Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's not ALL fun and games ...

Nope, it's not all fun and games here at Casa de la Vanderdogan! Sometimes you have to get down and dirty, or in this case, down and filthy! Yep, we're talking demo. We're talking reno! We're talking!

But, because I love this little old house as much as I do, and I love seeing those numbers in my checking account rather than on checks passed out to contractors, and plumbers, and masons oh my!, I'm going to try to tackle most of this myself. Our second floor bathroom shower sprung a leak a few months ago, and because there is another shower it wasn't really on the top of the list of things to fix; but as I learned that I'd have family visiting in May, I thought it's time to call in the plumber and fix'er up! I had to remove the plastic shower basin, which meant taking out the bottom row of tile and the grout from the floor tile abutting it, at first!

Turns out, that in order to get the shower floor out of the area so the plumbing could be checked, I had to pull up all of the tile in front of it, OR knock down the wall that had the plumbing for the spray head and handles. So, bye bye ugly tile. I had secretly wished as I removed the tiles one by one carefully that they'd all come crashing down - and even though that didn't happen, they will have to come out. Why?

Our trusty plumber says: "Install the whole surround - it's better for the space, and the best thing to prevent leaks!" So, out comes the tile, and in goes the surround, by whom? Yours truly. Our plumber won't do the job as it classifies "home remodel", but he did inspect the plumbing and said that we were good to go with the install. So, hopefully with a little muscle, and a lot of smarts - we'll have it up and running again in no time.

Now, I know many of you out there are thinking about how ugly those preform fiberglass shower surrounds are, and I have to say, I agree. No matter how many decorative forms they put in them, there is something much more fanciful about a tile surround. We did find a nice one though, and with the market in Niagara Falls the way it is - putting more than $2000 in a bathroom remodel is crazy, we'd be lucky to recoup 1/2 of that.

So, budget bathroom remodels, gardens and patios, pergolas, and burlap curtains ... when will it ever slow down? Oh, and by the way, if any of you happen to be married to a plumber - email me, will ya!?