The Lake House Renovation: Dining Room, Day 12

Posted 17 January 2019 at 10:29 PM | Comments (0)

Trim continues to the dining room today.

The Lake House Renovation: Dining Room, Day 12

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 17

Posted 16 January 2019 at 8:28 PM | Comments (0)

The thick window frame works better here than it does in the kitchen, but I am still bummed about it.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 17

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 33

Posted 16 January 2019 at 8:24 PM | Comments (0)

It’s a bit painful for me to look at this window, even though it looks fine to you, I’m sure. I know that eventually I’ll get used to it. But right now, all I see is something that was contrary to my vision.

I wanted everything to be framed in 3/4″ trim, but it was not conveyed to our drywaller, so the windows weren’t prepared for it. After some serious thought, I decided to forgo my idea for what would be easier and less expensive to fix. It was a hard decision. I’m bummed.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 33

The Lake House Renovation: Kids’ Bedroom, Day 16

Posted 15 January 2019 at 8:00 PM | Comments (0)

Closet trim in! I would have preferred slimmer trim, but it looks alright.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kids' Bedroom, Renovation Day 16

The Lake House Renovation: Our Bedroom, Day 17

Posted 15 January 2019 at 7:56 PM | Comments (0)

Half of the room has trim. It wasn’t what I was going for initially—I wanted slim trim or none at all—but we aren’t financially prepared to keep backtracking, so I decided to live with it.

I have learned my lesson, though. Don’t ever assume your contractor conveyed all of your wishes accurately. Step in and clarify. Every. Time.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Our Bedroom, Renovation Day 17

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 32

Posted 15 January 2019 at 7:50 PM | Comments (0)

We have countertops! They are a pale-gray quartz with slight marbling, called Weybourne from Cambria. They look almost white, which is what I was going for—because when I looked at an actual white sample in the space, it turned cream. Surprisingly, the light gray worked much better here.

Always, always look at your color samples in the right light. That goes for everything.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 32

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 31

Posted 14 January 2019 at 7:32 PM | Comments (0)

Trimming out our laundry closet today.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 31

Smart Logo for Building Websites and Databases

Posted 9 January 2019 at 9:54 AM | Comments (0)

My client came to me with a logo project that really stumped me initially. At the root of it, I didn’t understand exactly what it was they did: server administration, programming, development, database administration, data migration, user interfaces, and content workflow. Huh? It wasn’t until I understood their company that I was able to come up with a logo that well represented them.

To put it poetically, they do web and data “metamorphosis.” They take ideas, technical problems, and messy data, and they turn it into something well-organized and beautiful. They simplify complexity. When I asked what they envisioned for their logo, they said it should be smart, vibrant, and simple.

After some wrestling with these concepts, I came up with this symbol. (Sorry for the watermark.)

Smart Logo for Building Websites and Databases

We were finally on to something! After a couple of rounds of mediocre designs, this one felt right to all of us. The final logo is below.

Smart Logo for Building Websites and Databases

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 30

Posted 8 January 2019 at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

The Duct Dude (he really calls himself that) came over to get the ductwork done for our microwave/range hood. It was stressful watching him cut through the brand new ceiling! I almost told him to forget it and go home.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 30

The Lake House Renovation: Kitchen, Day 29

Posted 7 January 2019 at 8:57 PM | Comments (0)

Knobs.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 29

I chose a smallish knob for the cabinets, because I didn’t want to go overboard with sleek bar pulls, like you see on our appliances. These little cylinders are like jewels against the wood grain, and they take turns sparkling as the light outside changes.

1959 Lakeside Ranch House: Kitchen Renovation Day 29

They are the Moen Iso Cabinet Knobs (DN0705CH) in chrome. I bought them from Amazon.