to get real tired of this project. We so wanted to be done by now.
The house is looking
great and we love living in it, but we're tired and running out of energy
(not to mention money).
We're also getting nervous about winter coming and not being ready for it.
We've still got a lot of
exterior work to finish to make the house weatherproof and there are still
three big things waiting
be done inside: the glass walls, the master bath, and the metal ceiling. There
are tons of little
interior details as well that we'll probably be working on for months (or
years) to come. I've been
real lazy about taking photos this month, so there's not a lot of action shots.
10.01.04 Steve and Ron, the hired help, spent
a whole day working on the back fence
and cleaning off the back patio, which has been covered with building materials
junk for months. We forgot how large the patio really was. Now we just need
10.06.04 Don begins the kitchen counter tile.
This job will take the good part of
four days to complete.
Steve sprays clear epoxy on the front door jambs and
trim to protect the metallic
silver paint. A look at the first few tiles in place.
10.10.04 All of the kitchen counter tile is in
and being grouted to match the floor.
The sink area is the only counter with a backsplash section, and the tiles
the sink were very time consuming because the sink is an undercounter style.
Note the 2-inch square sections at the front edge of the tile in the right
These are inlaid stainless steel tiles that align with the drawer pulls directly
the counter edge.
10.11.04 The finished tile counter! Well, not
quite finished... there is still a stainless
steel trim edge to be glued on.
10.13.04 - 10.19.04 All the rest of the red ceiliing
trim is put around the edges of the
main living area and kitchen lights. This paves the way for the rest of the
finally go up. Although, because of all the lighting, it will be a slow process.
10.20.04 The kitchen and master bath doors are
finally painted red
on the exterior side and rehung.
10.20.04 The kitchen ceiling starts to magically
appear! We decide to do the metal
ceiling for 3 reasons: cheap, easy and it would look cool and unique. It was
and it certainly looks very frickin' cool, but easy... no, not really. What
you see here
took more than 7 hours. Some areas will go fast, but there were a lot of lights
tricky measurements in this area.
10.29.04 Don Sr. continues work on the ceiling
metal. Look how nice our tropical
planter box is looking. Well, the plants are looking great, the box is still
it's wood paneling.
The family gathers in the front entry to admire the
halloween decorations and the
four new in-ground lights. For our Jack-o-lanterns, we cut the hole in the
the pumkins and placed them on the lights, which worked great. At right, is
newly installed dining room lamp. It's a cheap, assembly-required knock off
modern classic "Artichoke" lamp designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958.
version runs about $9,000. We settled for the $96 version. Also, notice the
10.31.04 A pre-trick or treat Halloween night
dinner gives a good view of the
kitchen and dining room lighting as well as the two new silver barstools in
of the island at lower left.
Our custom-made sheetmetal sconce covers finally arrive.
They are first coated with
a clear protective epoxy, and then hung in place over the six exterior light
on the front of the house. This photo makes them look quite a bit brighter
actually are. See below for close-up.
Cool heh? Another small detail that makes a huge transformative
Well, that's it for October. Come back next month for
more finishing touches.
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