It seems that it’s always a 12 step process to accomplish anything when you are building a house. And that is no less true in making our concrete vanity for our masterbath. First there was creating a level workspace. Then there was creating the form. (2 actually)We used 2″ foamboard stuck down with two-sided tape. This is for the small counter that will top the back of our dresser that comes through the wall between our walk-in closet and the bathroom.
Our wheelbarrow is too tall to fit “under” the mortar mixer for dumping so I built this custom cart on wheels. So finally we could mix the white cement with Quartz aggregate, some regular sand, coloring and other secret ingredients to make our colored concrete.
Time to fill the moldsYou want to try and get out any bubbles so I made a “concrete vibrator” using a pnumatic needle scaler and a tin can. (black beans work best)
Now we wait for a few days. But we really wanted to see what this was going to look like after grinding. So we tried it on a test piece. We think the color and look of the aggregate is supper cool.
And now for the big reveal. We will start on the surface treatment in a couple of days.
As you may know, I am still recovering from a shoulder injury ( picking up one too many 90 Lb. Bags of mortar). I am happy to report that my shoulder is much better. I still have a ways to go before I’m 100% but I’m gettingbetter and stronger. We have been able to make a little progress on smaller projects.
In the entrance hall, there will be a coat closet and laundry on the West side. So we put up the framing between those two spaces. Once again having fun building to a curve. We have gotten really good at scribing plasterboard to the curved walls. It’s amazing how sometimes closing in a space makes it feel larger.
Since we had a supply of plasterboard ( looks just like Sheetrock), we decided to finally close in the bare studs above the guest bathroom. It will probably be some time before we can plaster these walls but it’s really nice to get them closed in.
And now for something completely different. We received this beautiful Japanese Maple as a wedding present. Jeff has been very anxious to start on some of the exterior landscaping but there is still much work to be done outside the structure (North side entrance and retaining wall). However we are done working in the area on the West side off the Master Bedroom. The perfect spot for this beautiful specimen.
When we cut in half the metal shed that stoerd the milled lumber from out trees,(now that it’s all used up), one section went to storing firewood and the other half went to storing Dozy. But now Dozy (our little bulldozer), has to share the space with a small but usable shop space.
We added a partial wall and a door and window (all salvaged) to keep the elements at bay.I’m trying to figure out a way to make a door large enought for Dozy to get through so for now, a tarp will do. The LED lights you see in the first picture are powered by a battery charged by the solar panel on the roof. For now, Dozy has to stay outside as we have set up a workspace to build the concrete bathroom vanity counter. More on that later.
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.
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.
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.