We started upstairs, and thankfully my son moved in about the time I realized this was way more than one little woman should take on. It was bad, nothing level, weird--as in possessed--plumbing and wiring and the worst layout ever devised. It took the better part of a year, but when finished, we had a nice, solid, efficient bathroom we could take pride in.
Two years ago, while John and I were on vacation, my son was given the assignment of gutting the second bathroom, the one downstairs, the one I thought would require little more than a simple reno. Just pull down the plaster, hang drywall, replace the fixtures, tile and paint, right? Then came the call, right after we'd taken a glorious ride on the Ducks in Chattanooga. "Uh, Mom, there's a problem with the bathroom."
I hate it when he says that. That innocent word "problem" usually means money and time I didn't want to spend. My stomach twists and my pulse races, but I always answer with something calm like "Oh, really?"
"Yeah. When I pulled down the plaster, you can see daylight through the walls."
Okay, this is not so bad. It happens in old houses, little crevices that can be easily caulked. I ask him to send me a picture. At most, I say reassuringly, we can just replace a little siding, right? The pictures say not so. Basically, the exterior wall of the bathroom looks like a louvered door. No wonder that bathroom was so drafty! Long story short, we ended up blowing out the entire exterior, replacing floor, studs, window, the works. To make things more interesting, the floor had three levels, between which the plumbing was sandwiched. Nothing of the old could be salvaged, which in case you've never done any reno, plays havoc with your budget. Havoc as in at least triples it, if not worse.
Two years later, we're almost done, which is a good thing, because my son is moving back east next month. After all the wonderful things he's done to my house, it's back to just me again. At least now I have a lovely new bathtub to soak away the aches and pains.
Not finished, but getting close!! There will be a Vanity Reveal in the next week or so (I hope!)