The Master Bath is Complete


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Well it took just over three years but this last weekend we finished the renovation of our house!  Of course we will come up with other upgrades and projects but at this point every room of the house and the outside has been updated.

We wanted to expand the bathroom’s feel without out changing the overall footprint of the space.   There was an used closet that we removed and we converted the door to a pocket door to increase the usable space.   The new shower is built around a 2-curb Kohler pan, marble tile, a glass frameless enclosure, and a ceiling mounted rain shower head.  In keeping with the theme of the rest of the house we used DIY soapstone for the counter top and soapstone tiles over electric heat for the flooring. (M TEIXEIRA SOAPSTONE, Glen Rock NJ)

The vanity is wall mounted and matching the kitchen has a simplistic shaker inset design.  One unique feature of the vanity is a hidden latch system to operate as a secure child lock on the cabinet door.

The final design feature utilized the live edge red elm slab that I had milled from a tree in the yard when we moved in. (Custom Sawn Lumber from the Yard)  The shelves were thickness planed and then a hidden cleat was installed on the wall to make them appear to float.

Shaker Style Cabinets Build in Lancaster PA

It was hard to believe that I would end up building cabinets for a historic row house in Lancaster PA.   I was asked to build a set of custom shaker inset cabinets for a kitchen with 10′ ceilings.  In order to keep the theme consistent and not have duplicate face frames each wall is constructed as a single cabinet.   This project was a challenge but Rebecca liked it enough that I am currently duplicating the basic concepts in our kitchen in NJ.   Here are some pics from the build and install.  I will post final pics once the client completes the finishing touch

Family Room Rennovation

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It ended up being the right time to renovate the family room.  The room had a red brick fireplace with dark mortar, and wainscoting that was made from oak flooring vertical on the walls.   The project started as a simple placement of a TV above the fireplace and quickly spiraled into a full room update.   When I went to install the wires in the wall for the TV I could not easily access the wall behind the wainscot.  The previous owner had replaced the sheetrock under the oak with 1/2 ply nailed with a framing nailer.  Then the flooring was liquid nailed and nailed to the plywood.  After a lot of nail pulling and replacement sheetrock I matched the wainscot from the home theater with a Sapele chair rail.  For the fireplace I used a stack stone veneer and brought it all the way to the ceiling.  The hearth is bluestone and the mantle is a solid walnut beam I bought from the same guy near by that milled my tree last year.   The final pieces were new  furniture and a gas log set.   This is quickly is becoming our favorite room.

Shaker Style Bathroom Vanity

I just completed a bathroom project that I detailed in another post.  I wanted to show more detail related to the shaker style vanity I built for the project.   The cabinet is built from pre-finished maple ply overlaid with solid poplar.   The drawers are dovetailed maple and the top is solid walnut with a vessel sink.  The finish is painted and then covered in clear water based policy.

Full Bathroom Rennovation

I just completed our bathroom renovation.  The bathroom was in very rough shape and was original to the house from 1979.   This project required a full gut job, electrical, plumbing, tile, cabinetry and a lot of finish work.  I found a few surprises along the way including a liquid nailed drain part and a pan on the ceiling below to catch a leaking fitting.

All of the tiled surfaces were done with 12*24 porcelain tile and set on a waterproof red guard membrane.   The tub is a kohler cast iron tub that took six friends to get into place.  I build the vanity to look like a piece of furniture.  The main cabinet is poplar, the drawers are dovetailed maple, the top is solid walnut with a vessel sink.  It was a lot of work but now I don’t think I can wait to redo the master bath.

Update Laundry Room

I recently completed the laundry room project for our house.  I used the same porcelain tile that I used in the half bath and built custom cabinetry for the space.  The countertop is made from Sapele, and the cabinets are painted solid poplar frames and doors.   I added LED undercabinet lighting and build a storage bench for the space.

Half Bath Renovation

I finally got around to remodeling the half bath at our house.  The walls were covered in wall paper and didn’t match our style.   I removed the wall paper which was a horrible experience and repaired all the walls.  The floor is a porcelain tile made to look like wood.  I added a few wood touches (mirror and shelf) from the red elm tree we took down in our yard earlier this year.   The toilet is touch-less with a simple pedestal sink.

Wood Radiator Covers

Spent some time over the weekend building a few radiator covers with a friend for his house remodel.  They are constructed of solid pine and have a more classic shaker style.


New Pennington Millworks Shop Is Complete

Well it took a lot of time but the new Pennington Millworks is complete.   At this point I have recreated everything that was in Bound Brook and have made a few upgrades along the way.  The room has been completely gutted, rewired with its own 100 amp panel with dedicated circuits for each set of outlets, insulated with sound deadening mineral wool and R50 in the attic, new R18 garage doors with jack shaft motors and and a high lift kit, custom cabinets and saw tables, and a pine tongue and groove ceiling.

There are a few projects left to go including air conditioning and dust collection but those will come in time.



Face Frame and Doors for an Existing Wet Bar

I was asked to build some door to dress up the back side of a basement wet bar.  Based on the dimension I was able to build a complete face frame and doors as an assembly to simply screw in place to the existing structure.  The client requested black satin paint as the finish.