the much anticipated tile floor was installed in our brewster basement last week. i wrote a lot about the new floor planning process here and a little here. in a nutshell: we had an old berber carpet that was fine – a little musty and worn – but then was completely ruined over the winter when our dehumidifier pump malfunctioned and water soaked the rug and pad to the point of no return. it wouldn’t make sense to put more carpet down there. carpet + rental property = no. we decided on tile. i obsessed over wood-like tile choices for many weeks. we considered options from home depot, lowes, daltile, and a number of boutique tile shops in the cape then quickly narrowed down our choices to the style selections line at lowes (we quickly learned that only lowes and home depot had options we could afford). i also learned that the added labor cost for a herringbone pattern installation is nauseating. my herringbone dreams were crushed as soon as we saw the numbers. the wound is still raw. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.
this is how it looked when we arrived friday. its hard to get a feel for it with no baseboard (which was mike’s weekend project). the tile is . only $2.48 per square foot (not including labor, of course).
here is shakespeare beginning the quality control inspection and a sneak-peak at some new art i splurged on for the new and improved space.
and enough bubble wrap to air-mail our entire house.
or provide 4 minutes of 3-year-old entertainment…
mike worked his tush off and installed all the baseboard himself (a job that our contractor quoted over $2k!).
dane also pulled his weight…
shakey, not so much. just look at those rolls… its a combination of winter and pregnancy sympathy weight…
we are getting a new door for the utility closet which we had to special-order. patience, patience is so hard.
but definitely looking much better with the new chunky, flat stock trim!
the wall reads yellowy in these pictures, but its white dove.. a soft, creamy white that i’ve been using everywhere (not at all yellowy).
after moving some furniture back into place (as much furniture as one man + one 8-month preggo lady can handle), it looked like this. still some obvious finishing touches needed (vent cover, door, window trim…) but very promising!
its hard to see, but i covered 3/4 of this back wall with bead-board wallpaper. its going to be capped with a piece of trim and have some hooks between the bed and stairs and be awesome. more on that later.
this friday we are headed back to the cape to actually enjoy ourselves and the brewster in bloom weekend festivities. its been a while since we’ve spent time here without an aggressive to-do list. we can’t wait!
do you want to rent this house for memorial day weekend!? leave a comment or get in touch with me!