Monday, December 31, 2012

Details, Details

Nearly a year after we bought it, the bathroom sink is in and working.  Woo-hoo!  It actually looks a lot better than we expected since it's essentially a temp sink from Home Depot until we can afford to get something like this.

We still need a mirror.  Maybe chrome to go with the sconces?

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Remember these?  They've been stripped and the first layer of clear coat has been applied.

The guys are going to hang them, plane them, and they they'll go back to the woodworker for final touches.

All of the doors but one are Douglas Fir and nearly every panel has a completely different grain. Some of them are quite crazy!

Can't wait until they are hung for good.  It's bit dicey using the downstairs bathroom with no door!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Stalled! In a Good way!

I took my first shower in the new bathroom tonight.  There are still some little details we have to work out (like a shower screen!), but on the whole, it's pretty close to being done.  Finally, the end is in sight on some part of this crazy project!

The walls and pan of the shower are concrete.  At one point, we talked about leaving it concrete, but now that the tile is in, we can't imagine not having tile.  It's a warm brown with just a slight grain to it that adds some much needed depth to the room. 

Friday, December 28, 2012


I have been ridiculously bad about posting.  Lots of progress in the last few weeks and very few pics up here to prove it.

These are shots of the plaster going up on the blueboard.  We have walls in all of the basement rooms now.  Hurray!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Another Nook In the Wall

We have another nook above the toilet, where we will keep our soap.  It's the only part of the basement bathroom where the concrete of the foundation walls will show through.  

You can see two knotholes from the plywood that was used for the forms when the concrete was poured.  They look like eyes to me.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Shiny, Happy, New

We got our gutters installed just in time for a rain storm tonight.  They're copper and should age with a nice patina -- if our thieving neighbor doesn't pry them off the house!

This is in the back of the house, looking out our bedroom window.  In the front, we have a rain chain instead of a downspout, but I forgot to snap a picture of that.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Towel Rack

In a flash of inspiration, we decided to recess the towel rack. It adds a precious few inches to a small bathroom and creates a very sleek look.

The bar itself is from the shower set that got stolen.  The thief foolishly left this part behind.

We are recessing a couple of other elements as well.  Stay tuned for details!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

All Boxed In

We had these cubbies built to go between the ceiling and the top of the foundation wall along the front of the house.  It gives us just that much more storage in Rob's office, the wine cellar and the laundry room.  In a house that was built without closets, every square inch of storage helps!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Wall to Wall

The blueboard is up downstairs.  This is Rob's studio.  Now all they have to do is plaster it.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Grass Growing Under Our Feet

We've had our welcome mat since we moved into the house two years ago.

Because of the construction, it's spent a chunk of its life laying in the dirt and not in front of the door, but recently it made its way back to its proper home.

It's rained  the last couple of days and today I discovered hundreds of tiny plants have sprouted in it.  Can't wait to see what they are!