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Old 10-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #46
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We gave up on site finished floors many years ago.
Only install prefinished, lay them and walk on the same day, more layers of finish then a site finish, and no smell or drying time.

I can't stand the look of the seams on prefinished. Other than that, you're right, way easier.

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:43 PM   #47
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Place looks great so far, why did you decide to do plastering? Stay true to the period?
Nothing looks better than a smooth plastered wall. You just can't get that with sheet rock, it always will have that commercial feel to it. Plastering is an art form and has proven it can stand up to the test of time (the plaster in this house is 90 years old and still going strong where we left it).
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Fantastic work!

I'm looking forward to more pictures as the project progresses.

Excellent!
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It looks beautiful. I had my dining and living room refinished and it looks really nice. The age of the red oak strip is so beautiful. Nothing beats saving old flooring when you can.
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October 27th, 2012 - Time to get all the misc. stuff done. Little of tiling, little bit of flooring, some painting, etc.

One of the more disappointing things in our home was on the second floor the previous owners covered the beautiful heart pine (maybe fir?) floors with a really cheap 3/8 white oak flooring made by Bruce. Bruce stopping making this from what I can research in the 40's, and for good reason. It's garbage. Had we sanded it, nails would have been sticking up everywhere. We made a late game decision to tear it up and see what's underneath, WOW I'm glad we did! I can't wait to get the floor sanded and refinished, the wide 3 1/4 boards are nothing short of awesome and should look amazing once it's sanded and poly'd. It was a brutal task to tear it up then pull up each individual nail, but it will be awesome.





Then we decided to prime one of the spare bedrooms, it was totally complete since we didn't renovate it other than electrical and heat/AC.

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My carpenter has been busy doing all the trim. When you buy trim for an entire house, holy moly is it expensive! Each windows consists of 7 different pieces of trim.





That's it for now. I'm going to finish tiling the tub surround today (my first attempt to tile), and then hopefully repair and sand the bedroom floor. Pictures to follow later.
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That floor will be absolutely beautiful. When I installed the old heart pine floor I would have the finishers hand scrape the joints so the flooring would have a slight curved look and it really looked like it had been there all the years.

Not being critical of the trim work at all, but if it were mine I would have plinth blocks installed, to me it just looks incomplete without them.
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That floor will be absolutely beautiful. When I installed the old heart pine floor I would have the finishers hand scrape the joints so the flooring would have a slight curved look and it really looked like it had been there all the years.

Not being critical of the trim work at all, but if it were mine I would have plinth blocks installed, to me it just looks incomplete without them.
Good eye Jim. Funny you mentioned about the plinth blocks. The rest of the house was actually built without them, so we continued the trend. Believe it or not, the rest of the house where the old woodwork is, it looks REALLY good without them having the big 1x6 basement against them.
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October 28th, 2012 - Amateur hour in bathroom #1 learning how to tile. This was my first real on my own tile job. I had some direction from my old man, but I laid each tile on this tub surround. There definitely some cleaning of mortar around the accent tiles that needs to happen, but nothing a little vinegar won't take care of. Here's the finished job:











While I did that, my wife worked on one of the railings down stairs that would have been difficult to sand one they started putting in the kitchen tomorrow:

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It should be noted that at one time, the stairs themselves were BRIGHT red, and the railing was BRIGHT blue. That must have been interesting!

Also had our outside light put up:

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October 29th, 2012 - Hurricane Sandy - Being 7 houses from the ocean, we had some concerns, but the house faired well. The kitchen started getting installed today (totally custom) and I managed to get the tile grouted. Here's the kitchen pics for now, tile to come later.









Tile I installed over the weekend all grouted:


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November 1st, 2012 - More kitchen progress. The kitchen is finally coming together with the drawers, doors, and hardware being installed. The hood was installed, what a beast that was as the instructions were no where near what actually needed to be done to install it. I also started prepping the master bedroom floor to be sanded on Saturday, so I'll have pictures for that after Saturday. Here's the kitchen for now.







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I like the idea that those cabinets are very much in keeping with the design of the house itself. Good thinking.
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I like the idea that those cabinets are very much in keeping with the design of the house itself. Good thinking.
I agree!

This whole project has been fantastic to follow.
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Lots of updates to come this week, been too busy working to take pictures. Getting real close to move in day. Stay tuned for tomorrow's update!
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November 5th, 2012 - A sneak peak of this past weekend. Well, sincewe finished ripping off all the old 3/8th white oak flooring and pulled every nail, it was time to rent the sander at Home Depot and sand the old fir (we don't think it's heart pine anymore) floor. We made 3 patches, 2 over by the old closets where the radiators used to come through the floor (we salvaged the wood from the old closet that we're closing in), and one noticeable one down the middle. While the transition strip is certainly noticeable, we like it. Our bed will cover most of it and the rest acts as an accent. The old floor really cleaned up nice. Our cabinet maker/carpenter also started putting in all the sliding drawers in the kitchen, as well as doors, knobs, etc.

Then we hit amateur hour with the tile by the entryway. A couple bad cuts and we ended up short a slate tile. No worries, the person I got them from has 2 more so we'll get that fixed today and then grouted tomorrow. Trim and electrical should be all done by the end of the week and I'm going to have a busy week patching nail holes, caulking seams, and priming the walls.







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Looking pretty good. Next time you will know that you can stain any light wood to get a closer match.

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