The beginning story of a bathroom remodeling project.
The wall has finally fallen! Well, actually, the wall has finally been busted down. Ever since we moved into our house in 2009, my husband and I have wanted to re-do our master bathroom. It’s small and we didn’t like the shower, or the color of the walls, or the flooring….shall I stop there? Of course, life happened and other things took priority, same excuses we all use all the time. Then, about 3 weeks ago, Jeff noticed the trim around the shower looked strange and he poked it with his finger. Sure enough, his finger went right through it. So, we have been forced to start ripping into it.
Rip into it is exactly what we did this past weekend. The more we ripped, the more we found we had to replace. We couldn’t believe the way the previous owners had installed the shower. And, since we found no water under the house or any leaks in the plumbing that remains, we are fairly certain the leak was from the shower and its plumbing having been installed incorrectly. After a few hours of ripping into the bathroom and finding something else to say, “Can you believe they did that?” about, we had come to the conclusion that everything must go. Not what I was really hoping for right now, but may as well get it done and get it done right. I mean, this bathroom looked like something off one of the worst DIY shows ever made. Those DIYers definitely didn’t have a clue what they were doing and probably shouldn’t have picked up a tool before calling a professional.
Luckily, my husband has worked in construction his entire life and knows what he’s doing. Even more so, when he doesn’t know, he’s not afraid to admit it and enlist the help of someone who does. So, at least we will be putting the bathroom back together correctly. Nevertheless, we are now missing a wall between the bedroom and the bathroom, which resulted in getting rid of a closet in the bedroom as well. Then we found that the sub-flooring was covered in mildew and much of it, the pieces that had been pieced together to create the sub-floor, was wet as well. Considering it was mostly particle board, we pulled that up too. So, we’re starting from scratch – and, along with the bathroom, are remodeling a portion of our bedroom as well. It should be a fun process. Thankfully, we do have a second bathroom so we don’t have to rush to get back into this one. We’ll each have a second job for a while, working some night shifts and weekends, but it will get done and the end result will be a bathroom we like and one that won’t fall apart on us, or the next folks to own this home. Stay-tuned for more about our progress.
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