Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Demo Work!

Well, the contractors have been working for over a week on demolishing the downstairs (and they've been doing a GREAT job!). They had a guy come in with a jack hammer and tear up all of the concrete so that they could lay down the new plumbing for the 2nd master bath.

Yesterday we had the plumbing inspection (yes, we are playing 100% by the book, which is VERY difficult in a county whose laws are so ridiculous that most people don't even bother anymore), and they framed out the walls for our master closet and...drum roll, please...WALK-IN WINE CELLAR! Can you tell I am excited?? Ryan and I have memberships to several wonderful vineyards throughout the valley, including an Inner Circle membership to Troon, so needless to say: we generally have a lot of wine on hand at any given moment. And let me just say that I can't wait until the remodeling is done and the house is organized, so that Ryan and I can throw a fabulous Grand Opening Celebration (and use up some of that wine!).

They should be pouring concrete over the new plumbing any day now, and then creating our master bath (which means I have to get serious about tile colors...I hate going into the tile stores - it's like sensory overload!!). We bought ALL of our interior doors (for the entire house) from an antique salvage shop in Medford. All of the hardware we managed to score either off of craigslist (where for $40 we snagged four sets of antique door hardware from a 1910 San Fran mansion!) or from that salvage shop. For our m
aster bath vanity, we purchased (again, off of craigslist) a small antique oak dresser - which we are converting to fit sink plumbing - and a white porcelain with blue china pattern vessel sink and bronze wall-mounted lavatory faucet. We have a refinished antique clawfoot tub (another craigslist score) that we are centering under the window, and there will also be a walk-in shower in the master bath.

I am so excited for everything! It will be great to see the before and after (and don't worry - I am taking lots of pictures). Next, they will be gutting the kitchen...

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