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Old 04-18-2016, 11:59 AM   #61
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Very nice job, looks great. Rest well and recover soon so you can get on with your projects. Thanks for the update, we appreciate it.
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One more kitchen picture. This is our spice drawer. It holds 100 jars! We're still working on organizing and labeling it.



On to some more construction details. The angled window returns were my own idea. I then wanted to figure out how to construct the window sills. One problem is the exposed concrete core. With all of the other insulation in the house, it bugged me. Once I framed it in, I fitted a piece of 2" foam to cover it. I shot foam around the foam for a good fit, and then capped it with the window sill.







Next up is the flooring. I tried to get a final inspection without it, but the local regulations require finished flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms before issuing a Certificate of Occupancy, a very important piece of paper! Since the kitchen was to be the same wood flooring as the rest of the house, I decided to do all of the floors and get them over with. First up was the little powder room. I decided to do a mosaic, and had to figure out how to get and keep everything straight. I made a plywood template the size of the inner field and screwed it in place. Then, I could do the accent tile around it and keep everything straight and centered.





The nearly finished product:



On to the main flooring. I got a great deal on some reclaimed pine flooring. It was milled out of massive timbers from a local textile mill, built in 1896. It has a lot of character with scars, bolt holes, nail holes, and great patina that comes with age. I had quite a trailer load.



I moved it into the house to acclimate. I later stacked it on spacers to let it breathe better.



I had to do a fair amount of grinding on the floor to get it even. The Advantech decking was exposed to weather and water for a period of months. It held up pretty well, but there was enough edge swelling to interfere with the flooring.



Next week, we'll see how it came out!
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:16 PM   #63
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We hope you are mending well. The flooring looks great, are you going to hand scrap the joints? It all looks fantastic.
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That kitchen is beyond amazing. WOW!
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Did anyone else have trouble opening the pictures in post #62? I could only view one of them.

The one I see is the tile job on the bathroom floor... you did a fabulous job on that tile MushCreek - and the wall behind the toilet too.
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Barb, they all opened for me.
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Running late again! One last picture of the flooring prep- I laid felt paper down before laying the floor. The flooring is tongue and groove, and I bought a cheap flooring nailer to install it. Worked like a champ!



I don't know why, but I didn't take any pictures of the flooring before I put the finish on it. Probably something to do with being tired of living in the basement, and thus being in a hurry! I used Waterlox to seal and finish the floor. Four coats of Original, plus a coat of Satin on top, as we didn't want a high shine. The old wood absorbed the finish like a sponge; the first two coats just disappeared.







In the closets and other areas out of view, I used up some of the poorer wood and short pieces, such as in the broom closet:



I spent a lot of time on the little powder room, which is right off of the foyer. I made my own wainscoting and trim. The little corbel blocks are a copy I made of commercially available ones- that cost $8 each! Mine are made of scraps. The decorative plates hanging on the wall are suspended from picture rail molding which is at 8'. I painted the walls and ceiling the dark red, and with the picture rail, it reduces the height of the room so it doesn't feel so much like an elevator shaft. I made the two little cabinets to match the wainscoting. The wall sconces are antique from the 1920's. The little corner sink is antique as well, but I had to buy an expensive adjustable bridge faucet to fit it. You can barely see it on the far right, but I even put in reproduction old fashioned pushbuttom wall switches for the lights.









The door is antique, and slides barn door-style, using antique rollers I found on ebay. All of the interior doors are antique, from a matching set of ten that I found on craigslist for $100 (all ten, not each!)



More interior shots next time!
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Bravo Mush. Very nice work!!
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Absolutely beautiful workmanship, I love the older antique materials also. You made out like a champ on the doors. Did you strip them yourself?

It all looks perfect.
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Yeah, I stripped them myself- lot of work! I stripped all of them, and painted several. My wife likes the old, rough wood, so three are them are going to stay as-is. I also found matching antique glass door knobs and brass back plates- pictures on the next installation.
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Kind of wrapping it all up now. I need to take some more 'finished' pictures, as the baseboards aren't in yet in these pics.

First up is the foyer, looking in the front door. I created a fake doorway from the foyer to the hall. I have a friend who is a stained glass artist that is making a custom piece to go in the transom. The over head light is from the 1920's, and I re-wired it. At the far end of the picture is my old grandfather clock, circa 1790. It has all wooden gears, and still runs, although I no longer wind it.





This is the antique door handle I got for the rolling powder room door.



The next two pictures are of one of the old doors I refinished, and the antique knobs and backplates. I was able to find enough matching ones to do the whole house. The backplates are solid brass, but we like them in their old patina rather than polished.





Here's a shot from the living room through the house, towards the kitchen as we started furnishing. Almost all of our furniture is antique, from many years of collecting. Nothing fancy; they were all 'bargains'.



Another shot of the dining room. The french doors go out to the deck, and have a nice mountain view in the winter.



Here's the master closet, as yet unfinished. I plan to build in all sorts of storage some day. Big closet- about 8 X 12. You can just see the laundry on the left so it doesn't have to get hauled anywhere.



Here's a shot of our bedroom. Not really finished or decorated yet. It's 12'6" X 16' 6"; plenty big.



Here's another shot from the master bath into the master bedroom. I got the floor tile for 75 cents a square foot from a buddy who decided not to try tiling his own bathroom. The transition from the bathroom to the bedroom is a marble threshold. I carefully matched the flooring heights throughout the house in case either of us winds up in a wheelchair.



I'll try to get some better pictures with the baseboards in soon.
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