Sunday, February 22, 2015

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

Well we are through most of February with some signs of spring. Our yard is still a soggy, sloppy mess so we have to imagine what it will be like in nicer weather.
Saturday we attended the farm and tractor show. Winston had fun picking out his next tractor. There probably wasn't one we didn't sit on.

The bobcat brochure has made for some interesting nighttime reading. 


Four of what now will be eight raised beds are in. We have had enough rain and snow that the soil had a chance to settle and I can refill. The remaining four will be smaller and hopefully finished in the next couple weeks. My soil pile is frozen so can't do much until that thaws out. 

The first of the vegetable seeds have been started. I don't have a good spot for them so they are on the floor in the office. I bought a 4 bulb T5 a few years back but this is the first time using it on seedlings. We will see.
I'm taking full advantage of an expanded garden to try a bit more than in past years. So far there a 7 types of tomatoes, 5 types of peppers, 4 types of lettuce, 4 types of greens, and one type of spinach started. Next month I will stagger about half as much and get some things like carrots and beets in the ground. I may even break down and get a cold frame. 
 
Sam is starting to paint the kids' rooms. Both are going to be some color of green with stripes. It's not nearly as lime-colored as the picture shows.
 


Monday, February 9, 2015

Welcome to 2015

We had a weekend in the 60's and 70's in February and took full advantage of it to work outside. We started working outside early enough on Sunday that Winston didn't get out of his pajamas all day.
The raised beds for the new garden are coming along. Size, scope, and number seem to change every time I work on them.
 
Right now we have three large beds (4x16), one medium bed (4x12), and will eventually have four small beds (4x4). In January I called to see when the soil place would be making garden dirt. I guess they had some available because we got it right away.

 
The backyard is still half mud from construction which is a challenge keeping the boy and the dog clean.
 
Southern exposure comes in handy this time of year.
 
We cleaned up the front beds some too. All of the landscaping had been neglected for at least a couple years and is looking a bit overgrown. We have plenty of soggy leaves, weeds, and other dead material to remove which isn't all going to happen this year.
 
A front shot of the front door and filler panel where the second front door was.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Come On In

I promised Delia that I would get some pictures up for as a house tour. We got the appraisal out of the way this week and I grabbed some interior shots while everything was clean. There is still a mountain of little things to do (house numbers, mailbox, etc.) but as far as Studio Build is concerned, we are done.
Come on in.
 
The living room has a southern exposure. Combine that with the tall windows and we get really nice sun.
 
All set up for Christmas.
 
 
We have a good sized guest bedroom/office/multipurpose room opposite the bedroom wing. The old Howell table is a place holder for a built-in desk to be added in the near future.
 
Leawood only allows attached garages. The pergola is how we attached it. Since this room doesn't have any overhang the pergola provides some nice shade. Come summer I think we will especially appreciate it.
 
 The kitchen looking back towards the garage door. The cabinets were repowder coated and turned out really nice. The countertops are all concrete. We have a new gas range ordered and can't wait to get rid of the old electric unit. The walnut pantries on the other end hold the microwave and garbage/recycling on one side and have full-depth pull out drawers on the other. I don't have a picture but the laundry room is right off the kitchen. It has the washer, dryer, slop sink, deep freeze, and a bunch of shelves.
 
The den is opposite the kitchen island. The hall heads down to the kid bedrooms and bathroom.
 
Looking back from the den. That center wall was moved a foot picture left. That really opened up the kitchen along with removing a wall section that was about at the end of the island.

 
The master bathroom has two matching vanities and opens into the master bedroom.
 
That's one big bathtub.
 
The concrete insert pieces in the shower are each single pours and were by far the most complicated pieces in the whole house.
 
The view from the master bedroom. The hobo camp needs some attention next summer. The shed is CMU and brick like the house but the shake roof has seen better days.

 And we have a wall of closets which are already almost full.
 
From the den you head past the second bathroom. We also opted for a big bathtub here too.

Bedrooms 2 and 3 are identically sized. The rest of the house is cork and tile. Here we went with marmoleum which was left over from the new IKEA. 

 
The other bedroom is currently Winston's playroom. 
 
One parting shot sitting at the island. The roe circle house was very much open with all the spaces connected. While much bigger and definitely a 50's ranch, we've managed to achieve a similar feel in this house too.

The yard is bare and pretty chewed up at this point. Come spring when things look better I will post a walk around outside.
Merry Christmas. 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's Official, We Are In

It's been a long haul and things aren't completely finished yet, but we are in. We got moved out of the apartment the weekend before Thanksgiving. It's going to take a few posts to get caught up on the progress and general state of the house.
 Winston posing by his new kitchen. The floor in most of the house is a random pattern cork. Cork was the right choice. It is period correct, quiet, and warm.

 
The garage is filling up fast. Here's a shot of moving in the convertible. It's almost as big as the old garage and much taller. While not much now, eventually it will get insulated and drywalled.

For the kitchen we had the original metal cabinets powdered coated. Sam managed to find some of the only NOS bakelite backer plates to replace the cracked and damaged ones. 

The countertops and other concrete pieces are in. These are platinum grey with a moderate gloss. 

Here is a good shot of the lounge the night before moving in. The near light is the salvaged one and the far is a Nelson bubble lamp. 

Our bedroom has a wall of closets. Sometimes you can't beat IKEA. The doors are pretty cool. They have a wave texture. 

Now there is some closets. 
 
These were the last two and most complicated concrete pieces. The shower storage and window are both single pieces of concrete. There wasn't a whole lot of clearance for either and the molds had to be just right.

Now that we are in and the project and semester are winding up, we can get caught up on pictures and general goings on. Stay tuned for a finished walk-through. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Now We're Cookin

Time for a very quick project update. We spent the last few days in California and boy a lot has happened. What's that?
 
But a garage under construction of course. It's only slightly smaller than our last garage.
 
The cork installation has started. We went with a two color random pattern.
 
Kitchen tile is in.
 
Bathroom tile is underway.  
 
We even have one loan light fixture installed.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Finally Some Color-Grey

Living/Dining room
 Kitchen/Family room
 The current state of the back.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Progress, Progress, Progress

I really need to bring the camera to work and download pictures. Life without Internet got old months ago. The house is progressing rapidly now. Trim is finished. The interior paint is finished. Kitchen cabinets are set. Tile starts next week.
Winston loves to go over to the house to see his lawnmower. It should be an easy transition since he has been at the house a hundred times so far.  
 
This is where the ice maker will live, very cool. The original cabinets were powder coated turquoise on the bottom and white on the top.

Progress
 
Most importantly the garage walls are poured and they got the floor in before the rains started. We have a break in the weather tomorrow and the rest of the garage should go up quickly.
Winston supervised in the bobcat while
 Mom dug out the old tree stump.