There are a couple of phases of construction that command a great deal of excitement. The two that come to mind for me are framing and drywall. While an incredible number of things happen between those two stages of a project, both framing and drywall yield major visual impact.
Here are the beginning stages of our framing....
As you can see, the new family room is going to have a fabulous view of the pool (and Charlie, the golden retriever) and our favorite swimmer!
Inside the walls have taken shape and the second story floor has gone in. With all of the angles and existing conditions, the architect has created a complicated framing plan to address the issues. Note how the joists are going in different directions.
For now, we can observe the addition without impacting our house. This bank of windows in our breakfast room are going to become a cased opening to the new family room. Our contractor, Terbrock Luxury Homebuilders, have taken great care to disrupt our family as little as possible during this stage of the project. There will come a time in the not too distant future that we may be sharing morning coffee with a cadre of carpenters!
Speaking of morning coffee, it is always a good idea to show your appreciation for all of the hard work your contractors do by feeding them well. Kolaches are a St Louis favorite (and my oldest son, Eric, is always willing to pick up snacks when he gets his egg and cheese breakfast treat).
More later and the dust gets cranking up around here...
When we started this project, the fireplace had been painted out the same light yellow as the wall color with the exception of the stones around the firebox. The fireplace lacked impact.
I had a local artist (aka DeAnn Bingaman!) faux finish this fireplace to look like the original limestone. The mantle was also finished to look like wood and helps to establish focal point. Adding impact and updating the look of your fireplace can seem like a daunting task; choosing the right features to highlight can make an (easy!) and gorgeous update to your existing fireplace...just in time for chilly winter nights!
Well, as is often the case, life can be a series of feast or famine periods. I am happy to report that things at Laura Lee Home have been bustling. We added a very large construction project to our list of current projects at the same time that my home renovation was getting started. We have made quite a bit of progress since I posted our preparation for Renovation earlier this spring. With the summer a distant memory, follow along as I catch you up on the transformation.
Our property has struggled with drainage issues since we purchased it back in 2008. One of the benefits of renovating is addressing how water flows during periods of heavy rain. The contractor installed pipes under the foundation which tie into our lateral line to correct our problem.
The foundation walls are poured and the concrete slab that will be the flooring in our new lower level patio is completed..
After the slab cured, the contractors covered up the new concrete to protect it during the next phase of construction ~ FRAMING! Stay tune as we see the plans begin to take shape!
When styling this window seat for a client, I was inspired by this intricate trim found at Samuel & Sons. Cream-colored hues framed by Grecian-style trim make this window seat as stylish as it is functional. Complimented by carefully selected pillows, this seat is certainly somewhere I wouldn’t mind kicking my feet up… So, imagine how thrilled I was when I was contacted recently by The English Home, as they were looking to feature my window seat styling as part of their carefully curated décor magazine!
Find my styling, and many other gorgeous inspirations in the October 2015 issue of The English Home. The English Home celebrates English style. Taking a closer look at fabrics, textures, colors, and more, designers and home interior enthusiasts can relish thumbing through the glossy pages of this rousing magazine.