikea hasn't got a large repetoire of stain colours for its wood furniture  but they do seem to make many pieces in each stain colour.  We chose the grey-brown colour which is kind of unusual but there is just enough warm brown tint in it to go with the feature wall's colour, we think. 

After almost 17 years, this room is getting a major facelift!  I  never liked it before this.  For economy's sake we had an old desk, and well, old everything!  Nothing matched or looked that great in any respect.  This feels like such a fresh start! 

Why Ikea furniture?  Well, I started looking at more 'traditional' desks in stores but didn't find anything that jumped out at me.  Then Ray and I went to a nearby Ikea store and saw a desk there - modern and unfancy - and immediately thought, "Hey,  not bad...why not this?"  And so the matching pieces of furniture followed.  I like Ikea... I like how they decorate their 'model rooms' - like the paint colours they choose, like the colourful duvet covers and fabric they sell.  I am not a fan of all modern furniture styles they offer, but tend to still prefer their more 'traditional' pieces. 

Any thoughts, experiernces about renovations you've done, folks?  Nora must have lots to tell or  has told us about all the work she and Mike have done to 'freshen up' their home for selling purposes!  When I think of the many things we still have to fix up here now after 17 years ...Oy! 

Shirley

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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 9:11pm

We've lived here 28 years Shirley, and our problem is that we've never stopped doing renos.  Nora, I was thinking, THIS might be *my* addiction.  With the gardens, the house, the decor in the house--I've never stopped.  Remember, you're talking to the woman who changes floral arrangments and tabletop decor for the seasons!! 

As for my favorite reno, I LOVE my back deck.  That took most of last summer, but was so worth it.  I used to keep my wrought iron garden furniture in the basement, in a room with french roors that looked out onto the garden, but this year I brought it all up on the deck.  I moved the chaise lounges from the front porch to the deck, & bought cushions to match the colors of the chair cushions, lanterns, & outdoor dishwear.  I got new cushions for the swing on the front porch, and put a little bistro set out there, too.  I had 4 big pots out front, 2 brown and 2 grey.  I moved the brown ones to the back, and painted the grey ones brown and moved them to flank the sidewalk.  Lolo & Bree helped me plant them all up on Mother's Day.   Ed is in the process of changing the outside lights.  We had  brass coach lights, but they were so weathered, and I really wanted a new look.  Ed found these lights that sort of look like "portholes"--they are frosted glass ovals in a bronze cage.  Kind of mid-century modern.  We put them on the deck walls first, and they just look great.

I also love that terracota color, Shirley.  It is the focal wall color in the guest bedroom,  the living room around the fireplace, and all the walls in the master bath we redid the year before last. 

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Mon, 05-19-2014 - 8:31am

We are in the midst of re-doing each room, one-by-one. Floors and stairs, light fixtures, switches and plugs, baseboards, window treatments, door knobs,  complete guts of the bathrooms and kitchen.  Everything will be simple and clean looking, with all the colors gray tone.

It is going to take awhile; a couple of years. After the lastest project in progress (main bathroom) we will take a break before we tackle the next one. I have gardening to do plus projects in the house to get done.

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Mon, 05-19-2014 - 9:35am

Being married to the ultimate "Do it Myselfer"-yes, I do know about room renovations. He has slowed down somwhat-but we've gone through all of the rooms.

I think the hardest was the kitchen-it took 6 weeks. He had thought he'd use his 3 weeks vacation time-& he did, but he hadn't counted on needing another 3 weeks.(& the floor or counter hadn't even been done). But he is a perfectionist so when he's finally finished-everything is great, perfect. I remember with the kitchen, he was going to work, & as he paused to kiss me good-bye at the top of the steps going down to the lower level where his shoes & keys were, he said he'd put the final shelves in that evening & I could...then he stopped & said "OMG-I can see where I did a paint stroke as I put in the outlet there-I'll have to re-paint that whole wall again!" Nobody else could see it-but it didn't matter! HE could see it.

About the only thing he hates doing is plumbing-but he does it. He just grumbles when he does it-& delays it as long as possible. (the new shower head went in finally when I was helping Adam shower & managed to wash the hallway wall too! Only about 9mo after we bought it!) When Karen was putting in another bathroom, she asked her Dad to come help Rob-but she specified Rob would do the plumbing, Mike do the electrical.

It will be interesting to see what we get in our next house-what must be done & how quickly it gets done. As we age, we move slower-though he is still a perfectionist, so whatever he does, will be done perfectly.

Nora

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Mon, 05-19-2014 - 11:31am

It was finally! decent yesterday, and I got out to finish pulling out last years' deadfall from the last garden bed--and pulling weeds from the others.  When I came in the house and collapsed with a summer shandy, Ed showed me gates he was looking at.  The deck is finished, but the stairs down are not. They will be off an archway on the side, and God Forbid he buy the gate kit that matches the deck railing.  It costs a left lung in the first place, and since our house has a semi "Spanish" look to it, he'd found some wrought iron gates--one that filled the entire opening, with an arch across the top.  Of course, it was on Craigslist, and would need to be engineered to fit our opening.

Nora, Ed is as much a perfectionist as Mike, but he is also ADD, so projects take FOREVER.  Plus, he is the king of  "sav-a-buc", which is where our whole reno lifestyle originated.  So I forsee that I will have to CHASE him to finish replacing the lights, as I can see he is getting more interested in the stairs and gate project for this summer, which will undoubtedly involve much cutting and welding...

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Wed, 05-21-2014 - 9:52pm

While there's no shortage of 'house projects' here now that our house is almost 17 years old, one thing that Ray may be thinking about having done (not doing himself!) is having a new deck built.  The original deck and pergola we built ourselves or maybe I should say, Ray built, as he did most of the work?  The deck was actually an extension of a smaller gallery/deck that came with the house.  But the pergola was a real-do-it-yourselfer - not in any way anchored to the ground, but a wooden structure that we screwed into the deck - and happily it did stand up all these years (though it's not quite as old as the house, but I can't remember when we built that). You should have seen us installing the pergola, though.  It was fully built off the deck, and then my boys and Ray and I had to heft that thing upright ONTO  the deck itself!  what a kooky engineering feat that was!  Kind of unorthodox, I'd say?  Anyway now the deck wood itself is rotting in places.  At one time Ray talked about replacing the offending rotten planks, but somewhere along the line I think  he figured a whole new deck was in order...and he wasn't going to be the one to build it.  As we've aged, we've given up on doing those big building projects ourselves.  But we haven't even looked into deck building companies yet.  No quotes as such yet.  And I'm hankering for a deck that is one that doesn't need staining.  One made of plastic or a composite...whatever...our friends have that and it's great.  Expensive enough, I guess but had we the money years ago I wished we could have had one of those kind of decks built in our yard.  So this old one served us well enough but now well...it's time.  We've not talked seriously about whether this is the year the new deck will be installed.  So I don't know.  As long as we don't fall through the rotted planks? Ha!  

Shirley

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Thu, 05-22-2014 - 8:58am

THAT is where Ray & Mike (& I assume Ed)differ-Mike will say he is too old to do it, he might even look into having someone else do it-then next thing I know, he's got paper out & a calculator & the ads for building supply companies-& we are having wood delivered. He's had 3 surgeries on the left shoulder (Rotator cuff)-but it didn't stop him tearing off 2 layers of shingles & putting new ones on our roof. I don't think he is capable of letting someone else do anything. Being a perfectionist (yes, with ADD)means nobody else does it well enough for your standards.

One very good reason to move to a smaller house with less land-less to do (we hope). I'm not sure how I will ever get him into a senior's apartment or Condo-he promises he'll be fine in 20yrs. But I don't think even then-maybe if they hire him as the building's handyman? At 90? He likes to be busy.

Nora

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Thu, 05-22-2014 - 9:10am

I think dh will be the same way - we suspect he's ADD too, always tinkers, wants things done just so, (quietly) criticizes the work of others (to me) as it wouldn't have been the way HE would've done it, etc.   We have .69 acres and he sometimes grumbles about mowing but when ds has done it (admittedly pretty slapdash) dh goes nuts so I can't see him ever letting others do the lawn as they'll never do it like he would!  And he's built decks, does all the fixes for all family/friends electronics or appliances ('anything with a cord'), does a lot of our landscaping, etc. He'd go nuts if you told him that had to stop.