Tile arrived this week!
Here’s hoping we made good choices!
Seems this was the week of the kitchen staircase. Building the new set of stairs is a lot of work! In the meantime, we have two gaping holes to contend with.
Looks better than the old stair case, which now leads down to about two feet above ground.
The old staircase had been painted many times.
Here is a shot of the new staircase from the bottom platform. There are very few windows in the basement right now, but the light from above helps brighten up the area near the stairs.
And moving up, all the way upstairs to the second floor – check out this cute closet in the guest bedroom! There wasn’t a logical place in this room for a “real” closet in here, since its oddly-shaped so Frank suggested a little cubby instead. Just a little place to put away messes.
I am very eager to get this window in, or maybe just to punch that cardboard out. I can’t wait to see the quality of the light that comes into this room!
The shower shelf was constructed this week also. Its not very deep at all, I hope it can hold shampoo bottles! There will be two compartments separated by glass or tile in the middle.
Moving back downstairs, sheathing has been laid for the front entryway / hallway. The plan was to lay white tile here, but we made a last minute decision today to lay hardwood instead. How dark will it be? Maybe dark, but it will help unify the space.
The tile is pretty and goes well with the grey on the walls. I am sure Kate had good design reasons for choosing it, but in the end hardwood makes more sense to us. Its warmer, for one thing, and it will help us achieve some unity on the main floor. If the darkness is a concern, we can always brighten up the floor with a light runner. D. even agreed that if we think it looks to dark when all the work is done, we can paint the woodwork white. I thought that was a fair compromise. There’s going to be a lot of wood.
I just hope the grey still makes sense on the walls.
What have we here? Oh, its D. standing dangerously close to one of the gaping holes! That’s the new stair opening with a glass rail. It didn’t occur to me until today that glass is going to be tricky for me. I mean, if I can see down and thorough it, will it always evoke those debilitating fear-of-heights feelings? I sure hope not. It will be “cut” by four wood posts, so maybe that will help.
I am pretty excited about this. Its the new kitchen pantry and I’m certain it will be awesome. D. and I like to buy in bulk, so this is a bit of a dream come true for us. Yup, a couple of trips to Costso will dress ‘er up real nice! Right now it looks like the holding area for the stringers and risers and treads and such.
Up next…tile work, stairs and hardwood floors!