Our new house is starting to shape up and transform into a home as of this week. The sheetrock went up so it’s becoming easier to picture how the new layout and flow is going to feel. This remodeling business really can be stressful with all of the decisions and timelines. It would have been great to work with a designer to help manage everything but with our timeline and budget and my experience with so many of my client’s projects I thought I could handle it myself. One less person to check in with and manage if you know what I mean. That is my motto a lot of the time and especially right now when I’m feeling a bit maxed on communicating. I spend me days talking to my staff, my clients, potential clients, shoppers, my contractor Evan, multiple vendors for items at our house, and the construction foreman Fernando. Chris was out of town this week which was a bummer because we had so many decision to make but also a blessing because I could come home to silence. He may seem quiet but he is a real chatter box at home.
Our deadline was December 1st but things have moved out a week because I decided to choose smooth walls instead of a slight texture. If you know the texture lingo I was going to go with a light orange peel because it’s cheaper and takes less time. I was organizing with a regular client on Wednesday and she has a beautiful home with walls that have a light orange peel and I decided that day I could live with it. Fast forward to Saturday. I was working on a private liquidation in Los Altos at another beautiful home but I couldn’t stop focusing on the terrible wall texture that was a poorly done orange peel. I had a meeting with my contractor Evan on Saturday late afternoon to choose the trims and that’s when I decided to tell him I had to switch. He’s laid back and also deep down wanted me to do smooth walls so we made the switch.
So, back to this week’s update. The sheetrock is now up with drywall and texture going on this week, painting after and then finally the flooring will get installed. The above photo is taken from the hallway looking into the master bedroom and the below photo is taken from the master closet. This space used to be two separate bedrooms and I’m so glad that we’ve turned it into one large livable space. We will easily have room for a king sized bed, nightstands, a dresser, and a side chair. The electrical went in two weeks ago. And now with the sheetrock up, you can see where the can lights will go, the wall sconces, and the outlets. The large opening in the back is for french doors that will go out to the future deck. It’s going to be great!
This is the view from the living room looking down the hall. The kitchen will be on the right, the bath on the next right, and the second bedroom in the back will also have french doors for the future deck. It was a little house when we started and will still be little when we are done, just much more open. Evan said it would start to feel bigger once the floor, tile, cabinets, etc. go in and I hope he is right! I am really claustrophobic and this week I had two dreams that I was buried alive. I hope it’s just a sign of stress and not an indicator of what this house is going to feel like.
The bathroom is almost ready for tile which is exciting! We converted the tub into a walk-in shower and it’s going to be beautiful with long vertical subway tiles. I can’t wait to see it come together!
Evan likes to let me know what decisions he needs from me on the same day that he needs them. It should bug me but it actually works out well because I never know what’s coming and I answer with my first instinct. I’m also really busy so if I knew I had to work appointments into the wild Kuzak’s Closet calendar it would make me insane. Right now I just somehow make it work. For example, on Monday he told me that I need to pick my paint colors ASAP. Normally this is something I would stress about and go back and forth on but I managed to fit it in. We had a large estate packing job, a half dozen consultations/meetings, and Chris was gone so I had to be home earlier than normal to let Harper out. My last meeting was in Los Gatos and when I left I searched for a local paint store and found Daycor Avenue Paints just up the road about a mile. They had a ton of Benjamin Moore color guides, swatches, and inspiration.
After going back and forth, sitting and searching for “best white paint by Benjamin Moore” on Pinterest and Googling the most popular colors for 2017 I settled on 8 colors that bought samples to take with me to roll out at the new house. Colors change so it’s always best to check them out in the space first.
Our living room has different lighting than the bedrooms so I rolled out color options on both walls to “paint” an accurate picture of how they will look. Since it is such a small house I want to do a uniform color throughout, white trim, and a potential accent color inside the master closet.
I really thought classic gray was going to be a winner but once it was rolled out on the wall it just looked too dark. I love the simply white and would put that everywhere. I think I’m going to do that in a semi-gloss on the trim and doors. Initially I was thinking palest pistachio on the walls in a flat but now I’m re-thinking my decision looking at photos on Pinterest. Palest pistachio might be too much of a subtle blue and I’m looking for a color closer to pale gray/white. It’s the fourth from the right in the above photo. Evan is buying the paint this week so let me know if you’ve ever had a good or bad experience with that color or whites you really like!
Our neighbors at our new house have been friendly and fantastic throughout this process. We currently live just a half mile away but it’s nice that they keep an eye on things and reach out to me if they see a problem. The neighbor on south side of our house asked if we would be interested in sharing the cost on replacing our shared fence and I was so excited! We’ve never had friendly neighbors at our rental house so it was nice to that he reached out to ask. My friend Rob works at Sierra Lumber so I asked him to put together a quote and they started work at the end of the week. The fence was quite rotten and there is an elevation difference between our two houses so it’s a relief to get it fixed up an taken care of before we do any landscaping.
You can see the difference in elevation in this photo. My neighbor is getting a new fence all around, you can see into his yard a bit and see how the back fence is leaning.
Busy at work! The fence was almost done at the end of the day Friday so I’ll try to have an update for you in my next post. This photo was taken early Friday morning and it was a bit damp and hazy from the Santa Cruz fire that started last week.
With all of the progress going on at the house I’ve started to stress about furnishing it. It’s a small space so I need to be smart about small scale furniture that still offers a lot of seating and a uniform color palette that will help it feel larger than it is. I spent time researching furniture while we were in Michigan a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised with the options from Bassett. I’ve spent too much time at the Design Center or on over the top gorgeous designer projects over the years and thought I needed to get furniture made but Bassett had a lot of great things that I could customize to make me feel like they were made just for me. I made an appointment online and spent a few hours with Padraig from the design team to find pieces that would work perfectly in our living room and our master.
The showroom was really well organized with lots of fabric inspiration. I’ll be taking items that I currently own so it won’t all be new, just a few things that will be better sized for our 935 square foot abode.
Padraig really knew the product lines so with a quick review of the plans he and I were able to focus on the details of the pieces that would help maximize the space and be comfortable in our lives.
Here is sneak peek of the color palette that I’m going with in the living room. I took a turn away from the accent color being turquoise (good thing I am late picking out the paint :)! and now we are going down the dark gray/dusty blue/navy path. You’ll have to wait to see how it shapes up!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s update! The next big step is drywall, paint, and flooring so I’ll be back to share photos when it’s all in place!