Guest Bathroom Remodel – And So It Begins…

IMG_3472 copyAs many of you know, these bathroom remodels have been years in the planning…not details of how, mind you, but *when* we would actually do them. Though the house was “move-in” condition when we bought it oh, about 12 years ago, we now have four bathrooms that have existed beyond their time…functional yet outdated…except for one. The guest bathroom downstairs (which became the girls’ secondary bathroom because it’s the only one with a bathtub) has been sporting a hole in the floor for the last few months. I guess the floorboards just couldn’t take it anymore – the water seeping through the ugly vinyl covering, the constant pitter patter stomp stomp of little feet, the water splashing out of the tub despite the many warnings and threats. It finally just gave up. So, before the flooring beneath the bathtub could join it, we decided it was past time to do something about it.

Oh and while we were at it, we figured it was time to replace the pipes throughout the house with copper ones. Yup. That’s right. It became one of those, well, if we’re going to do this, we may as well do that sorta projects. 10 days. That’s the schedule for the bathroom remodel and replacement of all pipes. We are now at day 4. Demolition happened Monday and Tuesday. The ditch in our front yard was dug yesterday. And now, the crew is here today to do the big stuff.

We weren’t quite sure when everyone would show up this morning. As it seems that my body clock is back to Pacific time, I was up by 6:30 this morning. I saw the first guy milling around the front at around 7am…and Truls was not even close to being awake. Time to get him up.

What a nice crew. We’ve had work done on this house before but I’ve never run into such a friendly crew. Each has introduced himself to me and my husband as we’ve run into them during the day. Each has had a knowing smile on their face whenever one of our girls has yelled, “Mommmmmmmmmmyyyyyyy…” or “Pappaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…” All seem to be of an age where they might have children of their own.

Anyway, this means that today we are grounded. Well, at least Truls or I have to be here the entire day. How are the girls doing throughout this? OK, I’ll admit it. They’ve had quite a marathon of TV today. But they have taken breaks for playing with their non-drying clay and Playdoh in the kitchen, a trip to Noah’s for breakfast bagels and a stint outside to draw and color. And now, they’re back in front of the TV watching the newest kids’ movie I TIVO’ed on HBO – Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who. This ought to kill another 1.5 hours before Truls comes home from playing tennis.   😉   And I admit that I appreciate the chance to catch up on proofing some photos and blogging.

Today’s agenda is simple – stay home and/or trade places with Truls out of the house. So far, so good.

Here’s where the new vanity will go…

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The new bathtub will go under the window (which will also be replaced). Weird. The room looks so much smaller when empty like this:

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Here’s where everything else went while we cleared out pathways through stuff:

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And here’s our front yard where they’re laying new pipes:

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An original It’s Never Easy But It’s Always Fun blog post.

You may also find MommyTwinGirls at Silicon Valley Moms Blog telling tales of parenting in Silicon Valley, at Mad About Multiples recounting the ups and downs of raising twins and at Solheim Photography posting favorites from her latest photo shoots.

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