Thursday, September 8, 2016

Backyard project complete....

 Well it took 4.5 years to get to this point and to have our backyard just as we had hoped...a casual family friendly place, a space to hang out, lounge and to entertain. It is all we had hoped for.
We did consider a pool a few years back and a custom hot tub for the spot behind our garage but when that project climbed to well over $150,000.00 so we decided it didn't make sense to persue that...our seasons are short and our kids are older and really how often would a pool be used...not enough.
So we stuck with reasonable improvements...here is what we started with a blank slate a good sized sideyard between the house and detached garage.

 Ok actually this is how bad it really looked when we first lived here...our lot was the parking lot for the model homes next door...
 this was a plan I came up with after a lot of other plans...we scaled it back to create a living area behind our garage which we love and added 2 years ago...followed by a firepit area beside the garage and a dining and kitchen area closest to the house...it just made sense to create three zones, I was able to convince my husband against more deck area as I find decks to be a lot of maintanence which is usually my job....and I really love the look of patios, ours is brussels block and copthorne accents.
 This has been one of our favourite spots to hide away on a warm or hot sunny day...I love to enjoy my breakfast out there if the time permits.
 We added the sectional and two generous arm chairs and I built this large pine coffee table to fit the space.
I struggle keeping potted plants alive back here as it gets direct sun all day...this year I tried lavender....I am undecided on it, some of the plants did well and others not so much.
We connected the patios with a generous walkway which is great and used year round as I head to my shop daily.

We have enjoyed many sunsets this summer from our fire pit patio...this fire pit is attached to a gas line from our house under ground so no hoses or tanks to deal with.

 We purchased new composite chairs last year on sale when we were planning this big project.
We wanted a simple concrete fire pit, I found this one at Lowes online...its harder to find a gas version than propane. I added some smoked cracked glass to add a little sparkle to the fire...its quite pretty.
 This was my solution for hiding the gas hook up on the wall of the garage.
 The patios were done last fall by a professional this is not something I would ever under take as a DIY personally...it's hard work. I built two matching cedar steps as well as the 10' table and bbq kitchen area...it's been a busy summer.

 A fun and easy diy drink cooler stand I whiped up.
 I didn't want a stone kitchen area with all the patios I felt there was enough stone so I went with rough cut cedar to build the outdoor kitchen and painted it white for a shiplap look, I created a custom top made out of rough pine finished for outdoor conditions.

 I love the added details like the herringbone that repeats the look of our front walkway.
 I built this beast of a table to easily fit 10 people in a pinch from rough pine beams and structural lumber for the top...it is incredibly heavy and built to last.
 I used the steel wool and vinegar stain to color this table and bench.

cedar steps with white composite wrapped risers

 It's been a great hot summer that went by far to fast as always.



That's a bit of chilly picture to leave this post with...I will take a better picture of this gate area...probably....
It for sure isn't a cottage but it is a lovely space now that it is done....it is a great investment in our home and for our family...I hope you like it.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Monday madness

 Monday's are always rough aren't they...tomorrow is the start of high school for our youngest... grade 10....I'm not sure how I have such grown children already....our oldest is starting college in a few days...I am not ready...so let's focus on some cool new pieces.... this new X base table... so simple stylish and built to last and finished in a unique multi stained finish....so in love.

 I really focus on strong joinery...I love building furniture....




 This lovely little round coffee table is a custom mix of 4 stains to achieve a co-ordinating yet not matchy finish to the dining table, I somehow have created a cool reclaimed finish I will now use on some pieces for myself...time to get back to improving the house ....it's going to be a busy few months.



you can find more of my furniture here


here's a few pics of our beautiful Mason ....for those following this blog over the years this may make you wonder where the years have gone....she is 18 and off to college....we did a fun photoshoot right before prom...that dress...that girl...love her.







Monday, August 22, 2016

April to August

I honestly can not believe it is the end of August already, the very hot summer has flown by...I have been busy getting our backyard completed after a big remodel in the fall...I have built cedar steps for the two back doors, built a coffee table for our back deck and a huge rustic dining table and ..... an outdoor kitchen but I will show you the whole backyard in another post. 
This post is just to catch you up on the craziness that has been going on...
To say lots of furniture has been built is an understatement.
I take off Sundays to relax but most days I am building something beautiful..with all I do all day I can not figure out why I am not skinny.... ugh.


Isn't this table incredible...I was very much in love with it, my first turned legs...no I don't turn now...I have a talented turner who I now work with to produce custom designed legs for me.


 These adorable display pieces I made for a local new shop in Bowmanville called Bella Fleur Boutique.


 Guess who is doing the Station Gallery Holiday Home Tour in November...me.....I can't believe I am doing it again...http://chriskauffman.blogspot.ca/2010/11/happy-house-tour.html its been 6 years since I did the last one...take a look here at our beachy holday house tour from 2010  *edited Sept 7th 2016... I am currently looking for partners but we only have a few weeks to plan...email me if you think we would be able to work together.


                      Here are more of the farm house style pieces I have been coming up with.
A tray topped coffee table.

My first round table....


Our barn door that I will sell soon because it warped a bit while I waited to carry it into the house...It would be the perfect DIY project for someone to use it as a king sized headboard....

                   My second round table with salvaged turned pedastal which I just adored honestly.
                                 A 4' wide very heavy round inspired by a RH coffee table.
                  I really need to whip myself up some of these side tables before the Holiday house tour.
My latest creation.....tada....look at those legs...they are perfectly chunky




A counter height harvest table/island...so cute, I picture it with farmhouse metal stools in black.

I wanted a cooler for drinks and didn't want to spend a fortune so I came up with this simple farmhouse style solution...a wash tub and a simple stand with bottle opener and bucket for bottle caps...

Cutest double bed...the last bed I will build, I am focusing on dining tables and awesome coffee tables.


How gorgeous is this table in this fab room....you might recognize this room is you have been a follower of this blog for a long long time....this is our last house....

So there you have it...a few of my choice pieces I am proud of...
I need a massage and a pedicure stat.
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I am going to make an effort to share more here more often...bye for now,
Chris.