Renovation Story

House Progress + Flooring Decisions

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

It’s a busy week for us with our Las Vegas renovation project, we’re in Official Demo Mode and much is changing! The good kind of change…

We decided to hire two handyman helpers that came highly recommended to assist us this week to speed up the demo process. We have high pitched ceilings in three spaces, the dining room, living room, and master bedroom so yesterday our handyman helpers brought their scaffolding and scraped that popcorn ceilings. Today they will be patched and they await priming and painting. Even though we’ve scraped popcorn ourselves, we dreaded the idea of scraping those high ceilings so it was money well spent!

entry and living room


master bedroom popcorn removed


We are moving a few electrical boxes for better lighting placement and spent the morning moving a HVAC duct (I mentioned here how I hated the location of it). Just those 3 feet make a difference and now it won’t be right up next to the new fixture.

moving hvac duct

We have one more to move and then I’ll share the steps on how we accomplished it, it wasn’t too difficult!

Also the improvements to the fireplace I mentioned last week have begun…. attacking it with a hammer and crowbar is quite therapeutic… we’re saying goodbye to the sheetrock mantel and filling the niche, yes! That brown tile is next….

fireplace reno

We debated what kind of flooring upstairs, more carpet, hardwood, vinyl plank ? We decided on carpet for the hallway and in the bedrooms upstairs, it’s more affordable and easier to install quickly. Something light with a subtle geometric print is what I’m thinking of.

carpet samples

This house has three yes three different kinds of carpet inside, all of them are pretty cruddy, stained, torn in places, and none of them match so we will be removing it all and replacing the baseboards too.

Another major issue is the random divide in two spaces between the existing tile (which isn’t bad) and the three varieties of stained carpet (so icky), here it is in the family room and breakfast nook…. 

 two kinds of flooring

… and the entry and living room.

different flooring

** light fixtures for sale!!!  any buyers?  Bueller ?

I know this look is common in a lot of homes, but we decided if we’re replacing the carpet we decided we might as well replace the tile too for that seamless look we’re going for. For the downstairs flooring, I’ll be partnering with Daltile™ and installing porcelain plank wood tile. We’re really excited about it! This house is in the desert so tile floors make so much sense and since there is a pool in the backyard, we won’t worry about water damage as people go in and out all day. 

The flooring downstairs will be the same throughout in the bathroom, kitchen, dining, living and family room. It took me months to decide but we’ve settled on the Daltile™  Forest Park collection in the Sugar Maple Color Body.

daltile sugar maple

It’s a mid tone color, not too dark, not too light, which will be really lovely against all the fresh white walls and trim. I almost went with the Timberland (darker color) but thought it would be too dark if installed all over the entire downstairs and in this home we’re going for light and bright so Sugar Maple won.

daltile forest park floor samples


We debated whether to do a herringbone pattern (left) which would be fab but decided instead to install it in a classic brick joint pattern (right) with 9" x 36" planks right up next to each other for the thinnest grout lines possible.

patterns for wood plank tile


Here’s a picture I found of the same product we chose installed in the same pattern in a bathroom, I love it! 

forest park sugar maple porcelain tile flooring

cederberg kitchens

If you’re in the market for a similar product, check out Daltile’s ten different porcelain wood tile options like the Season Wood line for a weathered look. 

daltile seasonwood


Acacia Valley has gorgeous variegated tones designed to replicate acacia wood.

daltile acacia valley

See all of Daltile’s wood porcelain tile looks here. Find your local Daltile dealer here to see the products for yourself! I’ll be posting about the installation of the porcelain tile flooring in our house when it happens.

The best news is when we arrived yesterday the pool wall had been repaired and it is now safe to swim in…. so nice to take a dip between all the hard work in 100 degree weather! Oh yes the tile doesn’t match but the plan is to replace it all the winter (see the broken glass block wall before here, ew). Baby steps… baby steps…

pool after

Lots of decisions and trips to the home improvement store this week, more progress updates coming soon. Back to work I go….


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Contemporary Fireplace Ideas

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

One more project on our To Do list this month and next at the fixer house is the fireplace. It’s an architectural feature and focal point so we want to get this right.

This one is in a corner position in the family room which is never my favorite location, I do prefer a fireplace that is flush against a wall but I’m not totally opposed to this one especially since just to the right there is a 48” space for a media console below and flat screen above which means I can avoid hanging the TV above the fireplace. Not that it would be bad or wrong, quite the opposite, hanging a TV above the fireplace is a common these days and one of several ways to decorate around a television. I still plan to put some art or a mirror there instead.

corner fireplace

There are several issues here, the first is that random niche off to the right side. I apologize for swearing but What The Hell. I don’t understand the rationale of that niche so it’s the first thing to go with a framed sheetrock patch. Before it goes, I may stage some random vignettes on Instagram for fun, I have the perfect empty liquor bottle + fake flower combo in mind. Or perhaps a shrine of thrift store animal figurines.

fireplace 2

The boring beige tile is next to be removed followed by a restructuring or rescaping  (just made up that word) of the mantel surround. My first idea is involves very clean lines and an extension of the gas line to make it less visible by repositioning it. I like the idea of a box of framed smooth textured wall (inexpensive) for the surround, perhaps with a tile inset, or a stone mantel (way expensive). These ideas caught my eye.

contemporary fireplace elledecor

elle decor

mod fireplace paper city

paper city mag

house beautiful 

modern fireplace facade

 sweet something designs 

modern fireplace styleathome

style at home 

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