Blog: Renovations

New Stairs at Christina Lake

What a joy to install a new set of stairs right on Christina Lake in the bright spring sunshine!

The front deck of the Sunflower B&B needed two sets of new stairs, plus new posts under the deck. When I took out the old posts, they were completely rotten, so it’s a very good thing the owner had me do this now.

The B&B is a beautiful log home, and these stairs lead to the lake, where my family joined me for a day to kayak and skip pebbles. We enjoyed watching a loon on water and a bald eagle circling directly above us, and at the end of the day I was able to take a little tour in a kayak with my son.


Glass Shower Stall

The glass shower stall chosen by the owners suited the clean lines and contmeporary look of the bathroom.

We were hung up a bit on finishing the shower stall because the shower doors were back ordered, and the plumber needed to make some adjustments to the drain placement to allow the pan to fit properly.

When the shower doors did arrive, we were able to finish the bathroom, and it looked like a totally different room to what was there before. Goodbye 1970s, hello 2010!

Electrical Towel Rack

The floor tile in this bathroom was a neutral grey colour, which combined with the 8″ x 12″ white tile on the walls gives the bathroom a clean, modern look.

A heated towel rack added a bit of the luxurious to this bathroom reno. And the uncluttered modern look was continued in the pedestal sink with towel bar underneath.

Electrical In-Floor Heat

Self-leveling cement was poured over the wiring of the in-floor heat system to level the floor. Then Schluter-DITRA was layed down in preparation for the tile.

Usually under tile, two layers of 5/8″ plywood subfloor is necessary for the proper rigidity to prevent cracking. Yet this would have made the bathroom floor much higher than the hallway floor. The Schluter-DITRA grid system is only 3/16″ thick and replaces one of the layers of plywood.