GUTTING OUR NEW HOUSE AND HANGING ON TO OUR BUDGET FOR DEAR LIFE
Bathroom

A Minor Break In The Flow

In between packing and working, we got a call from LC. There’s an issue with the bathroom sink faucet we chose.

As you can see, it has a high spout.
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Turns out the mirror over the vanity upstairs is so low, the spout would hit it.
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We’re waiting to see if this one is available.:
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In the meantime, LC is looking for others he’d recommend and we’re considering this one as a backup, tho we’ll probably get different handles:
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Now, back to packing...
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May I Use The Bathroom? Not Yet

Today’s topic: whatever is left to decide about the bathrooms. Because there’s no moving in without toilets and sinks.

COUNTERTOP SLABS APPROVED
For the downstairs bathroom, 3/4” Botticino:
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For the upstairs bathroom, 1 1/4” White Carrara:
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HARDWARE CHOSEN
For both bathrooms, the Delta Leland Series:
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HARDWARE TO BUY IF IT’LL FIT UPSTAIRS
The Cade Collection Double Towel Bar:
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Crate & Barrel’s Towel Rack:
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TOILETS ON ORDER
For downstairs, the Toto Promenade:
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For upstairs, the Toto Clayton:
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SHOWER GLASS ORDERED

For downstairs: 3/8” glass, sliding doors
For upstairs: 1/2” glass, door on hinges

WINDOW TREATMENTS, TBD
Vinyl blinds for upstairs window, we’re thinking Hunter Douglas Everwood:
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Since downstairs window is in the shower, we’re considering two options:
1. Small vinyl blinds
2. Keep a tension rod and vinyl curtain handy for when shower is in use
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Flush With Anticipation

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Toilet, potty, loo, w.c., throne…whatever you call it, we need two of them. And LC says it’s time to decide what they’re gonna be. Now, those following this blog may remember we’ve said since the beginning we were getting Toto. Decision made, right? Nope. Turns out Toto makes almost 150 different toilets. Who knew there was so much to know about toilets?

  • There are 1-piece and 2-piece toilets. The 2-piece is the traditional style and LC says that’s what we’re getting which narrows down our choices a bit.

  • Toilet bowls can be round or elongated. Elongated are said to be more comfortable, but they’re about 2” longer than round which can be a problem in tight spaces. Both our bathrooms are tight spaces. LC thinks we may be able to get an elongated one in the upstairs bathroom but the downstairs may have to have either a round or semi-elongated one.

  • The standard toilet height is 15 inches. Toilets that are in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) will be anywhere from 17 to 19 inches high. 17 inches is our preference. Anything higher than that and my dangling feet might fall asleep while I’m using it.

  • When a toilet is labeled CalGreen, it’s referring to the California State Building Code which mandates a 20% reduction in water usage for toilets. Even though we aren’t in California that sounds like a good label to me.

  • When a toilet has a WaterSense label, it means it uses 1.28 gallons or less per flush. Another good thing.

  • When a house has no toilet at all, just the discussion of a toilet makes the owner smile.
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Tiles and Smiles

When we walked into the tile store, here’s what we were looking for:

1. Shower tiles: Something simple, easy on the eyes, preferably white with an accent row of color

2. Bathroom floors: Floor tiles to match the countertops without calling too much attention to themselves

3. Kitchen/mudroom shared flooring: Something light to balance with our dark kitchen countertop

4. Professional assistance: Someone who would listen to our needs, know exactly what to show us, help us stay within budget and be patient with two people who think a beveled white tile is ‘way too much’ for our simple taste

We found it all in one visit, thanks to the attentive owner and her helpful employee.

We showed MVP Mom our samples afterward and got her nod of approval which sealed the deal.

Here’s a quick overview:

UPSTAIRS BATHROOM
Shower tiles are white. Accent tiles have a white/gray color palette with a very slight hint of purplish-blue. Vanity will be white.
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DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM
We’re going with a sandstone, brown and white color palette. Vanity will be dark brown.
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KITCHEN
We think we’re gonna go with the same floor tile we chose for the upstairs bathroom. The downstairs tiles will be much larger than the upstairs ones. Cabinets will be white. Not sure about wall color yet.
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MUDROOM
Same tile as the kitchen, which should match our washer/dryer nicely..
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A Picture Says What I Can't

All those hours and hours of pulling swipe finally paid off.

When LC and I were talking stand-up showers, it hit me. Why stand here and try to describe what we want, when I have an exact picture of it on my computer? Because in reality, an all glass shower can be interpreted tons of different ways.

And we wanted it to be interpreted just like this:
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I have a feeling I’ll be carrying my computer over to the house more often.
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The Cold Hard Facts

Sig Other and I spent a few freezing hours with LC at the house today talking walls - and anything that might dictate where the walls will go.

After much discussion and a brush with possible frost bite, here’s the takeaway:
  1. Standup shower is back in the downstairs bathroom
  2. Bathtub is out of the upstairs bathroom due to the logistics of the space and a standup shower is in
  3. Teensy Tiny room is going to be a combo office/closet
  4. Kitchen/dining room will be open with an island, and sadly my favorite little door between the kitchen and stairwell will be taken out
Here’s the latest shot of the kitchen/dining room. It’s been completely opened up.
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Toto, Too?

Question of the day: Does the toilet have to perfectly match the tub and sink? As previously mentioned, Sig Other likes the Toto toilet. And what toilet does LC recommend? Yup. A Toto. But the tub and sink will probably be Kohler and the white shades are off.

I’m leaving this decision up to Sig Other since I’m just looking for a toilet that flushes without needing a jiggle of the handle and a shower that doesn’t spray brown water. I’m glad one of us has higher standards.

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Tiling Away the Hour

Things I learned at the tile store today:

1. There are lots of tiles to choose from.

2. There aren’t so many to choose from when you walk in and ask to see white wall tiles.

3. There are no floor tiles to choose from when you ask to see square gray tiles unless you mean giant squares or rectangle.

4. If you ask about the nice white marble wall tile after looking at the white ceramic tile, and you look and dress like me, you will be told “that’s too much money.”

My search for tiles (and a tile store) continues.

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