Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Random Update (and a video) - Gateway House


Alrighty friends. What's the latest and greatest going in our home building, home selling neck of the woods? So far our current house is still on the market and still praying for our perfect buyer. God will provide!! The new house has several updates since I last shared with you, but those updates are actually a few weeks old. Not much has been happening lately. All the sub-contractors seem to be waiting on either us or each other to find or complete things, and it's standing still. To tell you the truth, this doesn't bother me much right now since we're still waiting to sell our house. If I was soon to be homeless, I'd worry about it, but for now, not so much.

Let's see, what's new that I haven't shared here?

Floors! The hardwoods are mostly done and the tile is in progress. We've had some more small issues with both of those things, but they'll be resolved so I'm choosing not to dwell on them. Instead, I'll show them to you.





The floors are engineered hardwood made from white oak. (Independence Flooring, the Arcadian collection, White Oak engineered hardwood in Barnwood) They have a slight pickled look to them in person, which I was a little hesitant about, but the hubby loved them. I gotta say, they are beautiful, and match that beam just perfectly! I think he made a good choice.

The tile in our master bath and closet you guys... LOVE! When hunting for inspiration for a year prior to breaking ground, I kept finding these beautiful encaustic, concrete tiles. They have such detail and beauty. They also cost an arm and a leg and are extremely fragile until they're installed. Imagine my joy when I found out that Home Depot carries a porcelain knock-off that's much more reasonable in price, and has free shipping as long as you go pick it up at your local Home Depot. Our tile lady even did some research on it and told us she couldn't find anything even close to this style for anywhere close to this cheap. Her words were "buy it!" We did. This is the Arte White by Merola Tile, but it comes in a few different color combos that are all pretty fabulous! Interesting... in getting the link to the tile, it looks like they've increased the price about .60 cents a tile. Still way cheaper than concrete tile, but I'm glad we got it when we did.



We found these vanities at Restoration Hardware after ages of searching for just the right thing. We had them shipped to my sister's house in Tulsa and made a mad dash down there one Saturday to pick them up. How crazy that it saved us around $200 to ship to a city with a Restoration Hardware, vs to Wichita, that doesn't. I finally found mirrors that I was happy with that also happened to be from Restoration Hardware. I had discarded them as way too expensive when I originally saw them on their website, but something made me check RH Baby and Child. Guess what. Same mirror, but $210 cheaper on the Baby and Child site. Unbelievable! After deciding that was what I wanted, I found a picture of them with vanities almost identical to ours. Takes some of the pressure off your decision making when you can see the items already put together and know they look good.


We took the tile into our closet as well because of the washer and dryer being placed in there. Carpet would've been the normal choice in a closet, but risking washer overflows and ruining carpet changed our minds. 



The master shower is also in progress. I could've sworn we chose a hexagon tile for the floor, but square tiles showed up. And honestly, I've made so many decisions that I don't think I can keep them all straight anymore. I most likely chose square. Either way, I'm happy with them. 


The walls in the shower are an oversized white subway tile. I would've been fine with the normal size subway tiles, but James wanted these, and since they keep the same style I was looking for, didn't have a problem with them.


And just cuz we're a little nutty. How 'bout some mini-chandelier bling in the toilet room. I'll try to get better pics later, but you get the idea.



We also used the Home Depot Merola Tile in the powder room, but this time we chose their Twenties Classic design.



A rectangular vessel sink is going on top of this desk-turned-vanity. I can't wait to have this little room all put together to show you guys. It's fun!!

The last two rooms with tiled floors are the upstairs bath and utility/laundry room.


This is the girls bathroom. I chose the black to play off the white walls and the wood vanity and linen that will be in here. Those should come soon and they're gonna be fun!!


Terribly dark shot of the utility/laundry room upstairs. This was originally supposed to have linoleum, but I hated the options we were given, and the flooring guy felt it would be much easier to lay tile vs cutting linoleum to fit. This is just cheap white tile at .99 cents a square foot, but I'm happy with it.

I'll try to share some of the kitchen progress in my next post, but for now I'll leave you with a short video I took for Instagram that shows some of the main floor. Speaking of Instagram. You can follow me there for more in between post updates if you'd like. 


Hope you guys have a great week! I'm off to work in Oklahoma for the next few days, so maybe there'll be more done when I get back!

Jeannine

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