From Hovel to Home
I'm Britten from Montana. My husband and I are in the middle of our 3rd to-the-studs remodel. Our current project is a 1953 ranch we purchased as a repo. We are slowly transforming it from hovel to home.
- Published on Monday, 04 February 2013
Authors: BrittenI haven't officially started on the laundry room yet; I'm still sheetrocking Luke's office. But on Sunday I found myself with several free hours after taping the walls I decided to work on a small project for the laundry room. Part of my plan for the laundry room includes lots of built in storage. I wanted to put a hanging rack a...
Master Bathroom Finished
- Published on Sunday, 20 January 2013
Authors: BrittenI normally do before and after photos when I finish a room. But the master bathroom was never a bathroom before. It was just space that we stole from the end of the bedroom. So really the best I can do is offer you this as a before picture. Drumroll please... View from the master bedroom Shower Instead of a wh...
Master Bath - Part 3
- Published on Saturday, 12 January 2013
Authors: BrittenI'm not on vacation any more and I've had the flu so progress on the bathroom has slowed. On Saturday I spent four hours cleaning the shower tile and prepping for grout. The mosaic tile looks great, but it has a lot of joints to be cleaned before grouting. After what seemed like an eternity of cleaning I finally grouted the sh...
Master Bath - Part 2
- Published on Thursday, 03 January 2013
Authors: BrittenIn order to keep bathroom progress from stalling I arranged to have six days off over the holiday. It was wonderfully relaxing and made a huge difference in how the bathroom looks. First I conscripted Luke to help me install the new bathtub. Since his alternative was to work on his thesis it was not hard to get him to work for me...
Master Bath - Part 1
- Published on Saturday, 29 December 2012
Authors: BrittenI've been away from the blog for a while, but you can be sure that I'm still working on the master bathroom. The wall between the bedroom and the master bath was an exterior wall until the addition was built about 30 years ago. The shear bracing is in the way of our door location. We used a router and chisels to cut a ch...
Start of the Master Bathroom
- Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Authors: BrittenIt seems like I just finished building the main bathroom. Actually I did just finish building the main bathroom yesterday and already I find myself immersed in another bathroom project. This time I'm working on the master bath. Why? Because it is easier to tackle small projects alone and since Luke is still working on his the...
Main Bathroom Before and After
- Published on Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Authors: BrittenLast year my version of improving the bathroom was to go from this To this: It was July of 2011, five weeks before we would move into our "new" home and I was happy with a new toilet and floor, as long as the bathroom was functional. Now it's December of 2012 and function is no longer the goal. Instead I want...
Main Bathroom - Almost Done
- Published on Monday, 10 December 2012
Authors: BrittenThe bathroom is really starting to come together. I'm pretty good at visualizing what the finished product will look like but it's still fun to see it actually start to look like a finished room. After painting the bathroom and hallway I put down thinset and hardibacker so I've got a sturdy base to tile over. I also p...
Main Bathroom Progress
- Published on Friday, 07 December 2012
Authors: BrittenThe bathroom has been moving at a snail's pace. I'm starting to really hate working alone but it looks like that is not likely to change any time soon. When I last posted the tub was in place and I was finally ready to start taping the drywall. I had hoped to finish all the mudding and taping over the weekend but then I was h...
- Published on Monday, 03 December 2012
Authors: Britten"We're moving, again" I've been waiting a while to type these words. We wanted to tell family and friends first before putting it out on the blog where anyone could see it. Luke has accepted a job, doing exactly what he wants to do with the top engineering firm in Montana. He starts next month, working out of town all...