Kitchen Backsplash

May 16, 2010

We thought we’d go a little fancy with the backsplash.  Rather than doing something traditional like granite or ceramic tile we went with stainless steel and copper subway tiles.  Copper was used in the kitchen with a stainless steel detail above the stove.  We continued the tiles around the corner, over the breakfast bar, and into the living room.  As the tiles wrap around the corner they switch from copper to stainless steel.  The copper did not look too hot with the purple living room walls.

Cutting the tiles was not something we had give much thought to.  We ended up buying a bandsaw for the project.  The most difficult part was where the tiles wrapped around the outside corners.  I notched a triangle in the top and bottom edges of the tile and cut away some of the backing.  This let me bend the tiles in a fairly straight line.

Since you don’t need grout with the metal tiles there is no way to hide areas where tiles don’t meet up perfectly.  Most of the tiles fit together nice and snug.  Just don’t get too close and you won’t notice the tiles with spaces between them…

Stainless steel squares in the rectangle, copper tiles elsewhere

Looking sharp, eh?

We continued the tile around the corner into the living room

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Happy Thanksgiving

December 1, 2008

We lost the battery chargers for both of our cameras during the move.  Our batteries died a couple of weeks ago so we haven’t been able to take any photos.  We broke down on black Friday and bought a new camera.  Even though this week had the holiday we managed to get a lot done.  Almost all of the drywall is up and most of the taping and mudding is done.  Bob has gotten all of the wiring in and our lights even work – although we have to plug the bare wire into an outlet to make it work.  Light switches next week!

I'm in the pantry!

I'm in the pantry!

Miriam has become an expert at doing drywall

Miriam has become an expert at doing drywall

Brian and I installing hardwood floors in the pantry and fridge alcove

Brian and I installing hardwood floors in the pantry and fridge alcove

My expert electrical work

My expert electrical work

That went much faster than expected – seven days and the doors are in and the wall is down.  Tonight we were left with a very messy room to clean.  The dust was out of control.  And not just any dust – concrete and brick dust.  It turns into a thick paste as soon as it touches moisture.  And if moisture isn’t added, it all gets kicked back up into the air when you try to sweep it up.  After about six hours of work we got the room back to a livable state.

Still have a bit of exterior finishing work on the outside of the doors

Still have a bit of exterior finishing work on the outside of the doors

Open floor plan

Open floor plan

All that dust used to be our wall

All that dust used to be our wall

All walls down!

September 10, 2008

Ed and his team just finished pulling down all the walls.  The new french doors were just delivered as well.

New set of doors

New set of doors

This is where the breakfast bar will go

This is where the breakfast bar will go

Future home of the doors

Future home of the doors

Peephole With A View

September 9, 2008

Today work was started on the real heavy duty stuff – knocking down the wall between what will be the kitchen and living room and adding french doors to the rear of the home.  Our contractor(Ed) says not to worry.  Apparently knocking down 10″ thick cinderblock and brick walls that support a second story and roof is no big deal to him.  I have nightmares that we will come home from work and the house will only be one story tall.

Our view of the backyard

Our view of the backyard

The first part of this project was to make an observation hole so they could see what the walls are made of.  It lets in a surprising amount of hot air.

Ed says that by tomorrow afternoon he could probably have the french doors in… if Home Depot hadn’t sold & delivered us the wrong kind.  Now we have to wait until Wednesday when the new set is delivered.  Hopefully all of this demolition will be done by 9/19.  Then we can move onto ordering cabinets, appliances, etc.

In the picture below you can see where the french doors will go (the big square on the right-hand wall).  The large white wall with the lamp in front of it is coming down.  In it’s place will be a countertop/breakfast bar area.

It has potential, trust me

The inside of our walls

The inside of our walls