A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Maybe Before Winter?

It has been a month and a half since the contractors left and we’ve taken over on the attic remodel. While they worked diligently every day, everything came to a screeching halt once they left. Reality set in. We’re on DIY time, baby.

Of course, I would love nothing more than to be able to work on the master bathroom day-in and day-out until it’s finished and we can finally move upstairs, but, we both have full-time jobs, my father-in-law is still recovering from his fall, and, we just don’t have the energy to work on the house after a long day at the office.

So, it’s slowly coming together, but it’s going to be at least a few more weeks, if not more.

We were, however, able to get most of the shower walls tiled over the weekend, and we also tiled the shower floor. Thankfully, the 2″ travertine tiles fit perfectly without having to make any cuts, except for the area around the drain (which still needs to be done).

In any case, here’s our progress.



Still to come:

  • The main bathroom floor tiling
  • The bullnose trim around the shower
  • The final row of wall tiles
  • The shower bench
  • Whatever we’re going to do for a sink counter

Not to mention the grout. Oh, the grout. Although this won’t be our first time grouting, this story is making me very, very nervous.


  1. Karen Anne on September 10, 2009 at 7:21 am

    If that makes you nervous, wait til you get to the subsequent post about trying to remove grout haze…

  2. Nicole on September 10, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Sorry … don’t mean to create any jitters! Just be warned … especially if you’re using BLACK grout. You’ll need to change the water A LOT, so have plenty ready and at least one extra sponge on hand. And work in even smaller areas than you normally would try to cover.

    Wish I’d done that! 🙂

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