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Thursday, January 15, 2015

What's left?

The pace has finally slowed with the remodel. The trade’s people only make an appearance when their skills are required.

What’s left? The walls and floors are bare. Very few of the lights, sensors, and controllers have been installed. Paneling, laminate flooring, tile, heating mats, and wall coverings need to be installed. The master bathroom has not been started except for the installation of a really cool toilet. I'll write more about that later. The closet doors and many of the other doors need to be installed. The kitchen door requires refinishing and the hardware replaced. The best way to summarize what is needed to complete the first phase of the remodel would go something like this: a lot!

Weekends are the only time I can make any progress on the remodel. It looks like my weekends will be occupied for a very long time.  George

Erika is coloring and sealing the grout lines

I installed a small section of flooring for the guest bathroom so that the paneling can be installed. Once that's done, the guest sink can be plumbed. No toilet for the guest bathroom for a while. 

The first kitchen cabinet is installed with many more to come. It's easier to install the upper cabinets before the lower cabinets. We ran into a snag with the IH cooktop. Parts are on order, but it will take at least two weeks before we get those parts. From my understanding, this will be a very unusual installation as the majority of Japanese just order the entire kitchen unit and not the individual parts. Stay tuned...

Monday, January 5, 2015 far

I haven’t posted in a while, so here’s an update. Most of the heavy carpentry has been completed. The bath was framed and installed. Most of the interior walls have been constructed. The dust is slowly settling and it looks like it's my turn to do some work. I completed the tiling in the utility room and installed the floor heat. I’ll show more pictures when I tile the kitchen floor and describe how to install floor heat...a different way. Installation of the utility cabinet went very smooth. Tile and grout has been completed. I’ll install a decorative backsplash in a few weeks.
Framed bath with the tub installed

Utility cabinet is installed. Measuring for the sink cutout. Kiley is inspecting my work.

Tile and floor heat is installed. The floor still needs grout, colorant, and sealer.

I added some paneling to the master toilet. The trim pieces are very expensive, so I made them with some scrap wood using a planer, tablesaw and a router. I still have another 90 feet to go. This project will take some time and I'll need the weather to improve before I can continue.

A coat of water-based polyurethane will be added this weekend...I hope.

The counter is ready for tile.

Instead of waiting for the weather to improve, I decided to cut tile in the snow. It was -7C at the time this picture was taken. The tile saw water line froze a couple of times.

Brrrrrrrrr, it's freezing out here!

Tile and sink installed. It's time for plumbing.

The cabinet face and doors will be added later along with a backsplash, paneling, and wallpaper.

WOW! Our new bath!


We love our new bath! The walls, floor and tub are insulated. It's nice and warm when it's freezing cold outside. I know it's luxurious, but it will be the last bath we ever own. Quite a change from the stone bath we used to have.
The kitchen will soon be getting my full attention. More on that later…   George
Up next: cabinet installation