Saturday, April 9, 2011

70's Bungalow: Progress 2

The tile work is almost finished and the hardwood has just started to be installed.  The finish carpenter is on site prepping doors and getting ready to install the base mouldings and door casings.  And the custom kitchen cabinetry arrives this week for installation,,,,,,I'm sooooo excited to see it!!!   I stopped by the job site earlier today to drop some more paint samples off for the Master Bedroom and was thrilled with the progress since I was there earlier in the week and since my last progress post.   The travertine tile has gone up on the Living Room fireplace wall and I LOOOOOVE it (above photo).

The guest bathroom tile is just about ready to be grouted, they have to just finish off adding a Caesarstone jamb around the inside of the window, you can see a small piece of it on the window sill now that the tiler was using as a spacer.  The grid line effect will disappear once the grout is applied.

You can just see a glimpse of the honed travertine floor tile.

Honed calacatta floor tiles in the master ensuite and paint draw downs on the wall.  Wall tile goes up on Monday (where you see the black backer board).  You can check out the design sketches and finish boards for the bathrooms here.

The powder room has polished calacatta floor tiles and I can tell you the wall paint, is NOT going to be the bottom sample : ).

The natural walnut floors were installed in the kitchen and family room yesterday, here's a look at the range wall which is ready for the cabinets and appliances.  I love how the space is flooded with daylight.  For over six months now I've had a clear vision of what this kitchen will look like when its complete but if you want a 'sneak peek' you can check out the kitchen design plans here.

A view into the kitchen from the family room.  If you look close you can see a couple of paint draw downs on the left wall inside the kitchen,,,and I'm happy to say the perfect shade of white has been selected (we'll be painting all the main living areas and hallways white).  Although I have to say, the primer the painter used on this job is the nicest colour of white primer I've ever seen, I would be perfectly happy with that as the wall colour it was really that good - I'll definitely be getting the name of it.

Another view into the kitchen from the family room at the back of the house, I love how you can see the Living room's travertine fireplace in background.

Details make the difference.

My favorite thing on the entire project,,,,are these walnut veneer doors.  They arrived earlier this week and the wood veneer is simply stunning!!!!  Even now in their unfinished state you can see the sheer beauty of the walnut grain, its like a work of art.   This character and depth of colour will be accentuated even more when the clear top coats are applied.  What you're seeing here is only the top half of the door, there's four doors altogether, bookmatched, and they'll be hung in pairs on the two closets in the front hall.

Stay tuned for lots more progress updates in the days and weeks ahead.

All Photos:   Carol Reed


  1. Ooh! This is getting exciting ~ sometimes I think this stage is the most exhilarating for the designer, the bit just before the end, when it all comes together.

    The walnut doors and the timber floors are nothing short of stunning.

    Interesting that what you call a "draw down" we call a "brush out" in Australia. Which is hilarious because together they are "down and out"!!! This place is anything but!

    Keep posting the happy snaps Carol! Loving them.

  2. Great Choices, Carol!
    I love the look of Guest bathroom tiling already! I think stacking the tiles already makes it look contemporary. Do you mind if I ask what tiles have you used on the walls and on the front of the tub? Also where is this bath-tub from, is the tub drop-in style or is it a regular tub? How do you put tiles on the front of the tub ? Sorry, I have so many questions but I am now following you like a little baby and learning from your every single post!
    Hope you would get the time to answer my questions along this journey.

  3. Hi Amy, There's a large crew of professional trades building this interior so I can't give you the step by step DIY instructions on installing the tub or finishing the front panel,,,but when you specify this type of tub with a tiled panel the framer (rough carpenter) will prep it for the tiler with the proper backing and ensure the clearances are accurate. The tub model is avail for drop in or alcove installation meaning it comes with flanges for the three sides. The tile is from Olympia, they're individual tiles (not sheets) so its a bit more labour intensive to install - an experienced tiler will ensure each row is kept level (the tiler's eyes went a little crazy from staring at this all day!). Thanks for following!

  4. Virginia its the most exciting part isn't it!!! I like the term 'brush out' makes a bit more sense. I think draw down comes from commercial painting, when I did commercial design the painter's supplier actually did the draw downs on white cardboard and couriered them to the designer's office. They were neither rolled nor brushed, the paint was poured onto the cardboard then tilted so it ran down and covered the board. Not how we do samples on site but for some reason the term draw down is still used?

  5. Looking cool! Show us more....progress!


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