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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fish eyes and lists

Hey guys.  I'm so almost ready to give you a giant update on our house!  It just won't be today, because my pictures only exist on my camera.  Things have been super crazy at the money pit as we try to get the house in a condition suitable for living (aka a working bathroom and bedroom).

You will have to settle for some outdated pictures I took with the fisheye lens I bought for my iPhone to get some wider pictures of the rooms.  Along with the pics is a GIANT list of all the tasks we have to finish in the upstairs/exterior before we can think about calling it done!

The items crossed off on the list are things we have completed, many of which you have seen no finished pictures of.  Soon people, soon....

Whole house:
Paint the walls
Install doors
Paint the doors
Add doorknobs
Install flooring
Paint and intall baseboards and trim
Finish electrical
Add outlet and switch plates

Install entry door and windows
Hang light
Add closet organizers
Wire up entertainment stuff

Mud room:
Tile the floor
Install washer and dryer
Install sink and cabinet
Install track lighting
Buy and install garage door knob
Paint garage door

Assemble cabinets boxes
Install appliances
Order and install countertops
Tile backsplash
Paint windows
Install recessed lights
Install above the sink sconces
Buy and install a faucet
Buy and install a sink
Order and install cabinet hardware
Install under cabinet lighting

Dining area:
Paint french doors
Build and hang chandelier
Hang curtains

Living room:
Install fireplace
Sheetrock around fireplace
Install built in cabinets
Add a TV to the left of the fireplace
Paint windows
Buy some furniture
Hang curtains
Buy and install ceiling lights

Guest bedroom:
Hang closet organizer
Buy and hang a ceiling light

Guest bathroom:
Tile floor
Tile shower
Install toilet
Add built-in to closety area
Build and install vanity
Buy sink fixture
Buy and hang a mirror
Buy and install sconce above mirror
Install shower plumbing

Master bedroom:
Buy and install ceiling light
Buy and hang curtains
Buy or build a headboard

Master bathroom:
Tile floor
Tile shower walls
Install shower plumbing
Install vanity
Purchase and install faucet
Install mirror sconces
Install mirror
Install toilet
Add closet organizer

Master closet:
Install organizer
Buy and install ceiling light

Pick out and buy siding
Side the house
Finish excavation and remove giant dirt pile
Build Shutters
Build Planters
Plant Grass

Pour floor
Buy and install garage doors
Insulate the rest of the walls
Sheetrock fire wall or the whole garage
Install service door

Screen porch/deck:
Build the deck floor
Install railings
Tile screen porch
Build screen porch posts
Install screens