Plumbing and Tile Work

Thanks to our loving family we got a lot of work done last weekend. So much work that I’ve been too exhausted to even post anything! Leon’s dad got us a lawn mower so Leon mowed the backyard. That made a HUGE difference in the overall feel of the backyard area. I took hedge trimmers to the things growing around the fountain. Check out the difference:

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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I bought a skimmer from the pet store (it’s intended for an aquarium) and shock and started the cleaning process.

We rented a huge dumpster from the town for all of our trash. It’s a good thing too, because its almost full! You don’t realize how much trash you have until you have to haul it into a gigantic dumpster! 1680 square feet of carpet and carpet padding, a dishwasher, cut down trees, baseboards, tack strips, 300 sqft of broken tile, linoleum…. that’s just half of it.

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Someone has been trolling our dumpster because things have started disappearing from it. (Who in their right mind would want that disgusting dishwasher?!??) But we don’t mind because we pay by the ton for disposal so the more people take, the cheaper it will be for us!

Leon’s dad and brother installed the new back door this weekend. I love it.

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Karen is a master at tiling so we asked her to help us tile the bathrooms and laundry rooms that were previously laminate.

Before Karen could get to work Noel had to tear up all the old laminate flooring.

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When we bought the house, the previous owners left piles and piles of unused tiles in the shed. We had enough of the 16″ x 16″ tiles to do the guest bathroom. Karen did an amazing job.

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Here she is hard at work with the wet saw… I was too scared to do this part… I used it once and kept thinking of my dad’s friend who recently lost a few fingers to a table saw. :: shudder ::

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She even taught me how to do it!

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And here I am grouting the master bathroom..

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She was supervising me….

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Finished product:

Laundry Room –

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Guest Bathroom  –

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Master Bathroom –

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I just LOVE the transition Karen created into the master bathroom water closet.

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Noel and Leon worked on the plumbing too. We had a leak under the kitchen sink and the bathroom toilet that needed to be repaired and also a few leaks in the irrigation line. The previous owners had a reverse osmosis machine under the kitchen sink and the weight of that mixed with the water from the leak resulted in the bottom of that cabinet to cave in so they removed the reverse osmosis and removed the bottom of the cabinets. We are going to replace that piece of wood (the “floor” of the cabinet) with a new piece of plywood that I will coat with water and mold resistant paint. Here is Noel under the kitchen sink…

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Leon is working on replacing the toilet valve in the master bathroom water closet…

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Henry and my dad teamed up to replace the hideous gold wobbly fan in the living room with this beauty –

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MUCH BETTER!

Noel and Leon were trying to put the door back on the bathroom but they couldn’t figure out which door was the right one. They tried a few before they found the door that fit. We were giggling.

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Here are the men hard at work under the kitchen sink;…

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We are so grateful that Noel and Karen spent their weekend helping us out. We go so much done! Thank you guys! We had a blast working on the house together.

If you are being observant you may be wondering, “What were Sarah and her mom doing this whole time… there are no pictures of them.” Well we were being silly:

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And we were working on one of my most favorite projects for the new house. My cabinets!!!

This post is already a bit picture heavy so check out the next post for step by step pictures of my CABINET TRANSFORMATION!

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One thought on “Plumbing and Tile Work

  1. I just love reading your blog! It makes me want to do some home reno! Thanks!

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