For those interested, I have new photos of my remodeling project, see http://totheweb.com/eichler/2006_remodel/earthquake_safety.html
Floor plans are at:
The project is on schedule for us to be back in the house at the end of August. Latest news is that all the new window and sliding glass doors are installed, the new slate tile floor is in place, and the drywall crew starts next Monday. After that the new kitchen cabinets will be installed (they are built and ready to go), then it's just finish the master bathroom, install appliances and more custom cabinetry, and we're done.
I remain completely jealous, this looks great. thanks too for documenting it in such detail, its a pleasure to live vicariously thru the photos -L
Great job it looks nice. May I ask how come u didnt choose Milguard sliders. :)
Tom, I looked at the Milgard, and while there are no doubt fine sliding glass doors, and their framing fits with the Eichler style (not too thick), I didn't like the handle style, it was too large and stuck out too far. The Blomberg handles are quite similar to the original Arcadia sliding door handles that I had in my house: low profile, very clean and simple. So it was really the handles that made me go with Blomberg.
Thanks for posting your remodeling pictures. Great to see.
Sure your slate will look great - we did 12" gray slate tiles in our kitchen/living room and multi-purpose room and have gotten nothing but compliments on it.
ps - in your first posting of the slate you commented about it looking 'homogeneous'
we too originally thought that the gray slate would look uniform, but when it was put in, it turned out to be more heterogeneous - and we actually ended up liking it a lot - our tiler did a great job of mixing/laying the tile so it doesn't look like a checkerboard...
you'll see that when the sun hits the floor at different angles it brings out different hues in the slate - blues and some greens...all natural and all very nice...
your other pics of the floor look great...
Diana, my general contractor hired the floor installer and at the moment I don't have a name for you. I will try to find out and let you know. They did an excellent job.