This post needs to start off in just one way:
David and Nathan-
(hubby and brother-in-law)
These guys spent allllll day Sunday doing some key things to get our bathroom renovation back underway.
Here was their Sunday to-do list:
(BEWARE! Some of these images may shock you!)
REMOVE CLOSET WALLS
This awkward closet was in the middle of the rectangle bathroom, in between the bathtub on the left and the sinks on the right. David and I did all of the demolition and had the closet down to its skeleton (forgot to get a picture of that phase- sorry!), but we were afraid to pull the closet studs up based upon the fact that they could possibly be load-bearing (load bearing: remove it and the ceiling will likely fall in).
So, we waited for the expert (my brother-in-law, Nathan) before we went any further.
Lucky for us, Nathan quickly determined that the studs were not load bearing and so the guys were able to tear out the skeleton of the awkward closet pretty fast. Voila! We've got a nice, clean slate!
PREPARE FOR PLUMBER
This fun little task basically meant more demolition. In order for the plumbers to redo some of the plumbing, they need to have access to the pipes in the floor...ie. in our basement ceiling. So David and Nathan cut a huge chunk of our basement ceiling out. Here's the aftermath of that work, behind the plastic wall.
And a view through the bathroom floor (down to the studs) of the mess in the basement.
I know, take a deep breath with me. LOTS of mess. I told you shocking images!! But, David had the day off of work Monday and has since cleaned our basement (um, he even pulled out the mop!) and turned it back to
perfection the decent shape it was in. I told you! My man rocks!
REMOVE OUR CAST IRON BATHTUB
It had to go.
And now, all 300+ pounds of it is.... in my driveway.
(I warned you, this stuff is shocking.)
What, a bathtub in the front yard is not normal??
(anyone want a bathtub? it's going
to the dump on Craigslist)
THROW DOWN SOME FLOORS!
The guys got as much done as they could before the plumber comes. So, for example, they couldn't put down
WonderBoard yet- the stuff that goes down right under the tiling- because the plumber would have to cut into it. (Or something like that- Nathan will correct me via comment if I got this wrong!) But they were able to put down the first layer of the flooring- plywood board- on top of the studs. Hooray!
We went from this:
Yay! Never thought I'd get so excited over plywood.
So those were our big-time updates over the weekend. The next step is to redo all of the plumbing in the bathroom- the plumber is scheduled to come out early next week to do the work. We're still debating between two different layouts for the bathroom, but next week, I'll share our final layout choice along with the plumber's work. And then what? Well, I think it should go something like this: redo insulation in the bathroom walls, add a window/redo the current window, put up the walls, get the tile guy in, install toilet and shower, add the vanity... am I done yet? Phew! Lots to do! But I know it will all be worth it : )
Since I bombarded all of you with ugly pictures today, I promise to share some pretty pictures tomorrow of a fun little paint project I did to one of my Christmas presents!!