I realize that I have posted a lot this past week, but I’m trying to get caught up on old matters before spring arrives and my outdoor projects command all my time and attention. Thank you for your patience!
Back to old news.
My first major renovation project was the bathroom. The house came with plumbing, but it was very old, leaky galvanized piping. The toilet was cracked, which meant it could not be connected. And since the house had no functioning kitchen, the only source of water came from the sink and bathtub.
And then there was the floor. There was no linoleum, only layer upon layer of indoor/outdoor carpeting. It was old and rotten, as was the subflooring below. I am truly surprised that the tub did not crash through to the crawl space below – with me in it.
The most essential part of the project was to add space. The left wall separated the bathroom from the “kitchen” (bedroom with a disconnected sink) and was non-load-bearing. My stepfather was kind enough to knock down the wall , creating an alcove that was the exact size of the bathtub. Moving the tub out of the main space into the alcove made the room feel twice as big, if not more.
There are a few things that I will not attempt – major plumbing being one of them. My neighbor connected me with a friend who did plumbing on the side. He generously offered to refit the house with copper pipes and install new fixtures (both bathroom and kitchen) for a mere $800. And I have to admit, he did a pretty good job, especially for a chronic alcoholic who had recently suffered his fifth heart attack. Ah, the things you learn about people while jammed in a 4′ x 6′ space together.
Once the plumbing was complete, the rest of the renovations were pretty straight-forward. I repaired the walls, laid the ceramic floors, and put up trim, and called it done!