Monthly Archives: July 2014

Obsessing over a roof

7.21.14  We met with our builder last week and my idea of having the gable end facing the lake was all wrong.  The long side of the lakehouse (31 ft) faces the lake and the short side (24 ft) faces the neighbor and drive.  Thus, the gable ends need to face the neighbors and drive.  I had hoped to have a straight roofline with no dormers to avoid snow build up, leaking and all that fun stuff.

see how the gable end allows us to have a mster bdrm window overlooking the lake, without a dormer?

see how the gable end allows us to have a mster bdrm window overlooking the lake, without a dormer?

This is going to be a small home, about 1500 sq ft so we really have to figure out how to best use our space.  And having the living room open to the porch and the kitchen look out at lake sounds like a nice layout, but need the 31 ft on the lakeside to achieve this.  So now I am thinking shed dormer because I think the snow build up and leaks will be minimal with a shed.

This place is too large but those are shed dormers above the garage

This place is too large but those are shed dormers above the garage

In this example you can see how the shed dormer would look with a porch

In this example you can see how the shed dormer would look with a porch

This house is about 1500 sq ft

This house is about 1500 sq ft

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At least half of our porch will be screened in - bugs!

At least half of our porch will be screened in – bugs!

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I like cedar shakes for an exterior.  Dip before putting up so they don't need stain or paint for as long as we live

I like cedar shakes for an exterior. Dip before putting up so they don’t need stain or paint for as long as we live

Now I just have to find a good house plan.

On a trip to Killington I found this house near Echo Lake and snapped a few shots.

Front porch, shed dormer.  Much bigger than we are planning

Front porch, shed dormer. Much bigger than we are planning

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abnew house

I went skiing at Haystack on 3/1/2015 and snapped this photo of a house they are building.

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I like how it is one dormer vs two.  But I think the roof over the porch could be a problem with snow load.  Some of the other ones, shown above incorporate the roof over the porch, not as an after thought.

I saw this house in Newfane - notice the shed dormer

I saw this house in Newfane – notice the shed dormer

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What I like about the dormer above is it starts at the peak of the roof and it spans across instead of having 2 or 3 dormers.

 

New Carpets

 7.15.14  New carpets were installed in the 4 bedrooms.  But first, we had to remove everything!  Finding a place to fit it all was difficult.  I  wanted to have all 4 rooms painted so I wouldn’t have to paint after the carpet was installed.  I was able to get most of it painted but not all.  I was actually painting on the morning of install, hoping it would dry in time.

Our master bdrm before the carpet arrives - looks so large without furniture

Our master bdrm before the carpet arrives – looks so large without furniture

Upstairs room - the balcony beyond that slider was a great place to store stuff (til it rained)

Upstairs room – the balcony beyond that slider was a great place to store stuff (til it rained)

removing vanity

removing vanity

Dan removed the vanity before the carpet arrived but I didn't have time ot finish painting

Dan removed the vanity before the carpet arrived but I didn’t have time ot finish painting

Not loving the blue I painted on the walls but not enough time to repaint

Not loving the blue I painted on the walls but not enough time to repaint

Tanner's room is the only bedrrom that still has popcorn ceilings.  Will have to take care of that and walls after carpet is installed

Tanner’s room is the only bedrrom that still has popcorn ceilings. Will have to take care of that and walls after carpet is installed

Living room is full of displaced furniture

Living room is full of displaced furniture

 

Kitchen countertops installed today!

7.7.14  We started the countertops process on May 28th.  Today the granite countertops arrived and were installed. 

Yesterday as I cleared stuff off the countertops I asked my husband if we had to disconnect the old sink or take out the old countertops.  He didn’t know so I read the contract and sure enough, we were responsible for all of that because I was too cheap to buy the “haul away” labor thing.

So Dan figured out how to dismantle everything and at one point he had to saw away part of the cupboard to get the counter out.

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I spent hours cleaning and organizing all the stuff that was jammed on the counter tops and in the cupboards.

Here's the kitchen before we ripped out the sink and counters.  I am going to miss the old condo registration sign countertop - just a little.

Here’s the kitchen before we ripped out the sink and counters. I am going to miss the old condo registration sign countertop – just a little.

 

Kitchen before.

Kitchen before.

I couldn’t wait to get home from work to put everything away and make it all look neat and organized.  Unfotunately, the faucet was not installed as part of the deal so I started doing that and immediately called for Dan’s help and discovered we were in need of several items necessary to install the sink.  Like plumber’s putty, a drain and the pipe for under the sink.  Dang!!

So at 7 pm we jumped in the car and drove one hour to Home Depot to get the stuff.  When we got home I still wanted to install the sink and Dan basically told me to pound sand.  So instead of a beautiful new kitchen, I have a little longer to deal with a little clutter and a non-functioning kitchen sink.  Could be a whole lot worse.

A good DIY project always looks worse right before it comes together.

A good DIY project always looks worse right before it comes together.

DIY Deals

7.3.14  I am a DIYer who wants the best price possible.  And depending on the job that needs to get done, I may want the best product too.  I would love to hear how others are saving $$ while they build or renovate.  Here are a few of my tricks.

BIG PURCHASES:  I am not a huge fan of the big box stores, like Home Depot, but let’s face it, they are pretty darn convenient for a whole lot of things.  For instance, I am trying ot fix up my house before I sell it.  I will probably spend about $5,000 in carpet, granite, vanities and faucets.  The problem is that I have not sold my house yet so I don’t have the cash for the upgrades.  Solution:  Hope Depot had an offer running that allowed you 0% for 18 mos.  So I have 18 mos to sell my house and pay off my bill.  In the meantime, I will pay off as much as I can in case my house does not sell in 18 mos.

PAINT:  When you go to your paint store ask if they have an OOPS section of paint.  These are 1 and 5lb gallon buckets of paint that have been returned because the wrong color or type of paint was selected.  I bought a 5 gallon can of wall paint for all of my bedroom walls (off white) for $20.  And we just purchased a 5 gal bucket of DECK OUT for $30.  The color was a dark tan, which worked for us.  It is $150+ if we were to purchase it from the aisle.  Most of the paint in the OOPs section is pink and other crazy colors but keep checking and you will get lucky.

RECYCLE:  If I have the time, I plan to purchase recycled items whenever possible.  A sink, a door or hard wood flooring.  It takes time to search for these deals but in theory, I much rather reuse something already on this planet.  I also thought cloth diapers were a great idea.  And they were, for about 48 hours.

That’s all I have….for now!