New Roof and Solar

The latest big house project has been hiring a crew to put on a new metal roof (standing seam) and then we had some solar panels installed on the back dormer roof (the flat one).

New roof!!!

We’ve only had the solar on for a week and of course it was very rainy and cloudy last week but we’re generating electricity more than we use (which is great since this solar is only enough to cover approx 40% of our annual usage.  So summer it covers us, in winter it won’t until we put more panels up in future.

Hard to see but there are the solar panels up on the dormer roof

And secondly last week (a month after we ordered it) our new fridge came!  Technically Fridge and Freezer as they are separate units – like our old house!  I didn’t want to wait until our kitchen renovation to buy them – I would rather use them now!  They are installed and running great and I love finally having space in the fridge for everything!

dont’ mind the kitchen mess this was late when i finished installing it

I had to remove the cabinet that was above the old fridge so everything that was in that cabinet is now just sitting on the fridge.  Luckily when we redo the kitchen we can customize our cabinets 🙂

Fairy Dust Finished

Over the 4th of July weekend I started a new piece : Fairy Dust by Nimuë.  It was a quick stitch although the backstitching was pretty challenging.  I finished it up this week once the fuzzy thread arrived.

Nimue ‘Fairy Dust’

I’ve been spending some time designing a new piece that will be a gift.  I plan to start that piece and another large piece now that I have no large pieces going.

Master Bedroom

This weekend we finished up the master bedroom.  Of course we have a few small things to do like install the ceiling fan and make shelves for the built-ins but mostly it’s done and we are moved in!  These pictures are from Saturday morning before we finished up a few more small things and moved our furniture in, then I added a pic with our furniture so you can really see how big the room is (it surprised us) – we thought it would feel small after putting a king bed in.

Painting complete! Alex even put the outlet covers on for us.

A view of the closet – the closet is significantly fuller after Sunday’s project of filling it 🙂

Bathroom view – and yes we are missing 1 outlet cover 🙂

Closet door

And finally some pictures with our furniture in.

We are taking a break from working on the house in the evenings for a bit.  I will do some small things like install the fan and the hardware in the bathroom but mostly we want to relax after the big push to get this room done!

Royalty ABC

I will do the house blog update tomorrow – but the big news is that we moved into the master bedroom this weekend!  It’s done!

Last week however I finished up a piece that I had started back in 2010 – it is a class piece from Celebrations that Jeanette Douglas taught.  I made 1 minor modification to remove the row that had crosses and that meant moving around a couple of rows to keep the balance equal.  It was a fun piece and I’m looking forward to framing it.

Mostly stitched from 2010-2012 the finished up (just below the heart really)  after Celebrations this year.

Mother’s Day Surprise

Last week while I was in CA for work, Ryan worked on my Mother’s Day surprise – our bedroom and most specifically our closet!  The hard part, sanding, priming and sanding trim was all done when I got home Friday!  We spent the weekend trading off painting time and kid playing time – getting the closet completely done (trim and walls) as well as the trim paint started in the bedroom.

Details – first Ryan finished up the trim in the closet ceiling (boxing out the light).  Then all the holes that had been filled had to be sanded.  All the trim was primed (his dad helped!) and then everything was sanded again.

I caulked the bedroom trim (Ryan had done the closet already as that was his main goal to finish) and we got the doors almost completely painted too (1 coat left on 1 side).  The bedroom is so close!

Last night we started hanging the closet system that we bought Saturday.  I picked up the last pieces we need today so tonight we can put in the shelves!!  Paper will come off the floor (in there) and we can hang the closet door even!

Closet painting finished … i really should pick out a light for in here!

The breaker box could use some cleaning off 🙂

Doors painted!  That glass one is for the closet!

A view of the trim/built-ins.

Oh and Brad came over and installed our toilet and vanity!  I just have to put in the toilet seat and we have to put in the backsplash and those will be done.  The mirror is ready to hang and I put in the light the weekend before.  Some shoe molding and electrical and the bathroom will be done.

Toilet and vanity installed!

Vanity Light – and a view with the tile floor mat in front of the vanity

We’ll be moved in this weekend hopefully!  Just have to keep up the painting momentum – even through child illnesses the progress has continued.

Front Porch Progress

Ryan has been working hard on the front porch (with help from his dad!).  The framing is finished up, the roof is zipped (zip system including tape).  The soffet returns have to be framed out still – probably this weekend.  We’ve also picked out our decking material (Trex) and color (color was a tough one to choose!).  I’m sure roof work (soffits) will continue this weekend and I’m hoping to have time to work on the master bedroom/bathroom painting project soon too.

New porch

The porch is 8×8 ft and matches the dormers very well size and angle wise!

Bella modelling for me with a close up

Hopefully it won’t be too long now before we have our new roof on and this will be really water tight!

Front Porch

Now that the master bedroom floor is done and it’s just painting left the focus switched to the front porch.  We are adding a front porch to protect the door and match the dormers.  The first step was digging some 4′ deep holes for footings and filling those.   Mark and Ryan spent a few days digging and then about an hour to finish them up.  I wish I had gotten a picture of the open holes, it was impressive!

New footings – we’re leaving the stairs hidden under the porch

One for alex

and one for Bella

The inspector kindly came out late friday night to inspect the holes so the footings were done Saturday and on Sunday the framing could be started!

The bottom part is done (we have not yet picked out decking!)

Last night we had materials delivered (finally the rain stopped) and Ryan and Mark started on the roof portion!

They have all the rafters cut I believe and hope to work again tonight on it.

The current push to get the porch done is to get it to the point where the roof can be done.  We are having a metal standing seam roof installed in early May and need this porch done (framing) before hand.  The decking and ‘decoration’ like post details and railings can be done later.  I believe once the rafters and zip are on the roof then it’s doing the soffits and tieing them into the house and then we’re ready for the roofer.