Thursday, November 20, 2008

Taking The Plunge

Now that the roof doesn't leak, Pat's next project is the bathroom. The leak lasted so long we had mold in the ceiling and some of the walls and the window (which wasn't that great to start with) swelled and tried to fall apart. Ugh! This is the worst part of the entire remodeling project.

However, I have plans. (I ALWAYS have plans!) I want to find a different sink because the cabinet style sink that is presently there is too large for the room. I want more storage. I can't get all of the towels in that small cupboard above the toilet. The medicine chest mirror is dinky. A larger mirror will open visual space in this 6x9' room. Then there is the problem that there is only about 10" of space behind the door. I've placed a small armoire there to hold linens, but we can't open the door completely because it's 18" deep in a 10" deep space. Finally, I don't liked the glass shower doors. They constantly fall off the track and the opening is so narrow it is impossible for me to bathe the Labrador Retriever in the shower.

A few years before they died, the folks had the bathroom redone. This was when they replaced the bathtub with a shower that had a seat in the corner, installed handicapped accessible grab bars for the shower and the toilet, moved the toilet from behind the door to the spot near the window where the hot water heater used to stand, and moved the hot water heater out of the bathroom into the utility room. The crew that did the work removed the old walls and put in a particle board backing that was covered with Masonite paneling. You can see the old Masonite in the first picture that show the wall above the tub before Pat finished that area. The second picture shows the same view after he had the sheet rock in place. The upper picture in this section shows the particleboard in the area over the sink. It was darkened by the mold, but could be salvaged. (Chlorine bleach is wonderful stuff.)

Last is the new sheet rock! Isn't it lovely? Now if we can get rid of that disgusting window...

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