A little back story. About 3 yrs ago we bought our house knowing that it would need work, that’s why we got such a great deal on it. We just kinda thought it would hold out a little longer. So about 3 months ago we noticed that the shower in our master bath was leaking into our bedroom so we had to stop using it until we could figure out why it was leaking. So after a few tests to see if it was a loose drain or broken pipe we still had no answer. Finally after a little thinking I had remembered that the soap dish was pulling away from the wall a little and after closer inspection we saw that the grout around it had deteriorated and the dish was letting water behind it. Mystery solved. So the plan at first was to just pull down the tile and put in the shower surround that you can just get at Home Depot! Quick, cheap fix right? Ya right! Once we started pulling down the tiles we saw just how bad the damage was.
Lots and lots of gross yucky smelly mold. Me being a complete germ freak…….. The WHOLE BATHROOM HAS TO GO! Oooooppppss.So we set a budget that was reasonable but tight. We were going to do as much of the work ourselves as we could and find the best deals on the rest of the stuff. Right….. So one night after a bad day at work I had some frustration to get out so I took it out on the bathroom. And boy was it awesome! Knocking holes in the sheet rock and taking an old bat to the shower tiles. It was the best way to get out all of my frustration in a productive way. A few hours later and it was all down.
We kept things like the counter tops, toilet and mirror. Things that could be recycled until we are able to afford what we really want. We also decided to convert the tub to a shower. The space is to small for a tub that I can not even stretch my legs out in. That weekend I found a sale on a bathroom Vanity. A $500 dollar vanity on sale for $125, who would pass that up? After some dealings with a couple of rude sales people at a couple of different stores and some contact with the Home Depot complaint line….
I got 2! Hey its a nice vanity and I can use it when we do the other bathroom as well. Vanity, Check! The following weekend we went to a local discount flooring store called Floor and Decor and I found a beautiful tile for the floor of the bathroom as well as a flat pebble floor for the base. (The large “white linen” tile in the back is for the floor, the pebble is the shower floor. The other 2 tiles are no longer in the running)
So far so good on the budget… Now we get to the point where we can not do the work ourselves. The plumbing and electrical. I want to add a light and switch were my new “makeup” area will be…(where the old cabinet used to be)
…as well as move the drain to the center of the shower with a larger opening and raise the head of the shower. I am not a fan of having to bend backwards to wash my hair. Were people just that much shorter 30 years ago? Things should start moving along now right? Nope! The plumber came in on a Saturday, jack hammered the floor, moved the drain and started our float. Yay.. progress…
Not so fast! The drain was not centered and the shower edge was not in the right spot. Time to rip it all out and get a new plumber. Plumber number 2… Go!
Moved drain, perfect center, check. Raised shower head and valve, perfect center and 7 ft high, check. Puts in new float and membrane with proper folds to allow for drainage in the event of a leak, awesome job, check! Still have not seen nor heard from the electrician that was supposed to be there 3 weeks ago. Time to look for a new electrician I guess. As a gift, my parents are buying the Hardibacker and sheet rock for the bathroom. Gotta love parents! So Hardibacker purchased, let’s get the shower started….. Not! I will just say we are at an impasse.
Time has been a huge burden on this project. Have I mentioned before how hectic our schedule is already, lets add a bathroom remodel. So as of today we have a new shower drain and spout. Almost all of the materials are bought and we are ready to go. Darn electrician is kinda holding us up a bit. Let’s just hope this doesn’t take another 3 months. Wish us luck!
Do you know any good electricians in the Dallas area? We could use the help!
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