February 9th, 2019

We Are Getting There


The painting is almost done inside.

Those are words I didn't think I would ever say a couple months ago. But basically, painting should be done inside in the next day or two. I'm going to hire the same painters to finish up the outside painting, too.

But hey, where was I, why no updates?

We went to Peru

We went to Peru for a week to spend time with an old friend. I loved Peru, we had a great time, we did some amazing things, we did some tourist-track things, and we ate more food than I believed possible. Also, I took a LOT of pictures of masonry.

Anyway, house update. Let's do it.

First, the driveway is mostly done:

Heck yeah driveway

I'll do a more detailed post about permeable paving in a bit. The short story about it is that it costs a lot more than standard paving, and if you are over soils that are less permeable than our sand, they need an overflow drainage system designed into them. I believe permeable systems are what we should all be putting in everywhere, but I also understand why most people don't.

Grow-through paving

In addition to the paver section, we also put in a grow-through paver section for the third parking space that the planning department insisted we install. This parking space is utter garbage, because in no way do we need this many parking spaces, but whatever. We did it and I'll plant little dymondia plants to fill it in.

We are waiting on the curb cut because the city messed up our permit for that, so we basically had to go reapply for it. That should be fairly straightforward.

In the back yard, the general contractor did a bunch of grading work for me:

Holy cow grading

That's a little intense but saves me some digging work. This summer is still going to be all digging all the time as I work on the master plan for the landscape.

What, you want to see inside the house?

The front parlour

I was concerned that I would not love the colours I chose for the parlours after three years of delay in painting them. But I still love them.

This is very similar to the old colour, just a little softer and warmer to fit the softer, warmer grays we have in the rest of the house.

This is a terrible photo of the library

I apologize for this photo but at this time in my life I am not willing to do anything that might interfere with the work of a painter.

Kitchen looking pretty awesome, too

The kitchen looks pretty great, too. I think the ceiling is the wrong colour but I really don't care. Honestly, you have no idea how low your standards get when you are in year four of not living in your own house.

I unapologetically love this dining room

I do kind of wish I had painted the whole house this colour, though, if only to see people cry in the comments. God I love this room.

When the painters are all done and I'm ready to move in, I'm going to gild the ceiling. I got all the stuff for it. Just watch me.

The front stairs

The front staircase looks pretty amazing, too. The black I chose is juuuuust not quite a harsh black and I really like that.

Upstairs hall

Here it is upstairs.

Staircase in black

I think it looks pretty nice. A little dented and old, but it is a little dented and old.

Light fixtures going in

The electrician has been at the house for the last week, installing light fixtures. This weekend I have to do there and make a count of all the light bulbs we need. There are a lot.

Second Bedroom reading lights

One thing I went a little nuts with was reading lights. I like to read in bed, and I like a nice light. Now we each have one.

Front bathroom chandelier installed

The chandelier in the front bathroom is very cute. I think that's a trick you can only pull off once in a house, so I went for it.

I'm going to take more pictures with the nice camera once more of the stuff is cleared out of the house. And this weekend, four of our five plaster medallions are being brought back from being restored. (The fifth is still off being copied.) Things are moving forward!

A Walk Through the House


We did some organizing at the house today, finding all the light fixtures and bath accessories, inventorying the light bulbs we need to provide, and getting ready for the ceiling medallions to be installed. And since the painters were out, I took some photos with the wide-angle lens for you, because I care.

First the front entry. The stairs are taped off to protect them from damage.

Entry with stairs

You can also see the stairs through the new widened doorway to the front parlour.

Front parlour

This is one of the best parts of the renovation because you can now see all the way to the back yard from the front room.

Front parlour

The Victorians had good reasons for the way they broke up their houses and kept kitchens and bathrooms away from the living areas. But we don't live like that.

Looking forward

We were always able to see out the front bay window, but I just like this shot a lot.


The library looks pretty amazing. The painters accidentally painted it the wrong colour but it actually works just fine for me like this so we are leaving it. At some point in the next week or so the cabinet maker is coming to install door stops and so on.


I showed you the kitchen yesterday. Checking today, the ceiling is the right colour. I thought it wouldn't match the tile colour so well but guess what? It matches really well. Yes, I am that good, so good that I assumed a good match was a mistake.

Dining room

The dining room is pretty great, too. This is Benjamin Moore Caliente and it was totally worthy of being Color of the Year.

Pantry hall

Looking from the dining room to the front of the house.

Powder room

This shot is a little subtle because the powder room is so small that even the wide angle lens can't really show it all. The sink is being fabricated for this room.


The inside of the elevator is Tardis blue. I have this idea to use strips of wood to make the shape of Tardis walls here, so this is outside the Tardis. Combining a Dr Who reference with a Hitchhikers joke. Yes.

Back stairs

I was concerned that this back stairwell would be too bright. I think the darker paint colour helps make it less overwhelming. Of course, it was a dreary, rainy day today so it was extra dark.

Upstairs hall

Upstairs they've pulled up the floor protection. Some of the floor finish got damaged so we need to have the contractor look into that, but I think it looks pretty amazing even so.

Upstairs hall

Looking the other way. The electrician has been installing (in this case re-installing) light fixtures.

Front bathroom

The front bathroom looks pretty stellar. We are actually going to paint the tub a darker blue, but that is waiting until a few other things get finished up.

Bedroom 1

The front bedroom. I'm glad we took out the old chase for the chimney. This room is so much more usable without that.

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2, or our bedroom. Apparently I forgot I designed a chandelier in here? I sure didn't order one.

Middle bathroom

The middle bathroom looks pretty great. That red ceiling is perfect. Only five coats of paint!

Back bathroom

The back bathroom looks less heavily draped in plastic these days. That's the towel warmer and some plumbing fittings in there on the bench.

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3, looking very blue. I do like that pendant fixture in the bay.

Bedroom 4

And Bedroom 4. Just a really solid large bedroom.

Yesterday I walked through with the general contractor and we put together a bunch of punch lists. I have one more large set of drawings to do for them, then I get a brief rest while they come up with more things for me to do. Woot.