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The Results of Yesterday’s Excitement

Yesterday two men showed up at The Glade to install the shower pans for our zero-threshold showers using the Schluter-KERDI System. (I have not been paid nor perked to mention this product.)

Schluter shower pan

Schluter shower pan

First they removed the 2 by 4 in the doorways.

The 2 by 4 on the floor was removed to allow a zero-threshold shower pan installation.

The 2 by 4 on the floor in the master bathroom was removed to allow a zero-threshold shower pan installation.

Then they removed the two-piece drains

Removing the 2-piece drain

Removing the 2-piece drain

and replaced them with once piece drains.

One-piece drain

One-piece drain

They laid in the preformed rigid foam shower pan and filled in the sides with dry pack mortar.

Dry set mortar on the sides of the shower base hold it in place.

Dry set mortar on the sides of the shower base hold it in place.

The pans are in both the conservatory bathroom (1st photo of the post) and the master bathroom (below).

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

Hardie backer will be installed in the showers on the walls and benches(a DIY project). After everything is dry-walled and inspected, the shower floors and part of the walls will be covered with KERDI waterproofing membrane. (Hopefully we don’t need the bathrooms finished to get a final occupancy permit.)

What are you working on step-by-step?

Today’s Excitement

Back here I explained how I wanted zero threshold showers in the two new bathrooms.

The master bathroom shower.

The master bathroom shower.

After checking around I found out that a local contractor/tiler has experience in this installation.

The 2 by 4 that divides the conservatory shower from the rest of the bathroom will be removed.

The 2 by 4 that divides the conservatory shower floor from the rest of the bathroom will be removed.

This morning is scheduled for the installation. I hope to have photos soon of just what lies under a curbless shower.

Standing on the shower seat of the conservatory bathroom looking toward the entrance.

Standing on the shower seat of the conservatory bathroom looking toward the entrance.

In the mean time I’ve called a highly recommended handyman to see if he can come and give Charlie a hand in hanging the Hardie backer in the showers and finishing all the drywall.

We need to finish installing all the greenboard (the purple stuff) and Hardie backer

We need to finish installing all the greenboard (the purple stuff) and Hardie backer (behind it).

And while I’m talking about waiting for workmen, one of the igniters on our new stove has stopped clicking/working.

Our most used burner on the left front no longer ignites with its electronic ignition.

Our most used burner on the left front no longer ignites with its electronic ignition.

I have called a local appliance repair company recommended by Frigidaire for their warranty work. Can’t wait to see how that turns out. (Sorry for the sarcasm.)

Nothing but fun here.

What’s fun in your neighborhood?

 

 

Shower Pans – Zero Entry

Honestly, you’d think I’d invented the concept myself — zero threshold showers (AKA curbless shower).

Love the zero-threshold shower.  I would want more glass in the surround.

Love the zero-threshold shower. I would want more glass in the surround.

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From the very beginning of the renovation I talked about the concept of universal design hoping someone in the planning or building stage would make allowances for it.

So simple and elegant.

So simple and elegant.

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It seems my contractor who is a plumber and his partner who is an excellent tiler really did not have experience with showers without physical barriers. Through a local plumbing company who did this repair I have the name of a man who specializes in putting in shower pans, especially the no-threshold type.

From their website the Schluter shower system allows for a no barrier floor.

From their website the Schluter shower system allows for a no barrier floor.

He came out on July 4th to look at the projects — conservatory shower and master bathroom shower — and quoted two shower pans with one piece drains for under $3000. That sounds reasonable to me.

We have a knee wall in both showers so the final appearance might be something akin to this one.

We have a knee wall in both showers so the final appearance might be something akin to this one.

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Once the pans are in (hopefully at the end of July) we can put the Hardie backer on the walls and get the renovation inspected for the final time.

What must-have would you require in a newly built or a renovated space?

The Contractor Wrap-up List Wrapped Up

The first wave of renovation improvements to The Glade is complete, not yet inspected, but definitely livable and loveable. Here are some photos and links to show the magnitude of work that has been accomplished.

  1. Finish installing the kitchen cabinets 

    The last cabinets to be installed.

    The last cabinets to be installed.

  2. Install kitchen sinks.

    The sink cabinet in the peninsula has been cut down and the sink installed.

    The sink cabinet in the peninsula has been cut down and the sink installed.

  3. Make substrate for stainless steel countertop.

    The substrate for the countertop is leaning against the cabinets.

    The substrate for the countertop is leaning against the cabinets.

  4. Install and hook up all appliances.

    Dishwasher and undercounter fridge

    Dishwasher and undercounter fridge

  5. Install stainless steel countertop.

    Stainless steel custom countertop

    Stainless steel custom countertop

  6. Install island countertop

    River White granite on the island

    River White granite on the island

  7. Sand and finish floor.

    The floor is finished.

    The floor is finished.

  8. Install counter in pantry.

    I tried putting the microwave on this counter but it took up too much space.

    I tried putting the microwave on this counter but it took up too much space.

  9. Porch deck installer repair and clean stone
  10. Finish baseboard

    Baseboard in the dining room.

    Baseboard in the dining room.

  11. Finish back steps and landing.

    The back steps are complete and the railing made to code.

    The back steps are complete and the railing made to code.

  12. Install remaining electric fixtures.

    The "milk can" pendant light hangs in the corner of the conservatory.

    The “milk can” pendant light hangs in the corner of the conservatory.

That’s the list and now everything else is up to Charlie and me to work on/finish/contend with.

When do you call a professional tradesman? When do you DIY?

Which Bathroom First?

We have 2 unfinished bathrooms at The Glade: the master bathroom and the conservatory bathroom.

A view of the master bathroom from the doorway.

A view of the master bathroom from the doorway.

The conservatory bathroom viewed from the doorway.

The conservatory bathroom viewed from the doorway.

The master bath is upstairs adjacent to the master bedroom.  We’ll be drywalling it in the near future.

Looking toward the entrance of the master bathroom from the shower.

Looking toward the entrance of the master bathroom from the shower.

The downstairs conservatory bathroom is already dry walled.

Standing on the shower seat of the conservatory bathroom looking toward the entrance.

Standing on the shower seat of the conservatory bathroom looking toward the entrance.

Both have roughed-in plumbing and electric.

The roughed-in plumbing includes the shower controls in both bathrooms.

The roughed-in plumbing includes the shower controls in both bathrooms.

Both bathrooms have large showers (no tub) which need shower pans before they can be  drywalled with cement backer board and tiled. I think we’ll need to hire the shower pans out just to be sure they’re done properly.

Both showers will have built in benches.

Both showers will have built in benches.

Our architect suggested we would appreciate the master bathroom more than the one downstairs.

I like this marble basketweave tile for the master bathroom floor.

I like this marble basketweave tile for the master bathroom floor.

But the master is a way bigger project.  Just can’t decide yet.

Have you ever totally  outfitted a bathroom? Any tips? Can we have a zero-threshold shower?

 

A 43-inch Space

The conservatory bathroom has a 43-inch space allowance for the sink and vanity. I have to keep in mind that there is toe-kick ductwork under the vanity that must be considered.

This is the space.

This is the space.

I’ve already decided that the tile will be a frosted glass subway in the shower and the backsplash. It has a pale tint of green bottle glass when it is installed.

Snow frost glass subway tile is available at the Tile Shop.

Snow frost glass subway tile is available at the Tile Shop.

So I started to hunt for photos of possible vanity styles.

This vanity is $1600 and includes the countertop but not the sink.

This vanity is $1600 and includes the countertop but not the sink.

I haven’t even narrowed down the color but I know the style should be relatively simple.

$975 is only for the cabinet of this vanity which ties into the furniture in the conservatory.

$975 is only for the cabinet of this vanity which ties into the furniture in the conservatory.

I like and undermount or integral sink.  Charlie definitely does not care for a vessel sink.

I love an old piece of furniture repurposed.

I love an old piece of furniture repurposed and maybe painted green.

The countertop would look great in something like Lady Onyx marble or even something simpler. (I’ll visit my granite guy and see if he has an interesting remnant.) I love this rustic wall to wall vanity by Jay Jeffers.

If we could find the right salvaged wood this might be a doable DIY project.

If we could find the right salvaged wood this might be a doable DIY project.

So many choices and then there’s DIY. Check out my Pinterest Bathroom board.

What do you need most in your bathroom after the usual items are installed?

 

 

 

 

Making Choices in the Conservatory

Now that the conservatory is dry walled it’s time to make the “what’s next” list.

The conservatory is starting to look like a real room.

The conservatory is starting to look like a real room.

1.   Mud the walls.

A team if professionals drywalled and mudded our kitchen and made it look easy.

A team if professionals drywalled and mudded our kitchen and made it look easy.

2.  Wipe down and paint the walls.

What's more mundane than washing walls?

What’s more mundane than washing walls?

3. Pick a paint color.  The trim color is the same as the rest if the house: White Mosaic by Ace Paints.

Hancock Green by Benjamin Moore is the frontrunner.

Hancock Green by Benjamin Moore is the frontrunner.

4.  Choose tile for the bathroom floor, shower and backsplash.

Frosted glass tile are bottle glass green.

Frosted glass tile are bottle glass green.

5.  Have the shower pan installed.

The floor both inside the shower and out will be tiled.

The floor both inside the shower and out will be tiled.

6. Choose and install toilet.

We're looking for and ADA toilet.

We’re looking for and ADA toilet.

7.  Choose and install sink and vanity.

We've moved half of the wallboard upstairs.  We'll decide on the final placement of the loveseats when everything is cleaned up.

We’ve moved half of the wallboard upstairs. We’ll decide on the final placement of the loveseats when everything is cleaned up.

8. Choose and install vanity light.

Some color inspiration for the conservatory.

Some color inspiration for the conservatory.

9.  Have the electricians finish installing lights and smoke detector.

Just a little paint shop magicish.

Just a little paint shop magicish.

10.  Make sure everything is on the list.

What’s on your list?

 

 

Just in Case

While Charlie and I were drywalling the bathroom in the conservatory he said we should mark on the wall where the pipes are just in case one day we wanted pound a nail into the wall to hang something up.

This purple drywall is for damp installations like bathrooms.

This purple drywall is for damp installations like bathrooms.

I thought it was not a bad idea except I know we’ll either paint or tile these walls and any marking we made would be covered.

I guess we won't be putting cabinet recessed between the studs over the sink.

I guess we won’t be putting cabinet recessed between the studs over the sink.

Oh, yeah, but I’m keeping a blog heavy in photographs.  I’ll just take a picture and label each of the water walls in the bathroom before we finish drywalling.

The wall over the toilet has a clothes dryer vent and a drain pipe.

The wall over the toilet has a clothes dryer vent and a drain pipe.

Behind a the shower is a narrow access space which will also become a storage area where we will be careful not to nail into the pipes.

The shower wall gets green board on the back and Hardie cement board on the inside.

The shower wall gets green board on the back and Hardie cement board on the inside.

Please notice our “green board” is actually purple. Hmmmm.

What confusing terminology have you discovered in your DIY experience?

 

Sticking It Under the Sink

The prep sink on my side of the kitchen has finally been hooked up.

Running water.  Yippee!

Running water. Yippee!

So before I put the cleaners and other useful items under there I wanted to protect the brand new cabinet floor.

The cabinet under the new sink is pristine.

The cabinet under the new sink is pristine.

I asked Charlie to cut me a piece of corrugated cardboard to fit in front of the pipes.

A piece of cardboard was cut to fit under the sink.

A piece of cardboard was cut to fit under the sink.

Then I used a box of old stick-on tiles that I found in the cottage.

A few of these tiles had been left over from someone else's floor project.

A few of these tiles had been left over from someone else’s floor project.

I cut the tiles to size by scoring them with a mat knife.

I notched the first tile so it would hug the door stop at the front of the cabinet.

I notched the first tile so it would hug the door stop at the front of the cabinet.

Then I just placed them on the cardboard under the sink.

The tiles sort of match the kitchen even though they will rarely be seen.

The tiles sort of match the kitchen even though they will rarely be seen.

They’re old and have a little bow to them so I placed some heavy items on top to weigh them down since the stickum was still plenty sticky.

The tiles needed encouragement to stick to the cardboard.

The tiles needed encouragement to stick to the cardboard.

Now there’s a nice wipeable surface under the sink.

Just add the cleaning solutions and other bottles we store under the sink.

Just add the cleaning solutions and other bottles we store under the sink.

One more chore knocked off the list.

Have you had any sticky situations recently?

 

 

The Wrap-up List

In order to “finish” (and I use that term loosely) the first wave of renovation improvements to The Glade the contractor still has some unfinished jobs.

  1. Finish installing the kitchen cabinets (We are waiting for replacements of wrong size cabinets.)

    We're waiting for cabinets to finish the upper and lower runs before we install the refrigerator next to the pantry (

    We’re waiting for cabinets to finish the upper and lower runs before we install the refrigerator next to the pantry.

  2. Install kitchen sinks

    The sinks have been unboxed and are ready to be installed.

    The sinks have been unboxed and are ready to be installed.

  3. Make substrate for stainless steel countertop (extra charge)
  4. Install and hook up all appliances

    Our stove, dishwasher and undercounter refrigerator won't be installed until the floor is finished.

    Our stove, dishwasher and undercounter refrigerator won’t be installed until the floor is finished.

  5. Install stainless steel countertop

    Our stainless steel countertop is being made at a local sheet metal fabricator.

    Our stainless steel countertop is being made at a local sheet metal fabricator.

  6. Install island countertop

    We have a piece of  granite to top the island.

    We have a piece of granite to top the island.

  7. Sand and finish floor
  8. Install counter in pantry

    The countertop will go on the white strip above the bottom shelf.

    The countertop will go on the white strip above the bottom shelf.

  9. Porch deck installer repair and clean stone
  10. Finish baseboard

    Our new baseboard is 1 by 4 topped with ogee molding.

    Our new baseboard is 1 by 4 topped with ogee molding.

  11. Finish back steps and landing
  12. Install remaining electric fixtures

    My pantry pendant is being moved to the conservatory due to code.

    My pantry pendant is being moved to the conservatory due to code.

Charlie and I are responsible to:

  • insulate the new spaces (almost finished)

    A few spots still need insulation before the job can be inspected.

    A few spots still need insulation before the job can be inspected.

  • drywall the new spaces
  • paint the exterior shingles and trim

    We have to paint the shingles to tie the old part of the house together with the new.

    We have to paint the shingles to tie the old part of the house together with the new.

  • landscape the yard

I think all the demolition is finished!!!!!

Charlie did all the demolition including our old kitchen.

Charlie did all the demolition including our old kitchen.

After all these things are finished and we’ve saved up some more money we’ll start again getting the unfinished areas completed:

  • conservatory floor and trim
  • conservatory bathroom
  • master closet

    The master closet has been insulated but not yet drywalled.

    The master closet has been insulated but not yet drywalled and needs flooring.

  • master bathroom

Right now I’m not really up for making any more decisions or spending any more serious money.  I need a breather.

How long can you keep up intense work on a project?