More Tile Tales

With the tile on the floor done, we worked our way up the wall (behind vanity & toilet)Because of the height of our wall and the dimensions of the tiles, we were left with about a 7 1/2″ strip near the top. Rather than “rip” a bunch of tile, we decided to add an accent strip of small basalt rocks.  These are the same mosaic stone tiles that we will be using in the walk-in shower so it ties it all together nicely.  We found gouting these stones and the vertical tiles to be a bit of a challenge…And rather messy…But I think you will agree, the results are rather spectacular.

The Toilet is back installed (just in time for more guests).  We are going to be making our own concrete vanity countertop but not until my bum shoulder heals.  So it’s a functional laundry sink for now.  Any professional tile setters out there? Building a custom shower pan for our walk-in shower is just a bit beyond my comfort zone.

A Tile of One Bathroom

One of the great features of our master bathroom is under floor heating.  We are using the Schluter Dietra Heat system.  This consists of an uncoupling membrane (The orange dimpled mat).  The dimples hold in the electric heating wires while protecting them from damage.

And then comes the tile.

Opps, I guess I got myself stuck into a corner.:-)These beautiful large format tiles will continue up the wall behind the toilet and vanity.  There will also be a line of small river rock going across the wall.

Stay Tuned!

Stucco Ghost

Looks like we are getting a few days of nice weather so finally the stucco guys can finish up. With all the windows and doors protected the spraying fun began.  It is quite a transformation.

We are very pleased with the color and so glad that it is finally done.  It was beginning to look like our house might have to be surrounded by scaffolding until next summer.  This break in the weather is just what we needed. I think you will agree, the result is pretty spectacular.

Cooks Corner

We have this interesting niche space between the pantry and the water heater housing, lots of neat curves, shapes and shadows.  With the built-in bookshelf there is space for our cookbooks.  Then with the $20 Habitat ReStore 3 drawer cabinet installed, we now have a place to keep paperwork and charge phones (notice the integrated charger and outlet), and of course the requisite junk drawer.  We also installed this cool LED wall sconce to light up the space.  

Go To Stucco

Cody & his crew from Hiestands Plastering showed up and set up scaffolding in preparation for our exterior stucco. There is a lot of prep work involved, including taping off the windows and applying a base coat with a fiberglass mesh.Even with just the base coat, the exterior is looking great.  Just wait till you see the color stucco we picked.  Unfortunately there is a big rainstorm on its way so the stucco guys will have to return to finish when we get a dry spell in the weather….Stay tuned.

Curb Appeal

In preparation for the exterior stucco, we need to create a sloped curb at the base of the footings. (for drainage)  This is requiring a lot of mortar but we were able to take up some of the “space” with bricks.Now we have a nice sloping curb on the three exposed sides of our house. We are ready for the Stucco guys now.   The Stucco will extend down the wall and over the curb. For the time being, the steel arches will remain exposed.  So Jeff braved the ladder and painted them. Unfortunately this is the last big project that I can work on for a while.  I have suffered a shoulder injury which will take months to heal.  So I can’t really do any heavy work that requires the use of my right arm. Fortunately, our guest accommodations are ready (enough) for visitors.  In fact we have had two already.

First Flush

With much of the plastering done in the master bathroom (and paint) we were able to set up some “temporary” fixtures.We now have a serviceable second bathroom  for us to use so when guests come to visit, they will have their own bathroom.  And since my son Beckett, visiting from Alaska is our first official guest, he got the honors of the first flush.And while he was here, Beckett lent a hand with one of our other projects.  Getting the exterior walls ready for Stucco. Moving bricks and applying sticky stuff to make new mortar stick to old concrete.  (More about this in the next post.)

Lets Get Plastered

Before we start on the tile work in the master bathroom, we wanted to get the messy stuff out of the way. And with that done…..We could install the door.  Now for some temporary fixtures….And we have a working bathroom! Well sort of.  The toilet ended up being defective so we will have to replace it next week.  The floor and the wall behind the fixtures will eventually be covered in beautiful porcelain tile.

Now for a little break from indoor work to enjoy some of our great outdoors.A delightful paddle up the slough that goes through our property.

Top – Side

With the bathroom plumbing roughed in, (you can see the PEX lines going to the shower in the picture above), we can now start closing in the ceiling and walls.The last piece of the ceiling puzzle. This was a challenge because of the multiple angles and curves involved in the shape of our bathroom.Now on to the walls.  But first, Jeff installed soundproofing insulation.

Getting the holes just right for wall penetrations, (outlets, pipes and such), usually takes a lot of careful measuring.  Or this clever trick with a Q-tip and some paint.  A little dab around the edges, press the wall board up against it,

And Voila!

Shower Power

We now have our rough-in electrical done for the master bathroom.This includes the light and vent fan switch locations and outlets. The vent fan is installed in the ceiling. There will be an outlet underneath the sink for a future recirculating pump that will assure instant hot water without wasting water to get it to the fixtures.  Also we will have electric under floor heat. (under the tile).  The Plumber will be coming this thursday to run PEX tubing to where the sink, toilet and shower fixtures will be.Here you can see that the shower is all framed in.  There will also be a bench behind where Jeff is standing.

7/23/24 Update:  After a visit from our friends at Radar Plumbing, we now have all the PEX lines connected to their respective bathroom fixture valves.