Summer House Renovation Update – Wordless/Wordful Wednesday

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on February 2, 2011 · 37 comments

in Wordful Wednesday,Wordless Wednesday

Last week I was a little excessive on the ‘wordful’ part, so this week I’ll try to keep it to a minimum.  Try being the key word, of course.  We got a little sidelined by the snow Mother Nature sent us last week, shoveling snow instead of working on the Summer House to get it done sooner rather than later.   But we did make some progress.  Hubby added some colorful rope lights to the under side of his desk:

That’s the one side-section of his desk, looking up through the lofty opening.  Here’s another angle, from the same spot:

Once the desk is completed, the drywall is up and everything’s set up the way he wants, I’ll take more pictures to show you how cool the effect really is.  I think it’s perfect for his office/music studio/man cave area.

The guys got a little sidetracked with wanting to put in a ceiling fan – so Saturday they worked on that, along with replacing the one annoying overhead light with puck lights.  Here’s the fan hubby picked out:

Pretty cool, isn’t it?  It has a wall mounted control that’s right inside the door, along with a separate remote control that hubby will keep upstairs.  They also hung some puck lights on the first floor to replace the overhead light:

Right now the wires are a messy rats nest, it’s going to take some time to run them to make them invisible since we’re keeping the ceiling in the cool rustic open beam mode.  Since I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my space done, they decided to hold off on finishing the lighting until after I have a place to put my stuff, instead of being in transient mode.  They’ll just have to duck under the wires for the time being – I’m short enough so it doesn’t bother me.

On Sunday we finally got all the wiring done on my wall, and the sheet rock up so we could hang my flat panel and get started on my custom desk.  Remember I started off with this:

The transformation has begun:

Our genius friend Rob envisioned a design for my desk, and this is what he came up with:

It will be the biggest desk I’ve ever had – I’m going to be in seventh heaven working at it for sure!  Here’s another angle for you:

Pretty cool so far, isn’t it?  Rob will be building some shelves for the wall, including small shelves just for the speakers – see those two puck lights hanging out of the drywall?  Those will be mounted underneath the speaker shelves, to cast just enough light onto my workspace when needed.  Operated by a dedicated light switch with a dimmer.  I needed to set up some of my stuff so we can figure out where to drill the holes to hide all the cables and cords – then we’ll figure out how we’ll go about finishing it since this is just the ‘bones’ of the desk so far.   I’ll be getting a new office chair – that one has seen better days.  We’ll definitely be adding some shelving underneath, and possibly some drawers so I can keep things all nice and organized.  I can’t wait!

Next up is getting the wall finished where Princess Nagger’s custom desk will be built – she’s already given some input on the design she’d like for her desk.   We’ll see how much progress we can make by this time next week…stay tuned!


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1 Dominique February 2, 2011 at 1:49 am

Your desk is really taking shape.
Happy WW

2 SueAnn February 2, 2011 at 4:11 am

It is looking great! Love the ceiling fan…beautiful! And your desk is the bomb for sure!!

3 TechnoBabe February 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

This is going to be an awesome work space. Plenty of counter space and a safe place for your equipment. And a good thinking place.

4 Dutch Hollow Acres February 2, 2011 at 8:19 am

What a beautiful fan! I love the detail.

5 Nicole February 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

Your desk is awesome! Love the way it’s coming out. :-)

6 danyele February 2, 2011 at 9:02 am

it takes some time, doesn’t it??? we remodeled our basement on our own and wow…but i love the details that i can already see there!!!! yeah!

thanks for stopping in to say hi!!! smiles!

7 Felicia February 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

It is coming along!!

8 Angie February 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

That is going to be a great work space!! Love that ceiling fan – and I am not a huge ceiling fan “fan”

9 Susie's Homemade February 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

What a huge project!

10 Stacey February 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

What a project! It’s looking great though! Happy WW!

11 Momma Jorje February 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

Visiting from Natural Parents Network!

Looks like a huge undertaking, but some very cool projects going there! I love the lights on the underside of the desk!

12 Gina Alfani February 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

How exciting!!! The fan is gorgeous and I love the idea of the desk lights . . . looking great!

Come by and link up to my WW linky :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday . . . Gina

13 Dagmar's momsense February 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

Wow, that’s some office! Well, going to be :)
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14 VandyJ February 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Things are moving along nicely. Does Princess Nagger’s desk have anything to do with dinosaurs? That would be pretty cool.

15 Mama Badger February 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Too cool, too cool! I’m excited, and I’ll never lay a finger on it. Now, with this new set up you’ll be doing more marketing of wine type things? Or something altogether different?

16 Harriet February 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

I am so jealous!!!!!!!!
How’s your weather? Nobody around here is leaving their house. Thank goodness that darn groundhog cooperated!

17 Diapers In The Desert February 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I LOVE renovation pics!! Most likely since I am not asked to help. haha~ I am jealous of you desk!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog- I am a new follower of yours. Can’t wait to see the finished pics!!!

18 Lauren February 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Those are all incredible! What a fabulous desk, and I love that ceiling fan and the effect of the lights. You’re inspiring me to think about what we can do around here…

19 angie February 2, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Wow. That really is taking it down to the studs! :) Can’t wait to see the completed renovation!

20 only prettier February 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

it will be done before you know it!

21 Megan February 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Very cool! Looks great!!

22 liz February 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Wow, that’s quite a project you guys are working on! Good luck with the finishing touches!

23 brian February 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm

nice…your new desk looks really cool…and all the gizmos…tight you are going to be in heaven in there…smiles.

24 Faythe February 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm

wow, really speeding along. I bet you are really getting excited for it to be done!

25 Michele February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I just checked. Yep, still jealous.

26 Annie February 3, 2011 at 1:27 am

keep the faith, and remember, rome wasn’t built in a day!

27 kyooty February 3, 2011 at 6:58 am

Everything looks great. I can’t wait to see PN’s desk. I’m sure hope your contractor isn’t feeling rushed by our excitement?

28 Hootin' Anni February 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

Oh my goodness….lots and lots of work here…but what wonderful, and very clever renovations being done. I especially like the ceiling fan.

Thanks for visiting with me yesterday!!

29 Anne February 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

That is going to look so awesome when it is finished. Your desk looks beautiful. I am very jealous. I think the lights will look great.

30 ArtSnark February 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

Looking good. I am jealous of your desk – so much room!

Popped by to let you know you won the random drawing on my blog today. I also sent a message to the email address in your profile

31 Pooba February 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Wow, I still can’t believe you guys are doing this renovation on top of everything else you are doing! (Like shipping my wine ;o)

I love the lights on the desk! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

32 XmasDolly February 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Because of the weather I had a cable outage yesterday. That’s right NO INTERNET! I was stir crazy. I even vacuumed & watched two movies! Well, it finally came back on last night about 10:30 p.m. & I’ve been trying to catch up ever since. So, things are coming along nicely, huh? I love that light fixture, and lights under the desk how cool is that. I love mood lights! Well, that’s what I call them. Very cool indeed. Have a good one my friend & stay warm. If you want to see the weather we’ve been having I have posted some pics & a few videos. It’s only -1 right now! Brrrrrr

33 Debby February 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Definately cool so far!

34 Sprite's Keeper February 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Looking great so far!

35 Casey February 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

Oh, I like it! How cool that you have a “summer house” right next to your regular house.

Are things on hold with your potential move?

36 Julie From Momspective February 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm

So is this near the airport we were talking about or am I flying in to another one to pay this lovely place a visit?

37 Terra Heck February 9, 2011 at 6:37 am

It’s looking great so far. I really like the rope lights.

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