Thursday, October 21, 2010

What's Cooking???

Our kitchen cabinetry that’s what! Marana Kitchen and Home Design did all of the built in cabinetry on our main floor, including kitchen, island, servery and family room wall unit. On delivery day, there was so much material, it took over three hours to unload the truck. We filled practically the entire main floor of the house with cabinetry, trim and hardware. Our installer, John and his assistant Roger, took about a week to do the initial installation. It was really nice to have someone else doing all the work for a change!

Once the kitchen cabinets were in, Rob installed all the appliances and venting himself. We had bought our appliances back in February 2009 at Goeman's appliances in Mississauga. We bought all new appliances including Subzero fridge, Dacor walloven, warming drawer, 6-burner cooktop and microwave/convection, Bosch dishwasher, Vent-a-Hood fan and LG front load steam washer and dryer in Cherry Red!

Our granite countertops were fabricated and installed by Romar Tile. There is giallo ornamental granite in the kitchen and servery, and a beautiful 9 foot piece of antique brown granite for the mahagony island.

Family Time

We love built-in stuff. Particularly cabinetry. We always wanted a nice wall unit in our family room so now we have one. It has tons of storage (it’s 16 feet wide). In the center of it all will be our new 52” Sharp aquos LED TV. Underneath and hidden from sight will be the home theater equipment. The TV will have Ethernet connection as well. Surround sound will be 5.1 with Paradigm ceiling speakers, center channel and subwoofer. Denon will provide the muscle. Everything has been pre-wired including our outdoor speakers.

Can you tell Rob wrote this post??? The fight over the TV remote will be epic! Not unlike the fight over Lucy’s wish to hire a designer to help her decorate everything!

12 Feet of Heaven!!!

When you see ads for walk-in closet fitters, or DIY type home shows, or just real estate listings, usually the walk-in closet, although it looks big, always looks messy and unkempt. Why is that? Well.....because no matter how organized the closet may be, as long as you can see the stuff, it just doesn't look as nice as it could. So what we did was put doors in front of our walk-in closet system. It's 12 feet long and was installed and customized by Rob. So far..... the in-person reviews have been awesome.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Painting Mania

Rob took on the job of painting the entire house himself. Lucy does not paint! Big savings.... however, a massive amount of work for one person considering he was starting from scratch. Scratch being unprimed drywall, crown moulding, baseboards and wood trim pretty much throughout the entire house.

The dining room and stairway to the second floor both had original wainscoting in stain that we wanted to paint out, which turned out to be a significant time eater.

The results were excellent. We couldn't be happier and below you can view some before and after pictures.