This is how our weekends always seem to turn out: we get started on our house projects it's already incredibly late and we're scratching our heads wondering where the morning has disappeared to. Today was no different- by the time we'd grabbed a quick coffee, went to Home Depot to pick up necessary materials, and got everything unloaded back at the house it was already past one o'clock in the afternoon! (How time flies when you're having fun...)
Today's mission was to complete the next step of our living room/fire place remodel. First, while I tidied up the house, Joe cut pieces of hardi-backer to size (That was a very loud endeavor which left a thick cloud of dust lingering in the room). Next he had to screw them to the floor around the fire place. After this was done, we mixed up a batch of thin set. It looked easy as Joe spread a nice even layer of the mixture over the hardi-backer so I wanted to try- well, it wasn't quite as easy as it looked - Joe was much better at it than me so I just let him finish. The next step of setting the tiles was quite fun. Joe layed the tile on the thin set while I held & set the spacers. Using a straight piece of wood as our guide and leveler we set the next tile, and the next, and so on until it was all done. Now we'll wait for that to dry so that we can grout the space between the tiles.
One step at a time and working side-by-side is our mode of operations from here on out, and how we'll get it all done.