Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bungalow: Big Progress on the Bathroom

I've mentioned before that David doesn't have as much time to work on the house as he used to.  So in order to get things done, he has to take advantage of small amounts of time and chip away at his to-do list.  First I want to explain again what we're doing.

The bungalow used to have a hallway from the dining room that led to both bedrooms and the bathroom.  At some point, the previous owners decided they wanted a spa tub and removed the hallway and enlarged the bathroom.  The result was that you had to go through the bedrooms to get to the bathroom.  We didn't like that and we didn't need a bathroom that big so we decided to put the hallway back; but we're not going to have hallway access from the second bedroom. Also, we're closing off the door from the main bedroom to the dining room.  So the only way to get to that room is from the hallway.  Where the door was to the second bedroom will be a much-needed closet.  I sure hope that makes sense - it's hard to explain.  But soon it will be done and you'll be able to see it.  In the meantime, here's a copy of the floor plan as it was when we bought the house.

And here's a modified version showing the changes.  I marked up the floor plan and you'll see right away that I'm NOT an artist.

David had already removed the spa tub and installed a regular tub.  The next step was putting in the new floor.  After removing the old floor, this is what he was left with.

After cleaning up the mess, he installed cement board.

Then the tile.

I wasn't sure if I would like this tile but I love it.  It looks awesome.

The floor installation only took a few hours but we couldn't walk on it until the next day.  And then he had to grout the tile before he could put the toilet back.  Did you remember that we only have one bathroom?  Skip the rest of this paragraph if you have a weak stomach.  We coped by using a bucket filled with sawdust for our business. It wasn't as bad as I expected but I was really glad to get the toilet back.  

Once the floor was done, David put the toilet back and installed the sink.

He made the vanity out of some scraps he found laying around.  We haven't decided if we're going to leave it natural or dress it up a bit.

My current set-up for fixing my hair and makup is this:

See those pencil lines on the drywall?  A medicine cabinet is going above the sink and a storage cabinet is going above the toilet.

The next step was to add a doorway from the dining room.  Lucky for us, the opening was already there and just needed to be uncovered.

Remember that the doorway to the right of the new doorway will be closed off.  That leads to our bedroom.

After the doorway was cut, he removed the old flooring and plywood from the hallway and was left with this:

He patched it up.

And added a temporary door to the bathroom.  He borrowed our bedroom door. The door doesn't actually fit (ee the gaps at the top and bottom? It doesn't close all the way either) but it's better than nothing.

And that's it for now.  The bathroom looks awesome and I'm excited to have my toilet and a door.  It's the small things, you know!


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