Finally... an overdue update! Things have been very crazy- I was away for work/vacation in the beginning of May, and since then have spent every evening and weekend working on the house, with the exception of 5 or so nights off. We've gotten a lot done, but there is still more left to do!
Some highlights from the past couple of months:
-stairs were rebuilt to be wider and more structurally sound
-subfloors on the main level were laid
-drywalling and ceilings are completely finished
-electrical is done (new fixtures installed, all plugs/switches changed out)
-wall painting is done except for a few touch ups here and there
- 2/3 bathrooms have been tiled
-new garage door and new back door installed
-2 rooms have hardwood!
The two biggest issues I have come across so far were the hardwood and the front door. I had to special order a new front door and sidelight, only to discover that it was too large (by 2 inches) once it was delivered. I was then told that it is impossible to order a door in the size I need (I checked with multiple companies), and it is also impossible to expand my door frame based on it's positioning at the front of the house. So, the door was returned. I am going to wait on a front door until I redo the exterior of the house, and then do a nice front door with no sidelight.
The hardwood has been a huge headache. Originally I had planned on doing chocolate stained maple floors throughout the whole house. When the hardwood was delivered, I discovered that the floorboards did not match the stair nosings... they looked horrible. I spoke with a couple of different stores and was told that it was impossible to match wood with nosings for pre-finished wood. In the end, I decided to go with light maple with a dark wood border on the main floor, and just light maple on the 2nd floor. The kitchen is now going to be black and white tile instead of hardwood
The rebuilt stairs:
Family room- I painted the fireplace black:
I LOVE my new light fixture in the foyer (and can't wait to replace the stained lace curtains in the window, lol):
I am loving the floors, chandelier, and the fireplace - you have amazing taste! everything looks so great. :)
Thank you Sprigged!
Originally Posted by ecmf
looking great so far. how do you get the dark wood boarder?? i love it
Thanks! I decided I wanted two rows of light wood (7 inches) and then the border. We measured out the border at the top of the room and held it in place with small pieces of wood screwed into the floor, and then put the light pieces in front of it. There is a lot of measuring and ripping out already installed pieces at the beginning to make sure the corners are tight and the wood is running perfectly parallel across the floor so that the back of the room ends up even. It's taken about 2 days each to do the dining room and family room... so more time consuming but worth it!
Originally Posted by Chi town Chanel
The floor looks really fabulous. Great improvements!