The Life of Brian.

The adventures of Brian the pug and his devotees.

23 January 2016

Tile installation complete

Check out our wild and crazy bathroom. Fixtures go in next week.

18 January 2016


The crazy bathroom wall is really coming together.

16 January 2016

We miss you Uncle David!

Brian the cuddle monster
Betty with the baby she got for Christmas 
Bonus video - Betty wants a grape

14 January 2016

Moving right along

The radio silence around here was due to the fact that we had a snafu in the renovation. First the City of Portland made us stop work due to a rogue inspector who thought we had taken down a load bearing wall. Then Christmas was a bit busier than usual for us this year. We took a trip with the whole family to Sunriver, Oregon about a week before Christmas, and then Ben's family came to visit us for a week and a half. So fun!

First a few photos from the family visit.

Teaching the Aussies how to play the dice game 10,000

Chloe getting into the local Portland culture

The Christmas tree at Pioneer Courthouse Square

All dressed up for winter!

Lunch at McMenamin's in Oregon City

Willamette Falls

No trip is complete without eating Voodoo Doughnuts

Mural at Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge

Now on to the renovation! We unfortunately have to stop work on the attic bathroom until we can afford to put in a dormer and hire a structural engineer. Hopefully we'll be able to finish it in about six months to a year. But the kitchen and main bath are really coming along!

Bathroom floor
Kitchen sink. It's gorgeous!

Sneak peak of our fancy induction cooktop.

Tiling progress on bathroom wall. We are leaving this work to the professionals, and I'm so glad. Ben and I found this pattern online, and I ran around for days trying to find a tile manufacturer that would make these. They're hand made in Portland!
Oven and cooktop cabinets.
Kitchen sink and dishwasher cabinet. Fridge will go to the left of the sink.
Looking in to the kitchen from the living room

Game cabinet that faces the living room
That's it for now! We'll be installing the kitchen floor and painting the cabinets soon, so I'll post photos of our progress.

20 December 2015


Happy Subie.

08 December 2015

Main Bathroom

Spent the last couple days doing demo on our existing bathroom. It was awesome to take out our old, nasty vanity, and the cast iron tub. Tiling starts in a couple days. I can't wait! We are replacing the tub with a walk in shower.

Starting demo

Bye bye tub

Almost there!

Bye bye sink. Enjoy your new life in the landfill.

Done! At least it's spacious!

The stamp on the bottom of the cast iron tub

Made in November 1925. Thank you for 90 years of service. See ya!

03 December 2015

Guest Bath

We're making progress on the 2nd bath addition. For such a tiny bathroom, it's been a big headache. A lot of planning goes into such a tiny space. I agonized for weeks over the placement of the bathroom, and then where all the fixtures will go. But it's going to be worth it!

In order to maintain the attic space as a bedroom, there was really only space for a half bath. However, we really wanted to have a second shower and a dedicated guest space, so the idea of a wet bath was born. It's essentially a shower stall with a toilet and a sink in it. Good thing felines don't like water, because there's not enough room to swing a cat in there. Anyone who has been to my (condo)minium knows that I do have a fondness for small spaces.

The electrician was here today to do the rough wiring, so this weekend will be spent furiously waterproofing and tiling. Fingers crossed we can get it done by next week!

Outside looking in. It's hard to get a good photo of such a small space!

Ben hard at work. I wasn't allowed to do much for a few weeks after my surgery, so I was in charge of photography and handing Ben tools. It was horrible!
After the plumbing work, the most costly part of this project has been purchasing all the waterproofing supplies, so I really tried to keep the cost of tiles down. Luckily I was able to take advantage of the Pratt & Larson Outlet Store. Pratt & Larson is a local tile manufacturer. All their tile is handmade at the factory in SE Portland. We ordered the tile for our main bathroom from them. They make everything to order, so we'll have a locally made, custom pattern (more on this later). Doesn't get more Portland than that! Anyway, they have an outlet with factory seconds, and I was able to pick up 20 square feet of floor tile for a steal! The walls will be tiled in a basic subway tile.

We've borrowed most of the tilling tools from the North East Portland Tool Library (NEPTL for the win), and we're doing the tiling ourselves, so we've been able to keep the cost manageable.

Bonus pug photo.
Not long after I made the bed this morning, I went to check on the dogs, Brian had buried himself under the covers.