We gave ourselves a couple of Christmas presents that would have been very difficult to gift wrap this week. Two major interior completions have put us tantalizingly close to being able to say the house is done. First and most importantly I finally finished the walk-in shower in the master bath. We changed plans on the style, since it had been so long from initial planning, which meant I had to return all the subway tiles (boxes and boxes of them!), and Debra chose the color pattern we had used throughout both bathrooms for continuity in the design. I chose to go with a larger 12X12 format for ease of installation and to give a little contrast to the 6X6 used in the rest of the bathroom. All tile, grout, and sealing have been done and after the appropriate seven day curing process the first use of the shower was on Christmas day. What a feeling! The glass door is not on yet (ordered and not arriving till later in January), so we have a temporary shower curtain being put to use. The other item was the tile back-splash for the kitchen. We had the counter tops installed without integral back-splash because we knew we were going to tile. We just didn't realize at the time it was going to take so darn long. We used a 9X12 base tile with 1X2 glass and stone mosaics, all in neutral earth tones for contrast.
Now, the only thing left to do for a finished house is lots and lots of staining and trim installation. Here on the day after Christmas we are again pulling out the tools and continuing that process. We both look forward to a day when we can plan on participating in some of our long ignored hobbies and pastimes that have fallen by the wayside since starting this whole building process.
|Merry Christmas from "The Farm With A View"|