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We have drywall and tile

Here are a few before and after pictures with the drywall and tile installed. Wood-look tile is everywhere right now but I’m okay with joining the bandwagon. It’s one of the more realistic looking styles I’ve seen, and I’m a big fan of the 4 ft length. I had wanted to use this project to improve my tile skills, but it became unrealistic at 7 months pregnant. We did find a fantastic guy to set the tile, who was meticulous about mixing up the patterns and perfectly leveling each one, so I’m very happy with the results.

I didn’t really like the idea of having a master closet in a bathroom for moisture reasons, but moving the wall was a bit more of a financial commitment than I was willing to make for this house.

The Hardiebacker has also been installed for the shower walls. We added two recessed niches for storing soaps so we wouldn’t need any type of hanging organizer.

Next stop, drywall taping and texture.

Bathroom Updates

A minor update on the bathroom: we installed the tub! We picked one that bows out for just a few more inches of leg room. The drywall and tile installation begins soon…

Freeing an apricot tree

The dilapidated deck was one of two remaining dilapidated structures in the yard that we needed to demo. The most flimsy pieces of it were throw away over the past year(s) but the majority of the structure remained. A rat / black widow / rusty nail haven. With an exploring gsd, it had to go.


The apricot tree is happy to be freed. A front section of fence is the remaining dilapidated thing to demo, and it is also the last remaining maroon-painted thing I have to look at daily.

Open space

Our main living space has been mostly open since we took out a wall our first week living here, with the exception of this hanging cabinet blocking views into the kitchen. In a brief moment of insanity, I decided it was well worth the loss in cabinet storage to never have to look at it there again. And so…

Now I have a big spot to paint on the ceiling. Worth it.