Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sat Sept 27 ~ Newly functional kitchen potlights and main bathroom!

Wow wow wow.

The team and I spent Saturday together banging on the house in a big way.

For Vic, Pete and Rich, it was an electrical day in the kitchen. They put in potlights and other lights and all sorts of wires climbing here and there and crawled around in the extremely hot and narrow attic for most of the day.

All for 6 lights. I'm always blown away by the enormous effort required to output what seems like a somewhat relatively moderate task. It never is though. It's always so much more for those that do the actual work. These guys are amazing together.

This had to be one of my favorite shots of The Ceiling Man. (Vic this time) It was fast hence blurry, but it gets the message across all too painfully well. There was a hole lotta time spent in that attic to get the job done.

The outcome? AMAZING. The kitchen is so well lit it feels like an outdoor stadium shining at night. I think I have to rethink that no curtain idea now... it's my bet folks driving the highway can see inside my kitchen at this point.

For myself, it was a tile the bathroom day. I was time to finally grout and gitter done once and for all.

Dave's day was all about trimming out the windows. As SOON as that grout was in (not even dry), he was banging up baseboards in place pronto. As SOON as that was accomplished, Vic and Jake installed the new fancy dancy toilet! I had an operationable bathroom at long last! Within just a few minutes of the floor being finished!

The day wasn't complete without a bit of mess to contend with here and there though.. but well worth it! Here's but a mere 36" x 36" patch of ick. This covered the entire kitchen. Some may think me crazy but I love these kinds of shots. It takes alot of fine workmanship to produce this.

And look what we created! When the team left, I couldn't even stand cleaning up the kitchen for one more moment for it was time to decorate a bathroom! I just had to go wash the newly completed bathroom floor and get it set up. I had it long planned out and had the hooks and ladder and mirror ready to finally be put in place. The pedistal sink Vic had stored in his barn (thanks too Gina!) so we put it to good use as well.

I LOVE this bathroom! It was one of the last remaining untouched rooms in the house. The transformation is breathtaking in every respect. It isn't quite done here and there but it's fully functional at this point. I'm thrilled to be using it!

Here's a little reminder what it use to look like. The huge vanity made the room feel twice as small as it removed so much visual space. Old uncleanable lino, cracked paint around the metal windows, and much more.

It is so fun to revisit that new bathroom again and again. When your surroundings are finally beautiful, I shake my head in wonderment. I can't wait to feel that way about the upcoming new kitchen... for now I'll enjoy all those beautiful bright lights.

The local firehall treated us to a hotdog/donut lunch which was just the ticket for the crew. They also indulged in cakes and such throughout the day.

It was a wonderful day, filled with extremely hard work, laughter and smiles. Renovating can't possibly get any better than that.

Thank-you everyone, for everything you do for this house and Cody and I. I can't WAIT to show off what was accomplished to Cody when he comes home tonite! And I'll have many new and wonderful stories at that to share with him. It was just a great day.

(more pics in the slideshow)

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