Monday, September 5, 2016

Where we are now..

When we last checked in, the floor of the shower had been grouted leaving the walls and the floor.


Next came the spackle, sand, spackle, sand, spackle, sand and paint but you don’t need to see those pictures.  The ones you really want to see are from this weekend.


Here’s the vanity, mirror and light fixture.  We still haven’t settled on a top it has to be custom whatever it is.  The space on the wall next to the light switch will be a small niche with a shelf.


Here’s the linen cabinet it fit perfectly in the little corner and left plenty of room for hooks on the wall for towels.


Here the shower fixtures have all been installed and yes that’s water raining out of the shower head!

The toilet is also installed and useable but you don’t really need to see a close up of that.

So what’s left before we are done?  Well I’ve got to get the glass panel for the shower ordered.  The vanity top obviously and a little plumbing to hook that up.  We are in the home stretch for this project!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Grout, wood and tile…oh my!

Progress continues on the master bath, lots of things that you can really see.  Plumbing and electric aren’t anywhere near as exciting Winking smile


Here’s the shower floor, all nice and grouted!  We worked really hard on this tile, when putting down the sheets as they were, it was easy to see the pattern of the sheets.  We wanted it to be more random so we actually pulled tiles off the sheets and pieced it together, all the edges are random tiles cut to fit.  The grout is called mobe pearl and it pulls from all the colors pretty well.


The ipe wall is done, Randy has some plugs to make to cover the screw holes and we will most likely seal it to maintain the rich color. I love how it looks next to the blue tile.


Last weekend the in floor heating went in.  This weekend the tile floor is in, it still needs to be sealed and grouted but that’s for next weekend!


Cooper and Tucker were exhausted from watching us work this weekend!

Monday, July 25, 2016

We have tile…

So the new bathroom project continues to move forward.  All the tiling is done in the shower and most of the Ipe is up on the wall. 


This week we plan on getting the floor tile down and grouting done. The weather is insanely hot and humid so having an indoor project is actually a good thing!

Cooper and Tucker are going a little house crazy with the heat, they can only run around outside early in the morning or late in the evening.


They spend their time playing a little to rough and sleeping.  Lots and lots of sleeping!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Mastering the bath

The framing of the new bath went up pretty quick and the vision started to come into focus.

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Next up was the electric and it was pretty straight forward, one set of switches and two outlets.

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The plumbing took a little longer because pipes had to be moved, holes drilled, pipes soldered and fixture placement decided.

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The water control is on the back wall so we don’t have to be sprayed with cold water when we want to shower.

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Here you can see the rain shower head at the top and the control for the hand held shower nozzle.  I wanted that for emergency dog washing! (Until my dream laundry room is built!)

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Here you can see the hole for the shower drain.  Off to the right is the flange for the commode. Luckily all the plumbing was accessible in the floor so Randy only had to cut one piece of subfloor out.

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Progress!  The shower base and curb are dry fit, the linear drain in place.  Where the curb is, that’s where the glass panel will go and the window is getting teak shutters.

We’ve picked out all the tiles, niches, vanity, linen cabinet, mirror, lighting and the fan for the celling.  The only thing we don’t have picked out is the vanity top, sink and faucet we plan to have that done and ordered by the July 4th weekend, we are making a big push to get it almost, if not totally done by then!

I’m so excited that we are finally going to have our dream master bath!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Powder room & master bath

The powder room is mostly complete.  I had been waiting to post as I thought it would get a little ‘more’ mostly complete but we haven’t gotten there yet.

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We are currently using the powder room for teeth brushing and the medicine cabinet staples are in the white drawers.  The room still needs trim and my finishing touches.

The demo began on the other side of the wall shortly after we reached this stage in the powder room.


Here the old fixtures are gone and the wall has come down.  We stopped at this point to figure out the best layout for the space.  I will say that it took some serious debate to find something that would make both of us happy.  Me from the design standpoint and him from the work to be done view.  Today he is working on more demo.  I’ll update again later.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Step one..

Yes this is my first post of 2016, it has taken some time but the first of the new projects is underway!


For years we’ve talked about changing our master bath, we’ve toyed with adding a powder room somewhere else on the first floor.  The reason?  Well, we don’t have one so when company comes they are using our master bathroom and well, I’d rather not. So this is where the project started; a tub/shower surround, a vanity and a toilet.

Last weekend the bathroom looked like that on Friday and like what’s below on Sunday!


That’s the wall where the tub was, the wall where the vanity was and the new toilet that will be in the new powder room.

By the end of this weekend it looks like this;


sheet rock where the tub was, the framing for the new wall and the sheetrock behind the toilet. The new wall will condense the size to six by six.


The new vanity will go here, where the front of the tub was.  All of this is step one of a very long process. that will see us turning the master bath into a powder room and then building a new master bath inside our bedroom!

Monday, November 16, 2015

November musings..

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It wasn’t too long ago that the backyard was ablaze in color from our beautiful beech trees and oaks.  The winds came, followed by rain and more wind and now we are left with bare branches and flowerbeds full of leaves and tulip poplar seeds.  We spent several hours this weekend cleaning up the leaves that all seemed to fall at once.  I can’t remember a time when the poplar seeds all came down this early, nor when they were so deep on the deck that I had to broom at least once a day to keep the dogs from tracking them in.

The November weather is anything but typical, it’s been warm, far too warm for my taste.  Dealing with mosquitoes and ticks this time of the year is not something I’m too happy about.  I’m ready to be done with them, I’m ready for jeans, boots and sweaters, I’m ready for hot chocolate and a little time by our fire pit that we’ve barely gotten to use this year.  Speaking of which, where did the year go?  It seems to have just flown by and so much was left undone, again.  I guess as a gardener that is just part of the process, always looking forward to next year.  I’m praying for a very cold white winter that’s for sure, I really don’t want to be reminded of all that needs to be done next year.

Cooper and Tucker continue to be a source of amusement, to say the least and Tucker well he continues to grow and grow and grow.

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He is a little different from other dogs I’ve had.  He’s considerably more hard-headed and he also gets into more mischief than any dog I’ve ever loved.  Granted our greyhound BB ate things he shouldn’t but that was from separation anxiety, Tucker does it out of I don’t know what!  He has eating a banana peel and all from the counter, though Randy doesn’t believe it.  He ate some butter and it’s wrapper as well, off the counter.  We had to get rid of all the flat dog toys as he tried to swallow them and his most recent escapade was to take a bottle of cough medicine off the sink and open a child proof cap and pour it all over the dog bed!  I pray that this is just a phase and he’s going to learn that these behaviors are frowned upon. 

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Cooper continues to be the love of my life, <3 He is just ‘that’ dog the one that I always dreamed of having, the one that seems to understand me and who wants to be with me more often than not.  He is a constant comfort to me and my life is a better place because of him.  I love watching him play with Tucker, he is so truly happy to have someone to chase and wrestle with.  They spend so much time outside together playing, I can’t wait till the snow comes and they can chase each other through that.  If I could figure the paths that they take I’d just use those through the gardens and plant around, because anything under the foot of my ponies is doomed!

As we ready for the holidays we’ve decided to make some much needed changes, to let go of things that aren’t uplifting, that aren’t brining joy and happiness.  It’s time to focus our attention on the insides of our home and to clean and disown the things that just aren’t necessary to our happy life.  Sometimes letting go of stuff is challenging because we keep it out of guilt or obligation but if it doesn’t serve a purpose in your life that’s positive, why hold on to it?  Sentimental items can take up too much space and if nothing else I’ve learned that when you disown stuff, you open yourself up all the positives that couldn’t fit before!

In case we don’t check back before, may you have a blessed Thanksgiving if you celebrate it, if not may you have a blessed end to the month of November.