Picture update time: Trim

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Here is the start of the baseboard molding

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Picture update time: Copper Countertop

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Here the copper countertop for our bar.

The rough 10'x3' sheet of copper
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The countertop installed
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Picture update time: Kitchen

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Kitchen pictures:

Appliances being delivered.
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Installed Double Oven
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Picture update time: Vanities

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Here are some pictures of the vanities.

Completed 2nd floor vanity, made out of the same bamboo as the stairs.
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Medicine Cabinets installed in the 3rd floor bath.
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Picture update time: Stairs

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Sorry for all the long delays in pictures, here are some stair pictures.

This is the rough bamboo plywood cut and ready to assemble. These were originally 8'x4' sheets
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Sealing the treads with poly. No stain because we wanted the nice natural look.
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First stair installed.
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2nd stair installed.
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1st floor stairs.
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Working on the 2nd floor stairs
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Picture Update Time

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Ok, I have not updated my blog in a while so here come a lot of pictures!

Mostly we have been tiling.

Here are pictures of the 3rd floor master bath. Man did we put a lot of tile in there. (Thanks Kristens family for all the help!)

Looking at the back wall and the tub surround:

Completed back wall/tub surround:

Recessed Medicine Cabinets over the vanity:

Bathroom Entry:

Shower Area:

Finished Shower Area:

Finished Shower Area:

Grouted Area above toilet:

Grouted area above bath tub:

Grouted Shower Area:

Now for some 2nd floor bath pictures.
This is the start of the back wall/tub/shower surround:

Back wall, these are very nice glass subway tiles:

Shower Area (Kristen did not like the blue tiles in there, so they were removed):

Shower Area:

Window in the Shower area:

Finished Shower Area:

Back wall/Shower area:

Kristen Grouting the back wall :)

Cleaning the grout off of the wall:

Completed Back wall:


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We started tiling the 3rd story bathroom this weekend. Our builder is working hard to get the greenboard up so that we can finish tiling. Hopefully it is finished now.


They have also installed most of the windows and doors. Here is a picture of our new french doors on the 3rd floor, leading to the deck.

Moving forward - Updates

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We are moving full steam ahead :)

They have finished framing the basement and 1st floor. They have paved the basement. We got our windows in and they are installing them. They have added the stairs. We have ordered our tile and hardwood floor. We have ordered our cabinets.

All is going at a great pace right now. They are starting on the electrical and hopefully soon the plumbing.

Here are some pictures:

I have completed putting up the old columns, now we just need to finish painting them (hint hint if someone wants to help)

First Floor bathroom.



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It has been a long time since I have updated our status, so here is what has happened.

To start with, we have obtained all of our windows. Well, they have all been ordered and are scheduled to arrive in a few weeks. The major project of this was the French doors. Kristen found a really cheap set of really nice doors on Craigslist, about $3,000 off the original price. The only problem was getting the doors to our house as they were about an hour away. So I borrowed our contractors (C&D) truck.

The first problem, that I guess I was a little naive about, was how much this thing weighted. It is literally about a ton. I mean, we had 3 people and we could not lift this door more than about 8". We had to lift it, put bricks under it, lift it again, ect. until we got it high enough that we could back the truck under it. Then the next problem is that a 10' x 7' door does not really fit in a truck. We had this huge door hanging off the edge and back as I slowly drove home. Kristen had to drive it into the city the next day to drop it off. Everything turned out ok, but I do not think I would do it again.

They also dug out the basement. On inauguration day, I had a group of guys come and dig. They got the floor about 8' down, so when we pave it, we should end up with about 7'6" ceilings.

I also started sanding and finishing the porch columns. I have completed one, and it is up. The other two are rough sanded so I just have to run a quick finish sanding then paint, then put up. Here is a picture of the unfinished column.

Katie has also moved in with us so, we had to clean out the extra bedroom and put all the stuff we have bought in the living room. We got ride of our couch, which helps, but we still have a lot of stuff in there.

And we have finally picked out our kitchen. We even got a deal on the island. It was a floor model. $1,000 less than new cabinets plus it came with the butcher block counter.

Updated House Pictures

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Here are some new pictures from the house. They have completed the 3rd story, completed the roof and completed most of the framing of the 3rd and 2nd story inside.

3rd Story:

3rd Story vaulted ceiling:

2nd Story:


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