Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MOVE IN DAY...72 hours

The construction of our new home has been like running a marathon. I'm glad to say that we have .2 miles left of our 26.2 miles. The entire trip to get to 309 Malaga Avenue has taken over 2 years and I am thrilled to say that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

As most of you know, I love to run. In fact, I have run 4 half-marathons in the last 5 months. Running has been a life saver for me and has kept me sane throughout this process. Dave Gray knows that I work best with visuals, so he put this last phase of our construction into terms that I could relate to. He said, "Sue, remember...the real marathon starts in the last 6 miles". Boy was he right! (I think my brain is cramping up right now!)

Right now, at this very moment, it looks like "Extreme Home Makeover" over at our house. I keep expecting Ty Pennington to come around the corner.
Sod ready to go in

Family room pendant (love the shadows it casts on the ceiling)

Trampoline assembled and ready to be dropped into the ground

Dave's office (painted BM-Naragansett Green...really looks dark blue)

Laundry Room

Front door

Jack & Sam's shared bath

Bunkbeds in Playroon
Tub in master bath. (Long enough for 6'2" Dave Gray to straighten out his legs)

Screened Porch (tv will be mounted over fireplace)
With just 72 hours left until we move in, you can see from these photos that we have a ways to go before Saturday morning, but the adrenaline is kicking in and we are sprinting towards the finish line.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

the Plant Cam

It was the beginning of August and we were at Jack's soccer game in 100 degree weather. As we were huddled under the Homewood Soccer Club tent, we started chatting with our friend, Spencer Cooper, who owns a television production company. We were discussing our construction project, when Spencer recommended we use a "Plant Cam" 
to chart our construction progress.

Right then and there, Dave ordered our "Plant Cam" 
from his iPhone. When it arrived several days later, 
Dave couldn't wait to strap it to the utility pole across the street from our house so we could "let the games begin".

Our Plant Cam is set up to take a photo every 30 minutes during daylight hours. The video shows 5 months of work in 2 minutes. (The time lapse begins with the house already demolished and the lot prepped and ready for construction.)

Please click on the video below, 
to see our new home's progress up until now.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Poppy Gray (1998-2012)

8/24/98 - 1/9/12
Yesterday, we said goodbye to our 13 1/2 year old Wheaten Terrier, Poppy. For anyone that knows me, Poppy wasn't just a dog, he was our "first born".
I even named my graphic design business after him.

Celebrating Poppy's 13th birthday at Bruester's with the Condon kids

Poppy & baby Butterbean
 Godspeed dear friend! 
You were a joy and a delight and the best friend a girl could ever have. 
You will be greatly missed!!!!!