Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Plumbing - CHECK!

I needed to work from home today, which was pretty lucky, since I was around when Guy the plasterer stopped by, plus the plumber also paid us a visit to finish off the last of the details for the reno-in-law plumbing...

Still need a mirror, medicine cabinet, shower glass, light fixture and finishing paint/silicone touch up. But other than that, it's DONE!

Monday, February 6, 2012


We're actually spending some time on our home! Marc's golfing buddy, Pierre, has been working on building our stairs. And today's the big day that we dismantled the rough temporary stairs that we've been living with for over a year!

We found bamboo stair treads and a nosing for the edge of the stairs at Rona, but we'll need to stain and varnish them to work well with the rest of the flooring. I'm not quite sure what you'd call our style, I call it cozy industrial. Mixing raw steel elements with the warmth of natural materials.

Here's a little slideshow with the work in progress:

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There's still the railings to install, but no idea when that's going to happen! Stay tuned for the final pics (I'm guessing April - will be interesting to see how close my guesstimate is!)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The BIG Catch Up (and Reno-in-law)

I'm not disciplined enough to keep a blog up to date! 2011 was a big year for work work, plus we also took on the demo and reno of Marc's parents apartment. Needless to say, we've not made the progress we'd have liked on our own home. But looking back, we still managed to keep things moving in the right direction. My in-law reno deserves a blog of it's own, as you can see that the extent of the work... Interestingly, in the before pictures, I don't think that the place looks that bad. You'll just have to trust us that the reno was absolutely necessary (and no - that's not parquet flooring that we are in process of replacing - that's plastic sticky faux tiles with parquet printed on them - mmmm, bet you're jealous).

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The posts between May 2011 and January 2012 have been written in retrospect. It gives you an idea of what we've been up to with our free time in our little "just two weeks" project. Enjoy...