Home Tour, 8-Oct-16

Another look at my work-in-progress home.

On May 20, 2014, I began blogging about the construction of my new home in Malaga, WA. You can read all of these posts — and see the time-lapse movies that go with many them — by clicking the new home construction tag.

I had a friend I hadn’t seen for about a year come over for dinner on Saturday night. It was a good thing he came. I had a few little projects that I’d been putting off for two long — the trim around my bathroom door being the biggest one — and knowing he was coming motivated me to finish them. It also motivated me to clean the place up and throw away a lot of the junk that had been accumulating. I am the queen of clutter and I’m really working hard to control it.

My Red Sofa
I get very serious when I clean. I even took out the leather cleaner and wiped down my living room sofa.

Once my home was all spiffed up, I figured I’d take the opportunity to do a quick video tour. I’ve been videoing various parts of my new home construction and it’s kind of neat to go back through my archive and see where I was at various points.

My living space is about 95% done at this point. I have my Certificate of Occupancy — I got it last spring — so there’s nothing left to get inspected. There are three big finishing projects, though:

  • Build a ladder to my loft. I already have all the wood and hardware. I just have to stop procrastinating and get the job done.
  • Finish the tile around my shower stall. Again, I have most of the materials I need. I just absolutely detest working with tile. So I procrastinate.
  • Paint and trim the stairs. I’m going with paint because it’s durable and cheap. But I still have to sand the steps, paint them, and then add trim along the sides.

I also have some “baseboard” trim work to do. I’m using quarter round to keep it simple. There’s not much left to do. I might knock it off Monday afternoon.

Anyway, here’s the video. Enjoy.

4 thoughts on “Home Tour, 8-Oct-16

    • Thanks!

      I really do love it here. Sometimes I look out the window and can’t believe I’m so fortunate to have all that right outside.

      And yes, I do need to do that tile. But the stairs for the loft first! I’ll start that this afternoon.

  1. It looks great. The stunning view helps, of course.
    Things that grabbed my attention during your tour:

    1) Rug is great
    2) likewise your wall hanging (yep, I remember that post).
    3) the MV triptych (are those your photos?)

    4) those dead cherry trees from the orchard below you will just be burnt!?
    I use my word-burner for winter warmth and cherry, ash and hawthorn are my favourite burning woods. If you lived six miles away instead of 6,000, I would hitch up my trailer and grab the Stihl 440 and be round for those logs in a nanosecond.

    • That’s the second rug I bought for the living room. I started hating the first one right after I put it down. I now use it out on my covered deck, outside my bedroom door.

      The triptych photos are mine. It was a vertically shot multi-photo panorama. I think originally nine images. I had it printed on canvas. It used to hang in the dining room of the Phoenix condo, but I think it looks much better here.

      And yes, they’re going to burn those piles of trees. But the piles are a lot bigger than you think — easily 30 feet (10 meters?) tall! You’d be working for quite a while with a chainsaw. It’s a real shame they don’t salvage the logs. Some orchards do, of course, but most don’t. The machine that was tearing them out by the roots is very large. Not sure where it went — it’s not done there. A lot of orchards are getting torn out lately. Most will be replanted. Land zoned for agriculture usually stays zoned that way.

What do you think?