Countertops and Doors and Stairs, Oh My!

You guys, I just realized it's been over a month since our last post. I'm the worst.

We haven't had a ton going on over here recently. I finally finished painting all of the windows which took forever. I still need to spray out the hardware, but it feels so good to get that tedious job done. Also, B and I looked at countertops last week and found a slab that we really like. We're still weighing our options though and are planning on going to a few more places to look. We're planning on going with caesarstone as it's impervious to heat and staining, but finding the right color is super hard. We like white with very faint gray marks in it.

Aside from that, we're trying to figure out what's next on our list of important projects that need to get done. This week we have people coming over to install our doors!!!! Please excuse my excitement, it's just that we haven't had doors on any of the rooms (except one bathroom, haha) for about six months. I can't wait to shut doors to hall closets and unfinished rooms. The next big thing on our list is to get the stairway finished... we have new treads for the existing staircase but we had a builder come over to check it out and the whole thing needs to be rebuilt. It's ok though because it'll make it easier to install new newel posts, spindles and possibly handrails. Lots of work, but it'll make a huge visual impact since you see the staircase right when you walk in.

We're also hoping to get the laundry room floor done soon. Our laundry room connects our house to our garage, so we want to use the same natural stone we plan on using for our front walkway (I believe it's bluestone). The same stone will eventually be used as flooring for our screened in back porch, but that's a ways away. We already have the cabinets for the laundry room, so it should be a super quick project to finish once the floors are in.

The last huge thing we're trying to figure out is our new front door. We're planning on a dutch door because we love the idea of opening it up halfway in the spring/summer. Along with the front door we also need new sidelites and a transom because it's easier to buy everything all done and prehung. It's going to be so nice to have a bunch of light coming in through the front door.

Here's a mockup of our new door design
Other than these big projects, we still have to finish painting ceilings, caulk, install vents, new light switch and outlet covers, as well as window trim and moulding (which I can't wait for!). We're trying to put our focus on the interior before we start doing things to the exterior. There's still a billion and one things to do, but it's all getting there.

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