Just a quickie on Lap Boards

23Jan15 – Steve was a trooper, once again.  He worked on putting up the lapboards ’til after 8pm last night.  Today is cold, foggy, rainy – no chance to continue outside….

Passed our shower pan inspection today!  Now the tilers can tile the shower floors and walls starting Monday!


Outside tile work in January, shower floors, and Insta Hot

20Jan15 – We are being blessed with Spring weather in the middle of January – low 60’s and sunny.  Continuing outside with the main deck tiling while we can.

Also, water proofing the master shower and a fun trip for me into town to Tyson’s furniture to pick out fabric for the sofa & love seat we picked out in December.

Tomorrow Steve and I are getting as much of the last lapboard up on the east side of the house, now that the tile is done there.  Hoping to get most of it done.  We’ll see….

Update:  22Jan15.  Our electricians, Walt & Darlene are here today to finish up the electrical in the kitchen cabinets and island.  I have added an Instant-Hot to my list of appliances since their last visit, totally unaware it needs a “dedicated circuit”.  So take a look at the last pics to see what Steve and Walt & Darlene are doing in the kitchen while I just close my eyes to the kitchen, come to my computer and say thank you, thank you that I will actually have Instant boiling water whenever I need it.

So, we’ve only gotten 3 lapboards up so far…..

Kitchen cabinet ‘carasses’ are here!

26Jan15 – Glenn, our cabinet maker, left at 3am from his new shop in VA in freezing rain to get here by noon to deliver our kitchen cabinet ‘carcasses’ as they’re called.  I call them the bones of my cabinets.  What an exciting 2 days to watch it all take shape.


Bath #2 tile design looking super!

13Jan15 – Cold and gloomy out on the mountain for the next couple of days.  We’re glad to be working inside!

Glenn is scheduled to bring some of the cabinets tomorrow…..So not wanting to get excited, yet.

Now, for the life of me, I can’t get the photos below to show in the correct order in the large size.  Feel free to use your imagination!


More tile floor details and a hike up our back yard…

06Jan15 – What a beautiful day on the mountain.  Cold, but so very sunny and bright.

More labors-of-love today as we move ahead with the tile work.  It’s well worth the sore back and worn out thumbs and chipped finger nails and…..

Happy New 2015!

05Jan15 – Happy New Year!  This is the year we plan on moving into our Maple Forest Cottage.  That doesn’t mean it will be completely finished, but we’ll have our C.O. meaning working kitchen and bathrooms, etc.  We’re projecting Spring, I’m going to play it safe and make a guesstimate of May 27th.  Only time will tell.

This weekend we cleaned out our Outside Storage Central,  aka The Back Porch.  We threw away what is no longer needed and gave away some lumber to our tiler, Lewis.  He’s going to finish his kids tree house with it.  We put down a temporary floor that has no holes in it – the porch will be one of the last places we’ll focus our time and attention on – don’t need it to get our C.O.

Steve & I spent a good few hours yesterday setting the rest of the tile pattern for the master bathroom.  Popping 1″ hex tiles and replacing them with Ming green tiles to finish the “flower” border and taping them together with packing tape .  Mark & Lewis will move up there next and actually lay/secure the tile.  Steve has done such a wonderful job – we are only a bit out of plumb (I don’t dare say how much) and luckily it isn’t even noticeable.  Phew!  Not willing to re-do a whole mosaic tile floor.

So, we’re still focusing on tile – it’s so exciting to see ‘nearly finished’ floors in the house! We’re moving the tile guys around so that we’ll have all the necessary tile in place & grouted for when a lot of our cabinets will be delivered later this week – so cool.  I might even move some of my kitchen “stuff” that I’m storing in the garage into the door-less kitchen cabinets just because I’ve been waiting for so long….


Tiling progress at the end of 2014

31Dec14 – Christmas Holidays were spent up in New England with our kids & grand kids – really nice visit with them all.  ;- )

Not much was done during Christmas week as expected.  We’re continuing to work on floor tiling as Glenn, our cabinet maker, should be here next week with a lot of our cabinets to install!!  Now that is going to make such a difference….

Happy New Year everyone – Wishing you peace, happiness, and the fulfillment of the dreams you hold most dear.

Taking advantage of a warm Dec. Sunday…

14Dec14 – We have some nice subs.  Both the stone masons and the tilers came on a Sunday to take advantage of a sunny, warm, 62 degree day to get some outside work done.

Another super weather day tomorrow – yeah!  Get to have more work done outside!

Steve finished up the electrical work to connect the thermostats to the warmboard/radiant heating.  What a project – it’s amazing to me how much he knows.

We found a great site on-line to order our plumbing fixtures – 15% off competitive prices, ( 10% off, an additional 5% off if you sign up for their emails) no tax, and free shipping.  Such a deal!  And the main order came in two days, the back-ordered items arrived within 5 days.  Check it out:  Plumbing Depot

Photos from Steve’s phone….and mosaic tile hexes

06Dec14 – I’ve been taking photos with Steve’s phone and forgot to post them – just a little catch up.

We’ve begun the mosaic tile floor in the Master bath.  It’s coming out so pretty!! We’re using Grecian White Marble 1″ hex tile and then embellishing it with Ming Green Marble “flowers” as a border around the room – very similar to what they did in the original Maple Forest Cottage.  This means popping out the appropriate individual white hexes and replacing them with individual ming hexes – it took all four of us all morning yesterday to get about one third of the floor measured & organized on the bedroom floor first.  We then clear taped all the flower sections (so they wouldn’t fall out) and then moved the pattern one 12″ sheet at a time into the bathroom.  A bit labor intensive, but it felt like being at Summer Camp in Arts & Crafts class.

More like an OCD very ‘special’ class…..

More Floors….

04Dec14 – We’re continuing to focus on floors for awhile.  So great to cover over all the green & orange striped warm board!

Finally bit the bullet and went to the doctor this week.  Darn close to pneumonia:  oops.  Even as much as a naturalist as I am, I am very grateful for Western medicine when needed.  I’m feeling a lot better already!

The tilers started the main deck tile this week and will continue on it whenever the weather is warm enough.  They have tiled & are now grouting bath #2’s floor.  Came out good.  Then Steve & I realized that the same tile won’t work for smaller bath #3 as planned (too dark, too busy).  So I spent a good part of yesterday getting tile substitutes all over Asheville (each in the 60 or so square feet that’s needed),  lugging them home, carrying them up the stairs,  only to decide Steve was right that none of them worked.  That kind’a put a damper on my day.  Back to the drawing board….  I finally found a wonderful substitution on-line at 6am this morning, but the tiles won’t get here for a week.  Oh well, re-group – on to the Master bathroom instead!

Here’s what’s been going on this past week: (somethings wrong with all the photos posting in large format – just click each small photo and you’ll get them all)