Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Heater Grate Update

The heat source in our master bathroom is an in-wall electric heater with fan mounted on the outside wall between the toilet and the tub - highly visible.  It is controlled by a thermostat on the wall just inside the bathroom door, which explains why there is no knob on the hole in the lower left corner.  

I'd like to say it doesn't matter to me what the grill over the heater looks like, but I care a lot.  And this thing makes me sad, especially since we put down a beautiful marble floor and are installing a claw foot tub with classic brass filler and so forth.  This thing just doesn't go.

But not to worry, I am prepared.  I was at BIG NYC a few weeks ago and I spied a vintage cast iron heat register grill with lovely scrollwork.  It was downright cheap so I bought it figuring I would find a use for it.  Looks like it will have a place in our house much sooner than expected.

I am thinking I will paint it off-white and mount it about a half inch off the wall, just in front of the existing sheet metal heater grate. I don't want to get rid of the existing grate because the holes are smaller and I don't want any little fingers getting in there through the big holes in the scrollwork grate.  Yes, I know that the existing heater grate shows through the scrollwork, but that is just because it is white - I intend to paint it flat black so that (hopefully) it looks empty behind the top grate.

Upstate Update: Master Bath Progress

I went up to the house on Sunday for the first time in over two months (due to certain complications with our new contractor) and there was a lot to see -- almost all of it in the master bathroom.  So, in no particular order...

Remember this lovely vanity/counter/sink combo that I picked up at BIG NYC back in February 2012? Here it is sitting at BIG.

Well, after much back and forth about whether it would fit, it looks like it will finally have a home in our master bathroom!  So exciting!!!  I'm glad I don't have to help carry that massive marble slab up the stairs into the bathroom - it weighs an awful lot.

And look how nicely this tile border I devised for the master bath floor came out.

And here are some panoramae I assembled.  They look wonky, but that is just the panorama software.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

UPSTATE UPDATE!! Hallelujah!!

I just received these photos of the master bath from our current (and fourth!) contractor:

Here it is! The first photo of our splendidly tiled shower in the master bath!
Here is a detail of that shampoo and soap cubby you see in the above photo...
... but what you couldn't see is that there is another cubby just for me!!  We have "hers" and "his" cubbies!!  Hooray!!
And here is the fixture wall waiting for some beautiful fixtures to go in.  Exciting!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

First update in ages

I just received these bathroom photos from the contractor.   Notwithstanding the fact that our well line and our neighbors' well lines are frozen, he continues to lug multiple 5 gallon jugs of water up there so he can keep working.