When going out to the pool to fix some tiles, remember to wear a shirt at high noon.
(Damn, this sunburn itches!)
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Well, the bathroom remodeling is just about complete. All we’re waiting for is the shower door, which should be in next week. That’s being done by a local vendor, Tampa Glass, who we used ages ago at our previous house when we had a shower door just shatter on us. Their bid came in reasonable (just under $1400), and was much lower than the bids from our contractor’s vendors ($2100 and $2800). I’ll note we did get some other quotes of our own from another local vendor (Reseda Glass) as well as an internet vendor, and both were closer to Tampa Glass.
Today’s been a busy and hot day. And when I say hot, I mean over 100°F by 11:00am, turn on the pool for the summer hot. Still, I spent the day doing lots of work…
So what does the bathroom look like? Funny you should ask…
The last few days, I’ve been busy doing something I haven’t done in a while. Pyntin’. I’ve got the media just about all painted sage green, after the wall repair. Looks quite nice, and it actually feels quite good to be doing home repair stuff again. I haven’t felt like doing it since I broke my foot back in 2003 packing the kitchen.
Oh, the subject line? One of my dad’s favorite poems:
Says I to my Missis: “Ba goom, lass! you’ve something I see, on your mind.”
Says she: “You are right, Sam, I’ve something. It ‘appens it’s on me be’ind.
A Boil as ‘ud make Job jealous. It ‘urts me no end when I sit.”
Says I: “Go to ‘ospittel, Missis. They might ‘ave to coot it a bit.”
Says she: “I just ‘ate to be showin’ the part of me person it’s at.”
Says I: “Don’t be fussy; them doctors see sights more ‘orrid than that.”
Well, today I burned a vacation day. Things were quiet at work, and I had a CSUN Industry Advisory Board meeting in the afternoon. So, I might as well give you an update on the bathroom remodel.
Last week saw them demolishing the old bathroom, repairing the slab, and doing the rough plumbing and electrical (followed by an inspection). Monday they hot-mopped (i.e., tarred) the new shower and bench and started a water test. Today they put up the cement board. Tomorrow should be the inspection of the hot mop, followed by the start of tile work and drywall (plasterwall) repair.
So, what will the new bathroom look like (note: for the most part, the links are for illustration only–ignore any prices). There will be a large shower, primarily using Unicom Starker “Calvert” tile. The accent tile will be AlfaGres PC232. The shower fixure will be a Delta Carlisle Shower Only fixture with In2Ition Showerhead.
The vanity is being made for us by the contractor. It will have two cabinets, three drawers, and there will be a center tower with shelves that we can sit a plant on. The counter will be black Caesarstone. The sinks are Fontaine Glacial Wave Vessel Sink Sets, and the faucets are Toronto Euro Style Bathroom Sink Faucets. Lighting will be some recessed cans, as well as two Portfolio 3-light fixtures. We have two Octagon Frameless Beveled Mirror Medicine Cabinets, and I’ll have a small glass shelf as well.
It will be nice to have the bathroom finished (we have about a week or two to go)–we’ve been living for over a year with a shower wall covered in plastic because we had an unstoppable leak because the previous owner used the wrong type of tub. The remodel is ending up a bit more than I would like (what remodel doesn’t), but we’ll use and enjoy it for a long time, plus it might help the value a bit. I can take solace in the fact that houses in our range (step-up houses) are holding their value a little better than starter houses (which are the bulk of foreclosures, and are skewing the median sales price).
Two years ago, we got a patio swing at Lowes, very similar to this one. After two years in the sun, the cushions have died. The back ones are 18x22x2, and the seat ones are 21x22x3. The top fabric has also started to die.
I’ve been looking into replacement top fabric and replacement cushions. So far, it looks like it would just be cheaper to buy a new swing than replace the cushions. That’s just wrong.