Pumping Concrete

Our week in review:

Thursday, 5/19: Tommy’s dad – The Captain – arrived early Thursday morning.

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Friday, 5/20: Logix courses set and ready for concrete.

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Monday, 5/23: We picked up 100 square feet of slate from a storage unit in Chestertown – thanks to Craigslist. I tried to talk him even lower than his asking price, but we still walked away with a great deal.

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May 24, 2016 – Pumping concrete into the walls
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The other Captain

Tuesday, 5/24: Cement trucks showed up at 8:07; Durand was here by 8:15 to check on their work. He was convinced Tommy’s dad’s name was “Mr. Mike” – we have no idea why.

Wednesday, 5/25: Bought ice cream sandwiches for the men working; got home too late to get to the site before they left; ate the ice cream sandwiches.

They will start plumbing and hopefully pour the basement floor next week. Thanks for following!


Looking for more design inspiration & project updates? Follow me on Instagram: @WhiteWallsMatter.

Basement Walls

I thought I’d answer some frequently asked questions I’ve received since starting this process:

  1. What kind of house are you building? – I think I understand this question, but the answer is still a little dependent upon who is asking. We are building a one-story, 3bedroom/2bathroom ranch with a full-walkout basement.
  2. How big will it be? – It is 32’x48′, or just over 1,400 interior square footage.
  3. Did you design it? – We’ve been discussing the possibility of building for a while, so I knew the basic idea of the floor-plan that we liked and reviewed over a thousand online. So, it is a compilation of a few floor-plans that I liked the most and input from Tommy and his dad. As far as the sketch of actual floor-plan, yes, I designed it.
  4. Can I buy your in-laws’ house? – I doubt it, but you can talk to them about it.
  5. When will it be finished/When are you moving? – I’m always afraid to answer this question because when I do, people often tell me that it will take longer than I expect. So, we are aiming for Christmas of this year – I know – it could be later!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram – @whitewallsmatter – for more updates!

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Placing Courses

I told Tommy that I was going to start camping out at the house, just to get used to sleeping there! He didn’t believe me. Probably because of my overall objection to camping, or because I refuse to take the compost out after dark. He knows better than to think I’d actually sleep outside by myself all night.

But you’re just here to check on the progress of the house, and there sure has been progress! The inspector is coming today – so hopefully all goes well.

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I have also started an Instagram account –@whitewallsmatter– for more real-time updates and design inspirations.


Want to know more about the phase we are in right now? This guy from LOGIX can explain it better than I can:

Breaking Ground

I’ve noticed a significant progression of TV shows that catch my interest, based on the phase of life in which I find myself. In the middle of wedding-planning, I was obsessed with David Tutera and Say Yes to the Dress. Once we had our wedding, my interest waned. A few months later, we rescued Denzel, and my alarm was set daily for 4:00 (AM, to let him outside; PM, to soak in every second of advice from Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer). Once we realized there was no hope for Denz, my interest waned yet again.

Since we began discussing the house, I have become more interested in home renovation shows, although those have always been pretty high on my list (who could ever forget the unrealistic construction time-frames and emotional home reveals from Extreme Home Makeover or the tacky, yet budget-friendly designs and awkward room-reveals from Trading Spaces?!). Yes, I have seen every episode of Fixer Upper, although this renovation from Season 2 is really the only one that matters: A Fixer Upper Take on Midcentury Modern.

We all know more takes place behind the scenes than what they can show on TV. Here are a few things that I’m finding out as we move forward with this building process:

  • It all takes time. I offered to start shoveling a hole for the foundation if that would speed up the process, but Tommy didn’t think that would be necessary.
  • It requires careful attention to details. Most of the stage we are in right now is totally new and unfamiliar territory for me. I could talk about interior design all day, but foundation and footings? Important, I get it, but, snooze.
  • “Maybe tomorrow” has become somewhat of our mantra. Not because progress isn’t being made – it is – but each phase completed leads us to believe that “maybe tomorrow” they will start on the next thing. Speaking of progress, check it out:
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Thanks for following along – keep checking in for more progress updates!

Marble Backsplash

I have always loved one, solid sheet of marble (rather than individual tiles) as a backsplash, but I assumed it would be too expensive and too difficult to cut to exact size. Then I had the idea of using counter top laminate, which is only 0.035 inches thick, and costs around $2/square foot. So, last week I ordered a sample of laminate in Formica’s Calacatta Marble:

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Formica Calacatta Marble

I am still waiting on a laminate sample of  Wilsonart’s Calcutta Marble:

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Wilsonart Calcutta Marble

From the images, the Wilsonart Calcutta Marble is my preference, but I will decide once I can compare the samples.

These laminate sheets are designed to be used as counter tops, so they are durable, waterproof, and stain-resistant  – perfect for using as a backsplash! As I mentioned in Kitchen Inspiration, we will have black bottom cupboards, concrete counters, and white upper cupboards.  Here are a few examples of marble backsplashes:

 

Now you know our secret! When you come to visit, just act impressed, as if it’s real marble.

To see my entire Kitchen Ideabook on Houzz, click here.


Featured image from Home Depot – purchase exact sample here!

Open Concept

Before Joanna Gaines became famously known for knocking down walls and opening the space between dining rooms and kitchens, I have loved an open concept floor plan.

You will notice that technically our “front” door opens into the dining area, but the main entry that we plan to use will enter through the living room. first-design(1)

Here are a few examples of an open layout, from the perspective of the living room.

To see my entire Living Room Ideabook on Houzz, click here.

As I mentioned in my Designers to Follow post, I have too many Instagram screen shots of ideas and inspiration on my phone. Here are a few open concept ideas I have saved:

Click on any image to enlarge.

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Featured image from: Restoration Hardware – purchase exact sofa here!

Mid-Mod Townhouse

My sister and I have similar design styles. In fact, this past Christmas I noticed a candle-holder on her mantle. She said, “I thought you would like it. I actually bought it for you, but decided to keep it for myself.” Only sisters can get away with that.

This house was vacant for five years before the church – where Nate is working – renovated the house for staff housing.

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Living Room – After

Their living room looks like it came straight out of my Living Room Inspiration! Compare their living room with one I saved for our house:

I guess you could say we think alike.

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Another similarity we have is our searching of Craigslist for a good deal. We drove to Burlington, VT together to pick up this modern farmhouse dining room table. The two clear acrylic chairs in the dining room and the white leather chair in the living room are also more great Craigslist finds. The buffet is from the thrift store; all it needed was a modern face-lift!

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Nate and Cherith moved to this house from Brazil. Before moving, they sold almost everything, but they kept a few things that reminded them of Brazil, including the two authentic cowhide rugs in the living room and master bedroom.

Thank you Cherith for sharing these inspiring photos of mid-century/modern decor ideas!