Let’s Get Back to Renovating

Over a year ago our renovation under contract officially ended. We knew before we started that there would still be more (major) items to finish in the house.

The Glade in 2011
The Glade in 2011
The Glade after the additions and external enhancements.
The Glade after the additions and external enhancements.

Among the rooms that needed finishing (laundry, conservatory master closet, conservatory bathroom, master bathroom) I decided bathrooms would be the first order of business (no pun intended).

Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.
Conservatory bathroom is ready for waterproofing and tiling.

The floors in the other rooms depended on the bathroom floors for a smooth transition and having additional bathrooms would be a true convenience.

Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor.
Hardiebacker on the master bathroom sub-floor.

Instead of focusing on one then the other, we are finishing the bathrooms in tandem after the rough-in:

  1. Drywall the room.
  2. Install shower pan.

    Master bathroom shower pan is actually a rigid foam.
    Master bathroom shower pan is actually a rigid foam.
  3. Install cement board in shower stall.

    This installation was heavy and intricate.
    This installation was heavy and intricate.
  4. Install sub-floor up to shower pan level.
  5. Paint room — ceiling and walls.

    The master bathroom is painted Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.
    The master bathroom is painted Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.
  6. Install some lighting fixtures.

    Master bath dressing table light.
    Master bath dressing table light.
  7. Install waterproofing in showers.
  8. Tile floor.

    Conservatory floor tile -- white on white basketweave.
    Conservatory floor tile — white on white basketweave.
  9. Tile shower.

    Conservatory bathroom shower tile -- Snow Frost glass subway tile
    Conservatory bathroom shower tile — Snow Frost glass subway tile
  10. Build/install vanity.

    The Brinkley Demilune vanity
    The Brinkley Demilune vanity
  11. Install toilet.

    We're looking for an ADA toilet. After all, what's a bathroom without a toilet?
    We’re looking for an ADA toilet. After all, what’s a bathroom without a toilet?
  12. Hang lighting fixtures.

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
  13. Install plumbing fixtures.

    Moen Banbury times two for the master bath.
    Moen Banbury times two for the master bath.
  14. Breathe a sigh of relief.

Number 2 above was accomplished July 26th of last year (2014) and we have finally reserved a date (next Wednesday) with the installer to finish the job (#7) so we can start tiling. (That’s right, over a year later.)

The second floor addition from the inside at the end of 2013 when it was just being framed. We've made progress, n'est-ce pas?
The second floor addition from the inside at the end of 2013 when it was just being framed. We’ve made progress, n’est-ce pas?

When #7 is finished we’ll be halfway through the list. (I can hear you laughing.)

I may need to get a tile saw.
I may need to get a tile saw.

Numbers 8 and 9 above might do us in.

What sidetracks you?

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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.

8 thoughts on “Let’s Get Back to Renovating”

  1. You are not alone! There are lots of us who take forever to finish home projects. It will get done eventually. Keep your head up. You have made amazing changes on your house in the past couple of years.

    1. This renovating is a lot like treading water — I have no doubt I can keep my head above water but it is tiring. When the rescue boat comes alongside and throws out the lifeline I’m glad to grab it. Jo

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