Saturday, April 18, 2009

Second Coat, Bright Tile

Whoops. Looks like one of my temporary posts escaped - sorry for the mixup. Here's the actual post.

Stucco-ing is finished for now. They completed the second ("brown") coat on Friday. I think they will let it cure for at least a few weeks (28 days is the typical cure time for concrete) before applying to final colored coat. It's looking really nice, though this coat is pretty rough so as to provide some "tooth" for the final surface.


Front, mixer and all:

It was a hugely messy process, but the stucco crew covered the driveway and back deck with a layer of plastic and a layer of tar paper (show below, taped with red duct tape). Good thing they did, it would have been a giant mess otherwise.

Inside, the case and base continue, and all but the mudroom cabinet have been set. They also set the sinks in the kitchen and hall bath.

Kitchen sink:

Espresso bar in the kitchen:

Hall bath sink:

They do this in order to get everything set for countertop templating. The guy from ConcreteWorks came on Friday to do that for the kitchen and master bath vanity.

The tiling in the master bath shower started as well - very exciting. We are loving the graphite-gray floor tile and the Citron (yellow-green) wall tile in the shower. They are brave choices, but it should turn out stunning.

These are the custom-made, large-format tiles. All the grout lines and geometric patterning was figured out beforehand and the tiles were made to the right size so that everything would fit perfectly. At least that is the plan. Judging by the fact that the tile guy can only install about 10-12 tiles per day, I'd say he's being really careful.

He's probably got another 2-3 days just in the shower. He'll then have to finish the graphite floor tile up to the edge of the shower. This is a "sunken" or "curb-less" shower design so the shower floor (Teak deck most likely) will end up being the same elevation as the main bathroom floor - so nothing to step over on the way in. Should be a really nice look. We also ran the radiant heating tubing in the concrete floor inside the shower so it should keep the floor warm and help to dry it out, hopefully reducing mold and mildew.


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