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Trullbrook Kitchen Progress

full slab // green tweed // sarah sherman samuelI’m checking in with some progress from the Trullbrook Residence and the kitchen is quickly winning in the race to my heart. If you haven’t seen the before photos or the design plan take a peek here first. It is pretty much my dream palette which started with the Fireclay Brick Tile (the color is Northwoods) and soared to the nethersphere with this dreamy slab (called green tweed).

fireclay brick tile // northwoods // sarah sherman samueltile-going-inI popped in on tile day and got so excited to see the brick tile getting installed. Each Fireclay brick is handmade and it has a that stubbly texture like, well, brick, so each tile is slightly different than the next, giving it that subtle perfectly imperfect feel. Once it is in, it’s like it was always there.

tile-to-wood-transitionThey had to cover it up right away so the grout dries evenly and to protect it from all the rest of the work going on, but I came back a few days later and peeled up a corner to get a quick snap. Excuse the dirt but I also wanted to show how we used a brass schluter for the transition from tile to hardwood. YUM!

kitchen-hardwareplanNext was onto the cabinet install. Again, we went with Ikea bases and turned to Semi-Handmade for all the doors and drawer fronts. Their shaker profile is a more refined looking and higher quality version of the Ikea shaker doors and their ability to make extra panels and trim pieces give the look of a custom kitchen for a lot less expense. We chose their white supermatte finish.

cabinets-going-inThen came the day when I stopped in to check on the slab install and got a surprise, but this time not a good one. You may see it in the photo above… there is a seam in maybe the worst place to have a seam. One of the focal points of a kitchen is the range and they put a seam, right at eye level above the range!!! UGH.

slabHere’s a close-up so you can see it a big closer. Now, I was METICULOUS with drawings of the slabs and where I wanted to have the cuts. Because, as you can see, the marble has some very unique markings and I wanted to make sure I had control over where the colored veins fell. And thank God I had it all documented, because in this case it was the fabricators mistake and we had the plans to prove it. Unfortunate for them though because they had to buy an entire new slab (thankfully there was 1 left from the same batch at the slab yard) and re-cut it. So we dodged a bullet that would have probably driven my nuts and all is well in the end.

cabinets-ingreen-slab-white-cabinets-brass-pullsOf course by the time I got over to check it out all together, the kitchen was all covered in plastic while the painters were working on the walls and ceiling. You can get the idea of how the kitchen is coming together though. The island still isn’t in, or the appliances, but under all the covers it is getting close (and already looking so much bigger and brighter than the before photos). I was able to peel up a bit of paper to get this tiny detail shot which is getting me so excited to see it all come together. Green + white + brass = true love.

To see all of the Trullbrook Residence plans and progress so far check here. 

Cabinet boxes by Ikea with Doors & Drawer fronts by Semi-handmade // Brick Tile in “Northwoods” by Fireclay // Drawer Pulls by Schoolhouse Electric

a-frame kitchen plans & progress

a-frame-kitchen-rendering2It is happening!!!  We have made some progress in the A-frame cabin kitchen… finally. Now that things are underway, I’m excited to share my plans for the space and what made it onto my must have list…

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backyard progress: modern pergola

backyard // sarah sherman samuelIt has already started to heat up around these parts and I am looking forward to using more and more of our backyard again. We built the benches two years ago creating an outdoor living room/lounge area that we love. The benches are still looking great however the grass to the left of the lounge area did not survive long after this photo was taken. So I started thinking about how we could claim that part of our yard, which turned into a muddy mess, back again.

backyard baby shower // sarah sherman samuelYou may remember this baby shower I threw literally days after the new sod was put in and the grass glorious and the bougainvillea served as a perfect backdrop for the dining table. That space was always meant to be out outdoor “dining room” but the grass never took because, shaded by the bougainvillea, the corner never gets any sun and we were left with a squishy muddy mess.

 

modern pergola in progressYou can start to see the the mud taking over here.

modern-pergola-sketch // sarah sherman samuelSo, I made a plan. Mostly in my head but I threw together a quick sketch so Rupert was on board and off we went. I wanted to create a modern pergola that would not only be framed out by the bougainvillea but also with patio lights for extra ambience during those long summer evening dinners. I kept the structure simple using only 4×4’s (make sure they are treated because they will be going into the ground) and cut the cross beams flush to the support beams to keep it modern. We dug down about a foot and a half and anchored each post with cement before adding the cross beams with 6 inch bolts.

modern pergola in progressHere is a snap of our work in progress and speaking of snaps… I have been snapchatting lately (I still still slightly like a granny with new technology when I use it but I’m @sarahssamuel where you can see more behind the scenes (and lots of Archer) on the daily). We bought 2′ x 2′ paver stones for the base which we plan to fill the spaces with river rock.

outdoor dining room // sarah sherman samuelNext we covered the entire ground area with plastic, so no stray grass starts growing between our new pavers (no one likes that), and then covered that with sand making sure all is level and good before placing the pavers. That’s as far as we’ve gotten but hopefully we can finish before the weekend as we have a double header birthday party!

follow along for more progress on instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel) and snapchat (I’m @sarahssamuel)

Pavers and 4x4s from HD Supply

home progress: main bath renovation

bathroom renovation // tile progress The tile is DONEZO, (woo hoo!) aka grouted and finished, and I am completely in love with the subtle textural pattern created by matching the grout color to the tile. It is a clean slate, ready to have the fixtures installed and accessories added.

bathroom renovation // tile progress bathroom renovation // tile progress We tiled all the walls except the one with the entry door on it which I had painted in “pitch black” by Farrow & Ball to match the floor tiles. I was a bit hesitant to paint the door and trim so dark but I really like how it turned out, gives it just a bit of drama. You can also just see the new linen closet/cabinet tucked in the corner which is where the old tiny shower was. The space is now much more utilized with the cabinet for extra storage.

bathroom renovation // tile progress See how far we’ve come after the jump…

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renovation update: finished floors & bathroom progress

kitchen-progressWe are getting closer to the end of our renovation and I CAN NOT wait to start moving our things back in, hang some art, and just enjoy some time at home. I can’t believe how much counter space we have now that that wall is history. The new pieces of marble for the extension of the countertop and backsplash are in place, and all that is left to do hang the upper cabinets, put the doors on the new base cabinets, and paint the toe-kicks.

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home progress & addition plans

bathroom addition planRemember the “future bedroom” I pointed out here, well I thought I would share what all we have going on inside. On the top is the existing floorplan of the tiny bedroom and sole bathroom. Below that I’ve drawn out our plans for the addition (the light blue lines show the old walls that will be removed). We will be adding a new bathroom (hallelujah), a bigger closet (double hallelujah), and then extending the bedroom out.

Progress photos after the jump…

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