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    Bathroom Renovation

    Thanks to my grandfather (mom & aunt, executors of his affairs), my wife and I are going to be getting a newly renovated bathroom... starting 'today', if picking out our preferred materials counts a 'starting'... Demolition will begin on Wednesday. My parents' contractor and his crew come in wednesday to gut this room:

    yes those really are Pink (coral?), circa 1958 fixtures. The pink tub, and the built in separate shower are going, as is the wall mounted (?) pink toilet and the vanity. Yep, we're pretty much taking it down to the studs and starting over. That will mean that Lori and I move 'out' of our bedroom, which will turn into the contractor's 'prep' room and landing area. The shower stall has caused a leak on the back porch of the house, so there will be SOME demo back there, at least to patch the ceiling up where the water caused it to fall. We think we have stopped the leak up there ,but since September we haven't showered back there, instead we've used the 'main' bathroom which is just about as close, but across the landing from our bedroom. We've got a 'modest' budget, but Burton thinks he can keep things under control... we're going with one Kitchen cabinet:, vs a vanity: either this:
    or this:
    and we'll be putting in two drop in sinks:


    only in 'biscuit' (beige, instead of white)
    and this countertop (though that might change)...
    the style on the right...

    Lori and I both want a more contemporary 'look'... to the fixtures:so we're going with burnished bronze.

    In keeping with that, the tile floor is going to be:

    and we're going with:these halogen lights for over the new vanity
    ... and it looks as though I didn't take a shot of the ceiling vent/light... but similar dark hardware and an amber/transluscent shade.

    Paint... TBD, but we're painting it ourselves, so there's no hurry. We're only going to be putting one walk in shower (and I also forgot to take a photo of that) from a different supplier than the Blue Borg... but that, along with a new toilet will both be in 'biscuit' (tan) to match the earth tones we want to use. This will probably carry over into the bedroom, which will be another project altogether. I'm also pulling for a bit of rewiring... there are grounded outlets (but no GFCI) in the bathroom, so I'm going to have Burton pull a couple of more circuits up so we can upgrade the bedroom and bathroom to grounded outlets. (might have him do at least 2 in every bedroom while we're up there, and install GFCI in the other bathroom as well. He tells me that the house has a better service in it than I feared, but we will eventually need to update the wiring (some of that knob & tube in the basement is still in use.... (I want those circuits GONE). And while he's here, I'm going to see about at least running the cable out to the garage/shop for me, so that when I can afford to enclose it, I have the power available.
    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 01-16-2012 at 09:09 PM.
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    I don't know, I think pink is the new color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    I don't know, I think pink is the new color.

    I can have them save the fixtures for you there Bill, when are you coming to get them?
    -Ned

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    Burton, our contractor and his crew have done 'most' of the Demo... All since last Tuesday...

    Here's the view looking in from the doorway...


    and looking back from the far corner




    That water leak was pretty serious... I wonder just how long it had been going on....



    more in a bit... I just shot some and need to drag them through post production
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    Aw come on . . . I'm thinkin' someone in Hollywood (or in a prop department) would love to have that pink 'bolted to the wall so you can clean under it', toilet. Whoo-hoo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Aw come on . . . I'm thinkin' someone in Hollywood (or in a prop department) would love to have that pink 'bolted to the wall so you can clean under it', toilet. Whoo-hoo.
    I share the opinions on the pink. (Got a tan set of fixtures in our kids bathroom... )
    But the "so you can clean under it" is actually a bonus. We had toilets like that in our college dorm years ago and it really really does make cleaning a lot easier.

    Now that water damage is quite the scare. Looks like you could push through that wall+stud with not much effort, Ned. I look forward to seeing it fixed up!

    ...art

    Edit to add:

    PS: Looks like a nice big roomy ensuite, wish mine was that big. Do I read your post correctly; you are only putting in a shower and not replacing the tub? It's going to be a nice space!
    Last edited by Art Mulder; 01-24-2012 at 02:18 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder

    I share the opinions on the pink. (Got a tan set of fixtures in our kids bathroom... )
    But the "so you can clean under it" is actually a bonus. We had toilets like that in our college dorm years ago and it really really does make cleaning a lot easier.

    Now that water damage is quite the scare. Looks like you could push through that wall+stud with not much effort, Ned. I look forward to seeing it fixed up!

    ...art

    Edit to add:

    PS: Looks like a nice big roomy ensuite, wish mine was that big. Do I read your post correctly; you are only putting in a shower and not replacing the tub? It's going to be a nice space!
    Art, yeah that water damage is giving me the heebie jeebies. There is a bunch of lumber ready to go in.

    & yes indeed we are putting in a 55" shower unit, and the rest will be a new closet (the LOML says it is all hers). Double sinks in the new vanity, which will be smaller than the one which was removed, giving us more knee room in front of the new commode.that will be a normal, tall unit (vs wall mount).
    Since there is an existing large bathtub in the other bath, we feel safe that this is a major upgrade for the home.
    -Ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    I can have them save the fixtures for you there Bill, when are you coming to get them?
    I will be in Savannah next week, so I will drop by and pick them up. Glad you saved them for me!
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    What a difference a week makes...

    Here's the latest updates...

    From the door:



    looking back from the far corner:


    Lori's new closet space...



    High dynamic range shot of the bathroom this morning...



    the inspector:


    Fixtures going in!
    -Ned

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    Have you considered sound proof insulation in all the walls that got opened up? We added it to our walls and it makes a big difference. Also consider adding access panels to all locations that might ever spring a leak or need to be maintained in any way.

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