Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I don't know if this, or any other room in the house, will ever really be "finished" but I'm ready to call this project a wrap (mostly)!

We still need window coverings, another side/end table, a couple more stools and probably some other bits and bobs but none of those details are keeping us from enjoying the space in its current state.

A little bit more than a year after we broke ground, we're so happy to finally be loving the space!!

Our next big project will be to restore the yard from a mud pit into a landscaped garden that we can enjoy with the dogs. But first, a glass of whiskey :). Cheers!! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We're So Close!

It's almost time for a drumroll! After a recent repainting of the walls and ceiling, the room is so very close to being DONE!

We still have to install the fireplace, construct some built-in shelving and then furnish our newly acquired square footage :). 

I don't seem to have a recent picture of the outside but this is what it looks like, minus all of the construction garbage :). 

Friday, November 22, 2013


Progress has been pretty slow around here as we were all waiting for the windows to be delivered. They finally showed up on Thursday and the guys managed to get them all in!

They still need to be framed out and all that jazz but it's awesome to see things moving again.

If all goes as planned, construction will be done next Wednesday! Painting will be done the following week and then we'll take care of punch list items and officially call it a wrap!! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daylight Savings

Thanks to daylight savings, getting decent photos of the project has become significantly more difficult. This is what it looks like when the guys leave for the day.

Fortunately, it's brighter in the morning so before I head off to work before 7am, I can get some shots of the progress!

Hiding under all that cardboard is a beautifully tiled floor that is all done but protected until we're ready to unveil it :).

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shingle Bells, Shingle Bells

Shingle bells, shingle bells, shingle all the way...

Wait a minute! It's not Christmas, it's Halloween!!


Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Great Debate

No decision has been debated more than how to finish our ceiling. We've gone back and forth and back again. We've polled our neighbors and invited in friends for opinions. We've scoured every image on the internet matching the search criteria "exposed ceiling porch" and still... we remain undecided.

We have several options to consider.

1. Clear coat the entire thing leaving the wood pretty much, as-is

2. Stain the entire ceiling a color that would match our interior hard woods

3. Paint the entire ceiling white to match the walls and windows

4. Do a mix of stain and paint - paint the ceiling white and stain the trusses

Our contractor prefers option 1. I think Jake and I are mostly agreed on option 4 now but option 3 is probably my favorite. The other votes we've solicited are definitely mixed!! We only have another week before the painting will start so we're going to need to make a final call soon. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Coming Together

All kinds of exciting things are happening in the back yard!

The roof is now completely done. It ties into our existing roof perfectly. I don't have a great picture of that to share - it looks like a roof, trust me :).

Wiring for the ceiling fan and sconces has gone in and so has the insulation. You can also see where the fireplace will go in against the far wall.

The garbage shed structure is in place now too! The top of this structure will be covered in a patinaed metal and we'll be able to use it as counter for the bbq.

It will eventually have doors on it.

As you can see, things are really coming together over here!