November 1, 2010
Our kitchen cabinets were delivered! I happened to peek at the webcam from work just in time to see this huge truck backing up to the front door (above). Guess this is why the landscaping can't happen until the end of project! Tom and crew will start installing them later this week, but here's a sneak peak.Tiling has also begun in both the kids' and master baths. Here's Rob Rapp, the tile installer, laying it out in advance of the actual installation, so we can see what it looks like.
And check out the beginnings of the shower in the master bath. The marble jambs going along the edges of the shower are gorgeous!
We've also looked at sample floor stains, and have chosen one (the top-most sample in the photo below, which closely resembles the original floor color in the house). We also chose a wood look-alike laminate for the basement (see the long plank running along the right of the samples), which we hope will tie in nicely with the wood floors in the rest of the house.
In other news, Roger and his tree crew took down a big, old Norway maple at the front of the yard. It was badly misshapen due to it's location directly under the power lines, and all of the major branches were dead. Now we have a blank slate upon which to build our front landscape. And we have a beautiful landscape plan, courtesy of landscape designer Jennifer Nawada. I'm a gardener, so for me, the landscape work is one of the most exciting parts of the whole project :)
Speaking of the garden... we recently filmed a scene the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Garden at the Arnold Aboretum, where horticulturalist Sue Pfeiffer gave us a great overview of vines that might work on the pergola we're installing out front. What a beautiful place!
I've been to the Arboretum many times, but had never stumbled upon the vine and shrub garden (it opened in 2002). We're thinking about going with a hops vine. Anyone have any experience growing hops in their garden?
And on that note—Cheers!
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Enjoyed your pictures and the new blog. It's all beginning to come together.
Web cams stalled on Friday afternoon. It's now Tuesday am and that poor guy is still trying to put up the last piece of trim on the lattice below the deck (which I really. really like, by the way).
Hi I just wanted to say that I think your kitchen is really shaping up real nicely. I think when they are finished that the kitchen will work very well for you. Thank you too for giving us an update on your blog. I am hoping though if you see this post that you can go to your house if not today by the weekend and adjust the camera that is pointing towards the kitchen. All you see now is a CFL and nothing else. Yesterday I saw that it was getting close to the time for counter tops and would at least like to see a sneak peak at the kitchen as I am sure others would too. Hope your kids had a nice Halloween and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving in your house!
So interesting posts,you wrote the headline you gave,and the meaning was so excited.I am sure people who all like them,and better then,good luck!
Nice front sidewalk going in, but, it will be a bear shoveling snow from.
I was looking forward to watching the pergola go up. Oh, well!!
Judy -- the pergola is still going up! Currently scheduled to go up on Friday the 19th :)
Your interior designer is so talented! Melissa Gulley helped you make some great selections and can't wait so see more installation photos.
Thanks, Allison. I'll make a point of checking in on Friday. The problem is that the webcams are down more often then they are up. When they are working chances are nothing is happening in their view. I did see the TV crew working late Wednesday afternoon. Big mystery as to what they were doing but I'll find out when the show airs. Have you decided not to put a permanent divider between the living room and the sunroom?
Hi, watched the ep with Roger Cooke walking the back yard by the river and the steps and was limited to what he could cut out because it was in a protected ZONE? HUH? You guys can't cut out POISION IVY on your own property because it's Native? And gota go before an Appeals to make your case? YIKES!!!!! How far has this conservation gone in your area and can U adress it in a future show?
BTW, great SUNROOM and views from the upper deck...
Hi Judy, this is Chris Chu, the architect on this house, I thought I'd respond on Allison's behalf about the divider between the living room and the sunroom. There will be a built-in with TV and shelves facing the sunroom side and paneling on the living room side. As of yesterday it was about 75% done. It will have a mahogany top with some detail at the edge and another small piece, a "cove", underneath. This will match the fireplace mantel and shelving on either side of the fireplace. The built-in will provide a bit of separation while still allowing visual connection between the two areas. Hopefully we can turn the webcam around to actually face the living room again! And keep our fingers crossed that they stay on!