Remodeling

Been there, done it my self but no more. Since retiring, I’ve contracted with a local high end design build team to remodel the bathrooms and kitchen of my 1955 hip roof ranch near the Norfolk Airport. These posts chronicle the journey.

  • We’re finally there! (10/19/2015) - Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Yes, at last. It was an 8 week project, just like my contractor promised. What he didn’t tell me was that it would be 8 weeks every other week. As usual, weather, other projects, and waits for the cabinet shop to fabricate the cabinets got in the … Continue reading We’re finally there!
  • 90 Percent and Holding (9/22/2015) - The kitchen project is nearly complete but we are at the 90 percent and stalled point. One big task and several small ones remain. Install gutters This requires fixing a goof in the roof deck Install back door dead bolt Install microwave trim kit Install closet rod in laundry area Stain the column Locate or … Continue reading 90 Percent and Holding
  • Kitchen is coming together (8/26/2015) - One box of Chemex filters later, the kitchen is almost finished. This is my contribution to the design, moving the carport door from the carport to the end wall and adding this Charleston style porch and step. My builder’s designer got the masses and sizes right. My project manager Evan found a use for some … Continue reading Kitchen is coming together
  • Remodeling Known Unknowns (8/4/2015) - Remodeling projects are always an adventure. In planning a project you and your contractor make assumptions about the existing condition of the building that may or may not be true. Missing an educated guess can have a big effect on a project’s profitability or throw some change orders. The classic example is the finding of … Continue reading Remodeling Known Unknowns
  • The grand design emerges (7/30/2015) - The flooring crew is working Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday. They set the Schluter DITRA decoupling membrane and new wood flooring on Wednesday. On Thursday the tile crew is planning the layout and cutting tile as needed. On Friday, they’ll mix thin set mortar and actually lay the tile. On Monday, they’ll return to grout … Continue reading The grand design emerges
  • Upstaged by a Houndy (7/25/2015) - Sam’s BellaBob has been putting me to shame with her regular posts. I’ve been slacking off but not for want of things to write about. In early July I took a road trip to visit the Watson Cousins Reunion and the remodel project has been gathering momentum. Since I last wrote, plaster has happened, painting … Continue reading Upstaged by a Houndy
  • Visiting Tile Shops (7/8/2015) - In a large metropolitan area, such as the Virginia Tidewater, there are a number of tile stores, some manufacturer specific and some representing several manufacturers. You’d think tile shopping would be simple but it is not. Home Depot and Loews They have about everything including tile. The thing to watch about the big box stores … Continue reading Visiting Tile Shops
  • At the stone yard (6/4/2015) - On Tuesday, Nick, Missy, and I hopped in the GTI to test the new EZpass with a trip to Triton Stone in Portsmouth, Virginia. Triton Stone is our local stone supplier. Triton imports granite, marble, onyx, and quartzite from suppliers world wide. Being a natural product, each piece of stone is unique. The primary constituents … Continue reading At the stone yard
  • Appliance Shopping (2/11/2015) - When I bought 3444 Fletcher 10 years ago, I did so with the intent of remodeling the bathrooms and kitchen. In 2013, I remodeled the baths. In 2015 I join the ranks of the homeless while the kitchen is remodeled. This is a big project that sacrifices 5 feet or so of the car port … Continue reading Appliance Shopping
  • When not to call the Bath Fitter (8/24/2013) - This is a picture of the head wall of the hall bath tub surround. When I bought the house, the 50’s blue tile was cracked with what appeared to be grout or caulk in the cracks. The original owner (I’m the second) tried to make a voyage repair. Given that everything was 50’s ugly and … Continue reading When not to call the Bath Fitter

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