Once the inspection is done the shower liner will be drained, the next layer of cement put in over the top of the liner, the wonderboard in the shower can go up, and they are ready to tile. We’re hoping tiling will actually be able to start on Wednesday this week. The tiling guys will finish the prep on Tuesday after the inspection, we hope. We really have no idea how long it will take them to tile since it’s a fairly decent sized shower. After the shower they grout it, which is going to be a huge process in and of itself. Then they’ll do the floor. And after the floor they will put in the sink backsplash.
The tilers started last Wednesday. Brought all of their supplies out and put them into the bathroom so Thursday they could get started with the shower pan liner and other prep work. That also meant we could put the big window in since we no longer needed to have it out as a way to get the big supplies in. It was nice having our house all buttoned up again.
This is Karen checking out what the tilers had done so far… Thursday night. The wonderboard was all down, the shower pan liner was ready for inspection. The whole shower pan liner thing is quite the process. First a coat of cement… a nice little first layer. Then the liner, which has to be perfectly fit in and water proofed. The liner is filled with water enough to cover the drain and left to show the inspectors it’s sealed properly and not leaking. Unfortunately for us the county had it’s first furlough day on Friday (which should’ve occurred to me since I didn’t work either… duh!) so there were no inspectors. It’s a long weekend as well, with the holiday today, so there will be no inspection until tomorrow (morning we hope).
Mom and Don and Kev all helped us work on the place last weekend. Kev and Don did siding, Mom, Karen and I painted. This is some of Kev and Don’s handy work. Since this time Kev and I pretty much worked on siding every night after work last week. We got the naked wall in the photo sided up to the gable end. In the front it’s all sided except the gable and the face where the big window is (which is now installed). Not bad. I think this next week, if it doesn’t rain, the rest will get done. Whoo hoo!!
Kev designed our bathroom addition and while he was at it he asked if we might like to have a couple of recessed areas in our bedroom for the tv and other stuff. We said heck ya. Here they are. TV and such will go in the top area, a couple of shelves will be in the bottom area, and we’ll probably throw some photographs or other “stuff” in there. We aren’t really knick-knacky people, but we will find something. There will be dark wood shelves in these when they are done. At least, that’s how I’m envisioning them.
Sheet rock got finished right before last weekend… meaning we could start slapping some paint on in the addition. Which meant we had to decide on color. The final choice…. gray. The tile in the shower will be gray/blue tile with white grout. Glass accent tiles are gray, white, and a gray/blue, stark white tub, stark white porcelain sink top, white crown and baseboard, dark brown, almost black, vanity cabinet, half wall shelving unit, and doors on the linen/water heater closet. We think it’s going to look great.
Since I’ve been somewhat remiss in posting the last week or so I thought I’d throw out a few posts on the addition project to get everyone up to date. So here we go…
Kev hard at work starting the siding process. This was last weekend. Big window in the bay was still not in, most of the siding hadn’t happened yet. We’re still not done with siding, but it’s closer.
Looking from the bay into the bathroom. Walk in closet on the left that will have a pocket door. Shower on the right with the window in it. The red and blue “pipe” are the water lines. You can see one of the cadet heaters in the closet wall. There will be another over on the wall under the window to the backyard.
There are like 10 or 11 can lights or some such number in the addition. There will be loads of light. All the can lights in the bathroom itself and in the shower, two lights plus a light tunnel in the closet, and two sconces over the sink. We don’t mess around with our lighting. That doesn’t even include the huge bay window and the other two windows in the room.
I’ve heard through the grapevine that people are wanting to see recent photos of the addition. So without further ado… here are some recent photos of the addition.
We just got the insulation done and favorably inspected today (no photos of that… sorry). Tomorrow the sheet rock starts to go up. Next Tuesday… windows. Yes, it’s almost a room. Woo hoo.
This bad boy is like 6 feet something by 6 feet 9 inches and something. It’s huge. So huge we won’t have to have a door. Two separately controlled shower heads with valves right inside the door on each side so you can turn it on without getting in and a hand held shower head by a built in bench. It also has it’s own window. I’m cracking up. Is this REALLY our bathroom? Is this REALLY our shower? Yep. chuckle chuckle and he he he It is.
This weekend was all about clean up. Well… food and drink with friends and clean up.
Our place has been a mess. The construction of our master bath addition has created some of it, but seriously, we were in trouble way before this. I think it all really started last year when we were in the rental buying and fixing up mode. We had to concentrate on getting these houses we bought fixed up into rental condition, which meant many many hours working, painting, dry walling, cleaning, moving, etc. During the course of all that things at our own house got out of hand. The yard started to get overgrown. It was like some weird prehistoric land. Plants growing and taking over the world. I could be exaggerating on that a bit, but not much. Then there was the shop… all the supplies in and out of there. Piles forming. Stuff just sort of thrown in because we didn’t have time to put it away or were too tired after working our regular jobs and then working at the rentals after work. It was a disaster. Embarrassingly so. Finally… our house. Cluttered. Much for the same reason… being really busy so you put something down instead of putting it away. We became somewhat ashamed. Which, thankfully, came to a head this weekend.
We decided (thankfully we have pretty much the same clutter tolerance and we’d both WAY over reached it) to clean this weekend. We’ve been working on the yard a bit. Though with the construction much of that will have to wait until our yard is no longer a tool storing dirt pile.
Saturday we went to breakfast with our pal Maggie… nice noshing with you Maggie… at Java Vivace. Lovely crepes. So tasty. Afterward we went in search of plumbing supplies for the bathroom which had to be purchased this weekend so they’d be there for the plumber this week. Then… then folks… we started cleaning the house. A few hours later… ta da!… clean. Spiffy. Lovely. We didn’t clean our room, which is now pretty much a small closet (There are clothes piled everywhere and a huge piece of black plastic acting as one wall. This photo was taken after they’d broken through the little closet door, but now the whole thing is open. No wall. Framing, but no wall). The cleaning of our room will have to wait until AFTER the bathroom is a room and we can put clothes back in a closet. We are now sleeping in the guest room. It sort of sucks, but it’ll be worth it. I’m not really complaining.
Sunday… We met our friend Genine, hey Genine, for coffee. We had to drop off the disc of wedding photos I’d taken for her and her man at their wedding (there were 705 photos on that disc… yeah, really), as well as a book I’d made for them from the photos. It was great. Both the book and the visit with Genine. The book turned out really well. I was pretty proud of it. After meeting Genine we went to REI to pick up our vests and t-shirts for the Providence Bridge Pedal that we’ll be participating in this coming Sunday. Pretty cool, can’t wait (6 bridges, 14 miles). We then headed home for more cleaning. First we picked up all the dry wall our construction guys has removed from the house. A big pile of debris. We are taking care of the removal ourselves to save money, but let me tell you… picking all that up, working our butts off in the high heat on Sunday afternoon… not fun. We did it though. We did it and then congratulated ourselves on being two tough babes. We got back from the dump and went to work on the shop. What a mess in there. A year of yuckiness. A year of filth and clutter and tossing things in without real regard for where things should go. It was terrible. Plus, we had a mouse issue. Ew. We got through a lot of it, but still aren’t done. We feel better about it, and also like we’ve actually done something in there, so it’s not too bad. We’re motivated now and so we’ll finish it.
Ah… the joy of home ownership and construction. The joy of rental work. The joy of having a clean house. The joy of going to the dump with huge loads of crap. The joy of ending the weekend by taking a hot shower and having a fantastic barbecued steak and corn on the cob after working so hard. The joy of being absolutely cognizant of the fact that ife is truly wonderful.
Next step in the remodeling process… which happened yesterday, was the start of the framing. These guys have been working in this heat. Granted they are getting to our place early in the morning… like 6:30, but they are still working in it until 2:00 or so every day. I don’t think I could do it. Wow.
In this photo you can see the framing in of the small rectangular window on the wall behind the ladder. That’s the window in the shower. The window on the wall to the right is the one that will be near the toilet. The bay window will be on the wall that isn’t framed yet in this picture. Pretty cool to be able to really see where things will be.
If you’ll notice in this photo, there are many of the remodelers required elements… radio (used with the ipod it is the remodelers friend), water for when you get parched, pile o’ rags, camera bag, tape measure, light bulbs, manuals for the appliances, notepad, pens, and misc. other items that had no where else to be. Basically this is the stack. Stack of stuff. Very important.
As I said, we’ve been over at the new rental a lot these days. We’ve torn things out, put things in and then torn them out again, had the plumber over to install the new master bath shower among other things, met with the electrician, cleaned, cleaned, and oh yeah, cleaned, had the heat pump guy come over and clean out all the duct work and service the heat pump and backup heater, had a new roof put on, had a little repair work done to the railing in the back of the house, had the carpet guy come in and measure for carpeting and the buy it… it’s in the garage waiting, had the appraiser come back from the bank to re-appraise after we’d put the wall back up in the bathroom so we could take it down… how dumb is that, but they wanted to see a wall, even though we were going to put a shower in and in order to do that there can’t be sheet rock… hoops, there are a few to jump through, shopped for appliances, spent many an hour on the road to either Home Depot or Lowe’s, and generally been tired most of the time. This shot is of the living room, entry area after we primed it. It was a lovely shade of really dark dark green. I have nothing against green, this was just not a green anyone should paint a room. Enough said.
One thing always leads to another. Originally we were just going to put up some more cabinets in the kitchen and redo the backsplash. The previous owners were in the midst of a total remodel of this house and were a little, uh… off shall we say, in their calculations among other things. So there weren’t enough cabinets and the backsplash they’d done was a mess and had to be redone. But then… there’s always a but then isn’t there?… we got into it and found they’d wired the stove in wrong which was very dangerous and we’re lucky there wasn’t a fire, or they were anyway. So then we decided that taking out half the wall between the kitchen and living room would open it up tons, plus we probably wouldn’t have to buy any more cabinets, or at least not as many. This meant we would also take out all the lowers and redo the countertops, which were a mess we’d originally thought we’d try and salvage. Because of this decision we also had to get a new stove since the one that was in there, though really great, was too tall for a bar type situation…. hence our shopping yesterday at used appliance places in Portland. And let me tell you, we didn’t think we’d be able to find a used slide in flat top electric downdraft range, but we did. Amazing. I recommend this place highly… uh, it’s called… uh wait… we were just there yesterday… hmmm… oh yeah… Appliance City. Great place. We’ll go back (as long as we can remember what it’s called… hardy har har). After all, we have to get a washer and dryer. Anyway… so the old really decent range is going into our other rental, which I’m sure our renter will like as the one she has was probably made before the dawn of time. And we are on our way to getting the kitchen back together. Woo Hoo. Well… not yet, but we will be. And that is how one thing leads to another. Whew…
Flashing back to Sunday…. Karen started building our adirondack table. This is it, in the beginning. You get the idea. It’s going to be very cool. I’m excited. She’s doing a fantastic job building it. She’s loving using our new compound miter saw, with stand. LOL I had to add the with stand part, it said that on the box.