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Monday, April 26, 2010

River of Stone

We have just spent a really nice 3 days up in the north, checking out the New World from our temporary home base in Grand Marais, East Bay Suites. We love our friends at East Bay, and they've been good to us, but we're anticipating that the next time we will be staying at our own beautiful cabin on the bluff, complete with toilets, running water, room service
(Val? Sweetheart? Fire up that waffle iron, please!) ...

Here is our east side deck, you've not seen many photos of this side of the house. We had a great idea on this trip, and that is to make our screened in porch on the east deck. Works better over all, for several reasons, not the least is that it can be roomier on this side. Look forward to progress photos of the screen porch....
This is quickly becoming our favorite part of the place: the black slate hearth....

...with our river of stone...

Loft stairs and rail... they will have horizontal cables, not traditional balustrades...

Some very handsome Doug Fir stair skirting...


A kitchen with light!! That's the 'frig hiding out on the deck.

Copper sink, surrounded by brilliant colored tile...

Faux bronze faucet...

The cabinet that will be next to the frig... the iron rods are to hold shelves in place...

The reclaimed Doug fir flooring is in, with a few nail holes and knots filled in with epoxy...
...here's the newly sanded floor, ready for stain...
Staining in process...
Chris (in red) and Nate (wearing the Star Wars Storm Trooper uniform) hard at work...
Nick, praying that the other guys don't stain him into a corner...
And the finished product!

Here are some trim and shelves waiting to be installed....

In the upper bath, a close up of our hand-made tiles and a real find from an Albuquerque flea market: a copper and silver framed mirror that compliments the tiles perfectly.

Downstairs bath, the shower has a half wall that is glass block above tile...

...and another view of the Mexican painted sink...
But really, we spent most of our time outdoors. The maple forest hasn't "leafed in" yet, and tiny spring woodland blooms are poking up through last year's leaves...

Our next date for a northward excursion will be the end of May... Check back for final details!

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