It has been way too long since I last posted so I thought I’d set the tone with this quote by Taj Mahal, a Grammy award winning blues musician:
Remember that feeling as a child when you woke up and the morning smiled? It’s time you felt like that again.
Well, that is how I am feeling. It has been all about finish details, clearing the lot and stucco…more stucco! Will it ever end?! The final application of Dryvit (applied on top of the two scratch coats) is almost done then the scaffolding can come down. Getting around the property with equipment has been at a virtual standstill with all the scaffolding! But by week’s end, we should all be smiling.
One of the most amazing transformations occurred when Andy Presley brought in a grinder to remove years of undergrowth, bittersweet, multiflora roses, poison ivy and saplings. The machine simply chewed up the junk and layed it back on the forest floor in the form of mulch. You can now see the house from across the creek and it makes me want to walk in the woods again! The biggest transformation was along the creek bank. Now you can see Robinson Creek flowing the length of the property unobstructed! We stopped when we ran into a yellow jacket’s nest so I have a bit more to go, but it can wait for William Deaver, owner of Trademark Homescapes, who starts landscape installation today!!
Sydney Crawford and Randy Redrick have begun installing door trim, interior doors, baseboard and shelving. We have selected solid birch doors trimmed with spalted maple. I chose a very simple 8″ baseboard with square edging and a very simple door trim detail. Minimal and modern is the look I am hoping to achieve.
Dennis Crawford has installed the cabinets in the kitchen and the bathroom vanities. Oh how fabulous they are! I chose a painted cabinet for the kitchen because it will compliment the fireplace mantle in the great room as well as the book cases next to the fireplace. The color is Sherwin Williams Alabaster SW7008. The master bathroom vanity is cherry stained to compliment a large double mirror that I already have. Love the leg detail on the front!! The guest bathroom vanity is a wall hung style painted Behr Asparagus green! Trust me…with the handwrought plumbing fixtures and towel bars it’s going to be fabulous!!
Randy has also set the tile for the master bath shower. I chose Shale 12″ x 24″ tiles for the shower walls in a modern, stacked pattern with Bistro Brown 2″ x 2″ floor tiles. The garden tub surround is Cottonwood Strip Mosaic. All tile selections have been provided by Crossville Tile in Fletcher. They know their products and offer fantastic service! If you are considering a tile project, go see Amanda!
Wholesale Glass has measured for the frameless shower door just in the nick of time to get installed before the Parade of Homes. Have I mentioned Parade of Homes? Well, mark your calendars for October 12-13 and October 19-20 to tour 26 inspiring homes by 20 of Asheville’s finest builders. It’s free and you will see a wide variety of products, styles and designs. You can download the MyHomeFound app, an online and mobile tour of the Parade on your smart phone. Watch for the 2013 Parade of Homes mobile tour to go live by October 1, 2013. Blue Ridge Energy Systems has put my home on this year’s Parade as their entry. I also encourage everyone who is thinking about building to take time to walk the six remaining available lots at Greenwood. It’s a fabulous community of green-thinking homeowners who love the convenient proximity to Asheville with the wooded seclusion the community provides. There will be several of the Blue Ridge Energy Systems employees to answer questions and show you around! (They are also famous for providing homemade chocolate chip cookies!)
Jamie Shelton has been hard at work installing the cove lighting in the great room, office and master bath. We are using multiple linked T5 fluorescent tubes to uplight the incredible spalted maple ceilings and to provide the primary night lighting for the rooms. Cove lighting is fabulous because it hides the fixtures and provides a very even, warm light with no bright lights to shine in your eyes. We will continue the uplighting in the kitchen by setting more T5’s on top of the cabinets. The molding at the top of the cabinets will hide the lights. I did not want recessed lights in the ceilings because I think they would have been less attractive and create harsh glare. The cove lighting was an integral part of the design process from the beginning. It takes lots of early planning to make this all come together in the end.
Jamie has also begun installing the decorative light fixtures: pendants over the island in the kitchen, dining room chandelier, bathroom sconces, and ceiling fans in all the bedrooms, great room and covered porch. I selected Justice Design Group for my light fixtures because of their simple, modern design, gorgeous glass globes, and their focus on LED/CFL energy efficiency. No sneak peak, but come see for yourself on Parade of Homes!
Selecting window blinds was another project for me this week. Jamie Hartzog with Blinds and Designs is amazing!! I have one west facing window in my office and a west facing glass door in the kitchen. These are not desirable due to the hot sun that comes streaming into the house. I encourage you to click here for more details provided by the Florida Solar Energy Center about window orientation and shading. Jamie helped me select Hunter Douglas Architella shades that qualify for a 10% energy tax credit. The Duette Architella Honeycomb Shade Collection provides a high level of energy efficiency with its innovative honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb design, reducing energy loss up to 40% at the window. The newest revolution in window fashions delivers 20% more energy efficiency than original Architella shades. I continued the shades in the two guest bedrooms and in the master bath garden tub area. Check that off my to-do list!
Fairview Door has installed the garage doors. What a difference it makes to no longer see gaping holes at the front of the house! I chose C.H.I. model 2294. These insulated doors have an r-value of 12.35 so the garage will not overheat in the summer nor become frigid in the winter. Nice! I had the factory powder coat them black so the exterior finish is impeccable. We mounted the doors using the Liftmaster jackshaft garage door opener. They mount on the wall beside the garage door, freeing up ceiling space, and is available with an optional power standby system that continues working even when the power goes out.
As you can tell, it’s been busy around Greenwood! Much more big magic happens in the next two weeks, so stay tuned!!