settling in

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a month since we moved in. Time flies when you’re having fun as they say. It’s been so amazing living in our pint-sized house so far. It’s so bright, new and cozy. We feel so lucky to be in here. The first couple of days, we felt like we were staying in someone else’s beautiful new place and would have to leave soon! It’s feeling much more like our own now, with our personal touches around the house. I thought I’d give a virtual tour of what we’ve done with the place. Look for captions in the slideshow for descriptions. Friends who have visited have told us we’ve done a great job balancing modern and traditional design and created a cozy, liveable place. I think I have to agree with that! Thank you, Smallworks, for helping us design such a beautiful new home.

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So, what’s next? Well, we’re waiting on our custom adjustable coffee/dining table, which is being designed and built by a talented friend of ours, Dave Myers. We look forward to sharing the final product with you!

In the meantime, one of the things we’ve been enjoying most is using our new fancy kitchen. One of our favourite websites to get recipe ideas from these days is Gojee. It sources out some of the best food blogs around the internet and organizes them in an attractive, easy to use website and smart phone application.

Tonight’s meal makes use of our garden kale: Shrimp Quesadillas with Kale. Yum! Click the image to visit the recipe. Until next time!


when sewage becomes exciting

Yup, that there is a no stopping sign. What makes it so exciting? It means our sewer and water lines are being connected very soon!

Perhaps the only time a person could be so excited about sewage is a time such as this.  It marks the last big, noisy and messy part of the project. Hurray!

Moving on from sewer talk, things are looking beautiful indoors. We were able to take a peek recently so I snapped a few shots.

Here we have wrought iron spindles with oak railings, and our custom entertainment cabinetry on the right, made from alder. Alder is a very plentiful local wood, so we feel pretty good about our choice, both from an aesthetic view and more sustainable one!

The left side of our kitchen. We decided on alder cabinetry on the bottom, and white with glass on the top, to make the space feel a little taller and more open on top. I am especially fond of our farmhouse sink.

We decided we liked the clean look of subway tiles. It also goes well with our semi-industrial look.

Our custom built-in corner couch, with storage drawers and a hatch on one side to stow spare folding chairs. Also made of alder. Upholstered seat arrives soon!

A better look at our entertainment unit. The hole in the centre will feature our fish tank.

Our shower tiling detail. I saw something like this on and really loved it, so this is our version of it. I also blogged about it way back in the early months of our project. I really liked the ‘waterfall’ feel that the orientation of the tiles gives.  Quite happy with this! Sorry for the poor photo.. there wasn’ t much light in there at the time.

And now, for my favourite thing:

I have a thing for exposed beams. These were put in after the drywall, and have oak cladding. Super pleased with this! It’ll make our bedroom so cozy. At the back of the room there, we have a window seat and storage built in to maximize the space and not have to worry about finding furniture to fit in. We’ll be using basket or similar to store things on those shelves. A bookshelf is going in on the right as well.

This is becoming a long post. I also want to share what’s going on outside though. Things are looking much better these days!

We’ve gone from this:

To this!

The patio has a few garden beds lining it, one along our house on the left there, another on the right by my parents’ back stairs, and then another one against the fence (not visible) which will have a 20 foot tall tree for extra greenery and privacy. Things aren’t looking green now obviously, but I think it’s going to be a very pretty and useable little courtyard for all of us.

Things will be ‘back to normal’ before we know it.. Spring is starting to show it’s lovely buds and we’re feeling our new beginning is just around the corner!

Smallworks continues to be fabulous and we couldn’t recommend them enough if you’re considering building with them.

how do i look? (upstairs)

We head up the stairs today to investigate the bedroom and bathroom (I will do the balcony in a separate post, since it seems it should have it’s own topic, being outdoors). The positioning of the bed will be against the top wall rather than the right side shown in the floor plan below.

We’re planning on having some built in drawer cabinets along the right wall for more clothing storage, etc. Built in is the ideal way to go in these tight spaces, but if costs are too high we may have to just go with some dressers. The upside of going with dressers is you’ve got more flexibility when you get tired of a certain style. Here’s an example close to what we might be doing in the world of built-ins, and that wood beam poking in on the right side of the image is also something we’ve been looking at doing upstairs. The roof will be sloping so  it might be interesting to highlight it with beams around the bed area to define it as a separate space and cozy it up a little.

I like the simplicity of these cabinets, and the splash of colour adds some personality. We’re hoping to get a storage bed if our budget allows, which is great for putting seasonal clothes and linens. Bo Concept has some designs starting at approx. $1900 with a hydraulic lifting system. Oh, to have a large disposable income.

So.. into the bathroom. It’s (obviously) quite small, and we’ve opted not to have a full bathtub since neither of us really use one. This gives us an extra bit of closet space on the outer wall which is more important to us at this point. The shower stall is a bit larger than a standard cube, which will make it less claustrophobic. Our designer, Kate,  at Smallworks has cleverly positioned the vanity sink area to be in front of the eaves, so we can make use of the space back there to store even more stuff.. spare towels, first aid, dead bodies… err i mean toiletries. Having an extra deep cabinet will be great for keeping all sorts of expired drug store products! Okay, I am trying to change that habit. Now, here are a few images of design ideas.

 Jason Ball Interiors Bathroom Designs  bathroom      Silver modern bathroom
The vertical tiling in the left hand image makes me think of rain falling and is a nice change from the usual horizontal detailing that most bathrooms have. On the right, the cool calm blue and textured white tile with wood has a really pretty ocean/coastal sort of vibe to it. Really like the lighting detail above the tub and along the mirror too. Lastly, I really love this shower stall in the image below. The wood is so inviting and makes it look a bit like a sauna. The tile inside is gorgeous as well. I’m intrigued by the ceiling in this too.. not sure what they’ve done, but the light looks like it’s shielded by bamboo or wood.
Kapalua Bay tropical bathroom
This bathroom is somewhere in Hawaii, which is suitable as it does have a hint of tropical design. I guess there’s a part of me that wants to bring some of that Thai resort design we had the pleasure of experiencing on our honeymoon. The bathroom seems like the most appropriate location for it.
Now that I’m feeling nostalgic, here are a few pictures of the beautiful place we stayed in Ko Samui, Thailand (we had our own pool…mmm). Maybe we can bring a bit of this into our home, even if it is just inspiration from the colours and finishes. Or you know, we could just make the bathroom into a plunge pool.
For some reason the slideshow keeps including our upstairs floor plan.. oh well, the rest are from the resort.

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