My small bathroom remodel is………progressing?
Yes, that was a question mark.
As I’ve mentioned I have a fixer upper house. Built in the 40s it boasts some cool details and beautiful floors.
…..and some seriously quirky construction issues.
Each time I tackle a project I can’t escape the feeling that, although the lipstick has been beautifully applied, I’m pretty sure I’m living in a pig.
And my pig eats money.
As I turned my attention to the smallest most depressing bathroom in the world I (foolishly) thought “this will be a snap! The room is so tiny! What could go wrong?”
On the Glass Half Full Side:
Demo cost less than estimated because all those shower tiles that were so haphazardly applied turned out to be REALLY haphazardly applied. Like they used mastic originally and once one was removed the rest, basically, fell off the wall! So…..yay?
Yeah. Yay! we’re going with Yay!
It looks so much better now, yes?
On the Some Jerk Drank Half My Glass side:
The room lacks any form of storage and I decided to be super smart and put a big, recessed shelving unit between the studs in the wall over the toilet.
There is no wiring on that wall. All one needs to do is remove the plaster and pop it in there. Just like they do on TV!
Except for the giant, random, pipe.
“Pipe?” I asked the contractor. “Why is there a giant pipe in the wall?”It turns out the giant, random pipe is the vent for the toilet (I didn’t know toilets needed separate vents so….thanks for the information).
It also turns out that that pipe was attached to……nothing! Yes! nothing.
So I have a giant vent pipe that is both in my way and has been completely useless. And I’m very lucky that there isn’t a large pool of ancient sewage underneath the house so……yay?
“There are also these other pipes”
I’m sorry, was there once an organ here? What’s with all the freakin’ pipes!?
Nope. These pipes are the former pipes for the former hot water heater.
So now pipes have to be removed, pipes have to be re-routed (and, you know, connected this time just as a kicky change of pace). Oh, and roof venting needs to be capped.
…..and the shower controls need to be moved because the previous ones were, mysteriously, not remotely centered on the wall.
Oh, and the room needs a vent in the ceiling.
And the new vanity is smaller so the light above the vanity needs to be moved.…..except that’s right where a stud is so the box needs to be moved and the stud needs to be rejiggered and the previous sink piping needs to be moved and, and………
My glass now needs to filled, TO-THE-TOP with some kind of powerful alcoholic beverage AND NOBODY BETTER DRINK ANY!!!!
I shall keep you posted.