Friday, March 15, 2013


It's amazing to watch this space -- which used to be a little scullery off the kitchen -- become a bathroom! The tile is amazing! 
Black tiles on the floor (large format, same as kitchen), "antique white" small subway tiles on the walls, and penny rounds on shower floor and in feature (behind shower hardware) and inset.

The tiling guys, like all the subcontractors, are amazing. Smart, exacting, dedicated to their craft. They got the level out for every single row of this floor-to-ceiling subway tile!

The penny rounds in the shower basin (mix of gloss and matte, quite lovely).

One of the things Keith called us about the other day (or was that just yesterday?) was the grout. They were going to use a different brand than we'd originally chosen, and would I come over to pick a colour? There were several light greys and off-whites to choose from, but none were quite like the original Mapei "Frost." Keith said, no problem, we'll find the Mapei Frost (he went out himself and bought it)...and it looks perfect! 

At the risk of sounding like an advertising cliché, the thing about Keith is that he does not compromise. With every little detail, he has made sure we get what we want. And we are so happy with everything!

The stairs are coming along beautifully.
This is an earlier stage, but even then they were starting to look great!

Amazing detail in the hardwood at the bottom of the stairs! Couldn't see it before!

The treads have also come up beautifully.

We couldn't find a stock handrail we liked, and custom would've been expensive, so the inimitable Keith devised this plan: a stock piece customized to match the original (and now the height is to code).

I think it's teak? They and the newel posts will remain unpainted.

New rails, which will be painted.

These stairs are going to be a lot of fun!