And Finally....Carpet

Posted by Steve Cuddihy On Thursday, June 15, 2017 0 comments
The day arrived when the carpet installers called me and said they were forty minutes away from my home.

For as long as I've lived in my home, nineteen years now, I've never had carpet in this room that had a padding under it. I've mentioned the flat, ugly, no texture, ugly, grey carpet that was there when I moved into my home. The last of it is finally in a landfill.

Everything I've done to our Theater Room / Family Room to this point has improved the room and made it more livable. Adding the carpet, changed the dynamics of the room and completed the overall look of our new space. It went from a great looking room, to an amazing living space.

I've walked around on the new carpet for a couple of weeks since I took these initial photos. My feet are happy, they are warm, they are happy. It summer now, so the coldness that is normally there in the summer is gone. I'm looking forward to this winter, January, February, after the ground freezes, to feel how less cold it will feel on my feet and in this room.

Our stairwell with the painted white trim and new carpet. As soon as I paint this area, that includes our entry way, this will look so much better.

Our hallway with many doors, five of them, that will be replaced over time.

A full view of the completed Phase Two. I was jamming out to Nirvana, Live At The Paramount at the time.

We are still not done with the room, but I would say Phase Two is now completed.

Is there a Phase Three you ask? Why yes, yes there is! Phase Three is adding all of the extras to the room. Like the in wall speakers, ceiling speakers, receiver purchase, build a dry bar, a seating area behind the couch, replacing the couch with an L shaped sectional, new entry way tile, and build an entertainment stand to house the cable box, receiver, game centers, etc, and add something decorative to the walls.

Finishing The Details

Posted by Steve Cuddihy On Monday, June 12, 2017 0 comments
With my son's Graduation Open House less than two weeks away, things are a bit chaotic around here. I'm trying to finish this room, among completing other tasks around our home. I am surprised by how time consuming these last few details are taking in this room. Or maybe it's due to the open house date is approaching fast, graduation stress around the house, and everything else in between just compounds my anxiety level. 

The plan was the replace the inside house door, but I've decided to just paint it white. I've also added in the baseboard because the carpet is going to be installed in a few days and they requested to install the baseboard before the carpet goes down. Easy and fast install for that. 

I've removed the last of the ugly grey carpet from the stairwell and we are painting the woodwork that lines the stairs white to match.

I already like the look of this, but will need to put a darker color of paint on the walls. We've discussed staining the steps a dark wood color, but have decided since it's cold in the winters here in Minnesota, we are staying with carpet.

That two inch strip between the door and the wall, but under the ledge was the final piece of drywall that I needed to repair. I had skipped this portion because the trim work would cover the majority of what was visible. In the end, I decided to update it so it looks like it should. Everything is fresh and new at last. Oh, and the door is in process of being painted white!

Oddly enough, I've had no trim around this door for so long, I cant recall how this looked when I removed it. They must have notched the door trim and left the shelf intact. The wood for the shelf is original, and I'm going to notch that instead of the door trim.

It's coming along well. The trim is in place, the door has it's final coat of paint. There wont be enough time to replace the tile in the entryway before the open house, so that will be skipped for now. It least there is a bit of the original tile left in place.

I also had a few areas where I did not paint enough grey on the walls, so I had to do some touch up painting. See? A lot of details to finish.

Well, the room is ready for carpet, however, I just received a call from the installers. There will not be carpet installation today. This is being rescheduled for next week as they had a delay in getting our carpet to their shop and cut to size. Ahhhh. At least my cat Lily is loving the emptiness of the room and the new surface to lay on.