Monday, May 20, 2013

The next home improvement project

If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know that we bought our house nearly five years ago and spent almost a year remodeling the kitchen and replacing windows and moving a few walls before we moved in. If you missed it you can see a bit of that process here. Then, a couple years later we built the studio and the greenhouse. Now, a couple more years later we are remodeling the main bathroom. This house will probably always be a work in progress.

The contractor and his crew are showing up this week to get started, so I thought I'd show you where we are starting. The bathroom is horrible. It has been ugly since we moved in, but things got really awful a few months back when the toilet flooded and soaked the gross pink carpet. I could rant for awhile about carpet in bathrooms, but I will just leave it for you to imagine stinky, soggy, ugly pink carpet in a bathroom. It had to go. Ray pulled it out and to our horror/amusement/disgust we found that under the carpet '70s style vinyl flooring covered half the floor and the other half was raw plywood. Nice. Not.

I will say that the bathroom is functional. Nothing is rotten or unsanitary, but nevertheless it is disgusting. Here is a better look at the wallpaper. I could not hate this wallpaper more.

After some serious sweaty work, I am happy to report that this wallpaper is no more. Part of getting ready for the workmen, was removing the wallpaper. It is gone.

The new bathroom will be bigger, with a new shower, toilet, two new sinks, a new floor, storage cabinet and a new window. Not luxurious or fancy, but oh, my it will be such a welcome change! The "bigger" component will be accomplished by moving the wall on the right 18" further to the right. This will make my office 18" less wide, which is fine, but it means everything has had to be moved out of the office for demolition and reconstruction of the wall. Here is my office just before my desk was dismantled and moved out. There's that pink carpet again. Unfortunately its removal is not yet in the plans. Another project for another day.

So there is major disruption happening around here, but it's all for a good cause. And you know I'll be posting photos.


  1. I hate pink! Especially in a bathroom. I can deal with it on my granddaughter, though. I agree with all your complaints and am happy for you that you are able to redo the bathroom now. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of the work in progress and the finished product. Good luck, Terry!

  2. Good luck with all the commotion. It will be worth it in the end. :D

  3. Anonymous6:25 AM

    We totally gutted and remodeled our two 1950-vintage bathrooms (which join together) last summer and it was a very inconvenient process to say the least. We were showering at the gym for a while. However, the results were well worth it and I know yours will be too. I am excited to see the photos of the finished project! (smile)

  4. Happy dance! I remember when you first talked about said powder room and I shuddered. My first apartment had lime green shag rug (1970). It was pretty, but a friend got sick on red wine and I swore rugs in bathrooms was the most inane thing. Looking forward to seeing the transformation.

  5. I really like home improvement projects. It will be fun to follow along.

  6. Congratulations! I feel your pain re carpet in the bathroom - we have it, too and it really makes me feel better that someone else had to live with the same thing until they could afford to replace it!Hopefully, mine will be gone in another year!