Monday, August 10, 2009

A few reno pictures.

We have been busy - very tired. It has been very hot here for most of the month of July and today was the first day it rained in about 6 weeks. The garden is very happy for the rain - and it has been terribly neglected in all the weeks with the work of the reno. I thought I would post a few pictures of how things are coming along.

Here is a picture of the new gas fireplace. The drywall is up and the living room is waiting to be painted.

This is the living room - now painted. The colours are Baffin Island and Mortar. Very contemporary apparently. The new pot lights are in place, and all the remnant of the old drapes and valances are gone.

A couple of pictures of Jim painting the area over the basement stairs. That was pretty scary watching him precariously perched on a rickedy ladder and a 2 x 10. Better him than me!!

The main support to hold the railing to the wall has been removed so we can paint the wall. So the 2 x 10 is sitting on the railing that is no longer attached to anything - except itself - that was why I was so nervous.

A couple of shots of the kitchen cabinets and the new space. We are hoping the counter will be ready soon. I am looking forward to seeing the kitchen with the counter in place. It is a fairly interesting piece of granite that we picked out.

Here is a view of the front of the house. The new entry, the new doors and no more white brick. The black tar paper will eventually be stone - Whistler Basalt.

And here is a picture of me -- washing the dirt of the garage door. It looked so much better after it had been washed - good enough not to paint!! But it will be painted - Caramel Apple.

These new paint names are so very interesting! The outside of the house will be a green - brown and caramel. It will be a huge improvement over the white brick.

There is still a lot to do. We are starting to feel a bit like things are getting accomplished slowly but surely.


  1. Gosh Pam, everything is so different, and I love it! So clean and fresh looking. I can believe you were worried for Jim when he was painting, my heart skipped a beat looking at those pictures.
    Won't be long now and it'll all be finished.

  2. Really like your new kitchen and all. Looks like a new house! From the looks of Jim's scaffold set-up, OSHA must not be visiting your work site, lol. I like the color you painted ~ quilts will look great against that color! The garage door cleaning was a big job, your arms must have hurt when you finished that job. The new entry will be very nice entry point. Hope Jenny is doing well now that the major portion of the work is done. Such a busy summer you've had. :)

  3. It all looks great Pam- I am sure you will love it all when it is finished.
    The house will all be so much more open-
    Jim was one brave guy to be up on that board.
    Love the new colors - very rich looking!

    I am sure you will be glad to be finished the whole project but you are moving right along.

    You are right about the king sized quilt- big is the optimum word - I was at a quilt shop yesterday and the woman suggested 130 inches square! Everyone I ask suggest a different number - I think I am going to aim for 120 X just over a 100. It will be wider than long. I am not sure how deep my friend's mattress is and they are away in Australia right now. It is going to be pretty big to meander- I will need to do shoulder warmups first!

    Hope all is well with your kids and Jenny.


  4. Wow, you have been doing a lot of work. But it looks like you are going to have a wonderful "new" home.

  5. The reno's are coming along nicely. I don't know how you worked through that heat wave, I was exhausted and I didn't do a thing. The board balancing act would make me nervous as well.

    You must be so pleased to see some results finally.

  6. A lot has happened to your home in the past few months! Pretty soon, your furniture will be in place and you can relax with a glass of wine in front of that fireplace.

  7. Congratulations Pam on all that has been accomplished. The living room looks very good and it all has such a nice open design I am sure you will love living and working in the new home. Here's to that glass of wine in front of the fireplace, or orange juice!
    All the best, Marge from Sisters

  8. wow the renos look great........will be wonderful when it is all done.........

  9. So exciting. I love the new colors. Will blend into the landscape nicely. Congrats on it all!