Yep… it’s starting to get cold out there.
The bowl on the floor is for the dogs. It’s a little bowl of water. Yeah… we are lame. But what can we say… they love having it in the bathroom, easily accessible at night. Since this photo was taken it’s actually been moved to under the bay window next to the tub, out of the walking path. Better spot, and they still love it.
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Our construction left us with a new wall in our bedroom. We decided to paint the new wall a burgundy-ish color. We like it very much. We also like the built in for the TV and other do-dads. Don’t you just love the word do-dads? Or is that two words. Hmmmm….
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I just recently procured a wide angle lens. I had a professional job as a photographer and needed it to do the shoot I was hired to do. This was me practicing with it at home to see what the scope of it was. Our bookcases… full. Wow… you can tell a lot about our lives from this photo. I’ll leave that to you to decipher…
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Who knew I had this many clothes. This is only part of my section of the walk in. Wow. I always thought my wardrobe wasn’t that complicated… t-shirts, shorts, jeans, sweatshirts, etc. This makes me laugh. Love having the walk in though. So nice to just grab stuff and get ready right there in the bathroom/our room.
Last weekend, both nights after the work was done, we all (Mom, Don, Kev, Karen, and I) sat around the chiminea chatting. Really nice way to end a hard days work. Love having this outdoor mini fireplace-ish kinda thing. Pretty terrific.
So our project is coming along. After tiling will be finish plumbing and electrical. Once those are done we will have a working bathroom. There will still be finish work, which Kev is doing, to complete. Crown molding, baseboards, building the half wall/shelving unit that will go next to the toilet, installing the linen/water heater closet doors, installing the bathroom door and the walk in closet door, casing the windows, cutting the hole for the light tube in the walk in closet, venting the fan out the end of the house…. and well, I think that’s it. We are going to use metro shelving in our closet. Easy to put in and we both like the metal look of it. Sort of different, and portable so we can move it around in there or use it elsewhere should we decide later to put different shelving in the closet.
We’re getting close… nearing the finish line. It’s pretty exciting. Pretty exciting indeed.
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.
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.
OK, the last photo I posted wasn’t the last in this long line. This one will be. Here you can see where the sink will be, to the left in the photo, and part of the walk in closet to the right. At the back in this photo is a black wall. That happens to be the current wall to our bedroom. Shnazzy!!
Only one slightly big faux pas today, other than the fact that the holes in our new sink (which we love by the way) aren’t quite big enough, because of the ceramic, to fit our new faucets. They are the faucets that were suggested to go with the sink. They ALMOST fit. Almost isn’t exactly good enough. Also… we were only sent one shower head and two were on the invoice. Karen is on the case. In both instances, with both places. She will prevail. The one faux pas I mentioned…. is me.
The crate delivery of tub, tub pedestal, vanity, and hardware came as scheduled. Only, they wouldn’t deliver it up the driveway because we live in a rural area? Huh? Whatever. So we improvised. We enlisted the assistance of Mom and Don and their truck. Between that, our truck, and the physical labor of Mom, Don, our plumber Brian, and the two of us, we got them up the driveway. With one casualty. Me. We had everything loaded. Mom and Don took off up the driveway with their big crate containing the tub. Karen and I had the vanity and the ceramic sink topper. I jumped into the back of the truck… sort of sitting on the side. She took off up the driveway, had to shift and speed up and turned and… well… I fell off. Backwards, head first. I started to go and somehow had the sense to know, and luck enough to get my body twisted around so that I was able to grab the side of the truck. My feet and body kept going out, twisting in a strange way, but my head didn’t hit first. I ended up sort of being dragged for a little bit until I decided to let go so I wouldn’t be run over. I let go and sort of tried to fling myself away from the truck, rolling as I did. Karen, who only saw this part of the whole ordeal, said I looked like some sort of stunt woman. Too funny. My biggest stunt… not getting a knot on my noggin. The rest of me… it hasn’t faired so well. Bruised, battered, and sore I sit before the screen here. But, nothing is broken. Not even my pride. We’ve had a good laugh about it. Now I’m going to go get in the hot tub….