Hello Vertical Artisans -- just posted new photos of the completed 6'X8' walk-in mining cave shower connected to our mining cave rec room. The shower features brushed nickel fixtures, a LED rain showerhead and 100 yr old weathered boards for a blocked off tunnel effect used throughout the mining cave rec room. The floor is Turkish river stone done by a master tile installer from Germany, the only outside help I used on the whole project due to knee problems. It was a tricky floor to complete…Continue
Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on September 20, 2014 at 4:20pm — No Comments
And if you are wondering what 20 min movie reel is hanging on the wall -- it is The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 1976 starring Ben Gazzara and directed by John Cassavetes. Horrible movie that belongs in a dark cave.Continue
Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on January 12, 2014 at 9:38pm — No Comments
Hello Vertical Artisans. Hope the Christmas season brought you much joy and 2014 is off to a good start. There are updated photos & slideshow with descriptions of our mining cave rec room which is done except for decorating with vintage movie posters, old newspapers and more like a big screen TV in the cave theater and one by the restored 1920s speakeasy bar. The restored 1929 seats from the Avalon Theater in Milwaukee turned out sharp. The final phase to complete the theme rec room is…Continue
Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on January 12, 2014 at 9:10pm — No Comments
Hello Vertical Artisans.
I added a few new photos of my two completed 8'L x 4'W x 3'H tunnels that branch out from my "mining cave" rec room. (They were difficult to do with a splatter gun due to the confined space.) One tunnel is to be a BB gun range. The other is a "gold mine" with a gold mining car and track. There are captions for these photos.
Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on August 27, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments
Hello Vertical Artisans. I posted a few new photos of my "mining cave" rec room. My wife and I just completed the finish coat although my camera might not do it justice due to the "darkness" of the project. We've splatter 6 tons of concrete stucco so far and have another 1/2 ton to finish off 2 small tunnels that still need to be framed out -- one for what will be a BB gun range and the other just for show as a gold mine with a gold mining car. We still have to stain and seal the cave…Continue
Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on August 5, 2013 at 10:58pm — 1 Comment
Our “mining cave” project is part of the basement of our 100+ yr old the brick bungalow. With all the obstructions in these old houses like a cistern and heating pipes I had to try something different. The photos are only the scratch coat. The size of the cave is 35’ x 15’ plus an entrance area and a “cave” ½ bathroom. Bathroom is simple and rustic. A hand beaten nickel vessel sink and hand pump faucet in a rock vanity. Eventually I’ll add a cave shower room by the cave…Continue
Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on June 26, 2013 at 9:20pm — 1 Comment
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