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Finally slowed down a bit this year, renovations didn't go super far last year because I spent a few months in the US and worked a lot when I was back home. Now focusing on finishing the renovations of my apartment, bathroom is 99% done, just gotta wait for a few things to dry and put back the window on its frame, test for leaks with water pressure turned on at max, and put the door back on.

Lots of mistake on that one room along the way, the worse one being that because I was changing the window I stupidly decided to do the tiles around before I put on the frame so that I wouldn't have to do perfect cuts because they would be covered up (a friend was helping me with the window and I wanted to use his expertise putting the frame right there and then, instead of waiting for the whole room to be tiled), but turns out it's not so easy to tile a wall from the top to bottom because of something called gravity. Had to keep on putting supports on the wall and making sure everything was 100% horizontal to the millimeter because the tiles would slide down while the glue was still soft otherwise. Took longer than it should have because of that to tile the whole room, but it turned out ok in the end. Also I bought some super solid tiles thinking it would be a good thing, but that meant they could only be cut with a disk cutter and piercing them was a pain in the dick.


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Trying to finish toilets and kitchen next. Most other rooms just need some paint and touch-ups and putting shelves and such in the closets. I also intend on doing one last round of finely polishing all the hardwood floors before I can start furnishing.

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It's a layer of plastic that comes as a roll and which you cut with a box-cutter, glued to the old floor with joints on the sides so water can't seap under it. Tiling the floor would have raised it too high compared to the rest of the apartment, and forced me to cut the door. Or I would have had to break the old tiles which were small and glued to the concrete below directly and since the floor was already straight, i didn't feel like breaking it all, so I just covered it all. Good thing is it makes it easy to swap out the top layer if I want to change it for another color or if it gets damaged. It's also nicer for the feet than tiles: doesn't slide as much and is less cold to the touch.

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Toilet done! Doesn't necessarily look like it needed an overhaul from the pictures but the toilet itself was really bad, the walls were all damaged, the dry-wall on the right was moldy at the base because it touched the floor, etc. Was hoping to actually break it and leave it open to gain a few centimeters on the width of the room but there were too many pipes in all directions behind it, would have looked stupid so I rebuilt it brand new.

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On 4/26/2018 at 5:26 PM, Corwin said:

Finally slowed down a bit this year, renovations didn't go super far last year because I spent a few months in the US and worked a lot when I was back home. Now focusing on finishing the renovations of my apartment, bathroom is 99% done, just gotta wait for a few things to dry and put back the window on its frame, test for leaks with water pressure turned on at max, and put the door back on.

Lots of mistake on that one room along the way, the worse one being that because I was changing the window I stupidly decided to do the tiles around before I put on the frame so that I wouldn't have to do perfect cuts because they would be covered up (a friend was helping me with the window and I wanted to use his expertise putting the frame right there and then, instead of waiting for the whole room to be tiled), but turns out it's not so easy to tile a wall from the top to bottom because of something called gravity. Had to keep on putting supports on the wall and making sure everything was 100% horizontal to the millimeter because the tiles would slide down while the glue was still soft otherwise. Took longer than it should have because of that to tile the whole room, but it turned out ok in the end. Also I bought some super solid tiles thinking it would be a good thing, but that meant they could only be cut with a disk cutter and piercing them was a pain in the dick.


bathroom.gif

Trying to finish toilets and kitchen next. Most other rooms just need some paint and touch-ups and putting shelves and such in the closets. I also intend on doing one last round of finely polishing all the hardwood floors before I can start furnishing.

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It took me way longer than planned because I spent almost half of the last year in the US and was working a lot whenever I was around my hometown, but I'm almost there! Moving in on the 21st after a plumber comes to clean up and revise the central heater. The kitchen is still covered in plastic because it needs a last coat of paint, and I have a bunch of small things to finish like adding shelves in some of the closets, and I'm still expecting some furniture and such for living room, but it should take about a week, maybe 2 to be completely done.

Some shots!

Main bedroom 1:

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Main bedroom 2:

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Office:

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Entrance:

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10 hours ago, Vilham said:

Much nicer, done anything to improve the energy efficiency of the flat like new windows?

Windows were actually surprisingly decent so I didn't change anything there.

I do have a cold spot in my kitchen: since I use natural gas to cook, to follow the french safety norms I am supposed to have a ventilation both at ceiling level and at ground level so the gas can escape if there's a leak. Because I am a law abiding citizen, I pierced an air vent on the ground level through the door to the loggia and through the wall of the loggia to the outside. But now you can feel the cold air going through quite a bit when it's windy outside (it's the wrong side of the building that gets most of the wind). I'm gonna lose some heat and that's bad, so I'm working on a solution to cut the wind but still allow the air to move through. The positive side is that the flat is generally pretty well ventilated through inner chimneys between apartments in the building, so while that might increase my heating bill, it'll keep mold away and such. This area of France can be pretty damp a lot of the year.

In other news, I finally bought myself a computer that can run Crysis...

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