Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bathroom Adventure 2012 or 20 days with a Porta Potty!

As promised here is a day by day play of our lovely new bathroom....
Before the beginning....
 Because our house had a "header" problem, 
(meaning we had a 6 inch dip in flooring from the kitchen to the bathroom)
we had to rip off a deck so Doug Moe could repair it.
Here is what we found...a boat load of bricks!
Awesome!
Look at that nice stack....
Stay tuned to see what we used some of them for.
Hint: It is NOT a pizza oven as I hoped for...sad sad sad

Soooo, here is the before picture of our tiny little bathroom.
Remodeling did not increase the size, though,
just the ease of accessibility for Grandpa (John's dad)
and some much needed updating and flooring!

If you can overlook the PINK tub,
and uneven flooring, 
and (under the flooring) holes right to the basement
It really was kind of cute!

I used to tease John that I was going to keep a bathrobe in the basement
for the inevitable time I fell through while taking a shower!
I would have been MAD, but at least not naked!
Naked and mad is a bad combination.
Not at all flattering....
I was so sure we were at least going to lose a cat or a kid through the spongy floor,
but we never did!

DAY 1
TOTAL GUTTING....WOW!
and 
more importantly,
PORTA POTTY!
We are also using the RV's bathroom.
Although the shower is small,
it is very nice to have a place to actually shower that does not involve the hose..... 




Bathroom Adventure Day 2
We've got a floor (plywood) and part of a wall....
but most importantly, we have a LEVEL kitchen and bathroom...
the house no longer sinks on the NE corner!




Bathroom Adventure 
Day 4...electrician came and LOOKED and measured

Day 5...plumber came out and LOOKED and measured

Meanwhile back at the porta potty......
We put up PURPLE PORTA POTTY lights,
Hey, I could market those beauties!


Bathroom Adventure Day 6....electrical work....
Exciting development....there will be an actual OUTLET in bathroom....
I've always wanted one of those new fangled things!

Day 7...Sunday, everyone needs a day off...

Day 8...ceiling light and exhaust fan aperture , another 1st!
 Plus some plumbing in place, shower stall partially installed...

Bathroom Adventure Day 9
SHEET ROCK!
It's beginning to look like a real room!


Bathroom Adventure Day 10
NOT A GOOD DAY
Sheet rock just drying
Porta potty SUPER STINKY
RV potty almost full and a bit odiferous, also....GRRRRR!
PLUS the AC in the RV won't stay on in this heat....109 degrees in there....owwwww!

Day 11
Sheet rock sanded and muddled again...looking good!
AND Kimos cleaned porta potty and John emptied the RV black water into our septic tank!
And we learned a few tricks to keep the air on when needed the most....whew!

Things are smelling so much nicer here! 
This is not a glamorous remodel....wish someone would have told me!










 and we have a DOOR!


Bathroom Adventure Day 14
Contractor only had time to cut shelves which allowed me time to find storage solutions
Here are those nice tidy little canvas boxes from Target and Menards.
We will have 8 filled with all the stuff that used to be in the closet.
And because the beautiful and large medicine cabinet we chose
will not work, all that stuff will also be in smaller canvas baskets.
One for each of us...


Bathroom Adventure Day 15
Tadadada! We have a working bathroom! Lots of finishing work to do but we can actually FLUSH!


and a shower that works.....
yay...yay..yay!!!!!!

now skip ahead a few days....
Bathroom Adventure Day 20
Well, this is it, Folks!
I actually have a completed(nearly), functional, BEAUTIFUL bathroom! There is a vent, and an outlet, and real water pressure along with a functioning window! Thank you to Doug Moe and his crew, to my patient and flexible family, Kimos for the spic and span porta potty (except for day 10), my hubby who joined us for 4:00am painting and kept the RV cool and clean, and my father-in-law who funded the majority of this endeavor! I LOVE IT!



And finally, here are the bricks...
The contractors filled in an old unused doorway to the basement!
The NEW DECK is snazzy...a blog for another day!
There are some left,
maybe I can build a mini pizza oven!

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