Just as we are entering the home stretch for our second home in the Berkshires, and ‘pretty things’ are starting to take shape, I thought I would share an update on what’s happening. There is a big push to get to the finish line by mid-November, which would have us potentially celebrating Thanksgiving there…which is a nice goal to think about. It’s a goal that also gives me massive heartburn, and a wee bit of PTSD thinking back to our home renovation a few years ago that had a hard Christmas deadline…which of course I swore I’d never do again…ha).
I haven’t photographed the exterior of the house for a few weeks, since it hasn’t changed that much, but here is one from awhile back to give you some context…
And here is why we call it Goldenrod Hill…
Last week I finally hired a landscape architect. If you are building a house from scratch, I don’t recommend waiting as long as I did :). It was intentional, but still not ideal. Anyway…
Although we want to have a good amount of space for kids to play and roam, I also want to maintain the meadows and wooded areas that surround our home. They are so pretty to look at and make me feel like I am on vacation in the country (which is the whole point!!!). I learned that there is a particular way you time a twice-yearly mowing to promote the growth of goldenrod vs. meadow grasses. How cool is that??
Now I just need to figure out how to banish all of the ticks. Hmph.
Regrettably, I don’t have amazing pictures of the inside, but here goes…
One of the rooms I’m most excited about is the mudroom! It’s not terribly large but it will be hardworking and also has a dog/human shower. Last week the tile went in and it was I jumped up and down like a kid in a candy store.
The color of the door will be the color of the millwork throughout the room. The flooring is Ashfield Stone, which we laid in a herringbone pattern. The stone is quarried locally in Western MA, and I’m using a whooooole lot of it here in a variety of applications – both inside and out. (Please note that the door hardware shown is temporary!)
I am all about dark grout on a mudroom floor, and I like the way this contrasts a little with the tile.
Squeee! I’m fairly certain this dog shower will be used on my boys’ legs much more than on Harrison, but I am SO excited to have it. I just used a very basic subway tile and porcelain mosaic floor, and some remnant Montclair Danby marble for the curb and caps. Walls are not yet grouted.
OK, on to the main bathroom (note: formerly known as ‘master,’ we are doing away with this terminology due to its offensive origins)…
It’s a full-on Danby show in here! The Danby marble quarry is in Vermont, which works perfectly for my effort to source everything for this house as locally as possible. What you’re looking at is a little freestanding tub backsplash drama I’m trying to make with some extra material from my slab of Fantastico Danby, which I bought before I had any idea what to do with it. It just captured me and I knew I’d design the whole bathroom around it. The tile on the floor and walls is the more well-known Imperial Danby.
By the way, this is the first bathroom I have designed FOR MYSELF. I have somehow made it over 8 years in business without renovating a single bathroom where I live. So this is very exciting indeed!
Fantastico! This vanity top was being set when I was on site last Friday. I love it so much.
Staying in the bathroom lane, the bunkroom bath is coming along nicely. The vanity was being templated for its Ashfield Stone countertop. And I just realized my picture of it is way too blurry to even share here! 🙁
I love this pinwheel mosaic on the bunkroom bathroom floor! My eagle-eyed niece made a great catch, though – do you see it? No one else did until she pointed it out!
Truly no idea how this happens with a sheeted mosaic tile. A mystery wrapped up in an enigma for sure…
Stepping outside now…sort of!
With every project I work on, there is always one room that surprises me by being my favorite. It kind of sneaks up on you unexpectedly. Our architects (Burr & McCallum Architects) knocked it out of the park with this screened porch. It is spectacular. (Don’t worry – the railing system will be installed before we use it!).
It also is home to the very first decorative light fixture that’s been installed! Missing light bulbs, but still… Seeing it last week inspired me to finally sit down and figure out how we would furnish this area. I had postponed it because I knew we’d be moving in late fall, but now that we’re all scheming ways to extend our outdoor living season with firetables and space heaters, it’s game on for November porch fun!
I think it will be really special to observe the changing of the seasons throughout the year from our little perch up on Goldenrod Hill – bug-free ;).
I’ll be sharing more updates here and on Instagram as we hurdle toward the finish line. The kitchen cabinets were delivered yesterday so it will be so nice to see those being installed when I am there this coming Friday! There’s nothing that says ‘holy wow, this is really happening’ quite like a kitchen going in. Also set to make a lot of progress this week – more bathroom tile, and our feature fireplace and chimney in the living room. Stay tuned!
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