Friday, August 17, 2012

Open for business in the bathroom

So just as we hoped, we managed to finally cobble together a working bathroom before we left the island. After a couple of days of tiling and grouting, the floor was in and the shower walls were finished. So we called a plumber and had them come and install the toilet, shower fixtures and vanity/sink. The day before we left to drive home, we went up to check it out. It was strange and wonderful to see clean, white, new everything in there. And clean, clear water in the toilet bowl (a surprisingly exciting development!) and coming out of the faucets.

There are still plenty of details to finish in here, like:

* Install baseboard trim
* Install a new window
* Install window trim
* Hang a shower curtain
* Hang a towel bar and some sort of storage on the wall
* Put a door on the room (there was a crappy old hollow-core door there originally, which is now gone; the space issues demand an outward-opening centre-split door)
* Install a baseboard heater (in the more distant future)

Anyway, here is the room's progress:

The tub, as found originally (note the bucket catching drips where the roof leaked)

The tub again

Self-explanatory, but not the gross moldy insulation that was falling through the ceiling


At the beginning of the demo process

The ceiling as we found it

The plumbing gets replaced

New subfloor and insulation, and the new tub in place

Floor awaiting grout

Tub and tiles in place, floor tile laid but not grouted

Ta da! A toilet and sink! And they work! Oh, and I primed the walls (this pic also shows why a shallow vanity was important)

Finished shower tiles and installed faucets (might have to do something about that rather sad showerhead in the future)

Look! Clean running water!

The cute vanity

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