Renovations

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tiling is Fun (I Think)

We haven't actually got to the tiling part yet - just spending the day laying down a cement underlayment. Let's see a rodent try to chew through that!

Ceramic Tile is Heavy but DIYers are Nice

I went to Lowes today and picked up my ceramic tile. Next weekend, I should be on my knees installing it. I met a very nice German lady at the store while I was waiting for the clerk to help me lift the tile out from under the counter (see title) and she gave me some insights into some of the problems I'm likely to have. She suggested that I keep a few of these at the ready to give a slight boost to tiles that just won't level exactly right.

Then, I went over to Home Depot to check out countertops and I met this great guy named Keith who told me a whole lot about the pros and cons of all the different kinds. I have to do some more thinking but he was sure helpful. I'm definitely going to go back to Home Depot when the time comes to order them - the guy at Lowes wasn't nearly so helpful. All he did was complain that someone had pulled his samples off the wall. I pointed out that it was tough to see the colors of them on the wall like that but he didn't seem to care about my convenience. No - I believe I'll be shopping with Keith.

And the adventure continues and speaking of heavy, tomorrow we're lugging cement board in from the garage and attaching it to the floor.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Kitchen Today

Everything just keeps getting better, getting better all the time (thanks to Dave).

Friday, July 09, 2010

My Personal Hell

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates
Circle I Limbo

General asshats
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Scientologists
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Creationists
Circle IV Rolling Weights

The Pope
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

Republicans
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

Jerry Falwell
Circle VII Burning Sands

Bernie Madoff
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Osama bin Laden
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Apparently, the last photo wasn't up to date enough

So here is the absolute latest and greatest.
And from another angle:

Notice the nice clean underfloor. Yay!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Things Have Been Happening

Well, it doesn't look much better yet but there has been a lot of progress thanks to Dave and the wonderful people at Doc's Plumbing and Paragon Electric. We now have plumbing (apparently, before, we didn't actually) and super powered electrical stuff. We can't use it all yet (I can't remember why) but soon.

Anyway, here's the current state of affairs - well, actually, it's a little better than this - because the hole under the tarp is not there anymore.

Next week - drywall.