Monday, August 31, 2009

One more thing off the list

Just finished tiling the upstairs bathroom. Now just need to re-install the toilet, finish the baseboards, and clean up a bit, seal the grout downstairs and up, and I think we are done. Call it, two weeks of cursing and mitering, with just a bit of brad nailing to make it more fun.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Done soon

We finished the grout tonight, tomorrow we do some baseboards and move some furniture, and we are going to start living in a more normal home again. The upstairs bathroom tile never got done, but that will be a weekend project for me in the fall. It should be easy now that I have half an idea what I am doing.

And the place looks fabulous.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

More renos, but almost done - promise.

So then - since the last post we have done the following:

Finished the upstairs hall and bedrooms

finished the laminate downstairs

pulled apart the kitchen

painted the kitchen back splash

sanded the downstairs floor

laid out the tile and cut where necessary

What is left?

Mortar, Grout, baseboards, touch up the paint, upstairs bathroom tile.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The renos continue apace

Back to the grind. This weekend, we pulled up the last of the upstairs carpet, bought subfloor for the living room, cut it, screwed it down, painted trim with our nifty paint sprayer, pulled up the carpet downstairs (not in that order) continued on the upstairs hall, put down most of the floor in the last bedroom, and went to the store to buy the tile, the thinset (we got the extra-good stuff) and the grout, plus a table saw, which is making the laminate go a heck of a lot faster. Crisis - our thinset says don't install on particleboard. Our subfloor - particleboard. I read further - can be installed over existing sheet vinyl! We just swapped our "remove the current floor" step with "sand the current floor to rough it up" step and can continue without a new subfloor. Woo Hoo.

Friday, August 07, 2009

My new office

My firm moves into our new office on Monday, we more than double our size and it is a great space. We can double-up on lawyers (already one lined up, maybe two) and it is in a great neigborhood. The best part so far is the fabulous tile pattern in the fronto hall. I'm sure I will find more to love. Pictures to follow.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

All of a sudden I wish I was just renoing.

Late last weekend, after we had demolished the bedroom, we got a call that Jenn's Great Grandpa was in the hospital. This, in itself, although upsetting, was not the problem. The problem was Jenn's Great Grandma, who is not taking it well. The family have been pitching in to make sure that she is not by herself. Opa passed later this week and the Funeral is Monday. We hope to do some work tomorrow before going into town, but it is hard to find the energy.