Category: New Construction Projects

Sneak Peak of New Office Building Venture

July 22, 2017

Hey everyone! I shared with you a new business office I am working on that was being built here. Just the framing was up at that time. I wanted to give you an update how the project is coming along:

rob entry

The Revere Pewter looks fabulous in the entry and main office space:

rob office

rob entry2

rob look through

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Quick Update on New Home Build

December 9, 2015

I just wanted to give you all a quick update what is happening at the construction site for the new home build. In the last couple of weeks, a lot of work roofing and siding has made a big difference:

ray work exterior

Love the way they made the chimney box. Looks so great! Here is the back:


The owner is very happy and excited. He is also stressed out because of the two month delay we had to wait for town permits and everything is not as finished as he would like before his tax season begins. (He is an accountant).

Here is looking down from the open second floor into the great room and breakfast area:

ray framed

Master bedroom:

ray master

So much easier to visualize rooms now and I am having fun planning design ideas for each room.

I am a little disappointed that the stone exterior front will not be done until the Spring. Because of the New England weather of course.

ray front2

ray ext.

It is coming along nicely. It is going to look fabulous! I will keep you updated. Thanks for stopping by!

News & Tips On The New Home Construction

November 10, 2015

So many decisions! I honestly don’t know how homeowners can make all of the many large and small decisions when starting with everything new. Good thing my client has me to help! 🙂

Here is a picture of the house last week:

ray front

new build

Moving right along! I wrote here how we selected the exterior design components. Now that we have moved indoors, the choices to be made are many. I thought I would share a couple of ideas and helpful tips.

So where to start? I suggested flooring should be one of the first choices. A tip I would like to pass on when choosing hardwood flooring, is think of the entire room with the hardwood. Do you like a solid color everywhere like this?:

chocolate birch

birch flooring

Or do you like a varied toned wood floor?

braz. piece

brazilian chesnut

We chose the varied toned wood floors for his new home because he liked the color variations throughout. There is no right or wrong, it is what you like.

Speaking of floors, we visited the tile store last week. My suggestion to you, before you even walk in, is to call and make an appointment with someone that works at the store to help guide you along. We had four bathrooms to find tile flooring, shower walls, shower floor and accent tile for walls. It sounds overwhelming, but ask questions- What is your best selling tile? Do you have coordinating tile that works together in a group? What size tile is popular right now?:

ray tile

We loved the 12 x 24” tiles and decided to use in the kitchen and a couple of the bathrooms:

tile 12x24

Regarding trim and molding- Do not purchase what is in stock at the store without a plan! The salesman at the lumber yard tried to sell us something simple like this for the baseboard:

small trim


This is your chance to bring in more personality and elegance with wider baseboards:



large trim


There are so many different sizes and shapes in molding today. I suggest to go with a larger trim rather than the small builder trim they will use if you do not ask.

A question my client had today was what color for the bathroom fixtures should be used? Almond or bisque? No and no. White is the best choice for fixtures so that you do not call attention and see them. When you add a color in such as almond, then you have to work with the almond when selecting flooring and wall colors. White is best for bath sinks, tubs and toilets for a clean, uncluttered look.

white tub


We started looking at kitchen galleries in the local area yesterday. Ray and I are at different vantage points right now. He loves this:

stained kitchen

Which is pretty, but I am crazy for the white kitchens:

white kitchen

white kitchen 2

I asked the saleswoman which is more popular, white or stained cabinets, since the stores had both displayed equally and she told me that people who have white now, tend to want stained and visa versa. Interesting!

I did notice quite a few kitchens with a glazed finish:

glazed cabinets

I am not crazy about them and worry they will go out of style soon. What do you think readers?

I am having a great time with this project! Stay tuned for more updates and information. Thanks everyone!

Home Construction Project Update

September 24, 2015

I traveled to Chicago over this past weekend for my sister’s wedding. I had such a wonderful time being with my family! While I was gone, a few readers wrote to ask how my new construction project was going so I thought I would give you an update. Here is a picture from today:

ray foundation 2

The builder hopes to begin framing within the next couple weeks. I can’t wait! My client and I have chosen the exterior stone here, then the siding color that will coordinate and also the roofing shingles:

ray exterior

The stone is called Desert Creek Mosaic. I love all the different colors you can see. The siding color is Flagstaff which is a gray with blue undertones, (can you see them?) I also showed him a charcoal gray that also could work but the owner is crazy for the Flagstaff sample. The roof shingles is from a new product line. It is variegated and look how perfectly it works with the stone!

I am having such a good time on this project! There is one more important item to select for the exterior. Can you guess what it is?

Thanks everyone!