Have you ever went to your local home improvement store for a counter top and just didn't like what they had in stock? Then the sales person wants you to special order something, but come to find out it's four times as much as the off the shelf stuff. Well, if you're not installing granite or some other natural stone or exotic product, why not fabricate your own. As most of you know, I'm renovating a house from 1890 (though there isn't anything from that time period that I have found) and I have put in new kitchen cabinets and flooring. All of the "stock" counter tops that I found had back splashes on them and to special order was about four times as much. So, I decided to fab my own. Nothing extravagant right now, just particleboard with a laminate covering. I'll add the back splash later (I'm going to use some of the split stone granite all the way across), the thing is it will be custom and the way I want it to look without having to spend hundreds and have to wait weeks on the factory. It's also good experience and a useful skill. Joining the pieces may prove a challenge (over 11 feet of base cabinets on one side), but I'm sure I have it figured out. I get pics up soon.
It's been a couple of weeks since I posted here, but things are still happening. Some of the siding is up on the back porch and painted, plumbing for the bathtub (old claw foot) has been updated with stainless pipes (I have a pic of the set up) and shut off valves, drywall is still happening, wiring in the master has been somewhat updated. I installed a motion sensing light switch. I thought it was appropriate since the room is fairly large. It always cool to have the lights come on when you enter a room, no fumbling for a switch in the dark either. Since the weather has been warm, we have also been doing some landscaping. Several trees from the backyard have been removed and there are still about six more to be removed. The plants we ordered haven't arrived yet, so the front yard looks very plain. That's all the updates I have for now, more will added as it happens.
The kitchen cabinets are all in place, waiting on a couple more and it has been painted. Some more of the living room has been rebuilt and drywalled. Got a little surprise when the wall was opened, original pocket doors behind the paneling. The doors had been taken off the tracks, hinged, then the hinges removed and screwed in place and paneled over. Anyway, got that meed cleaned up, framed in, and covered. I had to get 2 x 12's and cut them down a bit to fit the wall thickness. Plumbing in the bathroom has been an issue, but it's getting taken care of as soon as all the parts get here. A couple of pieces of glass have been replaced and got the front door threshold covered on the outside with some more oak. Siding to start soon.
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Installing drywall can be a challenge, the bad part is you're only half done when the drywall is hung. Mudding and taping are next. I find it easier and faster, in most cases, to use the self adhesive grid tape on the flat joints and either corner beads or paper tape in the corners. Using the grid tape allows you to get the "glue" step and first coat all in one. If your joints are tight and even, you may only need two coats instead of three. After that all you need to do is sand, prime, and paint. Property Serv LLC can handle these and other remodel projects for you and estimates are Free! Give us a call to set up an appointment today. Have a happy project.
Craig Jones, owner of Property Serv LLC. My goal is to better educate the homeowner and to make Richmond a better place to live.