31.8.11

The Little House

Summer home? Starter home? B & B? Downsizing? Forever home?
This sweet spot on 2nd Ave. just off Farm Rd. in Gillams is ready to go. The front face of the house and patio face the sun all day... brightness and light as long as it lasts!

The view off to the side in this quiet pocket community in Gillams offers the sounds of busy free range chickens at the base of the field across the road, nice neighbours, minutes away from waterfall path and swimming holes, and also minutes away from the ocean and beach.


The kitchen is fresh, bright, and following the lines of the house, simple yet elegant. Centre island allows plenty of room for cozy chats, kitchen meals, and storage; the sink and new cabinets have been placed under the window to maximize the enjoyment of the view outside.

The French door leading into the kitchen offers light from the entryway closet/laundry room/mudroom area, and plenty of space left for the fridge along the south-facing wall of the home next to the cabinets.

Looking from kitchen to living room; potlights with dimmer switches have been installed in all three main living areas.

Living room

Looking from living room into kitchen, the space is open, airy, and fresh.

Dining room with new window; new doors, new flooring, new windows have been installed throughout the home.

Easy access to beautiful patio with the grand view and light.

Glancing in hallway towards bathroom, which is equipped with new toilet, pedestal sink, and round-doored shower. Beautiful French doors grace all the rooms in the home.

View from one kitchen window.

View from the living room window.

Easy access to stairs, patio, and home from the short driveway. The home is topped off with a brand new roof, good for 25 years. Cherry trees, apples trees, and maple, birch, and spruce populate the yard; room for gardens, greenhouse, shed, etc. for the future.

Note the art fish carried over from under the window wall onto the side of the patio.
I haven't taken photos of the bedrooms yet... there is a smaller bedroom off one side of the hallway, and a large master bedroom with walk-in closet off the other side. Most likely I will post those later... first I have to vacuum!
I was going to have an Open House today, but the water is going to be shut off in the town for the better part of the day, so this seems not to be the best time. Next week the Little House will be listed, but if anyone would like to see the house beforehand, let me know (783-3505)!

29.8.11

Apples!

It's getting to taht time of year... APPPPPPLES!! Not much beats fresh apples off the tree... maybe fresh tomatoes, but apples are a pretty close second.

The green apples from the old tree are almost ready... some I've already picked, but perhaps one mroe week will do the trick; hopefully, the winds and storms will stave off just long enough (last year, I lost them all!)

My young trees are producing a few apples each this year, which is also quite amazing; I get 2-3 three each year when Canadian Tire sells off their plants (which is happening now, by the way, 50% off!!). This means that they are usually scraggly and in somewhat rough shpae, but I figure if they make it through the winterm they'll be fine. So far so good, and even though there are only a few on most of the young trees, they are actually producing, so this muct be a good sign.

Coming onto red...

...smallish, but arriving...


... between all the young trees, I may get a small basket. It can only get better!

26.8.11

Bee Keeping

Setting sun refracted through the cast glass... looks like honey, or a good place for bees.

25.8.11

Decking it Out

Shep, supervising the planning of the deck on the Little House...

... things are coming along...

... live the view-- I can imagine how beautiful it will be to hang out here and enjoy the mountain view...

... grateful to my two brothers who came to help out with this project... Shep can't do everything, don't-cha-know!

22.8.11

Last Week was a Long Time Ago

Friday was Ian's birthday... about a century ago!
I remember getting up at 6 to bake the cheesecake, make the burger patties, work in studio for a few hours before going to work at the renovation site... then Kati came over and got roped into painting and touch-ups on trim details... then we went home and people had arrived for dinner... BBQ and brithday celebrations once Ian arrived home from Port-aux-Basques.
After the crew left, I had to pack the truck for Woody Point Writer's Festival, and had the shortest of chats at a late hour with the birthday boy...
Saturday and Sunday, Woody Point! Beautiful weather, great music, wonderful readings, and good times with Trudy, Brenda, Niki, Barb... I got to do a demo during this time, and even sold some work, so was pleased about that. New connections, good people.
Home Sunday evening, unpack the truck, bring everything back up the mountain, re-organise the studio, have a late supper with my husband, try to catch up about weekend events, and realise that we're pretty much into Monday already.
This morning, Hiiner up at five to drive back to Port-aux-Basques, me in the studio, shortly back to construction work... looking forward to studio tonight! Now, breaking for coffee... it's no wonder I feel like time is flying faster than the speed of light, and a few short days seem to have happened weeks ago. Busy times this summer!

19.8.11

Bathrooms are Important Too

After all the crud was heaved out, the bathroom needed a few minor repairs... like a new floor, new walls, new toilet, new sink, and I decided that because it is on the smallish size (and really, why waste space on the bathroom, the things that happen there are pretty straight forward as far as I am concerned), we would install a shower and lose the too-small-anyway-tub...

...new walls, new window trim, new floor, new flooring, and beginings of the shower base...

... I opted for a turquoise-y blue for the paint, and very white trim, as through the rest of the house...

...love the pedestal sinks...

... and there is the shower door, on the new flooring in the hallway...

...new shower! I really love that it is round; this way the door doesn't swing into something, and also the shape is great for the house.
This is the view from the bathroom window: in the spring, the cherry trees are in full blossom, and now, the beautiful bright reds really stand out. Sweet spot!

18.8.11

The New Kitchen in the New House

From previous posts, you'll know that I've been working on a little house for the past few months with my brother... it is SO close to being finished, and what a difference! These are more-or-less sequential images of the progress in the kitchen... what you don't see is the kitchen full of filth and layers of mouse and squirrel poop and grime... so be happy about that!
Pre- destruction, post-emptying of stuff...

... lots of great salvageable stuff...

... last pieces of old cabinets coming out...

..old door frame exposed, we decided to move the door and have the fridge, sink, and stove on one wall under the beautiful window with the beautiful view, rather in the corner, so some building was required... and you'll see the beginnings of the island in the kitchen, as well as the frame-work for the valence around the kitchen ceiling for the potlights we are installing...

...layers of paint and wall-coverings over the years..

...more interesting choices...

...evidence of on old window at one point, before the addition of the mudroom...

... new valence, first coat of primer...

...beginnings of the island...

...fresh paint, happy guy...

...new cabinets under the window, sink, tiles...

...stove and fume hood in place...

... beautiful floors, clean fresh colours, large open airy space... what a nice kitchen!

16.8.11

Fish Works at Woody Point

As part of the Woody Point Writers Festival, an installation of crazy fish up for acution (silently) will be opened Wednesday evening at the Woody Point Heritage Theatre. Mine started with a 4x4 block of wood (as did many of them... some are to be hung on walls, whereas this one is meant to be installed onto rebar and stone as a sculpture), which I painted for 'inner harmony'.

I also built an exoskeleton of glass for this piece, this being the head portion...

... the tail portion...

... length of the exoskeleton...

...fins...

... and now, the 'block' wearing its 'skin'. Come and see Many Layers of Happiness and all the other Fish Works fish in person this week at Woody Point, and bid high!!!