Thursday, 21 July 2011

A big photo update

I went in to the red brick building today armed with a camera and the determination to take LOTS of photos for the blog.  The first thing I realized I haven't yet photographed is the front door, with the transom window in place and the coat of primer on: (Notice that our ironworker also installed the post from which the gas lantern is going to hang.)

Immediately inside the front door is the new flooring in the common entryway:

And in the entryway to our unit:

Here's the range hood I mentioned that they'd installed in Unit 1's kitchen:

And the roof garden railings (they're high because of the foot of soil that's going across the roof's entire surface):

One of our staircases' finials is on:

The guest bathroom vanity's marble top now has holes cut in it for the undermount sink and faucet:

The guest bathroom's floor tile has been grouted:

And so has the hearth tile:

There are also new light fixtures installed in the kitchen:

And on the staircase between our entryway and the living room level (don't think I like 'em though):

And in the headhouse:

When I left the RBB, there was a plumber working in the master bathroom (more problems cropping up with the shower), one of the carpenters was gluing up the extra plaster rosettes I picked up on Tuesday and another carpenter was working on the staircase balcony railing in our dining room (which is the last of the staircase railings that needs to be installed).  Slowly, slowly, bit by bit the project continues to come together.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

More progress on our unit's staircases and tile angst

The balcony railing in the headhouse:

And the balcony railing on the third floor (bedroom level):

They were working on the staircase between the second and third floors when I left them this morning so maybe they'll be done by the end of the week.  It'll be great to see what it looks like painted and with the finials on top of the newel posts.

In less visually pleasing but still great news, one of the crew put in the drywall around the basement utility room, so they should be able to add the fire-rated steel door that seals off that space shortly. 

Our GC and his crew had also installed the range hood in one of the tenant's units and was were working on the hood in the second tenant's unit.

Lastly, I forgot to take photos, but the tile guy came this morning and grouted the floor in our guest bathroom.  It looks phenomenal!  On the drive in to the red brick building my fiance and I revisited the age old question of which wall tile we should use in that bathroom.  I had found something I liked even better than any of the options from my last post about tile (here).  It also happens to be slightly cheaper than they were, but still not cheap by a long stretch.  It's by a manufacturer in upstate New York called Quemere and is similar in style to the first three tiles in my last post.  Unfortunately the cost was getting close to $5000 for enough to do the bathtub alcove.  It feels a bit ridiculous to spend that much, especially on a guest bathroom that isn't going to see a heck of a lot of use.  I called up the no-frills place where I bought the white hex that's on the floor and got prices for plain ceramic 3x6, 4x4 and 6x6.  They're all about 1/10th of the cost of the fancy handmade tile, depending on which size I were to choose.  I'm leaning towards just getting something inexpensive and counting on all the other aspects of the bathroom - the antique marble-topped vanity, the huge old mirror, the gold fixtures, the arch over the tub - to carry the day.  I do want to check that the whites are okay together, though, since they're from different manufacturers.  Is this giving up or being sensible?  Sometimes on this project it's hard to tell.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

First photo of one of our unit's staircases

Our contractor emailed us this photo this afternoon:

It's the staircase between the third floor and the headhouse.  (No finial yet on the newel post.)  Despite enjoying the gorgeous weather this weekend, now I can't wait to go in to the red brick building on Monday!