Posts Tagged ‘House’

Busier than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs

Yep, that’s explained our last couple of weeks. I’ve finally gotten to sit and relax the last couple of nights. Andrew’s been busy laying tile in the house and I’ve been busy working odd schedules and running the boy hither and tither. Not to mention a 12 hour in one day trip to get my niece in Council Bluffs. I managed to stop at the Apple Store in Des Moines on the way as well as The Edge Pro where I get my shears, blades, and dryers repaired-and also buy new. I don’t konw how I did it but by the time it was all said and done, I spent over $500 between the two places…wha?

Anyway, there’s not a lot left to do on the house now. Andrew is working diligently on the floors and today I hope to finish painting Brighton’s room and then help Andrew with the tile (begrudgingly…I despise tiling…) so he can start on the bamboo flooring either today or tomorrow.

Things are really coming together now in the new house and we couldn’t be more thrilled! I’ll post more pictures as we get them. In the meantime you can see some at


It’s POLL Time Baby!

OK We desperately need your help.  As most of you know, we’re building a new house.  We agree on most things in the house, or can easily compromise.  However, our kitchen is proving to be quite a conundrum.  One of us likes the peninsula in the kitchen (design #2), the other doesn’t (design #1).  I just received another from the cabinet maker which is a little bit of a compromise (design #3)

There are good arguments for both ways.  Here are our arguments:

Design #1

Design #1

Design #1:

(there are five photos of design #1, all labeled Kitchen #1)

~allows for more traffic flow through the kitchen area (the dining area is 7 feet deep by 10′ 10″ wide) and there would be approximately 3′ between the end of the peninsula and the refrigerator.

~not limited to the kind of kitchen table and seating you can put into the dining area

~the peninsula adds only 3 feet of counter space

~no butcher block because you can not have a dishwasher below the butcher block

Design #2:

(there are 3 photos of the 2nd design all labeled Kitchen #2)

~Allows for the most efficient use of

Design #2


~can use bench seating in the corner to improve traffic flow as well as have additional storage under the


~Three additional feet of useful and practical counter space as well as more cabinet space underneath

~resale value – it looks more aesthetically pleasing, more counter space, more storage space

Option #3 (the comprmise)

Click Here to see the photos on flickr

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If you like option #3, click other on the poll 🙂