Friday, May 23, 2014

Cardinal House - Ready for Move In

As we come down to the final days until we officially move in to Cardinal House, I thought I'd share a few pictures of the progress. This is a little random ....... but gives a sneak peak at some of the finishes coming together.

The master ensuite bath :  basket weave tile on the floor, Carrara tile in the shower/steam room. Carrara marble trim at the shower entrance will be finished and the glass door installed. The door at the back of the room is the water closet.

The soaker tub with Rubinet Raven faucets. The window wall will be softened with drapery {later}.

Rubinet Raven rainfall shower head is on the ceiling, the slide bar on the wall next to the WireWare baskets.

The black cabinet {from Winterberry Lane} was topped with Carrara marble and a sink dropped in. The bottom drawer is being retro fitted to accommodate the pipes and the marble back splash will be affixed to the wall. This is in the master bath suite.

A new stair railing was just installed. Since this photo the painting has been completed - the handrail, caps and stair treads are black, the spindles are  Benjamin Moore Oxford White.
All of the protective floor coverings were removed today and the house cleaned. It was so exciting to see the entire house open without construction materials and all of the prettiness winking back at us.

The mantle that Richard found {read about that HERE}, is being outfitted with Carrara marble. The hearth step and the firebox trim will be in marble. The mantle was lovingly restored by Domenic at Winterberry Lane. The colour is Benjamin Moore Oxford White - which is the colour used on the walls and trim in the house.

We had a surprise at the house last week when we discovered someone had moved in before us. Rocky Raccoon made himself comfortable up in our new attic. There is an open area at the outdoor fireplace and he managed to get up through that area, waddled his fat butt through the new soffits and into the attic. Thankfully I discovered the markings on the trim early and he didn't create too much damage.

The crew from All Wildlife Removal Inc. saved the day and safely extracted the raccoon. They installed a one-way door so that the raccoon could leave the comfort of our attic and be blocked from coming back in. All open area's were wired and secured to keep rocky from finding another entry point.

The door was removed after two days and we had the crew secure other area's of the house to keep woodland creatures out of the new roof.

A sea of boxes, the dusty construction site and our unwelcome visitor was enough for us to seek a few hours away for some fun. We celebrated Kya and Grandpa's birthday with our family at the bowling alley last week. It was exactly what we needed - bowling, pizza, cake and fashionable shoes.

We are excited to know that there will be many celebrations with our family at Cardinal House, and the first one is about to happen. The champagne is on chill........


  1. Your house looks wonderful...and the bath, ah...bliss...wishing you much happiness at
    Cardinal House. Thank you for popping by today and your kind words you're very lovely :)
    Happy Weekend xx

  2. SO excited for you, looking forward to the first party! love you

    1. Sis, there is a guest room waiting for your visit.

  3. Katherine - your taste is impeccable!Everything is stunning, especially that tub! Best of luck with the move