Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Roof Over Our Heads

A couple of weeks ago, we had a chimney guy out to repoint our chimney. While he was up there he noticed a couple of areas on our roof that concerned him and recommended we contact a roofer. Like yesterday.

So we got in touch with a roofer who confirmed our fears, that yes, we need to replace the rubber roof over our master bedroom because whoever did it previously did it wrong and now the nails are popping up. Oh, and while we're at it, we might as well replace the hip roof because it doesn't have a whole lot of life left. Nice.

But there was some good news, the only portions of the roof that need to be replaced right now is the rubber roof at the back of the house and the hip roof. The mansard roof can wait another couple of years. Rubber, hip, mansard. Confused? Let me draw you a picture.

The rubber portion of the roof isn't in this super accurate rendering because it is only on a flat section in the back of the house. That will need to be replaced. The hip roof is slightly pitched, but the pitch is so slight that you can't see it from the street. That will need to be replaced. The mansard portion of the roof is the part that covers the sides of the second floor of our house. This does not need to be replaced.

Here's our plan: Replace the rubber with rubber roofing material, replace the crappy asphalt shingles on the hip roof with asphalt architectural shingles, THEN at some point replace the crappy asphalt shingles on the mansard portion of the roof with synthetic slate. Why synthetic? Well, because it is less expensive than the real thing, lasts just as long, and looks just as good.  Since you can't see the hip roof from the street, the roofing materials don't need to be the same and we don't want to spend a lot of money using synthetic slate on a portion of the roof nobody is ever going to see.

But we'd at least like the colors to match.

Here's our issue...we have to choose the colors from these teensy tiny samples.
Synthetic slate for the mansard roof

Architectural asphalt for the hip roof

So we just told the roofer we wanted "gray".
He's probably already annoyed with us.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Columbus Area Parade of Homes

Every year, Chris and I try to plan a visit to see my parents in Columbus, Ohio area during the BIA Parade of Homes. Have you ever been to a Parade of Homes? It is when several area builders complete brand new homes in a designated area, furnish and decorate them, put them up for sale, then open them up to the public for a limited time and a small fee.  To my family, this is practically a national holiday and we try to get together for the big event. Unfortunately, things didn't work out this year and Chris and I couldn't go.

Not to worry, because my parents updated us with pictures throughout the day while on their tour. I have to share these mostly because my Dad's commentary cracked me up.

"Here is an idea of molding going up the stairs. I did this in our house in NH. They copied my idea."

"Does the wallpaper look a little familiar? It's actually cloth. You may be starting a trend."
 "I know this must look familiar. This is the floor in one of the bathrooms. They copied Chris' design."

Clearly the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Mudroom Mini Makeover!

Try saying that 5 times fast!

It feels like a million years ago that I said we wanted to do a "quick fix" mini makeover in our mudroom to get us by until we do a total gut job mudroom & kitchen renovation. I'm happy to say it is all done!

Remember when it looked like this?

That was partially because a previous owner haphazardly hung hooks all over the wall.

 So Chris removed them and built a shelf.

 Then he scraped and patched all the peeling paint and painted everything white,
 and hung pretty little oil rubbed bronze hooks all in a row.
 I happened to be away that weekend visiting a friend. It was pretty cool to come home to find that he'd done all this work without me (AND he got bonus points for taking pictures of his progress for the blog). What a great husband.

At some point during this process, we switched out that lightbulb with an Edison bulb, and replaced the brass doorknob with an oil rubbed brass one.

The following weekend, Chris started on the peel and stick vinyl tile floor. Now, if I had been the one in charge of this project, I would have just laid the tiles over the existing linoleum, but Chris insists on doing things "the right way".  So that meant scraping up the old floor and putting down fresh plywood to make a nice even surface.

Georgia likes to help out whenever there is a project going on.

Then came the fun part of laying out the tiles. It looked like there was some math involved.  Again, it is probably a good thing that I wasn't in charge of this project.

Poor Georgia was fired. Apparently, she's not very good at math either.
I don't know what the technical name is of these black rubber strips, but they make a nice finished edge at the stairs. Chris found them online.  He applied them with glue.

Are you ready for the big reveal? Here's one more "before" shot.
Man! That's ugly!
 and here is our mudroom transformed.

 So. Much. Better.

Linking to: Remodelaholic, Ispirato Design's Monday Mix, DIY Showoff

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Imaginary Shopping Spree

Ever put items in your online shopping cart that you have no intention of buying? Come on, I know I'm not the only one that does this! Isn't it just so much fun to imagine that you might actually BUY everything???

Here is what I'm currently hoarding in my Overstock shopping cart:
Duvet $103
Side Table/Stool $185
Side Table $103
5 x 7 Rug $181

Chair $308
Moroccan pouf $196
My grand total? 


Where do you get your virtual shopping spree fix?

Monday, June 20, 2011

City Garden

My Dad has been asking to see pictures of our backyard in its current state for weeks. Being that yesterday was Father's Day, I thought I'd indulge him even though our yard is a LONG way off from being done. 
View from our bedroom
Eventually we'd like a patio, but for now having the table directly on the crabgrass is working out just fine. 
If you are one of our very generous family members who gave us a gift card from Pottery Barn over the past year, we used it to buy new seat cushions and an umbrella. Thank you!
 The gray building back there is the garage of the house directly behind us. Our plan someday is to remove the cyclone fence and replace it with a wooden fence.
 For now, I planted some Holly bushes. I'm hoping they will grow really fast and help camouflage the building and cyclone fence.
The new Holly bushes are in the background. We transplanted the Hostas from the side yard. Mulching this area is still on the "to do" list.
Chris built the Adirondack chairs from scratch about 5 years ago for the old house. Over the weekend he put on a fresh coat of paint and now they look good as new. 
View of the side of the house and a glimpse of the Arborvitae we had planted last fall. When they grow to be full size, our backyard will be nice and private. 
View of the side yard and "fern forest". We're not exactly sure yet how to best utilize this area.

We also bought some inexpensive solar lighting. These are horrible pictures, but you get the idea...

Check out how much the flower beds in the front of the house have grown since we had them planted last fall.

What do you have going on in your yard this summer?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

We love you!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Bright Idea

I bet you've been waiting at the edge of your seat in suspense wondering how we'd resolve our mudroom light situation...

Well, you can relax now because I believe we arrived at a solution. Thanks to all of your bright ideas, we ultimately chose a pretty inexpensive and easy fix.

It is just an Edison lightbulb. We also replaced the twine pull chain with a pull chain meant for a fan. Total cost was under 15 bucks.

It isn't a huge change, but I'm kind of digging the industrial vibe.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Favorite Floral Fabrics

Call me Granny, but I've been obsessed with floral fabrics lately. I'd love to incorporate one of these lovely ladies in my family room somehow...

Designers Guild, Orangerie

Seen here
Little Green Notebook
and here
Trad Home
Then there's Shumacher's Hot House Flowers in Spark
Seen here
Etsy seller, Woody Liana
This one is a little more hip than granny
Manuel Canovas, Misa
Used here
Design Sponge
I think I'm leaning towards Hot House Flowers...

Do you have a favorite floral fabric?
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