Thursday, October 4, 2012

Preview Screening


There's a lot to be done tomorrow (so hope the blinds can be installed) - and then again on the weekend, but this gives you a little sneak peak of the floors and the almost finished room. That's the new couch, btw. (The delivery people almost dropped it from the scaffold twice?!)

Admit it. Those floors are freakin' gorgeous.

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  1. It's all gorgeous! I love the drama of those windows! The floor is amazing -- and I love the play you get with light and shadow here. A spectacular addition to your home. . .

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  2. Thank you so much Frances! I'm actually a bit excited by the prospect of having this as a part of my home (finally). And I'm so glad it's almost finished. I need closure.

    I'm extremely happy with the floors. So much so, I've practically forgotten how much they cost. :-)

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  3. The best floors ever! I love love love that they aren't a high gloss finish. The color and texture they add to even an empty room is astonishing..

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    1. I know. I don't like gloss. I like old and beat up! Thanks Laura!

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  4. Love, love, love. Almost makes me want to move to T.O.

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    1. Ha! Almost but not quite, huh? My husband thought your comment was funny too...

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  5. That space looks amazing. The floor is smashing and I love the windows. And the light! It's all fabulous, trust the architect ;)

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    1. Thanks Joelle. In truth, we didn't have an architect. Scott designed the space (and a designer drew the plans). Alas, the designer made numerous mathematical errors in the drawings (what Scott was afraid he'd do if he designed the drawings himself), so then Scott had to work closely with the builders to ensure that everything worked out. At one point, the builders started framing 2 feet into the interior of the room, based on the flawed drawings, which was frankly stupid as it put the heat vent outside the room?!

      We will never work with a designer again. We have at least as much skill - my husband built houses to put himself through university - and the applications to design our own drawings next time. We didn't have the confidence this time and it just cost us myriad problems and near disasters.

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  6. Note: I'm not suggesting that all designers are bad. And certainly, if you want someone to actually technically envision your space, an architect is de rigeur. Scott knew what he wanted and he's very knowledgeable about building so it is a good choice for us to try to work out the designs ourselves, going forward (with the elusive kitchen, for example). I think unfortunately we got a bad designer (despite doing our research).

    But I have to say, if you're not constantly on every person involved with the project (even adequate contractors with trades who do good work), your project is bound to fail in some way. There are too many elements and too many (frankly disengaged) parties.

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  7. Wow - K, that is gorgeous, windows, floors, all of it!! CD

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  8. I meant me, the architect ;) I'm sorry to hear about your bad experience. There are so many people not caring about their work, it really is disheartening (is that a word?) Of course, being an architect, I do believe what we do is important and not to be taken lightly. But I don't mean either that someone like you, or Scott, can't do a great job either. The proof is in that amazing space you built! I do think that most architects (there are excetpions to that, of course!)are mostly artists, rather than good with numbers... I don't know much about designers, do you mean an interior designer or someone who just draws up someone elses thoughts? Anyways. Just my two cents.
    The main point was: the floors ARE freakin' gorgeous!!

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    1. Ha! I wondered :-) Disheartening is a word and really works in this context. The designer was not an interior designer. I can't remember the name of what kind of designer. He doesn't go into peoples homes and help to organize the rooms. He's more technical. This guy was just incompetent. And so expensive. Once this thing is over, we're reporting him for terrible work. Scott had a sense of it early on, but we were already on the train so he kept on with the guy. It was a mistake. It actually cost us 8 inches along the length of the room which, given that our house is 15 feet wide, is a lot of space. Live and learn. It taught us that given our perfectionist personalities and the fact that we both manage projects for a living (in one way or another), not to mention that my husband is knowledgeable, we feel if we do it ourselves we'll have only our own level of skill and engagement to blame.

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    2. Or to congratulate, one hopes!

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    3. And I meant 14 inches, not 8 inches...

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  9. I'm really sorry it went that bad. I mean, 14 inches!?? I hope it's not going to stain the joy you'll get from that extra space!

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    1. You know, I'm sure we'll finally forget about it. Or at least stop caring so much.

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  10. Oh yes! That floor is freaking gorgeous. As is the rest of the room. Stunningly so!

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    1. It's not bad, all things considered :-)

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