New Railing

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Yesterday, our new railing was installed. We’re getting the railing installed between the dining room and sunken living room (as shown here), as well as up the stairs (to be completed next week).

New railing

The spindles are from BH Woodturning:

The railing is not bamboo, but was stained to match as closely as possible. You’ll see how closely when we take some higher resolution images. ;)

Renovations Day 6

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Today is Day 7 of the renovations, but here are some pictures from the progress made up until last night:

These are just photos from my iPhone, so I’ll upload better quality shots when everything’s all done.

Today they are going to finish the majority of the flooring, leaving only the stairs and finishing work. Progress! Still, we’re looking at a few more days of mess and chaos.

Renovation Progress – Day 5

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It’s day 5 of the major renovation of our floor. As I mentioned in my previous post, we hit a few snags in the demolition process. We ended up having to re-build the majority of the stairs and to grind down the concrete of the entrance. The whole process of demolition, plus these details, set us back a full day in the process. Today they began laying down the bamboo floor in the living room and part of the dining room:

Renovation in Progress

Our house is a dusty mess right now. But it’s great to feel that things are happening. I love love love the new stairs! I hated the design of the previous ones – though they flowed nicely, the sharp edge was just an accident waiting to happen. Here’s a before / after (well, so far).

Before PhotosRenovation in Progress

The stairs were also not to code because the railing had been removed, so that will go in later next week. But now that whole corner has much more room – it was essentially un-usable before.

The full renovation photo set can be found here.

Renovations In Progress

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The renovation has begun! Over the weekend Ianiv stripped our fireplace of its brick facade and packed away all our furniture. And yesterday a crew came in to begin the demolition process.

Within a couple of weeks, the sandstone tile you see in the photos will be replaced with bamboo! As you can see from the left photo, it was sadly in need of removal. Just sucks up all the dirt!

Already the process has been labor intensive. Yesterday, two people spent the entire day removing the tile from 4 stairs, part of the entry area, and the kitchen. It didn’t take long to find issues though! The entry is concrete, not subfloor like we thought. And the stairs were built up using the wrong materials. So we’ll need to strip things and replace them, with our costs going up of course. It hasn’t been mentioned yet, but I think we’ll have to replace the subfloor below the tiles too. The jackhammer is just chewing it up.

So, the process has begun and I’m already looking forward to the end! Our cats are locked up for the duration of the demolition. During the day they stay in my office, and at night in our bedroom. They’re a little stir crazy already, but dealing better than expected.

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