21. Redwood trim, stain and patience!

So far, most of 2014 at Truckee can be summed up with woodworking, trimming, staining and finish work!  Bob has finished the flooring on the 2nd floor and 1st floor and is just short one box of flooring for the 3rd floor loft. As you know we put in tile in the entry ways and Quick Step Laminate flooring in the 2nd floor living space and loft office area. It looks beautiful!

Quick Step Hickory Laminate flooring with Redwood 2" baseboard and 1/4 round redwood trim

Quick Step Hickory Laminate flooring with Redwood 2″ baseboard and 1/4 round redwood trim

All the baseboard and trim in the house has been replaced with redwood trim which we purchased from Redwood Lumber Company in San Carlos, CA .  Bob has stained and cut all trim  on site.  We choose redwood to blend with the existing wood ceilings in the house and stair railings which are redwood and we are very happy with how the woods are blending.

The living room, almost completely furnished!

The living room, almost completely furnished!

While we love the look, we are not recommending Quick Step laminate.  We usually use Commercial grade Pergo laminate flooring but this time could not find the floor coloring we wanted.  Consumer Reports rated this flooring higher than the best Pergo; however, we are already seeing some damage to the floor with much less wear and tear than our other Pergo floors have had after many years.  So check your flooring out from more sources!

After completing most of the floors. Bob started on the deck railings.  The deck and wood railings are also redwood.  The center of the railings will be metal and the metal is being ordered.

April 23, 2014 fabricating the deck rails.  Then snow that night!

April 23, 2014 fabricating the deck rails. Then snow that night!

With the weather change, Bob went back to window trim and has now completed all the windows trim.

Kitchen window

Kitchen window completed just after Valentine’s Day

Living Room windwo

Living Room window

Small windows completed-just do this 5 times!

Small windows completed-just do this 5 times!

Five Loft windows completed, both the plate glass & opening part!

Five Loft windows completed, both the plate glass & opening part!

There were a few more windows, but you get the idea of how many cuts and trips up and down the stairs were taken to do all the cuts in the ground floor garage since we now have furniture in the house and had cleaned up all the sheet rock dust!  One day, Bob counted that he had climber over 1,000 steps!

After many pickup loads of boxes and one large load with the pickup and rented trailer our furniture was moved here from storage and my parents house.  The dining table and hutch fit perfectly in the new kitchen/dining space.  I cannot tell you how nice it is to see my dining set again-we only had it for 1 year before it went into storage in 2010 when we moved into my parents house to take care of them!

Dining hutch in its own alcove

Dining hutch in its own alcove

On June 12th we took a bike ride on the Truckee River trail to Tahoe City, CA.  It was a great day.  Lake Tahoe water is being released early to keep the Truckee River flowing to Reno and for the fishery.  Rafting is up and running at least for now!

Bob at Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City

Bob at Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City

Lake Tahoe water being released into the Truckee River

Lake Tahoe water being released into the Truckee River

Lake Tahoe is already very low for June

Lake Tahoe is already very low for June due to the needed water release and the drought

We ordered Bali Blinds from Home Depot in Reno and they arrived in about 10 days.  We put the blinds on the 2nd floor windows and in the 3rd floor loft.  They are dual honeycomb shades with black out backing.  They should give us privacy and increased insulation from the cold nights.

Loft Blinds-up, down & the clear glass door from our bedroom that leads to the loft

Loft Blinds-up, down & the clear glass door from our bedroom that leads to the loft

As you can see by the door from our bedroom-blinds will certainly improve privacy.  We have had a sheet over the door since the remodel started!

The ground floor workshop is coming together.  Bob put a sealer and epoxy coating on both the workshop and storage room garage floor.  Then he went to work re-purposing our old kitchen cabinets into workshop storage space.

Garage staging area for cutting, staining and painting!

Garage staging area for cutting, staining and painting!

Front side of the workshop with the window facing the street

Front side of the workshop with the window facing the street

The rest of the workshop area.  Counters are next!

The rest of the workshop area. Counters are next!

Lastly, Bob upgraded the porch ski lift swing.  It had the old broken blue plastic slats that came with it.  He had some oak slats which he cut, stained, & installed.  To finish it off, he used his dremel tool to personalize the swing.

New seat on swing

New seat on swing

Personalized swing

Personalized swing

Well that brings us up to date.  We will be posting again soon and are now on the lookout for native, drought tolerant plants to update the street view of the house.

Drought tolerant and colorful plants needed!

Drought tolerant and colorful plants needed!

The following are a couple of plants that have caught our eye in the neighborhood.

Yellow blooms and  low growing

Yellow blooms and low growing

Small purple flowers on a green ground cover

Small purple flowers on a green ground cover

Thanks for checking in!

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5 thoughts on “21. Redwood trim, stain and patience!

  1. Hi Vicki & Bob, your house looks wonderful ! My goodness you have worked hard on it. Congratulations to you all. We hope you get lots of enjoyment out of it during the summer. Bye for now, Jackie& Martin

  2. your place looks amazing. Bob you have done an amazing job and I am sure your side kick helped you along the way. You must be so proud of all you have accomplished. I will have to stop by sometime for a cool drink on the veranda. Stephanie Webster

  3. Everything looking super, you are doing so well and can’t wait til 2015. Lovly talking to you the other day and look forward to welcoming you to davos in the future. Enjoy the rest of the summer much love Maggi Daisy and Lily rosexxxxxxxxxx

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