Monday, April 21, 2008


Renos Are Coming Along

I have no idea how long we've been having work done to our house. I'm reluctant to look back in the blog to see when it all began. It's probably longer than I think and I don't want to confirm that. It's been dragging on because the guys we've got working on the place are doing this as a sideline to their day jobs, so they're here on the weekends only. The good news is that there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Well...this part of the tunnel, that is.
The ensuite has come a long way these past two weeks. Our tile guy came in the previous weekend and did the majority of the shower tiling, but there were a couple of things that I wasn't crazy about.
This is how it should look. That rust coloured accent tile should wrap around as if the tile were bending around the corners.

This is what we got in one corner:

It's not so much wrapped around as it is a mirror image. I'm afraid the OCD in me wouldn't let me live with that. So we had to have those tiles removed and re-done.
Now that corner looks like this:

Ahhhh....much better.

Then there was the outside corner at the entrance of the shower. Our tile guy did this:

What you're seeing here is those tiles on the left side of the picture extend so that their UNGLAZED edge is flush with the face of the tiles on the right side of the picture. The problem here? Once the grout is on, they're still going to be UNGLAZED edges with little spacer nibs sticking out. It worries me that he didn't seem to see anything wrong with that.
This is what we finally got there:

Now we have a nice finished bullnose edge. Smooth, glazed, finished. Ahhhh.

The next step is to have the primed walls touched up a bit and have them painted, then the floor can go in, the cabinets and toilet can be installed, the lights, counter, sink, faucets,...ok, maybe we're not THAT close to being finished.

Once we're done in there, we can clear out the master bedroom, get our closet done, and paint the room and move in!

While all of this work is going on, the powder room on the main floor is also in a similar state. One day we'll be settled in here.

It used to be that stupid people didn't make it past an apprenticeship in a trade union. Wow. Everything has gone to hell. Good luck with this one. I'd be pissed about the bathroom.

I went out to turn on the outside water for watering some flower beds and found that the union plumber f**cked up the installation of a new outside faucet. The friggen thing is leaking outside AND inside the house. Hell, if I'd wanted a screwed up job I would have done it myself!
And we payed the guy a right good wage for it. Bahh.
So, has your "tile guy" ever actually installed tile before? It really looks like the kind of job I'd end up with if I did it myself, and I've never laid tile.

It's probably a good thing that you didn't hire him to paint the floor of a bedroom. I'm sure he'd start at the door and paint his way into a corner. Oops!
I had to laugh at your corner. Of course, I'm off enough to have liked it. ;-)
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