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.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Today we went to work on waterproofing our walls. It went a lot faster and easier than the first time around. Unfortunately, we ran out of Kerdi before we could waterproof the third wall. If anyone has 6 linear feet of Kerdi laying around, shoot us an email.
Hope everybody had a safe and happy Halloween!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
All the walls have been primed, and the ceiling primed and painted. We are still trying to decide on a color for the walls. We are leaning towards gray (but have yet to select the right shade).
This weekend we installed the floor tile. It was not easy because not a single wall was square! We tried 2 different laser levels, but they did not work on the floor. So we had to lay them out in several rows first, then drew the lines.
Phoenix was trying to be a little to helpful and ended up with some thinset on her nose.
And today we finished grouting. The Shore Playela tiles came out really nice, and gives us the feeling of walking on the beach.
Shawn, the cabinet maker, came out today to take final measurements for the vanity. We are so excited to see the finished product. We're not sure yet if we want to stain the birch or leave it natural. We'll see.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
As far as the vanity goes, LD designed a vanity (birch with stainless steel legs from Ikea) that will fit really well into the house. She combined the lines from the kitchen cabinets and the buffet (August 2009 blog posts) to create the vanity. The door "mechanics" will be exactly like the buffet's-all wood. Originally LD was thinking walnut or teak with wooden legs, but change the legs and the type of wood and it becomes fresh.
The countertop? Well, we're not sure yet, we have some hopes and dreams of getting a recycled glass countertop, but we are realistic too.