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Flooring woes, next bathroom [Mar. 9th, 2010|10:03 am]
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So, I had selected a flooring (just vinyl, but for a bathroom single-piece vinyl has the virtue of being waterprrof) based on looks -- a nice white-and-black diamond pattern. Sadly, I had not paid attention to thickness -- the sample piece felt thick enough, but that turned out to be mostly a glued-on backing, and the vinyl itself was thin enough you could rip it trivially between your fingers. So, back to Home Despot, because the plumber arrives on Thursday to finish off the small bathroom, and Eric the Contractor would really like to get the flooring in before the vanities and toilet are installed permanently.

For whatever reason, they only had about half the normally carried styles in stock, and I wasn't enthused about any of those styles. Same story over at Lowes. I settled for a style that sorta-kinda matches the vanity counter, but it's definitely a compromise. It won't suck by any means, but I would have liked to get something a bit less beige.

Today, if all goes well, the flooring goes in, and the hall bathroom becomes useable (I may have to do my toothbrushing at the kitchen sink, but the bathtub/shower is usable now), and the master bathroom shower gets cut out, a new floor pan goes in, and tiling starts.

Over the weekend, I visited an architectural salvage firm and checked out some doors. They've got some old frosted-glass doors, with raised lower panels, that look pretty decent. I plan on checking some additional salvage places in the area, with the idea of replacing some damaged doors (made of paper-thin veneer and cardboard) with some doors with a bit of style and substance to them. The cost is comparable to a mediocre quality modern door, and I've installed enough doors over the years that, so long as I find some that fit, putting some new ones in shouldn't be too much bother. I need some accurate measurements of the doors, though, as older doors are often just a bit off from modern measurements.
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