Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

What a weekend. The weather couldn't have been any better and we took full advantage of it. Friends came up on Saturday afternoon. Above, Sarah was hard at work making dinner for everyone. Below is a shot of our pasta with homemade meatballs.

On Sunday, we went wine touring to Millbrook and Clinton vineyards...

When we got back to the house, we grilled up some burgers and had a fire...

OK, on to house progress. The backsplash has been installed, but still needs grout. Pretty sweet finishing piece for the kitchen.

Our walnut entry closet doors were hung last week, and they're amazing. They slide toward the exterior walls and can be used to close off the den (see second picture below).

Here's a shot of the den. We moved the Eames chair upstate because the cats think it's a scratching post. The coffee table is made from reclaimed wood and steel.

Our fireplace is from a company called Spark.

Here's a closeup of the mirror over the fireplace. It's antique mirror glass with a custom frame. The frame is made from reclaimed snow fence from Wyoming. It's the same material we used on the walls in the powder room.

Our millworker Jay built us this dining table out of reclaimed oak that he's been storing for a while. There's even some old paint on the apron + legs. It's 9 feet long. Good for entertaining. It also has two shallow drawers hidden in the apron we can use for napkins and placemats.

The first of many dance parties happened on this deck.

The bluestone coping was installed on the pool last week. We're hoping to have grass in about 2 weeks.

Till next time.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Pool, Millwork, Railing, Concrete, Progress

Hey there blog fans.  A lot has been done in the last two weeks.  As you can see above, our pool has been shot with gunnite, and is ready to be plastered.  The yard has been mostly graded, and more small trees were cleared in order to shape the landscape a bit more.  It's coming together.

Above are the floor-to-ceiling walnut doors that will serve as the mudroom closet doors, and also to separate the den from the rest of the house when someone needs to use it as a bedroom.  They were dropped off, but not yet installed, which is why they are on the floor in the photo.  Also...

Our concrete was installed!  Above is a photo of the fireplace cabinetry countertop, and below is a photo of our master bedroom vanity.  The guest bath tub deck also has concrete, but since the tile is still being installed, it was covered up and I couldn't see it.  

Our blackened steel railing was also installed, and it looks great despite the fact that we were getting kind of used to the nice clean look of no railing.  But I suppose it's necessary.  The handrail will be installed later, as it's not been fabricated yet.  But it will be a sappy walnut, so there will be lighter streaks running through it.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Pool Pic

Just got this picture from our pool builder. The concrete is formed, the steps are done, and they're working on the U-shaped bench that will be between the steps. That's all for now. I'm heading up this weekend and will take more photos then.