Build up Tile Floors

The base of the floors in the bathrooms and the laundry room are a little low, so they built them up with another layer of cement. The goal is to make the bathroom floors even with the hard wood floors.

Drywall Flashing and Door Frame Removal

Today they put on all the corner flashing of the dry wall.

Here is the living room doors framed in drywall.

They also took out the door frames. We were going to reuse some of our old doors, but decided to go ahead and get all new ones. Fitting old doors with the new door knobs could cost more than getting a new door.

Master Bath Drywall

It took this guy the better part of a day to cover the sink side of the master bath with the green drywall. He had to exactly measure every hole placement and then cut it. I think he got it right the first time! If only he had been the one to order our windows.

More Drywall

More Dry wall today. Probably too many pictures for you, but this is for records too.

Master BR ceiling.


Master Closet.

Master looking out.

Master looking out with dry wall.

Master looking in.

Hall bath.

Hall ceiling taken down. It was easier to take it all down than to patch it.

Master ceiling.


Can you believe it? The dry wall finally starts going up today. Finally is the word. But I feel a little nervous. Did we miss anything? Is there anything we need to do before the dry wall goes up? I worry that there is something we have not done.
There is, of course. The stereo system. That is something I haven’t written about. But I have interviewed a few stereo installers and havent felt comfortable with any of them so in all this time of the house sitting bare, no ethernet or low voltage wires have gone in. ARGGH!

Laundry Room. Green is for tile in potentially wet areas.

The closet ceiling. I hope those lights are really placed correctly!

Inside the closet.

Looking out of the closet into the Master bedroom.

Front Door into Entry way.

ENtry way from Living Room.

Master Ceiling. I really hope we measured these right. But who can tell until the strips go in.

Master ceiling.

Master Ceiling.

Master Ceiling.

Porthole for Bathroom

I forgot to mention this and things are pretty quiet, so now is a good time. In the guest bath, we are putting in a porthole in the shower. And here is a pic.

This is from their web site so it may or may not appear.

It is going on this wall above the bath tub faucets and between the center studs.

Shower Drains

They are ready. That took a while too. We paid for them on November 28 and are just now getting them. the terms were supposed to be ready in 30 days. I did get a call about them on January 24 that they were ready, but they were missing the screw in part and only had the grill. The foreman jokes, see it’s not just me and the windows! He tests them by screwing one of them into the rough in the laundry room and they fit. So that is good.

Stone Floor Shopping

We have taken care of the stone for the fireplace, but we still need to take care of the stone for the floors. The area in front of the fireplace and the entry way are going to be stone of some sort.
So we took our floor sample and went to Bourget Brothers and to Home Depot Expo to take a look. We know what we want, yet we have no idea how to describe it or find it. It has to be natural and varied, but it can’t look like it came out of an ancient Greek temple. It can’t be too shiny, but it should be pretty smooth and comfortable on the foot. It can’t be too veiny. No marble. No machine beveled edges. No 12″x12″ tiles — too common. We are not sure if there should be a pattern or if it should be 18″x18″ pieces. If we choose a pattern, what kind of pattern?
My head hurts.
We like the travertine texture and colors, but have missgivings about the holes. Unfilled, they look hard and would be better on a larger scale. Like the Getty Museum. And filled with grout, the holes make the stone look a little hand made. Not sure how to explain it.

Travertine with filled holes.

The fireplace is made of Utah Blonde and Moonlight limestone. Here are some pix of some different samples with the wood floor sample and a couple pieces of fireplace stone.

But what really caught our eye was this Murgiano Opus Limestone. It would be smooth on the feet. It has bevels, but they are minimal. We like the variance in the stones. The texture is nice: smooth yet not polished. The price is good too. The only reservation we have is that it is available in this pattern only.

Shower Drain Story

We have a shower drain story for you.
Call us crazy, others have, but we want a shower drain that looks in the same league as the rest of the fixtures in the bathrooms. We got chrome faucets, chrome shower set, even chrome valves for under the toilet. And afterall, where are you looking most of the time when you are in the shower? Down.
So what is so crazy about wanting a chrome shower drain?
Well it depends on who you ask. Our contractor thought he had heard it all. Our architect has never had anyone request this before. And sales people at Walker Zanger, Ann Sacks, and Design Bath and Hardware were at a loss. The sales girl at Ann Sacks didn’t understand what we were even asking.
We were at Waterworks one day looking at tile when we saw what we were looking for. A big square substantial shower drain. In polished nickel or chrome. But it was $360. Is that a lot for a shower drain? Their tile is expensive too so what did we expect. But now at least, we knew that someone else had thought of this. We weren’t the only crazy folks out there.
So today, while we were at Carter Hardware looking at door knobs, what is the first thing to jump out at us? Big honkin’ square Chrome shower drains! At a fraction of the Waterworks price.
We bought three.