Progress On Our Addition: Dried In!

Progress On Our Addition: Dried In!

After receiving some emails asking our addition progress, I thought I would update you all!  I am happy to say (happier than you know) that as of yesterday, the room is officially “dried in”.

You are probably thinking…”Grace, didn’t you guys start this in November?!  It has taken nearly six months to get one room framed and dried in?  Not even finished?”  Well, needless to say, those are my thoughts exactly, it has taken a loooooonnnnngggggg time to get where we are.  To make a long story short, we had a bad contractor, and after piecing some things together, we realized our money was not going where we thought.  Once we found a crew that could finish the job (or at least get it dried in so the elements were not ruining the wood, etc.), they told us the walls were bowing out from bad framing, and basically, they had to take the whole roof off to fix it.  So the roof from the previous contractor was removed, we were left with four framed walls, and we started again.  This is our third home to renovate, we have never had this type of problem, and even though it hurt, I guess you have to chalk it up to living and learning.

So enough of the sad story, let’s try to focus on the positive, which is the room looking great now that we have a new crew (who has done a beautiful job by the way!)

You can see in the photo below where the french door will be on the right.

We chose a steel roof, and I am so happy with how it turned out.  There is nothing like hearing the rain on a steel roof.

As you can see, we nixed the roof windows, or rather, they were nixed for us due to all that happened.  I have to say though, I love the design of the popout, and we did worry about the roof windows being a heat problem in the summer.

There will be a small deck here with three steps up to enter the room from the outside.

We are still planning on the room being a creamy white with beadboard on the ceiling and pretty trim around the windows.

I think with all the windows, and the elevated roof, the room feels bigger than it is.  (about 15 x 18)

Our former back door is here, plus you can see we will be covering up a bathroom window.  I think we are just going to turn it into a small shelf on the bathroom side.

There is kitchen counter space and a lower cabinet underneath that small window to the left of the door.  I would like to try and preserve that so it will be open from the countertop to the ceiling when we take this wall down.  From the left of the old back door to the beginning of where you see the exterior brick will be the opening to our new room.  You will take a step down to enter the room also.

The next step is to  stucco the outside and add trim.  We have never had stucco on a house we owned before, and we were so shocked to see the trim on stucco homes is styrofoam with stucco over it.  Seriously!

As far as the inside of our home goes, the living room ceiling trim detail is complete as of this weekend, and I am so excited to show you!  It looks great!  I am still trying to decide on curtains for that room as you can see.  I am actually really drawn to the horizontal stripe silk, and think it would bring a little drama to the room.  My husband is leaning more towards the arabesque pattern, though we can’t decide which colorway we like the best.  Any thoughts, dear readers?

A few weeks ago, I went to the annual Wisteria warehouse clearance sale and scored a few things for some clients, and something for me!  I LOVE the bone inlaid furniture from Wisteria.  It is usually so beautifully done, and the intricate detail is superb.  Of course, because it is handmade and full of gorgeous detail, it is $$$.  I’ve always thought the white bone inlaid chair from their Rare Birds Collection (which means it is an antique or special find item – not mass produced) was so so pretty, and it looks even better in real life.



Each chair retails for $999 in the store ($700 online??), and when I was at the clearance sale, I saw a pair in the corner of the warehouse.  One was broken and smashed up, and one was perfect.  Out of curiosity, I looked at the tag on the broken one, and it said $999 marked down to $300.  There is no way I was paying $300 for a chair that day, but I just happened to catch a glance at the tag on the good one, and it said $60.  I didn’t even really read the tag, I just grabbed the chair, and ran, ha.  It wasn’t until I got home that I got a good chance to read what the tag said.

Looks like a mismark, woopsies!  But check out how pretty it looks in my living room!

The detail is so lovely.

Finds like this are rare, but awesome!

Is there any construction or improvement going on at your house right now?

Written by Grace


  • Tiffany
    Posted at 08:34h, 16 April

    BOOO to bad contractors. I desperately want to buy a fixer upper (one day) but I’m terrified of bad contractors. It’s all coming together great now though! I can’t wait to see it complete. That chair is gorgeous.

    • Grace
      Posted at 01:40h, 17 April

      Tiffany, fixer uppers are all we have ever bought! And yes, bad contractors are scary, but so is my brother who is a construction attorney. 😉 I’m excited to see it complete too, ha. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. xoxo, G

  • Emily Clark
    Posted at 09:00h, 16 April

    Glad things are coming along now. I love the way the roof looks 🙂

    • Grace
      Posted at 01:41h, 17 April

      Emily, thank you so much! It is good to see it moving though it may hang tight for awhile. 🙂 I appreciate your comment on the roof, we debated about it probably way too long. It’s amazing the tiny details that suck your brain energy. 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment! G

  • Erin
    Posted at 09:32h, 16 April

    I am so sorry to hear you had a contractor nightmare – seconds to Tiffany’s BOO! But the new room is absolutely stunning – I love the roof, the windows, the ceiling, all of it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Grace
      Posted at 01:43h, 17 April

      Hi Erin, thank you so much. Me too, but you have to move forward, I guess. I so appreciate your kind words on the design. I love it, too! Excited to start on the inside! Thanks so much for reading and for your comment. G

  • The Glam Pad
    Posted at 10:03h, 16 April

    Grace, your addition is going to be so lovely! We are in the midst of completely renovating our 1970s home, and I share your renovation woes… We almost got taken by a “contractor” who was not even licensed, yikes!!! We ended up going with one who had excellent reviews on Angie’s List and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are pleased with our choice. But then, it took six months for us to get our permits!! The building and zoning department in Coral Gables, Florida is a complete nightmare. It will all be worth it in the long run, though. Your chair is exquisite – what a find! – and I love that sunburst clock!! Is it vintage?

    • Grace
      Posted at 01:53h, 17 April

      Hi Andrea (GlamPad), oh gosh, I am so glad you dodged that contractor! Eek! And I am so happy you finally got your permits! Six months is a lllooonnnggg time to wait, my goodness! I’m excited to see your progress! Yes, the sunburst clock is a vintage find – it’s syroco. Since you love all things palm beach and hollywood regency, you would probably like the vintage greatness my friend Kristen and I sell through Gypsy Soul Interiors. (check it out on FB) And by the way, congrats on the Lonny mention! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment! G

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 12:14h, 16 April

    So glad to hear that you straightened out the GC issue! Better to find out all the things done wrong now then when the job is done! Blessing in disguise! BTW, the place is coming along beautifully! I CANNOT wait to see what you do with it!

    • Grace
      Posted at 01:54h, 17 April

      Hi Lindsey, absolutely! We are so so grateful we discovered the mistakes before it was complete. I cannot even imagine the nightmare we would have had on our hands then! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am working on the interior design now! Yay! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, G

  • Victoria
    Posted at 15:32h, 16 April

    Hi Grace. Can I vote for the duck egg and chocolate arabesque for a blind with dark chocolate silk decorative curtains? I so love the arabesque pattern (didn’t know it was called that) but I can barely find anything with it in the UK.

    • Grace
      Posted at 02:04h, 17 April

      Hi Victoria, I have thought about this actually…I like the idea, but I worry the blind would cover my pretty panes on the top half of the window. I can’t decide if the look is worth that or not, love the idea though! On the arabesque fabric, maybe check Ebay UK?? The fabric is Windsor Smith for Kravet in the Riad pattern – it comes in several pretty colorways. Hope that helps! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, G