Feast your eyes on the glory that is finished tile! Duh duh duhhhhhhh! Friday night, Mike and I sat down at the computer and picked out the grout color - Mist 939, a medium grey. My dad picked it up Saturday morning and arrived early Saturday afternoon to begin work. By late Saturday afternoon, the job was done - and beautiful.
Dr's orders, stay off the tile for a couple of days, then hit the grout with a wet - dry cloth. Good to go. Couple days = Tuesday. And I told Mike Saturday night, this battle station must be operational ASAP. Just Five Easy Steps! 1. Baseboard Trim. 2. Vanity and Toilet. 3. Plumb from pump to septic pipe 4. Lighting and fan fixtures. 5. Doors. I don't think we've ever had so much "in stock" and ready to go like we do in this room. Quite a satisfying feeling, knowing we're not going to be running out to the deepHo for anything major.
So with the bano tiled a day early, we had Sunday to tackle some other tasks and even managed to have friends over! (ooooooo!) The previous Thursday or Friday, I finally
had an opportunity to purchase winter moth repelling tree spray, and Mike applied it to all our new trees Sunday morning... those bugs
love the cherry blossoms and the two trees in the front yard have
suffered hard for the past couple years. Next on the agenda, Mike trimmed the garage door and installed the weatherstripping. (Only been a year that this job has been sitting idle.) The garage finally looks finished now! Then, he cleaned up wood and logs from the tree we felled after Hurricane Irene and chopped up another tree that we'd lost in the backyard over the winter.
After a little bit of building material cleanup on the porch picnic table and cleaning of the kids' water table, we still had plenty of time for friends. (Awe, muffin.)
Time to dust off the 'ol keyboard. Yuck. I hate going this long between postings. When I finally return, such as now, I have a hard time remembering where we're at, what's happened, and why I should bother writing about any of it.
Starting in present time, we just returned from a family trip to Baltimore. Nice trip, successful. (Because when you're a parent, you give yourself a grade on your trip as if it was an exam. Mine are improving each time we travel.) While we were gone, my dad came to our house and tiled the basement bathroom! We obtained a tile saw for him to use and set it up in the garage, brought all the tiles downstairs, and cleaned up enough for him to be able to work. When we got home, the tile was laid and two marble thresholds had been installed in the two doorways.
Beautiful. The only thing missing now is grout, which I hadn't picked out yet at the time. Hopefully we can find some time this weekend to finish the job - Sunday, most likely. Once the grout is done, we can install the baseboard trim, which we should have enough of in-stock.
Come to think of it, we could even start cutting and staining that beforehand.... Hmmm...
After that, installation of fixtures (lighting and plumbing) and all doors. It's so close, I can just imagine myself in that new bathtub now.
Before we left for our trip, we managed to stain our side-porch steps. (They were too new to stain with the rest of the porch last year.) We hope to get another coat of stain on the entire porch in the coming weekends... Sunday, perhaps? (I sense a list coming.) Also, we seeded the side yard where we replaced the old trash hut around Christmas time. Grass is beginning to come in, but boy could we use some more rain to help it along.
On the list of Spring To-Do's, there's quite a bit more to be done. (Bathroom is behind schedule, as usual. But we can't complain, as we didn't schedule for a new kitchen in the middle of it all!)
To Do This Spring
Fertilize Entire Yard - ASAP
Install canopy on Mikey's playground set
Replace and change angle of slide on Mikey's playground set
Some material for side-driveway (now dirt)
Rubber roof the kitchen (has been tarped for over a month now)
Gut the old bathroom (upon completion of new one)
Yard Sale (get rid of crap and old furniture)
Get new rug and re-arrange office to be shared with new baby
Create backyard seating with cinder blocks (Pinterest inspired project)
New plants for farmer's porch
More house plants
Basement cleaning (upon completion of bathroom)
So, I'm thinking that all can be accomplished in the next few weeks.... or not. A lot depends on money at this point. We're down quite a bit from dental work, new tires, and the Baltimore trip on top of our usual expenses. Mike is doing what he can. And my yard sale should generate something. (Thinking Memorial Day Weekend on that one.)
It’s a no-go on the under tile heating. We measured our
heatable space and went online to Home Depot. (Being of little cash and without
desire to pay credit card interest, the HD and their 0% financing for large
purchases was the only option we could consider.) The chain carries one brand
of under tile heat, available online only. How convenient.
The product description matched exactly what we wanted –
quick and easy to install – ease of operation – quality heat. Mike wanted to
know if we could cut it, so we went to the manufacturer’s website, www.qepfloorwarm.com to see if we could
find out. We watched their installation video http://www.qepfloorwarm.com/Installation/Installation-Videos.aspx
and read the FAQ. Everything looked great… but according to the FAQ, you can’t
cut the stuff.
Now came the price tallying. We would need two 2x9’ rolls…
at $215 a pop, plus $40 of floor primer, plus thermostat (not included), plus
wiring up to thermostat (not included), plus junction box (not included)…. We
were over $500 before we even hit thermostat.
Just can’t justify over $500 for under floor heat in a
basement bathroom. Sure would be nice… the product looks great… but it’s too
much right now. The unfortunate thing is, we can’t shop around because we just
can’t afford it in cash at the moment. Not with Mike having a root canal, me
with a set of new tires, and a family trip to Balimore in under two weeks.
Good news? This means we can just tile away! I left a
message for my dad today (retired floor man) and hope to have him scheduled to
help with installation soon. All we need to purchase is grout. (I’m hoping dadoo
can help me with color selection and amount for our space too.)
After that, a little baseboard trim and all the fixtures can
Time marches on…. or maybe I should say, “April’s on.” Yes,
hello, spring called a while ago and I seem to have forgotten to answer the
Pretty much as soon as we had our kitchen organized and life
back together, the boys were back to work on the bathroom downstairs. Our
neighbor and Mike finished the drywall and paint in just a couple days. (Missed
the “you need to blog about that” message too. This was ages ago… you know,
like beginning of last week ago. Practically the stone age.)
And once that was done, we hit a brick wall. We have all the
tile. Installing it is the next step. The problem? Mike’s thinking we should do
under-tile electric heating. Apparantly, it’s super easy and inexpensive. The
problem? We need to measure the square footage needed… no need to heat the
entire floor, right? Just the traffic areas. The problem? Stoopid stuff.
Laziness. Bruins games. Workin’ late. Excuses excuses.
I think we’re still in a state of epic come down from the
whole kitchen re-do/bathroom drywall madness. Mike’s barely recovered from the
workload and feels he needs an extended break. And I can only push so far too…
after all, I’m tired too.
My now husband Mike and I purchased this quaint home back in spring of 2004 - our first home - and, being the handy folks we are, expected to have the entire thing renovated in about a year or so.
And here we still are... renovating away.
This house needed a complete overhaul. Its plaster walls were uninsulated, its attic floor covered in 2" of bat guano, its basement - dirt and snakes, its exterior - asbestos siding, and lead paint windows in every room. The electric had not been updated and light sockets hung bare from the ceiling. Plumbing featured cast iron radiators - and only one for the entire upstairs.
We began by gutting almost the entire house from top to bottom. (sans bathroom - we needed to pee) We rebuilt the entire upstairs, with a new floor (not new carpet or wood - the once unstable framing underneath) and turned 3 small rooms into two. We reinvented the downstairs by turning a closet into a hallway and eliminating interior exterior windows and doors from old half-assed additions.
New insulation, windows, electrical wiring (including phone and CAT-5 internet), plumbing and baseboards, and drywall were all added.
We purchased kitchen cabinets from a yard sale. (None existed previously.) Our families helped us replace and purchase new appliances including the once also missing washer & dryer.
Then we had the entire house lifted - straight into the air - dug out the dirt, and had a real basement foundation poured. We updated our oil tank and burner and created heating zones.
Outside, we took down trees and planted grass. We dug out an awkward hill to create a 2nd part to the driveway and used the rocks our house once sat on as a retaining wall. We electrified and repainted the garage.
And of course, we spent many an hour on finish work like paint, trim, closet doors, lighting fixtures, hardwood floors, curtain rods, dimmer switches, and many other things everyone else takes for granted. We are still working to complete all this final finishing, but happy to report that we are FINALLY nearing completion of all little things in all rooms!
In 2008 we began overhauling the exterior by creating a new french door entryway and building a farmer's porch and garage addition. We replaced our roof and then stripped off our siding and replaced with new clapboards. We then planted two new flowering trees and a maple in the front yard - our first major landscape purchases. I'm happy to report that here in 2011, the porch is nearing completion and the back yard is on the road to recovery with some new loam and grass. More plantings soon to come!
In 2012 we plan to attack the last MAJOR (emphasis on major) job in the house - the dreaded BATHROOM! We plan to first add a second bathroom in the basement. Then, demolish our current bathroom and rebuild it, adding a second bathroom on top for the upstairs.
And that pretty much brings you up to date. The battle continues day to day as we try and complete everything.