15.9.15

Office plannin'

There are a few areas of our new house that remain unpacked for logistical reasons and our office/craft/bonus room is one of them. As such, it's taken priority.

On the top floor we have a large room which was labelled as the "bonus room" on our walk through. It is in addition to the three bedrooms but instead of carpeting it has laminate flooring. It has a much different feel than a bedroom and was previously set up as an awkward TV room. Here is how it looked on our first house showing.



As you can see, it is a large room and is flooded with natural light. We thought it would be the perfect spot for our office and a craft/bonus room. It's a large enough space to hold two 'zones'.

The desk from our old house didn't work in this space so I sold it on Craigslist. I sold the old printer station too.


And you may recall these photos from last week when I shared that the room was this current hot mess.




Ah, the sweet smell of transition.

As annoying as this was is to a neat freak like me, it was actually relatively organized (the boxes were in 'zones'). But most importantly, we had a plan.

Here is a rough (not to accurate scale but so you get the idea) floor plan for this room.


As you can see, we are going to build a double desk which will run along the back wall. Rounding out the "office" portion of the room we will have a credenza to hold our printer and office supplies. As well, we will have a craft island which will most likely be on wheels so that it can be moved as needed.

The recessed area to your immediate left as you walk into the room is the perfect spot to install a murphy bed. With Chef Kev's relatives overseas and in other provinces, it is really important to us to have a few extra beds. We want to make sure we can comfortably sleep anyone who is passing through for a visit! Since the craft island will be on wheels, we can move it when the bed is down and in use.

This leaves us with a great open space as well. We see getting a games table and/or using it for some extra crafting or project space.

Here is a mood board showing you the feel of what we are hoping to achieve.


image sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6(me) 7

As you can see, I am planning on using a few different tones of wood, and balancing that with white and the light wall colour. I also plan on using blue as an accent shade. 

I have started work on our office chairs and let me just tease you - it involves spray paint! Crazy I know, but just wait. The mood board photo is a lighter shade than I have in mind, but I still think that shade is uber pretty.

I also have plans to feature some large art. I took a great beach photo in England last summer and want to blow it up for some bright, large-scale impact.

Chef Kev has been busy assembling our desk bases and as of last night, this is how we were looking. 


The drawer units are these Ikea Alex ones here and here.

Needless to say, we still have a LOOOOONG way to go, but things are happening folks! 

Stay in touch and follow along...


10.9.15

Settling in

We've been at our new house for almost two months now! Where does the time go? We are pretty much unpacked and have a game plan for most areas of the house. This post is picture heavy so I'll let the photos do most of the talking, but I wanted to offer you a glimpse of what it looks like 'today', along with our 'to do' list for each area. I thought it would be handy so that when I start to roll out the projects for you (I have some FUN things planned - coming soon) they have context.

So, here goes. Consider this a log roll of ''before photos". These are more for documentation than for pretty sake - as you will see. 

Oh, and if you want to see how all these areas relate to each other and the general flow of the home, click here.

MAIN LEVEL
FRONT ENTRY




TO DO:

  • entry rug
  • chair (for guests/putting on shoes)
  • chandelier
  • small table?
  • entry mirror?
  • paint?
  • decor/art
  • new door hardware


LIVING ROOM


TO DO
    • new window treatments
    • fireplace reface
    • different rug?
    • paint
    • new couch
    • new chairs
    • decor/art

    DINING ROOM


    TO DO
    (I bet you can't guess where all our yet-to-be-hung art is hanging out these days)
    • china cabinet
    • new window treatments
    • new dining table and chairs
    • paint?
    • different rug?
    • decor/art


    KITCHEN



    TO DO
    • replace faucet
    • window treatments
    • stainless steel microwave
    • fix lighting (wrong location)
    • update door fronts?
    • decor/art
    • paint?
    FAMILY ROOM


    TO DO

    • small sectional?
    • window treatments
    • fireplace reface
    • new media unit
    • decor/art
    • rug
    • another chair?
    • armchair side table
    • paint?

    PLAYROOM




    TO DO

    • shelf supports
    • organize closet
    • lamp
    • window treatment
    • paint?
    • decor/art
    • new chair
    • toy storage and systems
    • art display area
    • new door hardware
    MAIN FLOOR BATHROOM

    TO DO

    • update vanity
    • update faucet
    • paint
    • decor/art
    • door hardware
    LAUNDRY ROOM (also doubles as entry from the garage)




    TO DO

    • countertop (over washer/dryer and holding sink)
    • new sink
    • new sink vanity
    • sink faucet
    • wall tile
    • paint
    • new cabinet doors
    • make cabinets go to ceiling (or appear to)
    • jacket/hat/back pack storage for Chace
    • decor/art
    • step stool for shorty (me)
    • window treatment
    • dog 'station' to catch all Belle's gear
    • register cover
    • new door hardware
    SECOND LEVEL
    MASTER BEDROOM




    TO DO

    • window treatments
    • door hardware
    • headboard
    • tv?
    • end of bed bench
    • decor/art
    • new closet doors
    • full length mirror
    MASTER BATHROOM







    TO DO

    • towel rack(s)
    • update vanity
    • update faucets
    • fix shower issue/renovate down the line (explain another time) 
    • toilet caps
    • shower head
    • decor/art
    • door hardware
    • paint?
    • change lighting?
    UPSTAIRS LANDING




    TO DO
    • paint?
    • decor/art
    • paint/replace banisters?
    CHACE'S ROOM


    TO DO

    • lamp
    • window treatment
    • paint
    • wall treatment
    • shelves
    • bedside table(s)
    • door hardware
    • decor/art
    • desk
    • new bed
    • light fixture
    SPARE BEDROOM



    TO DO
    • window treatments
    • paint
    • new bedding
    • lock on weird little door
    • light fixture
    • shelves? 
    • decor/art
    • small side tables?
    • new bedding
    • new dressers?
    • door hardware
    • new headboard
    OFFICE/CRAFT/BONUS ROOM




    TO DO

    office side:
    • double desk
    • new office chairs
    • area rug
    • craft island
    • credenza
    other side

    • murphy bed
    • fold up table and chairs? (for games)
    • area rug?

    as well as
    • window treatments
    • lighting
    • decor/art
    • door hardware

    SECOND FLOOR BATHROOM




    TO DO

    • towel rack(s)
    • update faucets 
    • update vanity
    • door hardware
    • replace flush system
    • decor/art
    • Shower curtain?
    • re-caulk shower
    • new tile
    • new shower head and tap
    • mirror frame
    • paint?
    LOWER LEVER/BASEMENT
    STAIRS AND LANDING  (as you go downstairs towards the recreation room)





    TO DO

    • Paint trim and doors
    • door hardware
    • replace wooden shelving with floor to ceiling closed storage
    • replace carpet (when renovate basement in the future). We plan on taking over the suite (which occupies the other half of our basement) down the road and making a large full basement/rec area
    RECREATION ROOM




    TO DO
    • paint trim and doors
    • replace media unit
    • door hardware
    • bar fridge
    • sofa table behind couch or cabinet for back wall
    • decor/art
    • "surround sound" solution and wall supports
    • replace coffee table
    • bar type stools?
    • book cases/shelving for weird nooks
    • lighting


    Awh man. Is anyone still reading? I am exhausted. 

    I'll save the garage and outdoor areas for a later date. Okay so, needless to say, we have a few ideas/plans here. We are approaching each area based what we deem a priority (getting things out of boxes) and as our budget permits. But, projects are underway!

    Stay in touch and follow along...






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