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  • June 27, 2018

    The Stone House: February update

    January was a quiet month, I am not even sure we even visited the Stone House. Work started up again in February, with the installation of new windows! 

     

    Originally we weren't going to invest in new windows but after evaluating the condition of the chewed out upstairs windows and deciding we wanted to replace them with 6 over 6 double hung, there was no turning back. We looked at Marvin, and dreamers do as dreamers do, we proceeded to annoy them with our seemingly ridiculous purist requests. 

     

    The modern window game is all about vinyl and gas filled double pane. They really had a hard time understanding our desire for wood windows. We also disputed over the visible stainless metal pieces you inevitably see in the double pane window. We knew it would bother us to no end. So we finally agreed to an energy panel solution, which is basically a removable extra window panel that sits discreetly inside the frame.

     

    In the end we are really happy that we replaced the windows.

     

    I realize I didn't really say anything about the marble tub so for those who are wondering, during John's internet wanderings, he found a place online, based out of Spain, that had acquired a bunch of decommissioned tubs from an Italian spa.  Since we already deal with importing and shipping from Europe, it wasn't as daunting of a task to order.

     

    Painting has started in the guest bedroom. Here you see the primer coat for Belgian Wilderness from Pure & Original paints. Trim hasn't been painted yet.

     

     

    In the parlour the primer coat for Elephant has been applied. 

     

    The summer kitchen has some progress to show. The beams above have all been sanded so now they contrast less with the ceiling boards. In even bigger news, the Esse stove arrived. More on this later...

     

    Upstairs in the bedroom, the insulation is in the ceiling and the framer has reinforced the roof, and laid the new ceiling, using smoked oak boards.

     

    A pretty substantial jump forward!

  • June 18, 2018

    The Stone House: Marble Tub

    Super not cool of us to be posting winter photos when summer is just getting started (then again, we have a heat warning today in Toronto so...maybe this will cool you down?). We'll try to get through this as quickly as possible. But winter is one of the reasons we bought this property. To have a place to escape to, to be able to play outside in the snow. 

     

    Right before the New Year, we headed to the stone house to meet a special delivery: an antique marble tub from Europe. We told you we were dreamers...

     

    For this particular delivery we enlisted the skills of Braymore. We've used this company three times (twice for pianos) and they are the best with moving special and challenging large scale items. Not only are they incredibly professional, they are courteous and pleasant.

     

    On the left is where the tub will go. You can get a peek at the sanded floor! The effort that went into sanding the layers of shellac off these floors should not be underestimated. Many sanding pads were used in the effort.

     

    On the right, the tub made it in one piece into the kitchen. Here the movers are calculating the next step of getting it down a ramp into the bathroom, without it falling through the floor, which is reinforced but not throughout the entire space. I'll post the nail biting video to @mjolkshop instagram stories.

     

     

     

     

    Meanwhile, the plasterer is busy working in the living room.

     

    Slowly lowering the tub to the floor, using a system of blocks.

     

    Mission accomplished! 

  • June 13, 2018

    The Stone House: December Progress

    Wallpaper has been fully removed and plaster repair has begun. 

     

    Don't you just adore the mottled plaster? Maybe we should have kept it. We didn't. But our paint decision in the guest bedroom was informed by the current colour. We chose Pure & Original's Belgian Wilderness (and later we also chose the same colour for our back showroom at Mjolk!).

     

    Check out the simple but nice molding in the windows. We'll be keeping all the molding.

     

    Out in the living room, the walls also have an interesting texture and colour (which, spoiler alert, subconsciously ends up informing our colour choice as well).  The light continues to be beautiful, even in December.

     

    This side, not as much! 

     

    The summer kitchen is coming along! The concrete has been poured, and there is a new drop ceiling of whitewashed rough boards. We're thinking the beams need some refinishing now.

     

    The green tape on the floor is us trying to figure out how the kitchen will be placed. We've worked through many variations as the space is a bit odd, with several doors, and a low window.

     

    You can see here that one of the beams has been refinished. It's nice to have things fresh and bright. Originally when we started this project we wanted to head in a darker more moody aesthetic but we can't seem to help ourselves with the pale wood.

     

    Not much has happened upstairs, besides being cleaned up. There is frost on the inside of the roof...a worrisome sight since we have no aspirations to replace the roof...

  • June 12, 2018

    The Stone House: October Progress

    Wallpaper removal progress in the parlour. The demo team gave up and left the rest for the painter.

     

    The guest bedroom is at a stand still.

     

     

    The room that is designated to become the bathroom was in the worst shape on the main floor so we have decided to pull it back and drywall.

     

    Really nothing much happening in here except the gorgeous late autumn light. It's going to be so spectacular when we are settled in. A part of us wants to leave the plaster as is but we will be testing out Pure & Original paint instead.

     

    I just love the space, with the farmhouse staircase to the second floor. I still remember a similar stair at my grandparent's house.

     

    In other news, the fill was laid down and I didn't bother to photograph it. The insulation and pipes have been laid for infloor radiant heating. We figured it was the best way to maintain the temperature in this space. The main floor of the house is forced air, and in the upstairs bedroom we will be mostly relying on a wood stove. We may regret this.

     

    The summer kitchen is a big space! Next step is concrete.