Welcome to this experimental blog, wherein for the next 6 months I am going to be logging in my experiences about remodeling my home, ranging from the smallest tasks to the biggest ones, including tiling and installation of cabinets and what not!
What with the demands of the wife and the budget, its going to be one hell of a ride, and I would like you guys to join us and also be able to take some tips and tricks or even be inspired to do the same!
Transforming My Master Bedroom into a Master SuiteFebruary 8, 20168:38 amUncategorized
I finally decided to transform my master bedroom into a master suite. I have to confess after a vacation at the five-star hotel I needed to feel like was always on vacation. The master bedroom remodel was the perfect project to create the vacation mood.
Since my home a little old I needed to create additional space to expand and remodel the master bedroom. That meant extending the master bedroom into the adjacent bedroom. This would technically reduce the number of bedrooms in my house to two but I was willing to live with that. Merging the two bedrooms to create a master suite was the only option I had. I talked to a local contractor about and he came up with a design. The project required the demolition of a few walls, he recommended one demolition company and I managed to visit their website.
We stormed over a few ideas for remodeling the bathroom and how to make use of the extra space. The following are the ideas we came up with for the master bedroom remodel.
Personalizing the Space
After determining the exact size of the master suite, we had to think about how to utilize it perfectly. We all have our own ideas about luxury, but I wanted the ultimate master suite. Some people may want a gym, separate closet, dressing sections, walk-in showers. I knew exactly what I wanted, pure luxury large bed, a master bath combination of free-standing standing tub plus walk-in showers and everything else I had experienced at the five star hotel.
We discussed with interior designer and we settled on a timeless remodel design for the master suite. A design that would stand the test of time. What I need was flow and comfort with seamless access transitions towards the master bath and the rest of the suite. We decided to create flexible spaces that could be transformed based on the circumstances.
The main highlight of the master suite project was the planning of the custom accessories for the remodel. I wanted everything as I had visualized at the five-star hotel. It was going to be the perfect honeymoon suite. My master suite would have a mini bar where I would enjoy some romantic dinner and wine. It would be complete without a fireplace. It was going to cost a fortune but that is the price I was willing to pay for pure luxury right at home.
This was a worthy investment for me. Every day I get to enjoy this never ending vacation in my master suite. A luxury master suite is exactly what I needed and my wife loves it!... Leave a response »
REPLACING THE OLD ROOFNovember 30, 20156:39 pmRoofing
Hi there, it has been awhile, so I finally decided to replace my roof. Yes, it is a project I have been postponing for a while but after my wife convinced me to have a professional contractor inspect my roof I was convinced that it had to be done. The roof is a big investment so I wanted it done right, so we got down to it.
Protecting the Property
We first started by ensuring that the whole property was protected as the roof replacement exercise was being done. We protected the walls, siding and plants using plywood and tarps.
Removal of the worn out roofing material
Secondly, for us to inspect the wood decking, we totally removed all the old shingles.
Inspecting the roof
A thorough examination of the wood decking is critical before starting any roof replacement exercise. Any degenerating wood that could affect the support structure of the roof was removed. Since we were replacing the old shingles we had to ensure the roof has a solid base for laying the shingles intact.
We checked the correct attachment of the roof rafters to wood sheeting. According to the Downers Grove roofing company, during the removal of old roofing material most people forget to check for missing nails. We, therefore, re-nailed the wood decking prior to installing the new shingles to secure the roof fully.
Roof Surface Preparation for laying Shingles
Once the wood decking was installed correctly we installed drip edge all around the roof edges to prevent the rain water from getting beneath the roofing material.
Next we installed a special roofing underlayment shield against ice and water to prevent leaks. This material must be installed at the roof bottom and other areas such chimneys, flanges, and other roof penetrations.
Finally before laying the new shingles we installed a heavy duty roofing felt to cover the roof and prevent the wood and shingles from sticking.
Installing the new Roof
Having prepared the roofing surfaces adequately, we proceeded to layout the new roofing shingles.
Cleaning up the Site
We cleaned the site and got rid of all the old shingles and other roofing materials that were lying around.
Post roofing Inspection
After completing the whole roof replacement project, the contractor and I carried out a final inspection to ensure that the project was done correctly and my wife and I were truly satisfied. We eager for the next project, until next time!... Leave a response »
RENOVATING BATHROOMNovember 24, 20157:01 amRENOVATING BATHROOM
So, I bought a house.
And with buying the house, which cost me a bomb (Just by the way), I realized that I did not have the money or the patience to deal with designers or the architects swarming about my house. I decided that I am going to record each and every project of mine for those of the many who are trying this and would like some help along the way or even suggestions to make it better and maybe cheaper! Renovation of the bathroom was the first task on my list of many, many friends of mine told me that it was the secret weapon of any house, the one area which would be your own corner, for you to just enjoy some minutes of peace and tranquility every single day.
Since my wife and me are very passionate about gardening and flowers, we thought that we could transform the bathroom into one that would depict the same and also ward off the smell. First things first, we had to buy a bath, which was in our opinion should be one which can fit 2 comfortably, and also have a waterfall shower, in addition to which we also wanted to fit in a double sink for our smooth and easy mornings! Having bought the required installments and fixtures, the next step was to install them with the tiles.
We had purchased pastel color tiles, so my first installation was the tiles, which required me to apply the cement with the bonding agent and then place the tiles accordingly, and the tiles which had to be cornered off, had to be one with a drill and that was one hell of a experience which should be done with extreme caution.
Once the tiles were dried and in position, the next task was to install the bath, we had purchased an independent bath, and that required a lot of plumbing, in the sense that the pipe had to be re-routed and made into one for a better flow of water, and also set it with the heater system.
Once that was done, my wife decorated the place with lots of flowers and potpourri, and also a basket with some towels and lotions etc. All in all, just make sure that when you are renovating your bathroom, buy the right tiles that are the best fit for you, be it vitrified or even marble ones. Be vary of the drill and also start with the plumbing only when the water has been cut off, else you will face a flooded living room, and trust me, its not fun at all.
Chao! Check in with my next project soon!... Leave a response »
INSTALLING POT lIGHTSNovember 20, 201511:35 amINSTALLING POT lIGHTS
Our home had been slowly but steadily shaping into our dream house, and now it was time to install the intricate details that could not be ignored.The one aspect that my wife and me both agreed was that the living room had to have an air of sophistication and class. Hence, we agreed upon the installation of pot lights, since we had already built special molds and raised ceilings; we thought it was only right that we could have such yellow lights that would be very soothing in the night.
I browsed through many kinds, designs and colors, according to the price and the durability of many, and I decided upon a mix of traditional pot lights and some filament lights as well which would give the entire place a very traditional yet modern feel. I approached many stores looking for discount, and be vary because you can actually score high discounts on these, as filament bulbs are cheaper in consideration. You can even customize a filament bulb, wherein you can ask for a particular design for the filament to be molded into, as a surprise, I got my wife’s initials molded into one. (Beware: Makes for a wonderful present!)
Anyway, once I purchased the needed bulbs, wiring and switchboards, I had to call upon an electrician, because this was way beyond my hands and I would advise you to do the same, it won’t so heavy on the pocket and will save you a lot of time which would have gone into potential researching or even a trip to the emergency room. The pot lights were installed with an automatic sensor touch switchboard, wherein if anyone would enter the said room, it would light up automatically and the entire board could also be operated by the clapping of hands, if there was one clap it signaled “Switch on”, two claps would mean “Alternative Switch” and so on. The technology is absolutely brilliant and if you are ready to spend that much, in terms of a long-term investment, might as well take the plunge today!
My wife is also extremely happy with the way it turned out to be, and I am happy about the cost that was saved, because all in all, including the electricians fees, the entire cost amounted to 2000 dollars only, which if I hired a decorator would have definitely cost way more. A few tips to keep in mind, always research your product and design, have a look at potential products and the prices, compare the same and then approach a professional who could fit it in for you, as you can always save cost by purchasing the products yourself and trying to score some discount when bought in bulk! Hope you guys have fun installing lights, and if you have tried something new and unique, please do share it with me, I love experimenting and would be open to trying it out as well!
Have a wonderful weekend!
REFINISHING FLOORSNovember 11, 20152:57 amUncategorized
So, finally the end of the project is here.
I had to refinish the hardwood floors for the home and had to complete the following steps:
Sand off the old finish
To do the same, I rented a walk behind floor sander that would rotate and sand off the old finish and actually collect it in a dust bag so as to not create a mess off it. Also, the cost of renting isn’t really that much but you can use a hand held sander for the same effect as well.
Dust from molds, ducts and walls.
Next, an extremely important stuff is to clean the dust from all the molds, ducts and walls. This can be done by a vacuum or even just wiping the same by a damp cloth. Once done, it’s important to clean the floors again to keep it spick and span.
The final finish!
The last step is the finish, which is dependent on the kind of look you would want for your floors; – Polyurethane. Varnish or Penetrating Sealer. You can buff the floors with a steel wool, vacuum and wipe the floor again. Post which you can apply a double coat of the chosen type.
I chose the matt varnish because that’s the kind of look that suited my home and design and was cheaper to all the other alternatives. The entire ordeal took us an entire time of 2 days, because we had to seal off the entire floor, and also had to make sure it was done efficiently as well. All in all, I am extremely pleased with the final product because it has a very classy look and looks put together. If you feel you are not up for this project, its always fun to ask a couple of friends, get some chips and dip and make it a fun activity/experience that you could have and also its obviously easier on the pocket rather than hiring professional help.
Try it yourself and let me know what was your experience!... Leave a response »