Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Doors in January

Interior doors, including pocket doors.
Mahogany doors.

In this photo you can see the bathroom door leading to the kitchen/dining space, and the Forbo Marmoleum "Asian Tiger" insert in the "Sunny Day" flooring.

This is the half bath round flooring insert. Both sides of the half bath have pocket doors, one leading to the hall right off the caregiver room, for anyone staying in that room to use. The other side is into the jewelry studio, very convenient for dad to get to while working in the studio.

Mahogany doors. Right now the doors are solid, but we may cut windows at the top of them to let light in. Hollow core doors do not have many window options, so to customize the windows we will do this work later. The emphasis is to get dad in as soon as we can.
The front exterior door will be different and is coming from Washington state.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Bright Promising New Year 2012! Paint, Flooring and Carpeting

We rented this 'conex" to store the NY household items after they were moved north to the site.
Forbo Marmoleum "Sunny Day" kitchen/dining room transitions to dark grey carpet in the living room space.

First floor entryway. From left: First floor studio, tokonoma, half bath, guest room and stairs

From left: fully ADA handicapped bath, bedroom, and living room space.The entire first floor has no thresholds and is completely barrier free.The recess to the left is for the refrigerator. There will be cabinets to the right of the refrigerator and on the opposite wall that is not in this photo.

It's January and the space is coming alive. the flooring is done, including carpet and Forbo Marmoleum. We chose "Sunny Day" as the Marmoleum color with two inserts of slightly darker "Asian Tiger" for a rectangular insert in the main bathroom, and a circle of "Asian Tiger" surrounded by a terra cotta colored border in the half bath. The circle is centered between the two sliding doors that open to the studio and the entryway. We couldn't help but place some furniture in the living space to enjoy the view. Some of the lighting is finished as you can see here in the living room. Dad loves it and has visited several times to check our progress. Still to do:connect water, drainage, install fixtures/toilets and sinks, appliances, and bathroom and kitchen cabinets. We are looking at bamboo cabinets and like the toughness and stability of the material and have a friend who will be making them. We tried to incorporate IKEA cabinets into the kitchen but it is very hard to configure such limited sizes into a space that is more than one wall that is closed on both sides. One glance at the catalog, or visit to the IKEA store in NY confirms that design problem.
We closed on the house in NY just after the new year and hope the new owners enjoy it as much as my family did. Fifty four years and it now has it's third owner. We are looking forward to the progress that concludes with dad moving in and beginning to work again. Our New Year 2012 begins with high hopes and best wishes.