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      01-03-2020, 05:15 PM   #639
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Finally starting the last phase (side yard hardscape) so i can finally be done with big projects.. pulling the vinyl fence in that wet mulched dirt was a nightmare.. each post was at least 100lbs..

Are you ever really done? I find that by the time I get everything done I want, its time to go back to the start again.........or just move.
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never done but you know what i mean.. at least it will be done as it was initially envisioned to satisfy that OCD.. what happens after that is all up in the air.
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I did a gut and Reno of a fair amount of this old house in the last 8 years. I posted the yard and laundry room a number of pages back, but I figured I would post the basement and mud room I did about 2 years ago, and kitchen and main bath I did a few years before that.

When we purchased the house we knew it needed a lot of work, but itís the best we could afford in the neighbourhood we wanted. It was an almost all original 1967 house, with a condemned deck amongst many other problems.

The decks we did within 4 months due to safety and having a little one.

The next was kitchen and main bath. I donít have a before picks of the main bath but imagine 1967, with an 80ís update using 24x12x3/4Ē dark green floor tiles on the floor.......but also the tub walls. When we pulled all that tile, and the kitchen slate floor that was installed sometime in the late 90ís, none of the doors on the upper floor would close anymore. Lol. No biggie as I replaced all the doors anyways, but funny.

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Kitchen before. The cabinets are original built in place, but painted.



Gutted it. Moved the door to the deck to where the sink was.



Kid helping during cleanup



Cabinets going in. I had a buddy who does this for a living, hang them for me.



Before and after. Still needed to paint the French door. The cabinets are alder doors with maple boxes. Drawers are the same maple. Counters are quartz.


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The basement and mud room was originally unfinished, but sometime in the 70ís I believe, an owner lined the walls with cedar siding. The ceiling was commercial ceiling tile drop ceiling, and the floor a mix of vinyl and carpet.
The mud room had a storage bench that took up most of the room so I pulled that right after we moved in so we could hang a wet jacket up at least.

Basement when we bought it



Gutted it and the small mud room. Re insulated. Replaced all wiring, installed pot lights, framed out fireplace, built a mud room bench, wired up the tv/HDMI in the wall .etc.





We spend most our downtime here now.

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Oh and when we moved in, there were two closets in the master bedroom. Since one backed on to the main bath, and I where a company supplied uniform M-F so not a lot of clothes, I ripped out that closet and put a small powder room in there instead.
Also because................I am a plumber and can. Lol.

Small room, cut wall and locate wet vent. Cut in a branch for the basin. Tiled, wainscot the walls. And finishing with mirrors and pedestal sink.








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Here's the big beam in the living room, complete with the furring strips still attached. Two walls (and the ceiling) still need to be painted after the crown was pulled down and the drywall repaired. Oh, and the door to the basement is getting replaced with a flat, solid core birch door in the next couple of weeks, too. All the doors and windows need to be re-trimmed with more correct style trim boards. Ugh.
looks like you still need to do the door casing and baseboards
Yep. Door trim is part of the door swap pending. Baseboards will get replaced throughout when the new floor goes in.
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We installed a Sputnik style lamp in the dining room. This shows a bit of the T&G ceiling and exposed beams.

Love it! So jealous of your ceilings...
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Love the chair!

Interesting cut out in the door!

Not sure how I feel about the three [filter] hanging on the wall.


Thanks!

Yeah, quick and dirty cat door. Didn't bother trimming it out since the door is being replaced.

The yarn art is the wifey's choice, in fairness they look better in person than in the picture.
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      01-03-2020, 06:25 PM   #647
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Ooooo, it's going to look so good! You guys have all the MCM furniture and trimmings. I half way expect to see a shot of Don Draper lounging in your living-room with a glass of Scotch.
Ha! Thanks, man. I appreciate that very much. The coffee table (Lane Acclaim), teak nesting tables between the couch and chair, and the teak secretary (used as a liquor cabinet) are all vintage pieces.

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You have my chair you lucky SOB! I've been lusting over an Eames recliner for about 30 years. Is it the real deal or a knock-off? I met a woman at a party this past summer who works for a company that designs all of Amazon's interior spaces in Seattle. She can get the real deal Herman Miller version (black leather with walnut, of course) at cost. She offered to hook me up. It's still $4k. I just...can't...do...it... I found a knockoff on amazon that is advertised as full grain Italian leather. $1500. Before I could move on it, it disappeared. Damn.
Yep, real Eames lounger. New production, though, not vintage. The new ones can be had in a "tall" option. At 6'4", I don't fit the vintage ones very well. We got ours from the Design Within Reach store in Charlotte, NC - they have a once a year 25% off sale. It's a hefty investment, but totally worth it, IMO. Ours was a bit more than $4K, even at 25% off.



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Interested in the story there. Cat door? How do you keep it off that beautiful chair?!
Yes, cat door and we keep him off it with much anxiety and worry.
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Ooooo, it's going to look so good! You guys have all the MCM furniture and trimmings. I half way expect to see a shot of Don Draper lounging in your living-room with a glass of Scotch.

You have my chair you lucky SOB! I've been lusting over an Eames recliner for about 30 years. Is it the real deal or a knock-off? I met a woman at a party this past summer who works for a company that designs all of Amazon's interior spaces in Seattle. She can get the real deal Herman Miller version (black leather with walnut, of course) at cost. She offered to hook me up. It's still $4k. I just...can't...do...it... I found a knockoff on amazon that is advertised as full grain Italian leather. $1500. Before I could move on it, it disappeared. Damn.



Interested in the story there. Cat door? How do you keep it off that beautiful chair?!
Oh, and I just found out there is a Herman Miller outlet about 80 miles from us. That might spell trouble, though I think it's more office stuff than home stuff. We shall see.
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Sorry, I didn't take a before pic, we live in an old home in the historic district of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. We've had the house for 5 years and have been doing the rooms one at a time. This is a small bathroom, probably the original as we have two other ensuite's now. This is tiny, 6'x6' with 9 foot ceilings. So I put shiplap on the walls and some rustic shelves up, new fixture on the bathtub, with a new sink and sink on a small kitchen cart we had in a previous house to replace the pedestal sink that was there before and a fresh coat of paint. A big improvement IMHO.
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all projects on hold until March.
Speaking of spring - we're planning on a small platform deck off the back door. You have any thoughts on brands of composite decking?
We used azek decking for our project (posted on this thread somewhere a few pages back!) but love the stuff. Very solid and super easy on maintenance. Use their plug fill system and zero screw holes which gives it a nice finished look. Pm me if you want more pics I know some are on here from a while back.
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This is tiny, 6'x6' with 9 foot ceilings.
Tiny?! Wait till you see what I've been working with. 8'x4'! We jokingly call it our "airplane bathroom." Will post up some pics soon. Just wrapping up the final coat on the vanity I built.

Love the tile you have on the floor! Did you do it or is it original? Wood paneling looks great. Cozy cabin kind of feel. Nice for those cold winters up there.
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Sorry, I didn't take a before pic, we live in an old home in the historic district of Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. We've had the house for 5 years and have been doing the rooms one at a time. This is a small bathroom, probably the original as we have two other ensuite's now. This is tiny, 6'x6' with 9 foot ceilings. So I put shiplap on the walls and some rustic shelves up, new fixture on the bathtub, with a new sink and sink on a small kitchen cart we had in a previous house to replace the pedestal sink that was there before and a fresh coat of paint. A big improvement IMHO.
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Tiny?! Wait till you see what I've been working with. 8'x4'! We jokingly call it our "airplane bathroom." Will post up some pics soon. Just wrapping up the final coat on the vanity I built.

Love the tile you have on the floor! Did you do it or is it original? Wood paneling looks great. Cozy cabin kind of feel. Nice for those cold winters up there.
Original tile, I didn't want to change it for something that might have worked better with the wood.
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Comfortable seating is worth every penny.

Ask my wife, she just bought the cloud couch from Restoration Hardware.

I just can't wait for the plumber to finish installing the toto/washlet in the master bath today. I need to have taco bell for dinner to really see what this washlet is all about.
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Finally finished our remodel of the world's smallest 3/4 bath. Just 32 sqft. A real challenge for 2 people to work in there together and not kill each-other. Did all the work ourselves including building the vanity and milling our own base molding from some mahogany that we salvaged from elsewhere in the house. The only thing we had professionally done was loading up the truck with the demolition debris and hauling it away to the dump!

Had to buy a wide angle lens attachment for my iPhone to get better shots of the "after" results. Wishing I had it earlier for the "before". You cant really tell from the before photos but the ceiling of the old shower was dropped a foot. Made it like a little pink tile cave in there. Terrible. We did manage to recondition and save the original 1965 light above the vanity, the light in the shower, and the wash towel holder to the left of the mirror.






















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Great job! Wallpaper is not my taste, but it all looks great!
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[QUOTE=ToddBlack88;25644208]Great job! Wallpaper is not my taste, but it all looks great![/QUOT]

Ha! Don't hate on my Dr. Seuss on mushrooms wallpaper. Yeah, it was admittedly a bold choice but whatever, we will love it and whomever buys the house form us can rip it out on day 1 if they want.
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No, I think it all works together quite well
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Finally finished our remodel of the world's smallest 3/4 bath. Just 32 sqft. A real challenge for 2 people to work in there together and not kill each-other. Did all the work ourselves including building the vanity and milling our own base molding from some mahogany that we salvaged from elsewhere in the house. The only thing we had professionally done was loading up the truck with the demolition debris and hauling it away to the dump!

Had to buy a wide angle lens attachment for my iPhone to get better shots of the "after" results. Wishing I had it earlier for the "before". You cant really tell from the before photos but the ceiling of the old shower was dropped a foot. Made it like a little pink tile cave in there. Terrible. We did manage to recondition and save the original 1965 light above the vanity, the light in the shower, and the wash towel holder to the left of the mirror.

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Great work!

Both bathrooms we have are on the list, too, with the master getting a small extension so we can actually fit a dual sink vanity in there.

I like the wallpaper - we're going with terrazzo tiles and a wallpaper feature wall in our guest bath.

We're actually going to be putting pink (not Pepto, more grapefruit) back into our master. Inspiration was from the Eichler Palms master bath:
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Great job! Wallpaper is not my taste, but it all looks great![/QUOT]

Ha! Don't hate on my Dr. Seuss on mushrooms wallpaper. Yeah, it was admittedly a bold choice but whatever, we will love it and whomever buys the house form us can rip it out on day 1 if they want.
My wife and I have been together for 15 years and owned 5 houses. I don't mind renovating but hate moving, the last house I refused to put the quarter round down in the kitchen and a few other finishing touches for over a year because I knew as soon as I did she'd want to sell and move. The newest house I've ever lived in was about 70 years old, the rest have all been over 100. We live in a historic town (Niagara on the Lake), right next to the Niagara River, I can see Fort Niagara in Youngstown New York from my front porch. We love it here and I'd really like to stay. Property values have doubled in the last 5 years since we bought, I'm hoping my wife doesn't lose her mind again.
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