Our Family

Our Family

Friday, October 6, 2017

Another Chapter

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
Ecclesiastes 3:2

Good morning- I'm writing this from our vacation rental waiting for our escrow to close this week, then on to our next project! We bought a beautiful house in a great neighborhood, our plans here are to
*Add a lap pool
*Metal black windows
*Huge cascading doors, (indoor/out feel)
*New Marble Counters
*Build out a downstairs bathroom
*Remodel two bathrooms
*Add a huge master walk-in closet
*New smooth white plaster
*New flooring
*New front Porch
*Olive trees
*All new landscape
*New block walls smooth white stucco
*New front doors
*All new flooring (wide plank wood)
*Tile, open shelving
*New lights through out
*New fences
Planning to complete all of this within 3 months!!
So excited for our new adventures, were in this as a family, my brother Jim is our partner, our kids our employee's, truly a family affair.
Here is the house we bought 1,968 square feet 3 bedroom, 2 bath (Love before....because the after is going to be soooo good)
Inspiration picture, smooth white stucco, 12x8 front slider, Black grid windows, aged wood.
We'll bring in Olive Tree's again as they are my absolute favorite
Monday 4' stucco walls are going up around the front and back. 
Three wood gates

                                  I want to incorporate a little herring bone into the design
Our backyard retaining walls will look like this 
The pool we're putting in will be 20x10 lap pool with a powerful heater 4 feet depth, smooth concrete
3 feet under, 24" above ground.
John and I decided in-between projects we are going to take our family on a fun trip, because a lot of our time is spent on the business we have to make time for our children. 
Sunday night we locked up Mayfair, said goodbye to our beautiful home. 
This is "home" to me my loved ones. I'm not attached to anything except these people right here. 
On another note life seems to be taking different directions lately so many people are in transitions, making life changes. Many of these changes are for the better, starting new business's or moving. My sister Rachel has launched her children's clothing line First American Baby!!! Her designs are stunning she does everything, design, and sews all of her clothing, moccasins. She blows my mind. Check out her website First American Baby
Today we'll be flying to Bishop to lay to rest a wonderful women who made a huge impact in my life. Ellen was our neighbor, Sunday school teacher, my mom's best friend, confidant, more like our auntie. She will be missed greatly! 
Hope you enjoyed reading another chapter in the Slee's life. God Bless today, Love Shirley 

Saturday, September 2, 2017


Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses . . . let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1

We recently completed a remodel, while were patently waiting for our escrow to close the 8th of September. It took 5 week start to finish, 6 days a week. 
We were approached by a client of mine's mom asking if we could do a remodel over the summer, on a limited budget. We imminently saw the potential in this little house. It was dark, closed off, and  dated. 
There was a wall the separated the tiny kitchen from the rest of the house, we enforced the column's that were there and Jim did custom casing on them. Turned out amazing the owner loved them! 
 Love how seemless the columns look like they've been there forever.
 Clean, open, and fresh 
Nathan (electrician) 
My bro, I love him so much, he has thee kindest heart, my earliest memory is him pushing me in a green stroller, racing me through the house. Jim has helped us on all our projects. He's worked as a super intendant for Flint Builders for over 17 years, doing multi million dollar projects, so his little sisters are a piece of cake for him! 

The ceilings....so much wood that these beautiful beams got lost, I wanted them to be special, so we ground them down, which was a messy, very hard, time consuming job, John did most if this. Then we hung drywall in-between, taped and textured, then painted. We mixed a special color of stain, wanted a weathered look. 
Pendant lights from Ikea 
Working with a small, old kitchen had some challenges, like the old ducting for vent hood could only be moved so far because of a header in attic, but Jim and John made it work. 
We asked the owner if she wanted something more special than accordion closet doors, John and Jim went to a huge warehouse where they have a vast collection of unique doors, we choose these (I was on FaceTime) I stained them Jim trimed them out, put hardware on them and installed. 
Old closet doors 
 When doing a new kitchen, I love to throw in texture, these amazing, old planks were thee perfect touch for open shelving!
 The fireplace....I'm so in love with the way it turned out, I immediately said, let's do smooth white stucco, accent it with cement tile, re-do the old beam. It's neat to envision something and watch it become reality.
Rough coat 

Imagine a roaring fire on a rainy night. 
Corner shot After 
The dinning room was green, with wood wainscoting, pure white, new light fixture
=all the difference 
                                                                   Dinning room Before
The kitchen color palette is White, black, with touches of brass, waiting for Marble window seal to be installed. 

Hallway Make-over New doors, white paint, floors, baseboards 
My Daddy came down to help for about 3 weeks, he demoed helped out so much. 
It's gotta get ugly before its beautiful. 
                Going all the way up with tile in a kitchen is important for a more dramatic, clean look.
I took the owner out for material sourcing, she chose a high quality laminate, 6 inch wide planks.

 I love the reveal on the counters to be thicker than normal so we layered two pieces of plywood, the reveal is gorgeous!!

So proud of the work we did. 

Best guys out there 
This project was well thought out, that's why we were able to do it so quickly, every night Jim, John and I would talk about what our game plan for the next day, Jim would make a punch list, we'd tackle it the next day. I would pop in and work when 
I could, other obligations such as kids, work, life, would pull at me, but the guys were there 8-6, 5 weeks, 6 days a week. Such great guys, love them so much. And a huge thanks to my dad! 
Hope you enjoyed, Love ya, Shirley