If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may have noticed that I talked to renovate both bathrooms at the start of January. Well, we didn’t just spontaneously decide to undertake this project…it was out of necessity. Remember that super cold weather we had last month? It was bitterly cold with terrible winds and a lot of people, including us, woke up to frozen pipes. The shower and kitchen pipes had frozen and we spent a few days trying to thaw them (thankfully we have a second shower in the basement!). The pipes didn’t thaw, but burst. The kitchen ones burst first and they are located behind a wall in the basement. My husband had to remove the drywall and insulation to mop up the water (we’re just glad it didn’t damage the floors we had installed in October!).
This is where the kitchen pipe burst. It’s right behind the bar in the basement, but didn’t ruin anything. Upon opening the wall David discovered a huge wasp nest with dozens of dead wasps laying around it. It was scary thinking of how they got into the wall in the first place….that next was huge. Like, basketball size (if David reads this he will probably say “No it wasn’t that big. Maybe the size of a big grapefruit”).
The water had to be shut off in the whole house and my father in law came over to install some shut off valves on specific pipes so that we could still use water but none would flow to the damaged pipes. Over the next few days my father in law and husband started to replace all the old pipes so this would never happen again. They had to open up walls and ceilings (in the basement) to access everything so we thought redoing the bathrooms made sense, since everything was being torn up anyways. The shower pipes burst too so we chose to replace the tub and surround but also to change the orientation of the tub. The plumbing was on a poorly insulated exterior wall (facing West) so the new tub will have it’s plumbing on an inside wall and it will be facing East. I’m really excited for the new tub because our old one was sort of a greyish blue and it was old and gross.
|we are not this messy, I promise! This is showing the nice, but dark wood panelling and the large but ugly counter. The light is nice and bright but only if you close the door all the way.|
|parquet flooring on a counter?!?! who’s idea was this??!|
|this is a view standing at the door way. To the left is the weird half way and behind it is the toilet. On the right is the washer and dryer. Straight ahead is some more nice wood panelling but it’s just so dark.|
I’ve got a lot of small details planned for this room and I can’t wait to implement them! We still have a couple weeks left before everything is finished but I’ll be posting before and after pictures upon completion.
Have a great week!