Archive for May, 2010

On the (sub)floor

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

The last two pieces of the subfloor went in today, after a good deal of measuring and fitting. The final piece took quite a bit of very slight alteration to get into place, but that’s to be expected. Our reward for all that hard work is the foundation for the new bathroom.


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We can rebuild it…

Friday, May 28th, 2010

We can rebuild it. We have the technology.

After a much deserved break on Monday, Tuesday marked the start of putting things back together and adding in the new. Brad got up on the roof bright and early to install the roof cap for the bathroom fan. Since I still can’t bring myself to get on the roof, I watched from the ground.


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Bathroom, deconstructed

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The dumpster is a little more than full, and waiting eagerly to be picked up:

Contents: One Bathroom
Contents: One Bathroom

Oh, what a day!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Today turned out to be quite the day. Between some minor mishaps and only having the dumpster until tomorrow, there was a LOT to be done. I rented the big pipe cutter first thing this morning, and we got to work taking down the stack. Partway through that, I heard a noise coming from the kitchen and discovered that some debris had fallen onto the ice maker line, causing it to burst and spray water all over the kitchen. Oops!
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More demolition

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Today was another day of demolition. Lots of hard work, for sure. We managed to get all of the drywall removed, from the walls and the ceiling, as well as removing some bits of old wall tile and plaster and lath from the old tub area. Dirty dusty messy heavy work.


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Rub-a-dub-dub

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Yesterday evening marked the official start of the project, and my friend Jeremy came over to help with more demolition. We very easily removed the vanity, and the shower partition wall, which left just one more thing… the tub. A cast iron beast, original to the house, and far too heavy to remove in one piece. So several hours with a sledgehammer later…


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Fill ‘er up!

Friday, May 21st, 2010

My dumpster arrived today, which appears to be some sort of mythical dumpster-unicorn hybrid. Time to start filling it up!

The Fabled Dumpster-corn
The Fabled Dumpster-corn

The backstory

Monday, May 17th, 2010

I thought I should take a step back and cover the “before” side of the bathroom remodel. Stepping through the door, you’re immediately greeted by the original cast iron tub. At some point in the past, it was modified into a tub/shower by adding pre-fab walls and a floating partition over one side of the tub. It was also sloppily refinished to some sort of vomit color, which is now flaking off in several spots.

Before

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Demolition, phase 1

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Today, we spent a couple of hours ripping down some of the drywall and insulation. Brad did most of the difficult stuff, ripping everything down…


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And so it begins…

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Yesterday, we took delivery of all the construction materials for the bathroom project. While it’s just a small part of the total budget, it’s definitely the biggest (and final) step before the real work begins. Having a living and dining room that look like a small lumberyard really makes it sink in…
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