Literally just in the nick of time, another house was ready for it’s new homeowner last week. We were just finished the final cleaning when the moving truck pulled into the driveway – you would think we like adrenaline or something! It is not usually quite this close from completion until move in but it was unavoidable on this project ~ and we were just thrilled to have been able to pull it off. Our tradesmen and crew went the extra mile, making sure that everything that could be completed ~ was. It was sure a busy week!

The thing that isn’t so good though is the photos, as there just wasn’t enough time to properly capture the finished product before the boxes and furniture were coming in. I was taking photos when I could ~ you’ll see what I mean in a sec….

First I’ll show you the house from the road ~ this angle “borrows” the landscaping from the neighbours garden, taking away some of the harshness of the bare soil.

I really like the colour that we have stained the Hardie plank siding and Hardie shingles ~ even though the Benjamin Moore name ‘Ebony Slate’ sounds like it would be black, it actually has quite a purple tone. It was a brave choice but one that has turned out to be perfect ~ the white windows, soffits, gutters & downspouts and trim (Benjamin Moore – Full Moon) all help in toning down the strength of the dark siding ~ leaving a fresh, crisp and current looking exterior. The use of the light grey natural stone also softens and lightens the look. To my mind, the exterior stain colour compliments the earth tones of the two neighbouring homes, giving a subtle & uplifting note to the quiet harmony of the natural setting.

The kitchen / great room went from this in the morning,

To this by noon…

It will be a couple of weeks before the quartz countertops will be ready, so for now we have installed temporary plywood tops and covered them with a washable surface. The island will look quite stunning, as the thick quartz will wrap down both ends of the island, to the floor ~ creating a sleek and modern look. A glass subway tile with a subtle bamboo pattern is being considered (or something similar to it) and will be installed as a black splash, adding visual interest.

The master bedroom was all ready…

In the ensuite, the frameless 10 mil shower door was being installed that morning but the Corion countertops with integral sinks were delayed for a few days so we had a plywood counter installed temporarily.

The vanity is designed to be floating above the floor and will look great with the countertop, sinks and faucets installed. The final drawer face that was back ordered was minutes from being installed, as were the completion of the light fixtures.

The office is fitted with all of the necessary electrical requirements, allowing it to be the hub for the rest of the houses internet connectivity.

The floors throughout the house (except for the bathrooms, laundry & utility rooms) are done with Armstrong’s Luxe Vinyl planking in Timber Bay Provincial Brown – it is extremely durable and looks fantastic.  Apparently it will stand up even better than most laminate products and doesn’t have the hollow sound that walking on some laminates have ~ add to that an attractive price point and you have another great flooring product that is worth considering.

The wall colour that was chosen to be used throughout the house is Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and the trim is Benjamin Moore Full Moon. The Revere Pewter is a great neutral that seems to go with most other colours and depending upon the lighting is either a warm grey or takes on a slight taupe tone. The colour on the fireplace wall is the same as the exterior – Ebony Slate, it was another daring choice but has given the desired dramatic impact. I think I will discuss having the baseboard around the fireplace bumped out area painted with the Ebony Slate, creating a sleeker line.

 So, another custom home is all ready ~ finished just in time, and turned over to a happy & excited homeowner that will now put in the real finishing touches, the touches that will turn this house into a home.