Bits and pieces, and floors

We had anticipated that the project would be complete by now, but we have hit a number of snags. Regardless, there have been bits and pieces slowly completed over the past month.

Bathroom vanities and medicine cabinets have been installed.

Kid’s bathroom

Master bathroom

Tile has been completed and grouted.

Kid’s bathtub

Additional ceiling tile for the hall bath was added due to the lower than expected height in that bathroom (and also an uneven spot in the ceiling which this helped to hide).

Bathroom countertop glitch has been overcome; a remnant of the Calcatta Laza was located and was enough to fabricate the vanity tops and shelves. The pure white color of this quartz was important to us because we used simple, pure white tile in both upstairs bathrooms.

Bathroom niche quartz shelves have been installed.

Kid’s bath niche with shelf
Master shower niches

Floor heat has been installed and is working in both kid’s and master bathroom.

Supplemental bathroom electrical heaters have been installed in both bathrooms.

A few extra BTUs in the winter never hurts.

Most of the wood trim has been installed.

Dining room trim. This area hides the new upstairs plumbing and was bumped out by an inch or so.
Dining room trim. This area was a compromise to hide the plumbing from upstairs and is built out more than I would like. It doesn’t impair the opening of the built-in cabinet by much.
Another view of that dining room corner.
Office (former kitchen) trim
Office trim
Office window trim. There was a lot of old trim in here that needed to be replaced because of damage.
Baseboard wrapping around the chimney upstairs
Trim around the old bathroom (now master closet) window. This area was previously renovated and we are not positive how this was originally trimmed out; this is merely a guess.

Doors have been installed (but they forgot to order a door for the office).

Doors upon arrival
Hall bathroom door on the right; master bedroom door on the left.
Door to the master bathroom

Most light fixtures have been installed.

Powder room
Master bathroom

Ceiling fan has been installed in the master bedroom.

Radiators have been removed for painting.

One radiator in the hall to the balcony / new master closet.
Another radiator goes on the other side of the master bedroom in this niche.

Floors have been finished!

Master bedroom
Living room
Floor stain detail

Cutting down the dining room built-in doors so that they open.

The floor was raised about an inch in this spot in the dining room, so the doors had to be trimmed slightly so they would open.

Boosted step in entryway.

The middle step had a new tread added to boost its height. This was necessary because of the floor leveling. The carpenter cut this to fit perfectly without removing or changing any of the existing trim.

Bathroom shelves have been installed.

Just like the new bathroom in our addition, we added some extra storage shelves hidden behind the door in the master bathroom. Note the two charging outlets installed in here!

Uh oh

As usual, there are some additional glitches to overcome.

One of our three sconces was damaged in the renovation. I don’t believe these were original or were significant in any way, so we replaced all of them with new light fixtures.

The powder room vanity was ordered months ago but hasn’t arrived yet. It isn’t expected until late October, which is after the extended permit date. The question is if we can pass a final inspection without a bathroom sink.

The radiators were removed at the beginning of August and we were told they would take 8 to 12 weeks, which means they won’t return until some time in October.

Wood pieces on top of built-ins need to be addressed. These were torn up during the demolition but need to be repaired. I’m hoping to replace them with a single piece of oak plywood.

The shower door will arrive in a couple of weeks. We tried to order a shower door for the kid’s bath but it wouldn’t fit, so we’re back to a shower curtain.

The office door was forgotten and needs to be ordered.

Stucco repair on the balcony was premature. I had the contractor proceed because rain was leaking in around the same time that the drywall ceiling was being installed in the office (former kitchen). Despite the roofer not having finished the balcony to my satisfaction, I had the stucco contractor seal things up. When the roofer returned to correct the drains, they had to damage the stucco, so now we need to pay to have it re-patched. And, they had to move one downspout, which will also need to be relocated, so I’ll have to call the roofer to fix that.

Up next:

Shoe molding

Trim work between the old house and the addition

Plumbing fixtures (sinks, toilets, faucets)

Install the shower door when it arrives in a couple weeks

Finish electrical work (clean up old wiring and fix some broken outlets)

Finish installing light fixtures

Patch drywall

It’s getting close and there is not much left. At this point, the work is expected to be sufficiently complete by the end of September so we can get our final inspection. A few items will remain after that; certainly into October for the powder room and upstairs radiators.

3 thoughts on “Bits and pieces, and floors”

  1. Amazing body of work here — and I’m just talking about your blog! Excellent idea to record it all. I think you’ve earned a degree in the Contractor business. Beautiful home. Should be quite a feeling when you reach the finish line. I learned a lot just reading about it – I admit I cringed when I first read the phrase ‘internal gutters.’ (I have bad memories battling ice dams.). Thanks for sharing all the progress.

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