Tag Archives: Home Re-Construction

Tales of us working on our house.

Erections

The Husbear has grown tired of scraping frost and ice from the windshields in the winter time, so he wanted a carport. So we’re building a carport. Well, I’m building a carport. He’s assisting me. Not that we don’t have enough projects we’re constantly working on.

11/08: We've got wood!
11/08: We’ve got wood!
11/08: Starting the erection process. Such a pain.
11/08: Starting the erection process. Such a pain.
11/08: First frame up.
11/08: First frame up.
11/13: Next frame up, and overhead boards installed on one.
11/13: Next frame up, and overhead boards installed on one.
11/15: Overhead beams all installed.
11/15: Overhead beams all installed.
11/15: Another angle.
11/15: Another angle.
11/15: Height comparison compared to vehicles.
11/15: Height comparison compared to vehicles.
I got my webbing caught in the drill gearing. Ouch.
I got my webbing caught in the drill gearing. Ouch.
11/27: Lower supports and uprights installed.
11/27: Lower supports and uprights installed.
11/28: Tin roof installed. Mostly.
11/28: Tin roof installed. Mostly.
11/28: Tin roof installed. Mostly.
11/28: Tin roof installed. Mostly.

Lowe’s Delivery shorted me 10 pieces of roofing, which I finally received today. So barring any rain this coming weekend, I’ll get those last pieces installed.

There will be one other vehicle bay, but that won’t be built until sometime next year. We have to level the land for it first, but that won’t be until next year. But at least for now the Jeep and the Prius have a place to sleep.

Until next time...
Erik

Water closet

Having been fairly incapacitated for the last month due to the molar incident and a bad case of food poisoning, I started working on the trim and paneling in the bathroom today. Specifically in the water closet.

Our original idea was to tile up the walls about 4′, in the style of turn-of-the-century (well, the previous century) bathhouses. Sadly, the hexagon tile we wanted was extremely cost-prohibitive. (We were going to use the same hexagon tile on the floor originally as well.)

So we started looking at other options. We both like the look of Craftsman-style trim. While our home isn’t a Craftsman, the insides share some similarities. And again, we like the look.

Window trim and wall paneling...
Window trim and wall paneling…

As I was cutting and installing the panels and trim, the Husbear said he thinks we should do a few other rooms in the house like this. I really hope he’s joking… but I think he’s not.

I hope to finish getting the trim in the water closet area cut and installed tomorrow. Then comes the puttying and caulking and painting.

Until next time...
Erik

Floored

It’s been a busy month, in many ways: the holidays, the tattoo studio has been crazy busy, and the floor in the bathroom is installed!

Heated floor mats…

11/30 - Floor warming pads, from Lowe's
11/30 – Floor warming pads, from Lowe’s

Why they price them by the foot, I have no idea, especially when you have to buy the entire thing. But so it goes.

12/06 - Floor warming pads installed
12/06 – Floor warming pads installed

Now we have to wait 30 days before we can turn on the heated floor. Nothing like anticipation.

And then I started the laying of the tile.

12/07 - The first run of tile down.
12/07 – The first run of tile down.
12/08 - Second run installed
12/08 – Second run installed

I realized that doing an entire 40 pound bag of mortar at one time was a little more than I could handle. By the time I got about 3/4 of the way through, that last 1/4 was starting to harden. So I started halving the bags each “session” after the first weekend.

12/14 - Third run installed
12/14 – Third run installed
12/15 - Fourth run installed
12/15 – Fourth run installed

milli frequently inspected my work at all times. If she didn’t like the way I placed the tile spacers, she was quick to bat them out. đŸ˜‰

12/20 - Fifth run installed
12/20 – Fifth run installed
12/21 - Sixth run installed
12/21 – Sixth run installed

Next time I design a room, I need to remember to NOT do anything with funky angles. *sheesh*

12/21 - Seventh run installed
12/21 – Seventh run installed
12/22 - Final tile run installed!
12/22 – Final tile run installed!

And then we got to pick out the grout color. Which took the both of us forever to decide. Unlike paint, once the grout is installed it’s not something you can just roll over and change. We went with a dark color that was close to the darkest wood grain color in the tile.

The grout. Combining these two makes some color called "Ocean Deep", although I have no idea why they call it that.
The grout. Combining these two makes some color called “Ocean Deep”, although I have no idea why they call it that.

The grouting was an interesting process. It was like the day after bad Mexican food induced Botulism. So much wiping!

12/28 - Grouting in progress.
12/28 – Grouting in progress.
12/28 - Grouting done.
12/28 – Grouting done.

It took several wiping sessions to get all the haze off the tile. And probably a few more just to make sure before the entire bathroom is complete.

12/29 - The finished floor!
12/29 – The finished floor!

Once we have completed the installation of the wainscoting and the fixtures, we’ll apply a sealant to the floor that will give it a wet look. As you can tell from the last two photos, the tile and grout look way better “wet”. At least to me.

Up next, starting the wainscoting…

Until next time...
Erik