Saturday, July 29, 2017

Boating in DC

We've been itching to try kayaking on the Potomac River since Joseph loved kayaking in Maine so much last summer.  The fourth of July was the perfect day for it!  We rented from Boating in DC out of Fletcher's Cove and kayaked almost down to the Key Bridge and back.  I had really hoped Joseph would want to have a kayaking birthday party, but he had other ideas in mind.

Later in the day we hit the pool.  My waterproof camera is getting good use again!

A few days before the 4th we got to spend a nice afternoon with friends downtown.  Our friend Meredith's mom was in town from California and hasn't seen Joseph since he was a baby.  Meredith's boyfriend Matt has an awesome roof deck that we took full advantage of before strolling along the Mall and checking out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Barker Goes Nats, Again

Last month we attended the annual "Barker Goes Nats" event, a great fundraiser for the Barker Foundation, the adoption agency that helped us on our journey to parenthood.  This year we bought an extra ticket and brought along Joseph's friend Nolan, who is a big baseball fan.  With the private suites and limitless free food, we may have forever spoiled Nats stadium for him.  It was a fun afternoon for a great cause, but honestly, I can't even remember who won!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Renovation, Part 4: Walls and All

A LOT has happened with our renovation/addition in the past 2 months!  It's crazy that a delivery of drywall, hardwood flooring, or tile could bring such joy - but it means things are moving forward.

The previous window wall was framed out as the entrance to our new (huge) master bathroom, which got sprayfoam insulation, drywall, and now tile in the shower and on the floor.

The entrance from the hallway into our bedroom was also framed out and drywalled, the new window  installation was completed, the room was primed, and it's now painted a soothing pale gray.  The door at the end leads into our master closet that now has HVAC and electrical.

This is the other side of the wall leading into our bedroom from the hallway.  Lovely new linen closet!  We saved the wood floors from downstairs to use to patch up the hallway.

Speaking of downstairs, the new space is coming together nicely with insulation and drywall too.

And floors!  Which would have been more exciting had they actually been level.  There wound up being a hump in the middle between the old and new spaces, but they were able to remedy it without much ado.

Then, quite unexpectedly on time, our new cabinetry arrived!  They wasted no time in starting installation.  We also had gorgeous quartz counters measured and installed within about 3 days, but then they covered them up before I could take pictures so they could prime and paint the ceilings and walls.

We went with "pebble gray" in the kitchen and "dove white" for the bar and window seat areas in the dining room.  Absolutely happy that we chose 2 different colors but the same cabinet door style to separate but unify the spaces.

The biggest delay of all has been the metal roof for the 1st floor.  Still haven't gotten a good enough explanation for why, but once they were installed they could finish up the siding and trim.

Another delay was this particular door we ordered to enlarge the opening from the living room out onto the covered porch.  They claim it was special order so it took months to arrive, but it was installed within a day.

Then we had to choose paint colors quite quickly!  We settled on the gray for the exterior easily (Benjamin Moore "Delray Gray" for the siding and "Rock Gray" for some accent areas), but the door color took much discussion. In the end I was able to convince everyone that this blue (Benjamin Moore "pool Blue") was the perfect choice.  Oh, and PS, we decided to paint the entire exterior of the house.  So long, yellow and white weathered brick!