It may have been snowing outside when we made our house tour yesterday, but it was warm inside - finally! The insulation is going up and the house currently looks like a snow cave.
What a mess! They were just finishing up on the first floor when we toured the house and were beginning clean up. I think we saw the mess at its worst.
This is spray insulation and I'd never seen it put in before. It looks like someone took shaving cream to every inch of the place.
The insulation is sprayed into every nook and cranny, and then shaved off flat so the dry wall can go right on top.
What a difference the insulation makes - the house was toasty warm on a cold day. Such a nice change from all our previous tours. It feels like we are turning a corner with the remodel and it is very exciting. I know my last tour post was really a downer, but the past 4-6 weeks have been very frustrating and I had to tell it like it is. This week was much more fun to write about.
The pocket doors for the kids' jack & jill bathroom were installed over the last week. And so was their bathtub...
I can't wait for Charlie to see his new bathtub. We will take the kids by the house this weekend, I want them to see what the house looks like with all the insulation. They will be so surprised!
Besides the addition of heat to the house, our meeting yesterday was exciting because Kali was there. Kali is the interior designer that works with Hufft and she helped us select materials for cabinets, counters, and tile. From the beginning, Ryan and I put together a ton of pictures of interior images we liked and compiled them on Houzz - I highly recommend this sight if you are planning a remodel (like Pinterest for home design). Kali looked at all our images on Houzz and then came up with a few choices for us for cabinets, tile, etc. There was no going to a giant showroom with thousands of tile samples, not knowing where to start. We chose from about 3 samples each for tile, counter tops and cabinets - it was so easy. We loved what she put together for us.
Clockwise from upper left: porcelain tile flooring for use in powder room, master bath, pantry, mudroom and kids' bathroom, and walnut cabinets which will be used in the kitchen, baths and the media console in the living room; walnut cabinets again with gray caesarstone counter tops for kitchen and baths; this picture doesn't show this tile very well but it is a white tile with some raised geometric detail that will line the master shower; green penny tiles for the kids' bathroom.
I had never thought of using the same color palette throughout the entire house but once Kali suggested it, I really loved the idea. The materials will form a common thread throughout the space, a neutral backdrop that will be clean and simple. The walls will be white (some color in the kids rooms & the mudroom), the floor will be a light oak. In spite of the fact that we are designing a modern house, I did not want it to appear cold or stark. It is a family home, with two rambunctious little ones. So it was important that the materials and colors feel warm and soft - and I think these selections are just that. I cannot wait to see them installed. It will be a while, but just seeing them in the space for the first time felt like major progress!
And speaking of the master bath...
just thinking about the fact that I will someday be able to sit and relax in this tub makes all of this worthwhile!
And we now have a front door...things are definitely looking up on this first day of Spring!
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