Wednesday, September 16, 2020

This Gardener Got In trouble Today

 There is a small piece of grass along our fence from our neighbor's side and it is a bit difficult to mow.  Every time we cut the grass, the lawnmower always catches on the fence so I thought of just removing the grass and plant a low maintenance plant (yucca) there.  So I got done removing all the grass and halfway done planting the plant when our neighbor told my husband that the planting has to stop.  He informed us that that side of the yard is his property.  When we bought this property, we asked the owner where the property ends and he told us that it ends where the concrete driveway of our neighbor is.  Our fault was not having our property surveyed, we took the word of the former owner and that was a big mistake. 

I felt sick when he told my husband that because I worked on it for two whole days and our neighbor  didn't tell me anything.  He should have stopped me on day one since I was there the entire time.  I know it's my fault for assuming it was our property but still, the fact that we are the one mowing it, I thought they would be okay with it.     I hope and pray that they don't sue me for invading their property.  We promised that we will put the grass back.  

Anyway, now I want to hire a surveyor to mark our property line.  My question is, do I have to keep mowing that side of the yard since it’s theirs?  

Yep, the gardener in me got in trouble today and I feel bad for not asking their permission first.  It might have been a different scenario if I had asked.  I would have not wasted my time trying to beautify their side of the fence. I have to remind myself that not all people like plants and that I do understand.  I consider myself lucky that they did not call the police on me for trespassing.

My husband said that the guy was friendly at first then switched to being  straightforward and said "The planting has to stop, it's my property".  Oh well, I tried (and failed miserably).  Lesson learned.  

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

#BathroomRenovation Part 3 : The Final Reveal

So we started our renovation on Mother's Day and happy to say that we finished it on Father's Day.  Doing home renovation is physically exhausting and financially draining.  My husband said that if we will ever buy another house, that we will buy a newly built one so we don't have to tackle with renovation.  I told him not to worry about it because this will be our last home lol.  Seriously speaking, I couldn't be anymore proud of my family  working together in doing this project.  My husband and our two teenagers  helped us finished this major upgrade.  
Delta Flynn shower head
I know my husband is not fond of things hanging on a shower head but we don't have a place to put soap and shampoo so he doesn't have a choice but to agree with me, ha!
Delta Flynn towel ring.. I know my husband wanted a neutral color for the decorative towel but I want to splash a feminine color just to have some pop of color in there.
Delta Flynn multi purpose hook (for used towels) or I can hook a plant there, if hubby won't oppose.
This bathroom is so small that we have to think ways of what we can do to have space to put towels and other bathroom products.  You see that pink cup hanging on the side of the vanity? We call that "tabo" in the Philippines.  You'll know you're in a Fil-Am home when you see one of those tabo lol.
Delta Flynn double tower bar 
Delta Flynn toilet paper holder 
Scott Living Durham 36-in White Oak Single Sink Bathroom Vanity with Carrara natural marble top
Allen Roth mirror brushed stainless steel finish
Exquisite spare toilet holder
Delta Flynn faucet
Delta Flynn double tower bar 
MAAX Duel shower door
 I am so glad we finished this one already because  the mess in our bedroom was stressing me out.  I am happy to reclaim an organized, dust-free, and clean bedroom to sleep in at night.  We didn't get to finish it on my birthday which I was hoping for but I'm grateful and so happy to have finished this project on Father's Day. I know it was a big relief for my husband as well.

#BathroomRenovation Part 2: Cutting and Laying Tiles, Grouting, Sealing, Painting, etc

Since we couldn't do anything for days due to the fact that we were waiting for the availability of the plumber, my husband and daughter  started to pre-cut the tiles that  we will use on the floor.  My daughter did all the measuring and my husband cut them.  Measuring stuff is not my cup of tea so I was out on this part of the renovation.  These two on the other hand love to do the precise measuring and cutting.
My husband taught my daughter how to use the tile cutter.
We opted for a bigger tile to make an illusion of a bigger space.  Our master suite (or not)  is very small so I wanted to make it look bigger and brighter so white tiles with a little bit of gray streak was the best option.
Our daughter laid the tiles on the floor by herself.  My husband helped her with the mudding but she did a great job.  There are some that were not leveled because she walked on it before the mortar sets in.
I am so proud of my daughter, shes the most hardworking 15 year old that I know.  When she put her mind into something, she will not stop  until it is done.  She is always willing to help us in our home projects.  She never hesitates to help.
Our son helped with the  sealing of the grout that his Dad applied  in between the tiles.
After the floor tiles has been grouted and sealed, hubby installed the new toilet.  Yay, no more green toilet in the bathroom!  We bought this toilet  back in December of last year as it went on sale but we didn't install it right away since we were going to gut the whole bathroom out anyway so we waited.  The only thing I don't like about this toilet is that the tank is a bit smaller than the old one and the way it is designed, there was a gap in between the tank and  the wall so we had to prop it up to make sure that the tank won't wobble.  There were also some imperfection inside this toilet but it was okay.
Hubby was not very fond of this tile when it was time to use it on the wall.  He said it was hard sticking it on the wall as  the weight tends to pull down and even mashed the small spacers that we were using.  As per recommendation by the experts, he didn't start from the very bottom but instead on the second layer and propped it with a piece of wood.
It took him two days to lay the tiles on the walls.  He got a lot of exercise going up and down as he cut each piece of the tiles and laid them.
I was my husband assistant doing the cleaning of debris, wiping messes, handing tools, and helping him carry heavy stuff upstairs. Although I wanted to help with the tiles as I like doing that job (I helped him laid tiles at our first home when we renovated the basement), I let them do all that in this bathroom.  Maybe on the bigger bathroom that we are going to renovate next, I will be able to do the tiling.

When my husband got done with the tiling, I did the painting of the walls.  Again, we opted for white paint to make an illusion of a bigger space.  The color of this bathroom when we bought it was green just like the fixtures in it (bathtub, toilet and vanity).   I am sure that it was the trend back then and it looks nice when it was new but it was outdated when we bought it.
When the paint dried up, my husband and I put the vanity in place.  We bought  two vanities from Lowe's and have it delivered since they were really heavy. We chose the  Scott Living Durham 36-in White Oak Single Sink Bathroom Vanity with Carrara natural marble top because the marble top  looks similar to the  tiles that we used.  I love the fact that it has soft closing drawers as well.
These  vanities was designed by Drew and Jonathan Scott to enhance and modernize any bathroom.  I like the natural Italian Carrara marble top  backsplash and rectangular undermount ceramic.
We opted for the Delta Flynn brand for the faucet, shower head, towel rack,  tissue holder, and hooks.
Here are some of the short videos that I recorded of my daughter's hardwork.
We decided to get rid of the tub since we don't really take bath but shower.  We bought this shower door online since  there was none at the store that we like.  It was heavy as heck when we picked it up from the store.  Their delivery fee cost almost a hundred so we picking it up with our CRV was the best option.
This MAAX Duel shower door has 74-in height and 56-in to 59-in width frameless bypass sliding brushed nickel clear glass doors. I like the fact that both doors slides. The glasses are so heavy and it was hard carrying it upstairs going on a narrow stairs that we have.
This shower door took a long time to install.  My husband thought that frameless would be a lot easier but he was dead wrong lol.  The shower door that he installed at our old house has a frame but he installed it alone without my help.  With this frameless one, even with my help it was hard.
Drilling holes on the tile was nerve wracking as well as it might crack but luckily, none of it did.
There were parts included that we couldn't figure out  the use for.  The booklet instruction was confusing.  We had to watch some videos on youtube because the manual sucks.
We installed this shower door on a day before Father's Day and we worked on it till ten o'clock in the evening. I felt so bad for my husband, he looked like he was so beaten down and exhausted lol.
The towel rack that we used to have is old so we bought this Exquisite bathroom organizer set which includes 3-shelf over the toilet organizer,  4 hook over the door hanger, and spare toilet paper holder.  It has a satin finish that goes with the colors of the fixture we chose so it was perfect.
When it comes to manual, I hate reading it.  I'd rather figure out the assembly by looking at the illustration rather than reading it step by step.  This organizer has a lot of pieces but they were labeled correctly and the  illustration was simple and easy to follow.
 We also replaced our old mirror with an Allen Roth mirror brushed stainless steel finish.  I like our old one but it was too big and it was not proportioned with the  size of our new vanity which is a lot smaller than the  old one.
This project took us  8 weeks to finish but that's because hubby is working and we could  only work on it fully during the weekends.  I am so proud of this guy, he is my "John" of all trade.  He did  an awesome job with this renovation.  I was just his side kick to cheer him on when he was getting frustrated with the job.  The last part of my renovation post will be the reveal.  You may see the first part here.  

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