This page shows the progress of our renovations
Renovation (Week 1) -
Technically, we commenced destruction of two bathrooms, wet bar and removal
of window trim on August 22, 2013. Here we go:
What a difference a day makes. Below, Day 1 v. Day 2 in Guest
Guest bath and wet bar inside. Window trim removal on exterior.
Renovation (Week 2) - August 26
In addition to continuing destruction, the plumber
installed the first of our new Totos. Yeh! He also installed the
Universal Rough In box for the new shower. On Friday, the windows
arrive and we see the first rough installs in the garage, laundry and family
Renovation (Week 3) -
Out with the old, In with the new, slowly. We passed
our first inspection on 5 new windows. Of course, they must be inspected
twice again before completion.
Inside and outside shots of the new windows.
The patterns are set on the slabs for the wet bar and guest bath vanity,
And then there is our landscape project with new sprinklers and stone path.
Renovation (Week 4) -
Remember those slabs above, here they are:
Windows, windows and more windows. This week the first wood frames were
Only 1 window left in the rear.
Renovation (Week 5) - September 16
Renovation (Week 6) -
The windows are all installed in the rear and the trim is almost finished
complete with paint.
The arch window went in and a detail of the flashing is represented.
Not to be forgotten is the guest bath where the pan is holding water ready
for infinity drain and sheet rocking.
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Renovation (Week 10) - October 21
Renovation (Week 11) -
This week's theme was
electrical. Let there be light in the bathrooms. The dangling look is for
the benefit of the inspectors.
Taping, Mudding, Painting - Oh my! What shall we do about "window
Renovation (Week 12) - November 4
This week was less photogenic. There was more work on getting the walls ready to
paint. They used the "texturing" machine to put that 80's style drywall texture
in place. It looks like the old walls now. Texturing is done (except for the two
baths - see below) and we are ready for the painters this coming week.
There was more work on the electrical in the guest bath and powder room. Exhaust
fans were installed in both the guest bath and powder room (replacement of the
old fan). The electrical is now ready for inspection and we hope to get it fully
operational this week. The plumber installed a new shower head in our master
bath. Both baths need texturing and then they will be ready for the painters.
Finally, we installed LED yard lighting to light the path in the side yard at
Renovation (Week 13) - November 11
Again, not a very photogenic week - this was the time in every job when the
contractor moves on to another other job and neglects this job. Always happens.
Contractors don't seem to understand that owners know that and are annoyed by
it. Most of the work this week was painting with a little electrical. The coming
week is "supposed" to have a lot more work done. We have a large
punchlist and are starting to manage it more actively.
Painting was complete in Jon's study, Care's study, family room, and the guest
room. Smoke detectors were added to all of the bedrooms to bring us up to code.
We passed preliminary electrical inspection - now need to
finish the electrical. We are adding LED lighting and bulbs are in high demand
so we have dependency on them.
Renovation (Week 14) -
The LED bulbs arrived so the electrical was completed as well as the painting -
lots of details got done.
We were able to reassemble much of our house. Now the main thing we are awaiting
is arrival and completion of our new front door.
Renovation (Week 15) -
This week, there was some touch-up painting and everything was complete except
for the front door, tuneup on family room door, and paint work on some of the
cabinets. What was most exciting is that we began to get our house back. The
contractor cleaned up the garage (so we could put our cars in after three months
outside) and removed the plastic that was protecting the wood floors - so we can
see and enjoy the floors again. Care was most excited about getting faucet
handles in the powder room. The contractor ordered the wrong ones and the
manufacturer discontinued that line - so Care was quite distressed and very
relieved when the right ones arrived and were installed.
What is notable about the pictures below is that our cars are in the garage
instead of the driveway and the porta-potty that sat in the driveway is now
Renovation (Week 16) -
No pictures for the week of December 2 - because there was nothing done -
Renovation (Week 17) - December 9
Two milestones this week. First, our window coverings were installed - which let
us take down the plastic and have a modicum of sun control and privacy. We got
automatic blinds in the family room so Care loves to play with the remote and
make the shades go up and down.
Second, our new front door finally arrived and was installed - there is still
some painting and hardware work to do but it arrived in time for us to get the
Christmas tree into the living room.
Renovation (Week 18) - December 16
Finally - the front door was installed and painted - project is now