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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The End

Dutch Colonial remodel
We're now living in a "new" old Dutch Colonial home by the sea!

Kitchen Remodel Before and After

kitchen remodel after
The kitchen remodel came to completion last year!

kitchen remodel before
This is but a distant memory. Visit my blog Completely Coastal.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Grass is Green

The upside of the rainy weather here in New England..., the grass is green! Our lawn went from shabby to chic in no time...

... and it looks like a carpet...

... we also planted a little garden in the corner...

... it's blooming...

... the hedges toward Main road are doing well too...

... just as I said..., like a carpet!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sweeping and more

The usual Spring cleaning...

... sweeping off the sand left from the winter...

... then a future repair awaits..., the cracks in the road along the driveway (to the left)..., but first we'll get a dumpster in and clean out the basement.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Lawn Care -The Big Reveal

Remember this, the Mud Slide Prevention cloth?

Tada! Two months later. The grass is growing, but overall our lawn looks crappy. Not that I'm complaining, it's just what it is. According to our neighbor it will take two years for it to look good. I'll be planting some flowers this week, hope that helps to get some curb appeal.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Recycling Old Wood For Kitchen Island

Taking down all the old wood shelving and partition walls in the basement...

... then recycling the old wood for our new butcher block(esque) kitchen island, which Peter will build...

... seems to be the destiny of this wood which has been recycled before by the previous owner out of crates from local textile mills.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Some landscaping or rather Mud Slide Prevention

Since we had run off problems causing mud slides after the Driveway Construction we decided to put down some gardening cloth...

... the cloth allows the grass to grow through it and over time the sun will break it down and the cloth will disappear on its own...

... but what about all the metal pins that we used to hold the cloth down to the ground, can we leave those too, I wonder...

... for now, we just wait and see.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Do It Yourself Stair Runner Installation 2

After Stair Runner Installation Part 1, here comes part two, the finished project...

... looks like a professional installation, doesn't it? But you'll see it has some Do It Yourself characteristics...

... our solution to the "turn" dilemma that can simply not be solved if you only have a pre-cut/pre-edged roll of stair runner to work with...

... and here on the landing I'm sure you notice (hopefully only barely) the diagonal seam...

... we think it's perfect!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Entry Foyer Done

Nothing out of the box...

... the before: Entry + Stairway..., I just couldn't decide on a color with punch, and if in doubt go beige(ish), right. So that wall ended up just a tad darker then the hallway color and the two cubes give us room for gloves, hats and sunglasses.

Stair Runner Installation

Finally we got around to begin the stair runner installation and cozy up the stairway to the second floor...

... it begins with cutting and stapling on the pads that go underneath the rug...

... and the same for the tackless strips -those pink things with little nails that hold the runner...

... nice job!

... pushing the stair runner, so it is gripped by the tackless strips...

... et voila!

But we're not done yet, we've got a challenging turn here to figure out..., and in case you wondered..., we followed these Stair Runner Installation instructions.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Entry and Stairway

I'm in the process to finish the entry and stairway..., meaning I'd like to give that one wall a different color than the rest..., add some cube shelves, mount new light fixtures which are ordered and lastly install a stair runner which we still have to find.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kitchen -Ceiling Can Lights are up

All the Ceiling Can Lights are up...

...they're all on dimmer switches, divided up in four sections...

...so the kitchen can be blindingly bright or be flooded with a warm evening light.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Todays Project -Snow Shoveling

More snow kept falling..., so today lots of time was spent shoveling...

...meaning Peter was shoveling (I took the pictures)

...more shoveling...

...the entire town is a winter wonderland..., an empty Main road...

...a very quiet town park...

...and no one lounging in this wood chair at our local coffee shop Coastal Roasters.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Permeable Pavers Driveway Problems

Since the installation of our permeable pavers driveway we had some heavy rains and they have created several run offs along the sides of the driveway. There is no grass so the soil is washing away..., not good...

...and the permeable pavers seem to be wandering from the center to the left, leaving large gaps...

...so we called All Island Landscaping last Friday and today they came by and added soil. To prevent future washout we thought the soil should also be stabilized in some form, covered with cloth, hey or something until we have grass..., but maybe not. Regarding the increased gaps between some of the permeable pavers..., they might or might not crack, we'll see. But we should be in good hands since we've got a one year warranty.