remodel: End of week 11, not done yet! - 12/21/14 09:25 PM
The end of week 11 of the home improvement saga brought more  workers and the near completion of this huge project. As you can see to the right, the staircase guys came in and worked all day putting the finishing touches on the staircase. All it needs now is some touch up paint that will be done after the holidays.
I was in the house most of the time these guys were working and I never heard anything out of them. I came upstairs from my office and they were finishing up. What a difference these part of the renovation made … (3 comments)

remodel: End of week 10, but not the remodel - 12/12/14 05:16 AM
Dave the floor guy showed up today with the bottom step! It is sold as a kit and the manufacturer had us on hold for a few days.
Dave replaced the bottom step and stained it today. He also put the 2nd top coat on the other stairs. Tomorrow he will come in and put the finish coat on the kitchen, Dining room floors and the steps. The bottom step will be done by Monday. Yay! Since the kitchen and dining room floors and most of the stairs will be off limits Saturday, my wife and I are headed out … (2 comments)

remodel: Week 10 and more work done - 12/09/14 10:28 PM
Yes, we are half way through week 10 of the home renovation and still going! As you can see in the picture at right, the stair treads and landing are taking shape.
We should have all treads in and the first step which is a piece all by itself, and we may have it all sanded and stained by this afternoon. Just a note, all this raises a ton of dust. Even though they hung plastic to keep it down, I am vacuuming the kitchen floor and wiping the counter tops everyday to keep the dust levels down.
Just look at the … (2 comments)

remodel: Week 10 of the great adventure - 12/07/14 09:29 PM
Yes, this is week 10 of the home improvement saga. Not much happened in week 9. The kitchen is now complete and we are filling up the new cabinets with all the kitchen stuff that was stored in the guest bedroom all this time. We have started moving everything that is on the carpeted floors to other areas so that we can re-carpet. This means a complete bedroom set, fish tank, piano, sofa, etc.
The staircase is set to be demolished today. We started a week ago, but I stopped it because I did not like they way it was looking. … (5 comments)

remodel: Week 8, Days 1 & 2 - 11/27/14 10:18 PM
Its the little light that can. The picture to the right is a close up of the LED can lights we installed into the kitchen ceiling. There are about 8 or 10 of these things and they are pretty neat.
They put out tons of light, virtually no heat, and should last for 40 years, all is a 2 inch diameter sized light. I was a bit concerned that lights this small would not be enough, but they were installed on Monday, and when we turned them on it was great!
The other cool thing is that they only use 1/6th … (3 comments)

remodel: Week 7, Day 4 - Now we're cooking! - 11/19/14 11:54 PM
Day 4 has started out well for this week. The kitchen guys just installed the gas cook top. The boss will be happy when she returns home tonight!
It is a 5 burner, Merica brand unit, 36" wide I think. We liked this one because it spread out the burners a bit and should give lots of room to work. We also liked the layout of the controls on the front.
As an aside, I learned from the kitchen guys that the vent hood, when turned on, will increase the fan speed all by itself as it senses the heat from … (1 comments)

remodel: Week 7, Day 3, really? - 11/19/14 10:12 PM
In the continuing saga of the remodel from, well from places we won't speak of, the plumber is now officially DONE! Oh. My. Gosh. While I gave him a huge job to accomplish I did not think it would take almost 7 weeks to complete! But when I think over everything he did, it does make sense.
He finished up work in the Master Bath yesterday by installing the oiled bronze overflow thingy and drain in the Jacuzzi. The shower fixtures went up, the oiled bronze toilet handle went on, and the shower valve was secured. Done.
The master bath now looks like … (0 comments)

remodel: Week 7, Day 2 brings another hole... - 11/17/14 10:48 PM
The stone cutters showed up bright and early this morning to put a big 'ole hole in the middle of my beautiful new granite counter top! Its Ok, we actually wanted them too. It's where the cook top will reside.
The picture at the left shows the cutter guy getting ready. He marks out the space using masking tape. I watched him measure about 20 times. I think I would still be in there measuring if I had to cut someone's granite.
The cutter guy uses a diamond blade in a circular hand held saw. After watching for a moment I … (6 comments)

remodel: Week 7, Day 1, Just in Case - 11/17/14 10:34 PM
Yesterday was my wife's birthday. We celebrated by going to dinner at a nice local seafood place and by stripping the staircase! If that is not love I don't know what is!
Yes, we attacked the staircase last night. The staircase people came by yesterday afternoon and cut out all the white wood balusters. They will be replaced by wrought iron ones eventually. The carpet that was on the staircase was ripped up as well as the old pad. This was a very dirty job.
Then all the staples that had been put in to hold the pad had to be … (1 comments)

remodel: Week 6, Day 4 was great! - 11/13/14 08:27 PM
Yesterday was a good day for the renovation work. The kitchen guys showed up early and worked till about 6:30 last night. They completed about 95% of everything that was left to do including installing the appliances, Trim work, lighting fixtures, painting, and vent hood stuff.
Wow, was it great to see when I walked in last night! The plumber also completed most repairs in the master bath yesterday as well. All that is left is for him to finish the shower fixtures and for the dry wall guy to finish up.
As you can see from the picture at left, … (4 comments)

remodel: Week 6, Day 3 of , well, not much. - 11/12/14 08:29 AM
Today in the great home remodel, there was a bit of progress...but not much. The trusty plumber came this morning and worked all day. I suspect he may need tomorrow and Friday to complete the Master bath fixtures, but once he does the whole house re-piping of the plumbing will be complete! I will bet that the plumber will be happier even than me to be done with this huge project!
The carpet guy came by this morning as well and remeasured the carpeted floors on the main level. This includes the guest bedroom, hallway and great room. Soon as the … (0 comments)

remodel: Week 6, Day 2 is quiet too - 11/11/14 10:49 PM
Yesterday the most eventful things that happen were the cook top arrived and the master shower got measured. The cook top was delivered by a guy in a red pickup truck. I wonder if he found it on the side of the road?
The shower glass guy did measure and we texted back and forth. The height of the glass will be 80" and the clear glass will be treated with something called Clear Shield. It did not cost much, and if I understand it correctly, will cause the glass to shed water so that it will not require a squeegee … (5 comments)

remodel: Week 6, day 1 of the never ending remodel! - 11/10/14 08:54 PM
No pictures today of the remodeling project at my home. Did I run out of film? Did I forget? Was there so much dust on the lens that I couldn't see? Nope to all of these. The answer is that not much happened yesterday.
There is a natural (Un-natural?) ebb and flow to a project this large. The logistics of getting all the trades in and out at the right times means there will be times when no one is present. That was yesterday, almost.
I did notice that the dry wall guy had been to the house. I could tell by the … (5 comments)

remodel: Week 5, Day 5 of the Home remodel - 11/07/14 09:13 AM
Well, the master shower tile work is complete! (Almost) It has been grouted, it just needs to be sealed which will happen Monday afternoon. Then the plumber can put the fixtures on and we will be in business again!
The grout took all day today to do. The tile guy has been super meticulous and the work is outstanding.
IDP Tile will be a company that I will refer often I think.
They cleaned up after themselves every night before leaving and were excellent workers. I am very pleased with their work.
Even when we found out that one box of … (4 comments)

remodel: Week 5, Day 4 brings more shower work - 11/06/14 06:32 AM
The tile guy today finished up placing all the tile for the Master shower. Tomorrow he will grout the whole thing and be done with his part of the shower. The plumber will need to come in and switch out the lovely gold fixtures for even lovelier oiled bronze fixtures. He will also do the same for the Jacuzzi tube.
The grouting should take him about 4 hours tomorrow to complete. Then the shower glass guy comes in Monday to measure for the glass sides and door. It will take about a week to get these fabricated and then they will be … (3 comments)

remodel: Week 5, Day 3 is for windows! - 11/05/14 03:55 AM
Today was the day for putting in 12 new Anderson 400 windows. These are wood windows, vinyl clad on the outside. The old windows were wood, but they were 20 year old single pane windows. They leaked cold air into the house in the winter, and I am sure our air conditioning cooled the neighborhood in the Summer!
The old windows were taken out in one piece and the new ones set right into the hole. We had one window that was pretty bad out of square, so the installer took about 5 times longer with this one that the others, … (6 comments)

remodel: Week 5, Day 2, when will it end? - 11/04/14 07:15 AM
Today was the back splash guy's day. He arrived early and spent all day splashing the backs of all the counters!
The product is a stone-like tile that is set in random ( sort of) patterns. The little blue thingys (Yes, that is a word) are the spacers.
Also notice the plumber installed the kitchen faucet and the new 3/4 quarter horse power disposal. It is supposed to be super extra quiet. It really is right now because the power is not connected.
The tile and the fancy tile work behind and around the vent hood was done as well. The … (2 comments)

remodel: Week 5, Day 1 of the Epic Remodel - 11/03/14 09:20 AM
Today was a quiet one where only the tile guy showed up. He did make progress on the Master shower. The new tile has started coming up. The missing tile in the center of the picture on the left is where there will be a cut in or small alcove for shower stuff.
Previously, the tile guy had set the shower floor in what looks like concrete over the top of a heavy neoprene liner.
The cement stuff had a peculiar smell to it, not altogether pleasant I might add.
The tiles sort of look like a granite and are … (8 comments)

remodel: Week 4, Day 5 Kitchen Remodel - 11/01/14 03:40 AM

We are getting towards the end of the huge kitchen remodel project. Yesterday, the kitchen guys came in and sanded and painted the ceiling and walls. They aren't done with the painting. There will be a bunch of dust creating sanding on Monday with another coat of paint. They also installed the under cabinet lighting and started on the pendant lights over the island.
Also on Monday, the back splash will be installed along with trim pieces. The new appliances are scheduled to come in Monday or Tuesday as well.
In the picture to the right you can see they … (6 comments)

remodel: Week 4, Day 4, More and more... - 10/30/14 11:00 PM
If you have been following the circus that is the den Boer home remodel, you will know I have often commented on the many holes, large and small, that seem to have been popping up in my home.
The plumber has found new and interesting ways to get to the pipes, the electrician found ways to open holes, and amazingly, I found holes over the top of other holes! I have been sad about this.
The man in the picture on the left has started to brighten my spirits! He has been following around behind the others filling in holes … (3 comments)

 
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