Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tile and Various Other Things

Bath tile with detailing

We're really excited about the tile and selections we are making. Color, texture and form are all coming together and I am psyched. For the first time today we put together paint, tile and accents and it looked amazing.

The girls shower with inset.

We are using simple tile upstairs and using a lot of slate downstairs. We like the textures and the character of the slate. Heather had a great idea to do an accent of small, smooth river rocks in our bathroom floor and on our shower floor. It is only a detail through the bathroom but the entire floor in the master are nice, smooth stones. Foot massage every day! We had our honeymoon at the Devil's River here in Texas so it brings in a little of that for us. Pretty cool. Heather and Paul worked pretty hard to find the right slate to match everything so thanks Bean!

River rock and slate with the paint chip.

The kids are excited and we are excited for our littlest one to have her own room. Sleeping with creepy Elmo looking at you every night and the scary Darth Vader mask make for one antsy child. We're hanging in there however.

Crown molding and trim

Exterior over the porch and front door.

I think the garage door is supposed to be there in the morning, can't wait to see that!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

More on the Trim and Doors

Here are some pictures of the trim and doors. They, along with the toe kicks, cabinets and wood floors downstairs will be stained. We're really excited about how all of these finishes will come together, especially with the windows we've put in the house.

Here are some images.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Granite Countertops

Today, the most forwarded article from the NY Times was What's Lurking In Your Countertop? about granite countertops which we are supposed to pick in the next two weeks. NICE. So where did this Radon thing come from and what the heck is it? It was out of nowhere and all of the sudden there are detectors and inspectors. I hear commercials about little children getting sick in PSAs from the government.

Doesn't the microwave emit too many weird things? We were worried about putting our daughters plastic bottles in the microwave until we found out exactly what type of plastic it was. We're still scared to do it now. Either way, at the end of the day, it's another thing to think about in the process.

Like we needed that!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Window Trim

No pictures today but man am I excited about the window trim in the house. It is really very cool and fits the craftsman detail. I will definitely take pictures of it and post them. The garage door will be in next week along with the crown molding which is also very cool. We are having to scramble around a bit for tile. NOTE: Make sure that if you are ordering slate tile, there is a tolerance on the varying color. The tile we picked ranges from grey to light brown, it was pretty unsettling when they pulled out the samples.

BTW, did I make a comment about the porch?! Sweet.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Patience, Patience

A number of things have happened in the month since I've last posted. We are cranking away to make decisions but man the house looks good.
  • There's texture on the walls
  • 6" makes all the difference in the world
  • The doors are in (mostly)
  • We have gotten into one fight over silly things
  • The stone broke the seal on the front windows so they had to redo it
  • We can't get our contractor to write anything down (he's doing a great job)
  • The house is painted outside
  • The porch looks really cool, we just need the deck
  • We have lost all of our cushion and we're about a week late now
  • We are aiming at the end of September
  • We are thinking October now
  • We can't wait to get in there!

We are ready to move in. Renting pretty much stinks but we're dealing with it. I am ready to unload all my boxes and get into this deal. They should be putting up toekicks and getting into the tile very soon. The neighbors are ready for this deal to be done, whew! I sure am ready to have an office at home too! The littlest one is having a hard time sleeping in her "scary" room so we're ready for her to have her own room. Elmo and Darth Vader have that effect on people.

On another random note, there is another house going up on our street, stucco and brick. I wish stucco would go out of style. These builders don't give a crap about the aesthetic of the neighborhood. We are supposed to get signatures to have a two story house and they didn't do it. The funny thing is, as a branding guy, it seems like if the guy walked around one night, introduced himself and got some signatures we would welcome him, speak our mind but respect him. Basically, the guy has lost a lot of goodwill and we are thinking of suing him just to be a pain. We are also thinking of starting a HOA for Spring Oaks.

I think we should. We're vested in this neighborhood.