Home Remodeling

Vilgāle apt update: Tiling Bathroom Wall

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It has been a while since our latest update from the Vilgāle apartment in Latvia. Back in the Summer, I did flooring work, by installing laminate and tiling the bathroom floor. From the large tasks left, a shower is among the priorities.  As most of the piping work has been done, the floor has been tiled in the bathroom, it was left to the tile wall on which the shower will stand, install a water boiler, and lastly install the shower itself. At the start of January 2023, my brother helped me…


More Laminate flooring, Tiles for the Bathroom + some electricity works

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After the tile removal in the kitchen and hallway area, it was already agreed - I will re-install laminate there. Additionally, after hydro isolation works in the bathroom I decided I will tile again. I was very scared before the new tile job and measured everything 10 times before applying tile glue. Also, I decided to go for 6mm spacers (instead of 3mm) I bought 8m2 of laminate, but was bit short after my first day, bought additioanal 4m2 at the end I had to spend a good afternoon deciding…


Demolishing tiles, Hydroisolation for bathroom

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A few weeks ago I did the tile job in the kitchen and hallway for our Vilgāle apartment. In the end, I was not happy with the result, not happy with the tile job (which could be done better), and not satisfied with the visual looks.  At one point I decided to list this apartment for sale as it is, with asking price EUR 25,000. As I didn't get any request during more than 7 days, I decided I still want to sell this flat but I will make it look better, will finish bathroom.  One of the first…


How To Tile Kitchen / hallway floor

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The time had finally come and I was ready to tile the kitchen and hallway floors at our Vilgale apartment. A year ago I would say  - no way I'm going to do it myself, but here you go, I did it all on my own, with some research on Youtube and a lot of encouragement from friends who have done it. As it is in our Tbilisi apartment - I decided to go with large 60cmx60cm tiles, which I bought at the local DEPO store (in Liepaja) In total I purchased tiles to cover 21m2, which turned out too much,…


New Investment Project - Summer House with Garden in Latvia

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Welcome to another interesting project in the home remodeling series. - summer house with a garden in SouthWest Latvia. It turns out this is already the third, ongoing home remodeling project featured on the blog. Exciting. This is the project my fiancee actually bought, without first seeing it - the price seemed very good, not to take this property. I was a bit skeptical at the start, as we still have another ongoing renovation project with the apartment in Vilgale, but I found this offer a…


Installing laminate flooring, painting walls

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During the weekend I did a lot at our Vilgāle apartment, fixed some electric plugs, painted walls, and installed the floor, but first things first - it was agreed to save huge on the floor by choosing laminate instead of parquet. We paid less than EUR 9/m2 for laminate and saved on installation as I did it myself. Parquet would cost about EUR 40-50/m2. I chose DEPO store in Riga to buy the floor and tools In total paid EUR 378 for about 32m2 laminate, figure saw and wooden fiber boards (the…


Polishing, Painting and some cable works

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I spent another day at our Vilgāle apt, today's plan was to polish the ceiling and wall (I yesterday plastered) and add the base layer of paint for the living room and hallway. In the morning we went to Majai un darzam store in Kuldīga, where I bought a bucket of paint, some plugs, and switches, special screws for drywall, so I can properly install the lamp from IKEA, and the day started. Yesterday I decided to apply more plaster on kitchen wall (under the window) today Ibpolished it and…


Wall Plastering, Ceiling Paint, Some Electricity works

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It has been a while since the latest update from the Vilgale apartment, in fact, it has been 3 months since I last visited it. Now, having a Spring break from QSI school in Tbilisi, we decided to visit Latvia for some 2 weeks and do some things - like continuing with the renovation works at the Vilgāle apt. I bought some materials back in Riga at the Depo store and was the very happy and enthusiastic starting day today at Vilgāle. This is where we were left before the New Year of 2022. Today I…


Paint job for Bedroom and Kitchen

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Today early morning I checked out of the lovely Šaha klubs apartments in Kuldīga to come and paint our Vilgāle apt. While driving to Vilgāle my fiance proposed we could prebook such lovely apartments in Kuldīga for the Summer Festival - I had to reply, well we have Vilgāle, huh? arriving early I started applying second layer of paint in the bedroom, here is what I got Next is to install electricity plugs and lamps, add hardwood floring More work here, but also needs to paint, add plugs and…


Paint Job at Vilgāle apt

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It is already more than one year since I first opened doors at the Vilgāle apt and saw what have I bought at an online auction.  during the past year, we have done a lot, removed walls, floors, built new walls, ceilings, and even floors. Now we are very close to the last details, from the major works are left the bathroom with sauna (tiles) and hardwood flooring. At the end of December 2021, I visited Latvia for about 2 weeks and I decided it's time to start the paint job and finish the rest…