Working on something decorative for the house. Obsessed over this element for months and it finally came in from Yelm, Washington today.
My wife has always called this the “hobby house”, but I realized this week it’s really an art project. Take for example this picture. These are deck screws that are used to fasten a 1/2″ plywood overlay on the original floors.
I Took a look at all of the first floor, which is done the same way and they’re all lined up too. When will I learn the color outside of the lines?
OK, the internet is generally a good thing – search is a good thing – sometimes.
I’ll explain later
We left off here with the wall painted and the sconce electric now finished by adding a mud ring to bring the wall boxes out to the wall surface.
Now it’s toilet time. I plumbed the floor closet flange with a stainless steel doodad – use this type if you can instead of the all PVC or stamped steel versions.
Here’s the toilet – it’s a Toto Soirée one piece toilet.I chose this because my wife wanted a one piece unit – and because I made the paneled wall go to the back of the toilet, it reduced the drain center to 11″. A standard toilet needs 12″ from the center of the drain flange to the finished wall – I only had 11″. Oops, another design faux pas.
Toto to the rescue. This toilet uses a doodad that lets you adjust the distance the toilet sits next to the wall. The one that comes with the toilet is for a standard 12″ – but you can buy (for another 65.00) one that makes a 10″ or 14″ rough. So here I’m installing the 10″ rough. I’ve also installed the supply valve and stainless hose.
Then we get up off the floor to install the sconces. These are Restoration Hardware Bistro Sconces. I like these because the arms are adjustable.
Here the sconces, marble window sill, toilet and water supplies for the tub are in.
I had a tile panel made that is removable for access to the plumbing without having to demo the tile to get access. The water supplies screw into the plumbing below the floor. The wall baseboard is also removable to get the tile panel out. Now we need to plumb the bathtub drain.
The PVC pipe goes through the floor into the drain trap. The threaded compression fitting had to be close to the floor so the trim ring would sit flat on the floor.
The window sill is marble and had to be installed before the water supplies. I made a wood template to take to the stone guys and then I installed the sill with silicone. The pipes holding the faucet were pretty stable, but I wanted to make it more secure with some sort of bracket to fasten it to the wall.
That’s where the internet and motorcycle parts come in.
I spent several hours searching for something that might work. Searches for “Pipe Hangers, pipe brackets, tube and/or rod holders and every conceivable search word combination came up with nothing. Nothing in plumbing worked, nothing in electrical, drapery, or closets worked either. So next was marine, auto and then finally motorcycle.
And these popped up.
The criteria was as follows: Chrome and shiny? Check / Split so that they can be installed without disassembling the water supplies? Check / Fit a 1″ OD pipe? Check / Can be attached to the wall? Check. What the heck are they? Handlebar risers for a Harley Davidson. Sure, that will work.
So we make a poplar bracket and recess the back for the bolts.
We paint and finish the bracket to match the wall. Then install the risers.
We attached the bracket to the wall. The tub will hide most of this stuff, but I still wanted them to look pretty.
A little hole filling and touch up and these pipes are staying put. So we’re starting to get to the bling – hang in there.
For many years I have written a newsletter for our art gallery. The first page is always something of a personal note – sharing simple reflections and a gentle nudge for folks to pause and enjoy the life given. I was looking back through past issues and came across this note written after the Tragedy of September 11.
Here is the final history overview of our Gallery. I’ll be posting the details of the new gallery renovation here. After all, this is a renovation blog,
I last left off at a critical time. September 1989 and the city had put a stop order on the building -and rightly so, I might add. My genius contractor didn’t bother with permits and zoning laws. Boy, what a pickle he put me in. So what’s next? I ask the guy in charge of the building commission. You have to have a hearing in front of the board. Great, I said when should I be there? December 21. silence…You mean I have to wait until December 21? What about my holiday shopping season? I need to get the gallery open. silence… Not gonna happen. So to say that 1989 was going to be a bleak year would be an understatement.
I give you exhibit A
And exhibit B
These were the exhibit photos for the hearing. And fortunately for us the vote was 6-1 in our favor. Yeah!…
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Another chapter – and this time with remodeling!
Finally we get to start on some renovations – I’ll repost this entry over at my home renovation blog Adventures in remodeling because this is a major renovation.
My father passed away in 1984, so I helped my mom run the business until 1988 when I purchased the business and land so she could have a well deserved retirement. True to my renovation genes, by July the following year renovations are well underway.
I designed this building a couple of years earlier and it was modeled loosely on a Long John’s Silver restaurant. I’m not certain why I was attracted to that building – but we get inspiration everywhere – good or bad.
There are going to be a lot of mistakes this time. I hired a general contractor for this project for a couple of reasons. The major reason was that I was in a hospital in Houston for…
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Here’s some more old photos – and a little renovation too!
Continuing this little history missive has been pretty interesting. I’m doing it mainly for a record for the family, as I have inherited all of these old photos and negatives. Almost every family has snapshots and vacation photos. What makes it a little more challenging for me is that my dad was a photographer and on many photo shoots he would have extra film left over and would take a couple of photos of the family or the business. So when I would go through an envelope of negatives of a lumber mill I would find a picture of me – like this.
I found some additional shots of the showroom – they sure…
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