Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lakehouse Update

The sound of hammers is filling the air again at the Lakehouse. We have enjoyed a full couple of weeks with carpenters busily working away. Perry has taken time off work too. A lot has been accomplished in just a few days. We have so much fun taking on projects together. Much more to be done but happy to see work resume. Not so happy with the plumbers and electricians as they are delaying us again. I do not enjoy the phrase "Maybe next week". We have a 2 week window before Tim's crew will be back to finish the decks and siding and I would hope they get here and get their jobs complete before then. Oh well no worries what will be will be.

Perry has been working diligently on the master bathroom ceilings. They look terrific. He's completed the laundry and pantry ceilings already. Will get a picture for you for my next update. I am behind getting more boards pickled and stained for him now. I have been busy staining and varnishing boards for the finishing carpenters who will arrive on Monday to complete the bonus room ceilings.  The crown moldings are ready to install in a few rooms. The doors and jambs have been ordered and the flooring dudes will arrive for the bonus room about September 10th. We may actually have one room complete but for the cabinets which we are still waiting for the final plans to approve. Time to think about making some final decisions on the slate for the bonus room bath & the stairs. Will be fun to take my painting hat off and put my tiling one on.
New deck out the kitchen door
James Hardie fascia installation on front deck ceiling waiting for electricians to  rough in some recessed lights
North deck under construction seems bigger than we imagined 
Instagram-m-ed Dorri on the 2nd floor deck off the master bedroom
Carpentry crew admiring their work on the front West deck 
Front West deck - Fiberon Horizon composite decking.  Colors Ipe and Tudor Brown for trim and I have to say it looks fantastic. 25 year warranty against fading!!! Looks like Teak without the work. 
Arbour being constructed over a small piece of the front West deck 
Front deck looking to the North 12 by 60 feet 
North side of deck. The 3 trim boards in Tudor brown border the whole complete deck. We found we had some space off this side for a small fire pit area. Along side the chipmunk mound.
The back deck off the kitchen facing East. Love that we have a small portion covered from the elements from the bedroom deck.
This deck is about 60 feet x 14 feet. Lots of room for entertaining a group. 
Front deck facing West looking to the South. I imagine in the years to come Clematis and Virginia Creeper growing up the rock covered posts.
Happy Eves Trough Day...... August 21/2013 we finally have our water issues under control. My rock garden is in no danger of being washed away anymore. Siding is complete on this high wall between the garage and the house. Not sad at all to see the last of that flappy house wrap. 
Eves troughs on the front of the house. Nice color called Commercial Brown matches the aluminum on the exterior of the windows exactly which was Architectural Brown.
My hibiscus tree is VERY happy living in the loft. Loving the sunlight from all the windows.
Non stop blooming

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Drink

1 oz. SMIRNOFF® Iced Cake Flavored Vodka
1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. pineapple juice
Club soda

Combine ingredients in a Highball glass over ice and top off with Club Soda. 
Garnish with sprinkles, a cherry and an orange twist. I would lose the sprinkles and garnish with colored sugar myself.

Check out the Smirnoff site for a large selection of tasty interesting drinks, ideas and information. 

Relax... Respect...Enjoy... Dorri

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lakehouse Update

Work is coming along at the house. Some weeks we get alot accomplished and some weeks we get nothing done and enjoy life. Life is too short for all work and no play. This week is the latter.... spending a few days in town relaxing and making fun suppers for Perry and Bold. Canadian, Indian and Asian cuisine this week yummy!! Carpenters arrive next week to finish up the decks and the exterior work on the house. Hopefully at the same time we have the finishing carpenters there as well and they are going to be completing the bonus room ceilings, windows and some door trims. The installers are tentatively booked for the bonus room floor September 10th. I hope we can make this date work. So looking forward to having a sewing room again. Once the floor is laid I will be in full set up mode! Digging thru boxes to find fabric is not alot of fun. I have a sweet baby grandson to prepare for who's arriving late November. So much to do so little time.
Washing the barn boards we are putting in the garage 1/2 bath
The ants added a new look to some of the boards??? 
Found this great old barn that had beautiful long wide well preserved weathered boards
Kitchen ceiling installation. Stained the pine a pickled white for the rustic look
The hallway ceiling complete. A couple more lights left here to install
Hall ceiling
Working our way into the kitchen now
Trying out words on the stairs to see what works for us before I mosaic them with glass and wood . 17 steps.... gonna be a big job I think I will order the wood lettering soon and get a start on them.
View from my scaffolding in the loft.....ooops yep I brought some of my plants in finally and they are loving the light in there. The hibiscus hasn't stopped blooming since we carried it up there. Stained and varnished the last windows that require scaffold yay!
Crazy twisty pine logs that will be scraped and stand on either side of the fireplace to anchor the mantle
Finishing up the poplar tongue and groove on the west wall in the loft. We used a shade darker oil from the ceiling for some contrast. This is Watco Oil - Dark Walnut 
Completion. That little centre piece took me like 6 hours, what a waste of time. I know that angles are not my thing....hmmmm
Per then installed 3 of the ceiling fans in the loft
Relax... Respect... Enjoy... Dorri

Lakehouse Rockwork Update

Almost complete..... the scaffolding is down and Steve just has to return sometime this month to finish up and fine tune a few spots that are lower down. Very happy with the color and style of rock we chose. Looking forward to the installation of the fireplace rock on the inside of the house. We are contemplating adding a 2nd style of rock in a darker color along with the Hudson Bay Country Ledgestone. Change it up a bit.
Getting the fireplace face ready for rock. Installing the black felt, wire lath and then the screet coat. Can't wait to tile the interior of the art niches and pick out what "art" shall grace the shelves.
Fireplace ready to keep us warm this winter!!
Relax... Respect...Enjoy...the last few weeks of summer... Dorri

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Favourite Drink Tuesday

Watermelon Margarita

7 1/2 lbs watermelon cut into 1 inch cubes
4 tsp fine sugar
6 oz tequila
24 basil leaves  + sprigs for garnish(only my most favourite herb)
3 oz triple sec
6 cups ice cubes

Step 1 Place 24 watermelon cubes on parchment lined baking sheet, cover and freeze 1 hr up to 2 days
Step 2 Puree remaining watermelon & sugar in a blender until smooth. You should have about 3 cups
Step 3 Place tequila and basil in a glass pitcher, crush or muddle the basil. Stir in watermelon juice and triple sec
Step 4 Place watermelon cubes in glasses. Using a cocktail shaker mix 3/4 of margarita with 1 cup ice and strain into a glass. Serve with garnished basil.

Relax... Respect...Enjoy... Dorri