Monday, June 24, 2013

Bathroom Update

You'd think by how long it's been between posts that the bathroom would be done. Nope. But, having said that, it looks a little more like a bathroom now.

Here's what it looked like after they put the walls up. Oh, the original plan was to leave the walls alone since they were in good shape. But, that changed when the plumber came. I got that, "I have to show you something," statement that always makes your stomach hurt. Turns out the plumbing that ran to the two showers was not right. The pipes were too small (1/2 inch) and they needed to find out where the 3/4 inch pipes stopped and tap into those and run the same size all the way up to the bathroom. The image that popped into my head was like something out of "The Money Pit" with holes the the walls up from the lower level.

Luckily, the pipes that they needed to tap into were only just behind where the toilet was on the other wall. So, after the plumber spent the whole day running new pipe we were missing half of a wall. The guys doing most of the work just decided it would be easier to tear them all out. So, while it costs more, at least we have new walls. That's good, right? I said RIGHT?

Anyway, they now have all the tile installed in the shower and on the floor, as well as new paint on the walls.

The tile isn't as brownish as this shows. Blame it on poor white balance. Of course, do you really care about the color of the tile in my bathroom? Weirdo. 

Tomorrow they come to measure for the vanity top and for the shower door. Soon, maybe I can stop having to walk downstairs to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The start of the new bathroom

So, finally, we are having our master bathroom remodeled. It's not like we were planning on doing it the year after we moved in 10 years ago or anything. (Hint: we were.)

I never really thought we'd ever get around to it, but we couldn't take it anymore. You know things are bad when you area happy to stay in a hotel because the bathroom is so much nicer than yours. Like the vanity isn't from the late 60s. And not the cool part of the 60s either, but the drab, dreary part.

So here area couple of before shots.

Here we have the beautiful vanity. I'm not entirely sure what the material is on top, but I'm sure it looked cool under a black light or while on LSD. Now it's just fugly. Oh, you can kind of see the shower in the mirror. It didn't take a photo of the inside of the shower because I didn't want to gross anybody out. It was bad. No amount of cleaner could help it anymore.

Here you can see the shower off to the right and the toilet. Nothing terrible here as the floor is relatively recent, not from us though, as is the toilet. The door with the mirror on it is another lovely relic from the late 60s. It reminds me of the ugly brown paneling that everyone had back then. Why was that considered nice looking? Seriously, it's like every designer from that time had some sort of color deficiency with their eyeballs.

Today they came in and tore everything out. The walls are still up. But the ceiling, shower and fixtures are all gone. See, you can see the inside of the roof and everything.

Now the wall where the vanity was is just mostly white with some black globs of some sort of glue that held the mirror on the wall. Surprisingly, they got the mirror off without breaking it. No seven years of bad luck for this house.

The funny thing here, which nobody else will notice, is how high the ceiling went. Inside the shower it was only about six-and-a-half feet tall. It looked like some duct work was in there, but nope, just for "looks" I guess. This shower is going to seem so much bigger now.

I'll try to update as we go along. I know this is the highlight of everyone's life right now.