Friday, December 8, 2017

Sometimes Help is Appreciated

Sometimes input from those smaller persons in ones life is a great help.  Recently we had two grandchildren and dog stay with us for ten days while parents went on a well earned escape to tropical climes. Lucky parents and lucky Grandparents!

Handy husband is encouragingly patient and has Grandchildren doing all kinds of work as assistants.
This five-year-old is a dab hand with the hot knife (cutting curtains for our canal boat), sewing (tabs for tying back same curtains), using the Dremel and vacuum cleaner are also only a few of her learned skills.

In the above she has shown Grandpa how to attach clamps and below she shows same Grandpa how to do a happy dance. Dancing is a skill that seems to be completely natural to her.

Grandpa needs a lot of practice. It's nice to teach Grandpa something new!

In the mean time the Swedish House is taking shape.

The walls and floors of the demolished house were in such rough shape that we decided to make cardboard templates of all floors and walls to enable us to apply coverings on those and apply those finished replicas to the interiors.

Ceiling beams stained and installed - bedroom and upper hallway. You can see an entry cut for French doors to the balcony. The door into the upper level hallway has been moved to allow a through view.  

Yes, we are still working in our living/dining room as my workroom is far too small for all this construction and it is too cold in handy husband's workshop.

Below the beams in the living room are larger than those in the bedroom.

This is the wall panelling in progress for the stairwell walls. I must acknowledge and give thanks to Liberty Liberty  for this effective and easy wall panelling method.

The medallions are a Dollar Store stick on gem. The detailing strips are cardboard - all painted with Gesso. Yes, we did make the stair less steep so that no one will bump their heads as they ascend/descend the stairs.

The doorway on the left is the access to the kitchen.

Upper hallway with new stairwell. French door to balcony.

The extension - beginning the shiplap siding.

Windows and edging being trimmed before painting.

The chimney.

Wood flooring for the living room cut from 1x6 cedar for the bedroom and fir for the living room.

I like this wallpaper as it is nicely distressed. However, when I clamped it into the room it appeared too heavy.  Plans for the other rooms are for pale finishes.  I will photocopy it and do an mock up with wainscotting on the lower half of the room to see if that helps quieten it.

 Front of house - French doors to balcony and proposed railings.

Just for fun - a light on the board and batten panel.

or maybe  at the front door?

 Stay tuned!

To my Scandinavian friends please remember this is my impression of a Scandinavian House only and perhaps as it develops it may morph into its imagined location .... or it may take on a life of its own and move location.

regards to all Janine