Wood Floors, Initial Seal

What a difference a coat of polyurethane sealer makes. The 100+ year-old wide-plank pine floorboards have had their initial seal – no stain. Compare to the pre-sealed pictures in this post. Perfect! Exactly the color and look we were going for—clean modern lines in the walls vs. aged to perfection flooring brought back to life almost intact.

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Guest Bedroom and Study

 

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2nd Floor Hallway (some patching), 2nd Floor landing (created with reclaimed wood from old 3rd floor), and Media Room (minor patching)

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Wood Floors

The house is lucky to have some incredible looking 100+ year-old wide-plank pine floorboards on the first and second floors. The flooring guy mentioned the species details, but I didn’t write them down so I’ll have to get them in the next week or so. The first and second floor flooring is in the process of being sanded and repaired and won’t have a sealer for a week or two. The third floor had decent floorboards, but when the entire floor (joists and all) had to come down to be replaced we were able to salvage it for patch-in on the first and second floors and went with a prefinished maple option on the third floor master suite.

 

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The living room and dining room floors being sanded and gaps being filled. I love how they’re not perfectly new but will be perfectly sanded down and filled to be smooth as new, yet have decades of history still visible—a perfect balance to the brand new walls and tile flooring in the kitchen. They’ll get a clear coat of satin finish polyurethane that will pull the grain and color out of the wood (see last pic in series above)—no staining required.

 

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The new staircase location and new second floor landing area required some floorboard work. We were able to use the reclaimed floorboards from the third floor to create the edging along the staircase opening, repair the second floor hallway and fill in the landing, sunken area and few steps.

 

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Original wood flooring in the guest bedroom, study and media room.

 

Recreating the entire third floor was not in the original plans. Yes, it was wobbly when we walked up with our contractor and tested it by jumping up and down together. Yes, it moved more than any floor should. No, again, it was not in the plans. But down it all came in the essence of safety and down also went a chunk of the contingency budget. A full house remodel/renovation would not be truly what it is without a contingency for the unexpected—in time and money. But good things come out of challenging things… the third floor is brand-new and does not budge when you jump on it. The floor joists used back in the day are something to admire, so we did just that. We had an old floor joist cleaned up and installed as the living room mantel—embracing the imperfections, screw holes and knob & tube wiring connections that were embedded into the joist.

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The reclaimed floor joist mantel is temporarily mounted over the fireplace—the 2 side pieces of wood won’t be part of the finished mantel. One more joist for the study’s fireplace is in the works.

 

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Solid maple hardwood flooring in “antique” finish for the third floor master suite. Here’s a sneak peek at the 5-panel solid core doors throughout the house.

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Tiles

When thinking about tiling options for the kitchen, powder room, guest bathroom, and master bathroom we knew we wanted something simple and classic that would (hopefully) withstand the test of time—I’m sure that’s what homeowners were thinking when they were installing pink toilets 50 years ago.  This is a 100+ year-old house that’s undergone a lot of updating and it’s been all about balancing the old/history with the new. We spent hours upon hours online looking through photos of bathroom and then spent almost half a day at the tile store. Luckily, we had a terrific salesperson who was knowledgeable and helped find what we wanted within the budget.

 

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The pass-through and kitchen got an 18”x18” dark gray glazed porcelain tile (over heated floor matts to stay warm in the winter) that is reminiscent of cement (matching dark gray grout). It will ground the space and balance the high-gloss white modern kitchen cabinets.

 

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The powder room is a small 3’x6’ space – it has white Carrera marble tile in a basketweave mosaic pattern with block dots in a honed finish (dark gray grout). There’s a black threshold connecting the kitchen tile to it.

 

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The guest bathroom floor has a 2”x2” octagon matt white tile with matt white squares (silverado grout) and 3”x6” ice white subway tile in the shower and sink wall (mist grout).

 

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The master bathroom floor has white Carrera marble 12”x12” tiles in a honed finish (over heated floor matts also), 2”x2” Carrera marble tiles for the steam shower floor…

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…3”x6” ice white subway tiles for the walls, and a “don’t hate it, but don’t love it” graphite glass tile on the accent wall in the steam shower (silverado grout throughout)—we were reassured that we can continue the white subway tiles over the glass tile if don’t love them after moving in, so we stuck with it. (Speaking of withstanding the test of time!) We’re planning a gray wall color to pull it out a little, but that’s a whole other post or series of posts.

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The End is Near – Drywall, Taping and Priming

Tons of progress in a short time. Drywall went up one week ago, followed by joint compound and taping during the week. Interior priming and exterior painting this weekend.

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Unfinished –> finished exterior

 

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Unfinished –> finished window brick molding

 

First Floor

First

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Extended vestibule. Staircase up to second floor; dining room to the right; pass-through with kitchen in the distance.

 

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Portion of Dining Room and Living Room with fireplace.

 

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Living Room fireplace—to be painted flat white with salvaged old floor joist as mantel.

 

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Portion of Dining Room and portion of Living Room

 

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Looking into the kitchen and looking out from the kitchen. The pass-through (larger hallway) connects the living/dining room and eat-in kitchen. The pass-through provides access to a powder room, coat closet and finished basement.

 

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Quick Kitchen Pics – the heated flooring was installed

Second Floor

Second

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Second floor’s sunken guest suite with study to the left and media room in the distance.

 

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Guest Bedroom with reclaimed vaulted ceiling space and exposed brick.

 

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The study

 

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The Media Room

 

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Second floor hallway with staircase up to Master Suite & Deck and Guest Bedroom in the distance.

 

Third Floor

Third

Click here for the Deck pictures.

 

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Entrance into Master Suite

 

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Master Bathroom with double vanity and steam shower – the heated flooring was installed

 

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Master Bedroom

 

Basement Level

Cellar

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Finished room (Exercise space; Craft area; Studio)

 

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Storage room with high-efficiency water heater and HVAC system in the distance.

 

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The Deck

The mahogany deck wood was delivered (twice!) and the deck install began. The deck is nearly done. A few more details, a sealing and about a month until we can enjoy the summer and fall outside.

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