Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WE Have Floors - Move in- 4 Weeks!

During my house visit yesterday,  I was delighted with new additions to the house.  I have been nervous over the stain color of the main level's floors .  We were going for a grey tone French white oak wide plank look, but we didn't want to spend the money for the real deal!   So our plan was to mimic the look. 
We installed white oak wide plank flooring. We lightly sanded them and left the saw marks prominent to get a more rustic feel.  After trying several combinations of walnut and grey stains mixed together, we finally just stained them min wax grey.  The oak wood tends to want to go brown and just a little bit of walnut stain, made them look too dark. 

See how the above sample got very brown with just a thimble full of walnut added to the grey!
So we eliminated the walnut stain!

The baseboard is actually a dark gray, but is still covered in paper to protect it from the staining process.  

The resulting color is a soft soothing grey.  We finished the floors with a light satin finishing coat.
I didn't want any shine and they achieved my goal!   The floors blend beautifully with the Montana snow fencing arches and the Sherwin Williams Mindful gray walls.  

Now for the lower level floors!!!  This decision caused numerous nights of lost sleep!  As a money saving solution, we installed maple hardware and lacquered it a gloss white!  The color is Benjamin Moore Moonshine- a perfect white with gray undertones.  What you are seeing is 3 coats of paint, with the top coat still drying.   A fourth and final coat will be applied tomorrow! 

While I cannot walk on these floors yet, I am so excited to see the rest of them.  I think they will lighten up the lower level and give it a modern twist!  On this floor, modern elements will mix with French antiques!   Lot's of cow rugs should add some rustic touches!   
  I can't wait to see how this all comes together. 

 Deck rails went up!

 Balcony rails went up. 
They are the same design as the decks, but have an additional decorative panel in the centers.

 A cement wall is being constructed in the front of the house.  It will be covered with Doggett Mountain stone and then capped to form a parking pad for guests.  Fill dirt will be added and then Gray Dublin Cobblestone pavers will be laid.  

And today, we met with the landscape architect to review the plans for plantings!  We have to plant all the ground cover and install soil  erosion features  to get a certificate of occupancy.  So we are getting started next week!

And the chandeliers continue to go up!  This Aiden Gray chandelier was hung today in the conservatory.  I love the contrast with the Doggett Mountain Stone walls.  

And just to put a final happy dance in my feet,  the electrician began to permanently power up the house and start to install dimmers and switches.   I can't wait to have wine and cheese in this room!


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I have so enjoyed following along on your building adventure! I cannot wait to see the beautiful finished house!

Christy said...

Love the floors, love the chandelier and I am absolutely enthralled with your choices. The railing detail is so pretty. I cannot believe move in day is coming so quickly .

Katha said...

Susan, it is GORGEOUS! Those gloss white floors are to die for!!! With the cow rugs and French antiques addition
you are never going to want to leave home !

Sarah said...

I know you are eager for these final stages to finish quickly so you can move into this beautiful new home. It is stunning in all the details not to mention the view.

Katie Mansfield said...

This is stunning. I just found your blog. I cannot wait to look back on the progress of this gorgeous home.

Laurell Banner said...

Things are popping now. Everything looks amazing.
The chandeliers are are all beautiful. Love the white floors.
Also love all of your hardware. That truly makes a home.
It is a magnificent mountain home.
Thanks for taking us along on this journey with you.

anjillie said...

Newbie here, so forgive me if I am confused...this appears to be a lovely new home, yet you mention things like dining hall, elevators for guest luggage and hotel area for this for friends and family or is this an Inn? Either way, so pretty. I will have to read up some past blogs to understand better! The scenery resembles our area here in Colorado (Boulder) but can't see it well. Looking forward to all the furnishings.