Monday, June 16, 2014

Exterior Update

I haven't given you guys an exterior update in a long time.  Last I left you guys knew about our giant front yard sand pile... Which is still there.

We had our beautiful Marvin Integrity windows in Ebony.

Our garage floor hadn't been poured...

But now it is!

As is our front step!

We lived for a long time with a temporary front door and some sheeting.

Until we FINALLY picked out a front door and garage doors.

Our garage doors are Aspen ridge in Oak with Colonial windows from North Central Door.  The oak grain is not very visible which makes me a bit sad, but they are just garage doors so whatevs.  Titus got a couple garage door openers online which are hilariously quite.

As for the front door, it was a bunch of back and forth.  First, we wanted the fiberglass Craftsman.  But then, we heard that fiberglass is bad in Minnesota because of the fluctuating temperatures.  Then, we were told it should be ok because we have an overhang over our door so it won't get much direct sunlight.  Then, we thought about getting a steel full light front door with metal blinds between the glass.  Then, we heard that said blinds were huge conductors of any temperature it was outside.  Finally, we went full circle back to the fiberglass craftsman door and it is as beautiful as I thought it would be.  It sill needs to be stained and some trim work between the door and full light sidelights and transom but it is still lovely.

We also bought some siding.  We had planned on going with LP Smartside in just the primed lap, however, Titus found a prefinished color at Menards almost identical to the color I wanted to paint the siding.  AND Menards was having  huge sale on their siding, so getting the prefinished siding was LESS than our estimate for the primed siding from our contractor.  Yay for not having to paint a whole house!

Titus and his dad started the siding last weekend.  We got the 12" lap which makes it go a bit faster since it has more coverage and it makes the tall boring south end of our house look less tall and boring.  And the boys didn't die on the sandy hill on their hug ladders!  Win Win!

We also got the prefinished LP 4" trim in Snow White for around the windows and below the gable end.  The gable ends will get LP's shake siding in the same Biscayne Blue color as the lap siding.

Source list:

Siding:  LP Smartside 12" lap  --  Pre-finished by PPG in Biscayne Blue
Trim:  LP Smartside 4" trim  --  Pre-finished by PPG in Snow White
Garage Doors:  North Central Door  --  Aspen ridge in Oak with Colonial windows
Front door entry set;  Schlage Century handle and deadbolt

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Master Bedroom Update

Now that we have a functioning master bathroom, we needed a bedroom so we could actually start staying at the money pit.  Last you saw it had been painted Behr Poppy Seed.  Now it has beautiful Bruce prefinished hickory floors installed by the great Titus Brue!  

I installed the most amazing Shades of Light brass light fixture to go with our cave like walls.

Some day we will get to adding baseboards and window trim, but we will aim for a kitchen before that!

Oh and a bathroom door would be nice, especially considering the completely clear shower curtain we have going on.

We have however hung three interior doors which I painted Sherwin Williams Pure White SW 7005.

I installed one door knob so far which is the Weslock Impresa in oil rubbed bronze.

Sadly our master closet is filled with compressors, boomboxes, and cardboard boxes.  Maybe soon it will have actual clothes in it...

Our move in day is today.  We will be living out of a suitcase for at least a couple days but at least we will be home.  It has been over a year since we sold The Brewery.  We are so very ready to have a home again!

Source list:

Paint:  Behr Poppy Seed
Light:  Shades of Light
Floor:  Bruce Hickory
Vent covers:  Amazon
Door Paint:  SW 7005 Pure White
Door Knob:  Weslock Impresa

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Master Bathroom Update

Last time I left you all the bathroom floor had been finished.  To round out the bathroom features, we next worked on the shower.

First Titus added bracing to the shower walls with wood.

Then he attached a bunch of cement board.

Then he thinsetted some Kerdi to the shower walls.  He is now an expert in hanging wall paper since it is basically the texture of Kerdi.

We also used a Kerdi shower floor with a center drain.  Titus had to cut that to the exact size of our shower.  It is sort of like a styrofoam chunk that has the correct leveling for the water to go down to the drain.

After the floor was in, Titus also cemented in the curb of the shower in which he just used some small cement blocks.  After the floor and curb were dry, Titus Kerdied the floor over the curb and slightly up the sides of the shower.  The drain was cemented over the Kerdi.

Then we were all set for tile.

I used the same basket weave tile from The Tile Shop to tile the shower floor as was used for the bathroom floor.  It was much easier to install NOT over a heat mat since I could effectively use the trowel.

The shower drain was a stupid jerk so I had to remove it and the tile around it after my first attempt.  

After the floor tile had time to dry it was on to the wall tile.  We chose the gloss white 3 x 6 imperial bianco subway tile from The Tile Shop.  Seemed easy enough...

For the first row we set up a laser level to make sure the whole row was completely level.  It was set to a height so that it was one tile height above the lowest spot on the floor if that makes sense.  So at the lowest spot on the floor one full tile could be placed on the wall but everywhere else the tiles would need to be cut shorter.... 

Anyway, we actually had a tile saw to use this time, so that was neat...  Titus set it up outside on the screen porch on the scaffolding our contractor had left behind.

I then began laying the tile...

I backbuttered the tile for the first few rows just to get things started.

Once I had gotten to eye level we were ready to add our accent tile rows.  We had chosen a charcoal polished slate 3 x 6 tile.  It was thicker than our subway tile so we had to put a row of matte black pencil tile  between the subway and slate tiles.

I look grumpy. 

I cut the edges of the pencil at a 45 degree angle which I was really proud of.

I gave up the backbuttering method after about 9 rows (which was too long to backbutter) and just started spreading it on the wall.  I would put up as many full subway tiles as I could and just scrap the thinset off the open areas that needed cut tiles.  Then I would fill in the open spots with backbuttered cut tiles later.  This was much faster.

Around the window we used some pvc strips available in the tiling section at Home Depot.  They worked very well and matched our tile nicely.  Much cheaper than getting the bullnose.

Then I moved on to finishing up the drain tiles I had left behind in anger.  It was MURDER.  I swear to you, if I ever have a missbehaving offspring their punishment will be installing basketweave tile around a square drain because it is THE WORST.  We have no action shots of this process because Titus was busy cutting tiles for me to lay while I was throwing things and yelling out in rage.

We installed long skinny bullnose on top of the curb, and some normal subways along each side of the curb.

After the thinset had dried I grouted the walls in Delorean Gray grout from Home Depot.  The black tiles got charcoal grout which was close to the color of that tile.  That sucked a surprisingly large amount as well, and therefore you have no during shots.

Look at this perfect circle cut Titus made for the shower head pipe thingy!  Circles are my favorite!

Instead of grouting the 90 degree corners along the shower like where the walls meet each other and the walls meet the floor, etc, Titus caulked those joints with white caulk on the subway tiles and charcoal sanded caulk on the black tiles.  This is done because showers shift a lot so grout could crack and fall out.  Also it covered up the bad cuts along the corners...

During the approximately 3-4 weeks it took me to tile this stupid jerk of a shower, there was a lot of suicide watch and talk of how much I hate everything in our life, but now we have a beautiful fully tiled, Back to the Future Delorean Gray, bright shiny, brand new shower that we made all by ourselves.  

Never mind the plumbers putting in the wrong shower heads, the handheld shower not being attached to water, the blue painters tape on the window, or the $5 entirely clear eye-height shower curtain.

In other, less homemade bathroom news, we also got a vanity, toilet, and wall sconces.

We got the super glossy white shaker style cabinet from Home Depot.  Turns out we had to attach the sink to the marble countertop ourselves.  Titus was very excited at the opportunity to use epoxy for this job.  Epoxy is his favorite.  Apparently silicone just isn't enough, he prefers a lifelong bond.  What a romantic.

We used our super cheap giant clamp to hold them together while the epoxy did its thing.

The drawers in the vanity are pretty neat how they have cutouts for the plumbing.  I'm pretty sure the plumber hates us after trying to install the faucet in this drawer filled midsecton, however.

For your final viewing pleasure, are the iPhone fisheye pics of the entirely current state of our bathroom (including the mess)!


White subway tile:  The Tile Shop
Slate subway shower tile:  The Tile Shop (I'll get the name later)
Pencil shower tile:  The Tile Shop (I'll get the name later)
Floor tile:  The Tile Shop (I'll get the name later)
Wall sconces:  Joss and Main "Fuller Wall Sconce"
Vanity:  Home Depot
Faucet:  Kingston Brass
Toilet:  Home Depot
In floor heat:  Suntouch
Shower heads:  Delta
Shower wand: Delta
Shower window:  Marvin Integrity All Ultrex
Shower curtain:  I'm joking, it's hideously temporary