Our exterior is this close to being done. It’s been a long PROCESS getting to this point, but we have loved taking you along for the ride in real time on Instagram. Some of the siding (more about our siding here) and trim is still going up and everything needs a second coat of paint–but we’ve heard that should all be done by Thursday. (Fingers crossed it’s true). The stone though–THE STONE IS done!!! And we couldn’t be more happy with it.
I learned a lot about exteriors through this process and especially in our talks with Shea and the Studio McGee design team. Before, our stone was placed all over the place on our house–in upper regions, lower regions and disconnected regions. Now it is grouped and makes so much more sense and I am over-the-moon with how it’s shaping up.
After the exterior materials were removed to remediate the mold. Much of the wood ALSO had to be replaced–you can see some of the rot still in place below:
When we moved in:
Isn’t it funny how the stone switched places on the front? Now the stone wraps around the larger gable to the garage and onto the side entrance of the house — which makes a lot of sense!
I can’t wait for our new garage doors!!!
The stone we used was from Creative Mines (who generously offered the product in exchange for sharing about it here) and we worked with our local stone yard (Rocky Mountain Supply!) to get the Craft Orchard Limestone in Timberwolf. We used white mortar in between each stone to soften the whole look.
We also added stone around the arch window and onto the chimney. I love the stone sill that they laid under each window that coordinates with the stone. Like, I love it.
The stone masons, a local crew, who did the work were so incredibly good and clean and FAST. I can’t believe the stone is done before the siding, but here we are. We’re excited to share more on the siding, the roofing, the trim! The windows! But the stone…the stone was such a necessary element of our Modern Cottage exterior and I couldn’t go another day without sharing photos.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]
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