Monday, July 4, 2011

progress and play

I am so excited to show you the progress we have made on our backyard bunkie , with this past long weekend off we were able to tackle the roof , the weather proofing , installing the windows and hanging the door and adding trim and yesterday I ticked off the list painting the door the same blue as our front door on the house, I even found a very well priced locking door knob for the bunkie so it is secure , its leaky but secure.
This is a view from inside the kitchen , it is a really welcome focal point, I can't believe how it pretty much blocks out the house behind ours , not that we don't like our back neighbours , but it makes our yard feel much more private.
Its really coming along isn't it ?
Still to do - water proofing the roof
- shingles
- shakes , installed and painted
- trim edges for exterior
- closing in the soffits
- interior walls clad in beadboard
- interior trim
- interior flooring and staining
- porch for the bunkie ( may wait till next year)
- lots and lots of painting
- Todd wants to build a cupola ???
I did all of the roofing , I do not like heights and really the bunkie is 11 feet tall so its not huge but falling from that height would hurt I'm sure , but better me than Todd to climb up there on that roof . I used tongue and groove planks, v-groove 1" x 6" planks, that way all I have to do is paint the interior ceiling and it will look just how I want , charming . But this kind of wood takes a little finessing , so I would have to climb out there and "encourage" each piece to fit together , I made sure Todd got some pictures of this , because you won't find me on the top of any roof any time soon.
As you can see I've lost a little more weight , that's 50 lbs now , it feels so good and worth all the work it took to get here.

I have been meaning to sand down this family room coffee table , and when I did this past Friday these stripes started to appear , I love it , how fitting I think , I nice sanding and a coat of wax and buffing and it feels good as new!!!
Yep that's me again . I think you can see that nice look of the v-groove , won't it look great painted out white? now should it be solid of semi transparent?

All the while I have been balancing a few balls , like this kitchen update I have been doing for a lovely lady , installing beadboard right over some old ugly tile , I used No More Nails for this , doesn't the faux tin panel look great behind the stove , they painted the cabinets white , what a transformation !!!
We had a lot of nice family time this weekend , I hope you did too , Happy 4th of July to all my American friends , we did a lot of city marshmallow roasting , see we aren't supposed to have fire pits or open fire in these suburbs , but this works ...
Outdoor projects , BBQ's , roasted marshmallows and Miller time , I love summer don't you ?


Rashida said...

Holy Cow! Your bunkie looks amazing!
I'm always so inspired by the work you do. You're tips have helped me add moulding to my stairways, change facets, install slate floors....basically do things I would have never thought I was capable of doing myself. I can't wait to see how your bunkie turns out.
Thanks for sharing your photos and ideas,

Living Lakeside said...

Bunkie looks amazing and so do you! 50lbs! Amazing! I also love the idea of the beadboard as a kitchen backsplash too! Might do the trick while were saving up for the tile we want!


WhiteWhispers2u said...

I would so love to have a bunkie how exciting! I also would love to lose 50lbs that is as exciting.Looks great and I will be back to see the finished bunkie~Cheers Kim

Heidi said...

It looks so amazing from inside the house! What a treat to look out and see that and not the house behind it! It's looking amazing!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Oh Chris, your bunkie looks amazing. My vote if for the semi-transparent, but I'm sure whatever you pick will look great. Love that you matched the door to your signature colour. It is a great focal point, a destination and a useful space all in one.

A big huge Congratulations on losing 50 pounds! I know it must have been a lot of work but so worth it! You look great. Now if only I could catch it. I'm trying though.

Dharma said...

WOWZA! Go girl, on the roof and the 50 lbs :) Cannot wait to see the final installment. Now it's Miller-time for me too. Our pool is being installed tomorrow so lots going on...

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Amazing!! That looks awesome!! Can't wait to see it completely finished. Kudos for you up there doing that roof! :)

Comeca Jones said...

I really love the lil house its so cute you guys have done a wonderful job.

laxsupermom said...

The bunkie is looking amazing! The wood ceiling/roof is absolutely gorgeous! You've really been busy. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

We're thinking of building a bunkie down at our family cottage so I'm loving your progress pictures (and all the details of course). It looks amazing so far and can't wait to see it all finished. :)


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Erica said...

I'm always so inspired by the work you do. I love the idea of the beadboard as a kitchen backsplash!

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Stacey said...

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SweDaisy said...

Oh my, the bunkie looks great, But you look better! I'm going to be going back on weight watchers and I've been running too. Is there anything else you did to loose all that weight. You look fantastic. I"m sure you feel wonderful too.

Take care,

LindaSonia said...

Boy, I wish you lived in Michigan so I could hire you!!! Great job with all your home improvement projects and with your own personal improvement. Well done!

Rose West said...

I love summer too, even though it feels like summer a LOT where I live. Your project is coming right along!

Andrea Campbell said...

I vote semi_transparent! looking great!

Christina said...

WOW!!! BUNKIE LOOKS RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING! I cannot believe you are building it yourself! Totally fabulous! And you have lost 50 pounds??!! Wow, wow, wow. Seriously. You are a HUGE inspiration.

glorystory said...

Looks great! I want one too!