Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tile Time and the Primary Bath

Woo hoo!  Now that we've started finish work, we're starting one of my favorite tasks, tile!  And we have picked out some gorgeous tile for the split level πŸ’—

Unfortunately, I have a torn disc in my back, so I'm not tackling quite as much tiling as usual.  Thankfully, Chris has been able to give me a hand and has made quick work of the primary bath.

This will be such a luxurious bathroom!  The floor is this beautiful hexagonal Carrara marble tile - and it's heated, (see the heat lines embedded in the orange subfloor?)  so it will be nice and toasty on bare feet in the morning.  

The custom shower is big, with a seat in the corner and a built in niche for soap and shampoo.  And the tile!!! 

The feature wall is done in this glass crackle finish. I did my best to capture it in a photo - but I can't seem to get the reflective quality to show.  Once the light is installed in the ceiling, it's going to sparkle!

To coordinate with the blue shower tile is this beautiful blue vanity.  It has lots of storage and a gorgeous marble top.  The guys will be creating a custom makeup vanity to coordinate with it, adding more of this blue to the space.   You can't go wrong with a blue and Carrara marble combination!

The layout is pretty great - it provides room for everything 

Including a towel warmer, the perfect touch when you get out of the shower on a cold winter morning! 

Measurements for the glass shower door are this week and the vanity and trim should start next week.  So it's coming right along! 

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

The Slow Race to the Finish Line

Now that we have walls, the finish work can start.  This is when it starts to get exciting and the house really starts to take shape.  BUT.....

The bad news:  Normally I would say the house would be ready in 4-6 weeks, but with COVID issues still lurking, it's hard to make that assumption.  Case in point: the longest lead item in our schedule is getting the countertops templated and installed (4 week wait for template, 4-5 weeks for install).  I scheduled our template well in advance, but received an email today that their template guy has COVID and everything is getting rescheduled.  Sigh.....

The good news:  Lots of other work is morning forward! Doors have been installed and window/door trim has begun.  It makes such a difference! 

The heat pumps were installed this week (they still need to be connected to electrical, but they look good!). 

The flooring needs to be installed before the kitchen goes in, so the guys made great progress this week.  This is an engineered white oak, in a soft caramel color stain.  Doesn't it look great?  With the sunlight coming in the new windows, the light floor will really brightens everything up!

Aren't they beautiful floors!

The exterior is wrapping up - the owners wanted an old door closed up and Dave is sealing it up with a stucco finish to match the rest of the foundation.  The new basement and garage windows arrived yesterday and will go in soon.

What next?  The kitchen!  Tile!  Custom Built ins!  And More! 😁


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Thursday, June 2, 2022

We Have Walls!

Completing drywall is one of the biggest milestones we see on a project.  Suddenly, all the framing members and insulation are covered up and you can start to visualize the finished project.  And of course it also means you can start all the finish work.  Look how much the living area has changed!!  Eliminating the central chimney and adding 5 more feet to the side has made a world of difference.  And adding another foot of ceiling heigh didn't hurt 😁

The drywall team looked like dancers, one guy on stilts as they installed all the ceiling boards.  

And then the time consuming effort of taping and mudding started.  

With our tall ceilings in tricky spots like the stairwell, it took some extra work! Stilts also came in handy for the rest of the process. 
But the stilts still weren't tall enough to reach the stairwell ceiling! 
And once the walls were up, you could really start to see the changes in the house.  Look how different the stairwell to the attic is now - with the addition of another floor (with two bedrooms and a bath).

And the first floor living space is a dream.  
Not to mention the primary suite!

And look at the stairwell from the new top floor looking down to the primary suite.  Isn't that amazing space for a split level?
Now the walls will get primed and then we can start installing flooring and trip.  Woo hoo!  

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