Yes – we’re here! I’m so sorry it has taken so long to post a new blog entry but I wanted to have photos of the mostly finished house.
We made a couple of trips out to SK toward the end of the build (mid-December) to help make some decisions. Here’s Bill in the basement (king bed guest room) standing on the underlay carpeting, looking into the closet which doesn’t yet have doors!
The “guts” of our home are in the mechanical room. (Please forgive me Mom, for using that word. For those who don’t know, Grandpa Larson used to say it & made it sound like a swear word – which Mom hated!) Here is one of the plumbers explaining things to us.
Blaine, our builder, explaining about the vanities in the bathroom to Bill. How high off the floor should they be? How far apart? (etc.)
Looking out from the mud room, where the laundry facilities will be, you can see one of our beautiful garage doors with the 3 windows in it – a bit like our front door which has 4 lights in it.
Here is part of my green kitchen before the countertops went in.
Interestingly, there was an advertisement in the Co-op newsletter – which bore a great resemblance to my kitchen, except it was gray. It even had the same countertops we chose “Brittania” – white quartz w/ gray veining. This product seems to have swept the market because we’ve seen it on HGTV on Bryan Baeumler’s & Scott McGillivray’s shows. Robyn & Arnie have it in their newly renovated kitchen!
Here is the other side of the kitchen (w/ a missing fridge) & our island with no countertop, covered in junk!
We moved in Jan. 23rd – to a crew of contractors living with us for nearly 3 weeks. The move itself went very smoothly. The movers came the day before & packed everything up & then left early the next morning to Maple Creek. We also left early & arrived just after they did to the unloading of boxes which filled the house (since there were quite a few other boxes still to be sorted).
Blaine, our main building contractor had left for AZ for the winter & his son who also worked with him, had gone to Thailand to get married! That left Kelly, who tried his very hardest to have everything done for us. He resorted to using as many family as he could muster to make everything clean for us. However, it wasn’t quite that easy & we had a pretty big mess for at least a month. There were lots of unfinished jobs in nearly every room. The plumber thought we could just stay in the hotel for a few days but he didn’t realize we had the cats with us as well as all perishables from the fridge! It was all hands on deck to get the fridge hooked up. Nonetheless I don’t think we lost anything & got it all put away before we went to bed.
Lots of boxes still to open & sort. No chairs to sit on except the garden chairs brought in by the contractors to sit down for lunch.
You can see our front door (which is purple on the outside) – it has the 4 windows in it – & the dining room filled with boxes.
Dear Kelly went above & beyond the call of duty by putting together all of our IKEA furniture – & we had lots of it in the basement. THAT would have taken us ages. It was quite a slog. Not only was the house not finished, but by the time it was, it was filthy everywhere! So it was moving, sorting, cleaning, decision-making, re-arranging, trying to eat, sleeping, etc.
We shut the cats in the bedroom w/ their food, water & litter box & the door closed, so they wouldn’t be too scared of all the strangers doing stuff in the house. That worked out okay. Here they are looking out the sunny bedroom window.
Our piano was delvered on Feb. 22nd. Dear Mom gave it to us as a housewarming – although I’m a bit scared when I think it’s been 50 years since I’ve played! Also, my teacher (Penny) is in AZ until April! Here it is being delivered!
A month after we moved in, Mom came for a visit for 5 days. She wanted to be sure she saw it before she dies. (At 97 it could happen any time, I guess, though she is likely to make it to 100 or more being in such good health. Her only serious complaint is pain in her neck which she can at least get relief from when she sleeps or with her warm bean-bag around her neck when she’s sitting in her comfy chair.) Here she is in “her” chair in our partly furnished living room on the day she arrived with a cup of tea.
I am planning to take some photos when we have all our pictures put up in the house, but for now, you will get the general idea.
Can you believe that we have a winter wonderland on March 12th? Top L: our deck (which I tried to clear w/ the leaf blower, but it doesn’t like the cold temps & snow blowing back into it!) Can you see Bill using the snow blower top R? Bottom L: still snowing just after clearing our curved walkway. You can’t quite tell, but the pile of snow on the deck, bottom R, is a foot and a half high!
Of course we had lots of business to conduct, including getting new license plates! Here is our first SK license plate (on the Lincoln).
We were extremely happy to find out we could also get our old AB vanity plate “BIRDERS” here in SK! It goes on the new truck. (We traded in our F250 for an F150 – which is a little smaller & easier to park etc. Still pulls our trailer, which we have stored in Wilf’s hangar.)
Now for the rest of the house. First from the street you can see our dirty wasteland with a beautiful curving walkway – & our purple door!
This is the living room with the piano just on the wall behind the 3-seater couch.
Bill’s office is just to the right of the piano.
Our dining room will have an area rug underneath (when it finally arrives!)
The kitchen you’ve seen before.
A little down the hall to the left, is the mud room with our washer/dryer as well as the cat’s food/water/box & the entrance to the garage (where both our car & truck are parked in heated comfort.
To the right down the hall is our master bedroom.
Sometimes the girls cuddle up together in the same heated basket on top of our wardrobe, even though they each have one!
On the left the last door is to our main bathroom.
The powder room as at the very end of the hall, straight ahead.
Downstairs we go.
First right is the twin guest room – where Mom stayed in the bed on the far wall. Anyone find it alluring?
Our exercise room is also filled with cabinets with all our books.
Then the storage room – Bill was the supreme organiser on this one!
This is the mechanical room which now contains Bill’s workbench & tool cabinet.
Lastly is the other guest room with a king-sized bed. Maybe this is more alluring to some of you?
This should give you an idea of the place. The only disappointment for me in moving to Maple Creek is that there is no CBC radio coverage here! Boo hoo!
We are off to a wedding in Montana at the end of the month (one of the 2 cute sisters who had babies about the same time a year or so ago). We will get to see lots of Bill’s family – which we love! Then after that, maybe we’ll get back to some of Bill’s bird photos & the landscaping of our wasteland!