Wednesday, January 7, 2015

In For a Penny, In For a Pound.

That is my name for the bathroom renovation, currently going on in my master bathroom, and soon to spread throughout this entire house. The time had come for us to get going on it - our master bathroom was cheap and ugly and gross. And if we were going to do one bathroom, we might as well do the other one - worth it for the new plumbing alone. And then if we were going to redo the bathrooms, did we want new doors on them? And then, do we want new doors on all of the doors? And how about the linen cabinets - those should match, right? And new molding to tie everything together. Plus the brick around the fireplace is ugly, so why not get a remnant granite slab and fix that right up? And of course, then we'll need to paint and tidy.

In short, we might as well just burn the place down and start over! The good news is that the electrician found a big pile of loose wires jammed in the insulation in the attic, that they apparently just left there after the 1980s bathroom update, hoping nothing bad would come of it. Because the previous owners, not in for any more pennies than absolutely necessary. Why get something nice when you can have melamine cabinetry! (the good news in this situation is that our house has never actually started on fire.)

So, I am taking pictures all along the way. Yesterday was day one, and they ripped out the whole master. Today they've been putting in the new ceiling, the new wiring, and getting ready for the new window. Here is the bathroom as it was over the weekend:

Standing in the door way of bathroom. You can see that there is a long length of counter, which is taken up mostly by the high cabinets for storage. There is only one sink, so Tim and I are constantly waiting patiently/elbowing each other out of the way while getting ready for bed. Plus Thor really likes to drink from the sink, and spends most of his day shedding on the counter there. The red sink always looks dirty. The red handles do not really do anything, lookswise. Also, please notice the beam there - it's merely decorative, but runs all the way across the room.

Yup. Right across the front end of the shower. Tim's head just barely fits under it. But it's nice that if he wants to have a place to bang his head, he can. Plus, who doesn't want wood in their shower, just hanging out?

On the other side of the beam is a window that we never open. Also, in the rest of the bathroom the ceiling is dropped, because the code used to require a giant florescent light. For energy efficiency! So they built around the light and brought the ceiling down.

Toilet and more luxury bathroom fixtures. The funny thing is that apparently when they redid the bathroom, it was Mrs. Kay's "dream bathroom" and our neighbor told us that it featured a "red commode."

Yesterday when they started demo, they found the decorating scheme from the original bathroom. Unsurprisingly, they had just tiled over the old tile.

This is the sink area - there was once a small medicine cabinet, apparently.

Here's what's happening in the roof! Take down the ceiling, see into the attic! I found that particularly nuts.

The poor cats. Tim had the great idea of locking them in the pretty room and kitchen, because then we don't have to move their food or litter, and they're not in bothering the kids during nap time (Ellie is napping through the noise, Adam not so much.) Since there's really no place to hide in those rooms, I made them a blanket fort. Please notice Thor cowering behind Lulu. This morning I had to drag him out from under our bed. He completely ignored me trying to prod him out with a broom. Thankfully, when I carried him to cat prison, he didn't pee on me. The guys laughed at him though. Poor baby Thor, almost too stupid to live. Last night he kept meowing at the master bath, like "hey, I think it's time for you to brush your teeth and me to drink some water, so can you get it moving please?" So easily confused!

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