On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Some Loose Ends and A New Addition

Loose End #1: The Toilet!
Well it turned out to be even more complex than we thought! But our toilet is on the way!!! The only characteristic we couldn't get was chair height, and we made some compromises.

Loose End #2: Shower Glass Panel
We have ordered a clear 3 X 6 glass panel for the shower, and it gets installed on Sept. 6th. We can't wait. Right now we are temporarily using a shower curtain.  The photo below is not our shower, but it gives you an idea of what the panel will look like.

Loose End #3: Tile Backsplash
We even selected a backsplash for the concrete trough sink, and ordered it. That should be easy to install. Once it's installed, we can actually use the sink and our faucets.

It feels nice to accomplish some things!

Hall Bathroom
We bought the tile for the floor. It's called Shore Playela, and it has a nice feel too.

We will have to rent another dumpster and start tearing down the hall bathroom this weekend. We will not be able to completely tear it down because we need to use the shower while the silicone in the master shower cures. However, our goal for the hall bathroom is October 30th! I will keep my fingers crossed.

New Addition
Well Delia finally got the chair she wanted, a Herman Miller fiberglass shell rocker.  She found it on Craigslist in Columbia!  Talk about perfect.  And we love the color.  It's the navy blue possibly made around 1962.  She also bought 2 eiffel tower legs for her side chairs from the seller.  Did I say this couldn't be more perfect?  Now, where to put it?

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Well, we finished grouting the shower last week, but we have some minor touch ups to do before we can seal.  I managed to get the first coat of paint on last night, and hope to get the second one rolled out tonight.  Things are going slower than I had hoped, and what we brought back from our trip to Ohio this past weekend is going to slow us down even more.

We came back with a little fireball, an 8 week old lab puppy that we named Phoenix!  She is Katy's search and rescue Padawan.  Katy is tolerating her very well, and even tried to play with her once (those baby teeth hurt!)  We figure it will take Katy a few weeks to get used to the idea that she is not the youngest pup anymore.  Morgan has already warmed up to her and tried tugging with her.  But then again Morgan is used to being a big sister and protector.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Master Shower Tile Set!

We worked almost every evening this week, but we finally finished setting the tile in the shower.  On Saturday, I went training, and Delia caught up on errands and shopping. This evening she finally got around to sealing the tile. It feels so good to be done with tile work.  I thought we would never get done. Whew!

This week we plan to grout the shower, and seal it all (shower walls, shower floor, bathroom floor) with two more coats.

Our biggest challenge so far, however, has been to find a toilet for the small space. Our criteria were:

1. WaterSense
2. Chair Height
3. Dual Flush
4. Antimicrobial gloss
5. Single Unit
6. Sleek modern lines
7. Good flushing power

However, we learned quickly that the limiting factor was the toilet depth/length! Anything greater than 27" was too long. Do you know how many toilets fit all those 7 criteria that are affordable?! Well, after all the research we have done - none. So we had to make some sacrifices like the chair height, antimicrobial gloss and possibly the dual flush options.

At this point the Toto Eco UltraMax is the front runner. It fits 3 out of our 7 criteria, but we are still on the hunt for the right toilet.  However, if you have any suggestions please let us know of a nice toilet that is less than 27" long.

So our next steps after grouting and sealing are:
1. Paint
2. Purchase and install toilet
3. Purchase and install shower glass panel
4. Install baseboards, shelf, towel racks
5. Install faucets
6. Paint window trim

You know I thought the list was smaller than that!!!