Friday, June 29, 2012

Next Steps…

After gutting the bathroom, Mike installed mold resistant drywall, hardibacker in the shower area, new pipes, and a schuluter kurdi shower system. Then I helped him out by painting the bathroom before anything else was installed. The final part of this step was laying the tile on the floor, and setting up the vanity and granite top.

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bathroom april 28 018 After several searches for tile we finally found one we liked. One Saturday I was outside and Mike was working in the bathroom, he called me in to say he had just started laying tile and to come check it out. I came inside and hated it! It didn’t look good with the paint – it was too dark. So, Mike pulled it up and we were back to square one. Thankfully, we had another sample in the house that originally we had thought was too light. We tried it again in the bathroom and this time loved it. So, we returned all the first batch of tile to Lowes and bought the next batch. We installed Capri Classic.bathroom april 28 019 bathroom april 28 024 bathroom april 28 001bathroom april 28 028

After lots of searching for vanities we couldn’t find any we liked that were solidly built. So, being the handyman he is, Mike designed, built, and stained our vanity. (He still needs to the doors and drawers…)

bathroom 2012 017 Always search around for countertops! Mike decided to stop at a stone store off the freeway on his way home from work. Stone Solutions informed him they always will beat the price of a big box store. After looking around in the remnant pile we got lucky! There was a remnant with two sink holes the exact size we were looking for! Being a remnant piece Stone Solutions was trying to get rid of it and we got it for about 75% off of its value!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bathroom Beginnings

I realize that it has been more than a year since I last posted. Pure Laziness! Now that I’m on break its a slight possibility that I’ll update more regularly… we’ll see how that goes.

I have never liked our master bath. I could never get it looking clean – and I hated the carpet in the bathroom. We lived with it for two years and then one day we decided to begin the project - it was a gut job. You’ve got to begin somewhere, right?


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Monday, May 30, 2011

a finished project

and we made the deadline! Didn’t Mike do a good job?

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Monday, May 23, 2011

When Mike gets Bored…

        • he doesn’t read
        • he doesn’t impulsively clean (unfortunately!)
        • he doesn’t cook or bake


        • he does work on cars
        • he does wash cars
        • he does build things
        • he does tear things apart and make them look better
        • and many more...

A few days ago Mike decided he was bored and decided it was high time to remodel the middle bathroom. It wasn’t bad or dysfunctional or anything – it was just from the 80’s. Out came the vanity, the ugly light fixture, the old towel bars etc. Then came the trip to Lowes. We bought new light fixtures and the accessories, but couldn’t decide on a vanity base. I didn’t really care for any of them and they were pricey so Mike decided to build the vanity.

After measuring a few times, drawing up a plan, and a trip to Home Depot Mike began building the vanity. He started building on Thursday and was done by Saturday. Then he stained and installed. At this point it is probably 75% of the way done – and it WILL be done by Saturday, thanks Kings for giving us a deadline!

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bathroom 001Mike built some type of jig to put together the doors. I think they turned out great!  bathroom 008   bathroom 007bathroom 006  bathroom 002 bathroom 009 bathroom 010 bathroom 011


More pictures to come...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Backyard Again…

Please keep in mind that are back yard used to look like this…     spring 2010 062

Now it looks like this… after a lot of hole digging and patience!

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I love that after months the oleander are now blooming – as are several other shrubs and trees!  april 111 april 112

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Plants Galore


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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Goodbye Mazda, hello ?


Yesterday it was time to say goodbye to my faithful Mazda 3. Yay, no more manual driving in the foreseen future! We’ll probably stay carless for a couple months (weeks?) while we spend some time searching for the “right” vehicle.

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