So, it is finally here! We are putting our ducks in a row to gut and remodel our only, yes, I said ONLY bathroom in the entire house. Since this house was built in 1907, the bathroom was an afterthought. We have the original bathroom that you can access through a door on the porch (believe it or not, we do not use this one 🙂 )
and then you have a very small one on the inside built from the same room as the one on the porch. We are going to take down the wall in between the porch bathroom and the inside bathroom and make it one large room. At least, that is what we plan. It seems that every time we get the sledge hammer out, we find something we were not expecting and then, we are delayed, or the project comes to a complete halt. Hopefully, this is not the case with the bathroom. I am tired of walking on plywood floors in there.
The plywood? Let me tell you how that came about… Shortly after we moved in, I was curious to see if the original wood floor was underneath the very ugly peel and stick tiles that lined the floor at that time. So, I bought a crowbar and pulled them all up. I found more peel and stick tiles, so, I pulled them up too! By about that time, my husband came home and found me over my head in peel and stick tiles. I guess he decided, if you can’t beat them, join ’em…. He grabbed the crowbar and helped me pull up the plywood. What we found? MORE peel and stick tiles. Sheesh! Under those peel and stick tiles was another subfloor of plywood and then the original floor. The condition of the original floor was not bad, except around the tub. Whoever the genius was who installed these multi layers of tiles and plywood, did not caulk around the tub. So, all of the flooring around the tub was rotted. I was wondering how in the world it was holding up my very heavy cast iron tub. I imagined myself one day enjoying a nice bubble bath when all of a sudden CRASH and I am peering up through a five foot hole, visiting with the cats who live under my house.
We deliberated on several projects to move forward with this summer. We decided on the bathroom in the hope that if we invest money there and, when that is complete, spruce up the kitchen, we may be able to get the bank to take a second look at our house. As I said in previous posts, the appraiser told the bank that our house only has a 20 year life expectancy and that even after we complete the necessary repairs, our house would not appraise for enough to cover our loan. Frustrating! The main reason for this is, the bank made us tack on projects that we did not want. But, they convinced us that it would make the appraisal value higher, thereby it pushed the contractor’s fee up to around $80k (in his pocket), plus the material costs. What mainly frustrates me about this is, I don’t need a contractor to make the repairs to our house. I need a roofing company, a plumber and a carpenter…the rest of the work we can do ourselves (we have pretty much done it already anyway). This is our third house redo. I guess the politics of the whole thing aggravate me. To read more about it, visit some of my previous posts on the subject.
So, back to the subject at hand. Here is a picture of my bathroom, and here are pictures of the fixtures, tub etc. that we will be adding to it.