How To Proceed in 2015

Over the past two years we’ve had additions to our house, The Glade, both designed and built.

The additions to The Glade viewed from the back yard before they were sided.
The additions to The Glade viewed from the back yard before they were sided.

Now we’re trying to do as much as we can on our own so we need a plan.

The side porch and 2-story wing on the left of the photo are both new additions.
The side porch and 2-story wing on the left of the photo are both new additions.

Everything needs to be done in a certain order so I’m the one who will set the schedule and hire the subcontractors if there’s a part of the project we can’t accomplish ourselves.

Master bathroom is not nearly finished.
Master bathroom is not nearly finished.
Conservatory bathroom is about half the size of the master.
Conservatory bathroom is about half the size of the master.

I’m eager to have the two new bathrooms finished and I think we should work on them simultaneously.  Unfortunately that will almost double the expense but seems to make sense in terms of getting the work done in a reasonable period of time.

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.

First the bathroom floors need to be brought level to the shower base. This can be accomplished with a subfloor of plywood covered with a layer of Hardiebacker.

Schluter shower pan needs a waterproof membrane because the shower system is curbless.
Schluter shower pan needs a waterproof membrane because the shower system is curbless.

Then the men that installed the shower pans will come back and install the waterproof membrane.

The walls to be painted are now just raw purple greenboard.
The walls to be painted are now just raw purple greenboard which needs to be mudded, sanded, primed, and painted.

We add the floor tile on top of that.  Before tiling, we should mud, sand, and paint the walls so newly installed floor tile doesn’t get dirty.

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

I’m not sure if we’re going to install the floor tile or contract it out.  In the mean time I will want to make a final selection of the tile and purchase it.

We're looking for an ADA toilet.
We’re looking for an ADA toilet.

After the floor is installed I’ll purchase two ADA height toilets and have them installed.  We might be able to do this part of the project ourselves.

We're planning to make the vanity for the conservatory bathroom.
We’re planning to make the vanity for the conservatory bathroom.

We have plans to make at least one of the vanities ourselves.  I’m on a hunt for the master bathroom vanity.

Snow frost glass subway tile is my first pick for the conservatory shower.
Snow frost glass subway tile is my first pick for the conservatory shower.

Then the walls in both showers and backsplashes need to be tiled. Again, not sure who’s going to do it but I will select and purchase the tile.

This glass shower at our suite in Charleston, SC, had the kind of glass finish we prefer.
This glass shower at our suite in Charleston, SC, had the kind of glass finish we prefer.

Finally, I’ll need to hire a glass company to come and fit the shower glass panels and doors.

The roughed-in bathroom electric is just visible in the master bathroom. (Hanging white wire)
The roughed-in bathroom electric is just visible in the master bathroom. (Hanging white wire)

At that point the only thing left is to hang lighting fixtures which I think we can do ourselves since everything is roughed in.

Do you have a big goal for 2015?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “How To Proceed in 2015”

  1. You might be surprised that it will cost you less in the long run to do both bathrooms at once. It will mean a bigger cost up front though. Happy New Year! I look forward to following your progress in 2015,

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