Thursday, May 26, 2011
in it's frame. That's because when the tilers installed the tile, unlike the previous owner, they tiled under the cabinetry, thus raising the cabinet level slightly. Then, there is the matter of a little deviation in thickness between prior vs. new granite. The new countertops are thicker by at least a quarter inch. So, the window can't fit into it's original frame and the new window, well of COURSE that won't be available until mid-June!!! *sigh*
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
In fairness to my hard-working tilers, they are having to take their time since they have to 'float' the new tile over the existing tile, a labor-intensive effort. This process involves something called 'mudding.' Prior to remodeling, I thought mudding had something to do with utility vehicles, winches and lots of beer, but apparently the term applies equally to a gloppy, earth-colored mixture to which tilers afix the stones. Today, nothing is getting mudded, muddied or even muddled. The contractor underestimated how much tile would be required. Cutting the tile wastes some of the stones and so we're waiting for the extras. On the bright side there seems to be an endless supply of...MUD!!! If I were a pig farmer I'd be happier than a pig rolling in... Anyway, the floor is partially covered in tile and I expect it to be completed by the end of the weekend. Suuuuuuey!!!!!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The demolition phase of our kitchen/family room remodel began April 23rd. We left, conveniently, on April 22nd for our friends' beach house at Madeira Beach :D We returned to find a light coating of dust on every surface. The floor has two layers of tile and they've managed to remove the first layer with a jackhammer, but apparently the bottom layer has been permanently fused to the slab (!?) So, the tile guy is supposed to come (3 days ago!!!) to assess whether the new tile can be laid over the existing tile. My favorite part of construction work is being held captive in my own home waiting (and waiting and then waiting some more after having waited through the waiting period...) for the vendors to show up. PTHHTHTHTHT!!! Oh, if you're paying really close attention to the photos you'll notice the previous owners cut the trusses to make room for the AC ductwork!!! Also, notice mold in the pix of the wall...did I mention the previous owner was a CONTRACTOR??????????
Monday, May 2, 2011
Here is my kitchen after emptying everything except the coffee maker. The coffee maker was the last appliance to move to the new 'staging area.' Blessed be the Coffee Makers or something to that effect :D The last area to be wiped off the face of the Earth was the family room. Did I mention how much I hated the white tile??? Oh, and the 'textured' wall effect doesn't thrill me either. It will take someone with a skilled hand using a sand blaster to get that thick coat of plaster evened out.