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August 30, 2014
by Erin B

The drywaller, T, turned up promptly, but it takes a while.  Mud, tape, wait, sand, mud, wait… repeat.  On and on, for a whole week.




That is about where we are now.  I need to prime and roll on the water proofing membrane.  We are using Mapei Aqua Descents.

We got a little out of order.  We were planning on leaving the popcorn ceiling for later, but it ended up with mud from the new walls all over it.  So we scraped yesterday and our friend, P, is helping us re-mud the ceiling today.

The tiler comes on Tuesday, so the crunch is on now.

Since we last spoke

August 30, 2014
by Erin B


We left off about here:


Now, this actually requires a bit of explanation.  Our house was a show home in 1963, so it had a lot of “upgrades.”  One of those upgrades was “noise dampening.”  In 1963, that meant closing four layers of drywall in between the studs.  Hells, yes, our house is quiet.  But it also meant four times as much drywall to haul away when we gutted the bathroom.  It worked out to a whole trailer full.

Once that was done, we had this:


And more pressingly, this:


Yup.  They ran electrical right through were we needed the taps to go.  We couldn’t put them back, because on the side where they were is the chimney:


So, we brought in the professionals and got all of that moved.  Our plumbing is now on the hallway side instead of crammed against the chimney.


The bathtub is in:


Although, that was all kinds of fun.  The first one we brought home had been hit by a forklift, but we couldn’t tell until we opened the box and it was crushed on one end.  We had to take it back and the store opened three more tubs before they found an intact one for us.  It put the plumbing back a whole day.


I got to help hook that up.

Here are the tap rough ins:


OK, so I’m missing a picture there.

Once the plumber was done, we put sound damping material back in.  Since it is no longer 1963, we used Roxul, Safe n’ Sound.  I love that stuff.  It is not itchy.  Which is good, because I took a day and did the whole room.



Then the dry waller came.  That took a week.

To be continued….

Going, going….. gone!

August 11, 2014
by Erin B

Some reno action shots:


tub surround removal

Starting to disassemble the tub surround


Then, once we had the tap cover off, we began to see exactly what we were going to have to deal with




So, drywall behind the surround…  Who knew?  As near as we can tell, this meant that there was a previous tub surround installed, a significantly shorter one, and when it was removed they just put drywall in and mounted the new surround to it.  Guess that’s how it was done in the 80s…



The back piece of the surround was incredibly heavy, and once it was down we could see…



where the taps had been leaking…




Fortunately, since none of us could lift and maneuver that huge piece of faux marble, we found that it was also very brittle and easily smashable.


Getting down to the studsIMG_0369


The old vanity, with its banjo top, GONE!IMG_0370



Who knows what evil lurks behind the drywall?!?  This was how the AC wiring for the light switch and fan was run, which of course meant that, unless we moved it, we couldn’t flip the tub around like we’d plannedIMG_0371


The new bathroom window!  We’re thinking of keeping this, since it makes it so much easier to pass things to people going down the stairs..



How many houses today come with custom, monogrammed lumber?  Old growth forest, baby!



Tub’s gone!  Hurray!


But we sure have a lot of drywall left!


Drywall’s all cleaned upIMG_0380

IMG_0381Just have to pull all the nails, tidy up a bit and we’re ready for the plumber!

Pre-reno Pictures

August 9, 2014
by Erin B

Our reno is…. still going ahead, but it will be more DIY than we hoped.  Our town is still in a housing boom.  In fact it is so bad that I am kind of waiting for the bubble to burst around here.  Houses are going up all over the place.  Trades men are at a premium.

Our $10,000 and August estimate turned into a $18,000 and maybe October quote and the project co-ordinator for the company we are working with is either genuinely upset by that or an Oscar worthy actress who has missed her calling.

So…. we can do our own demo.  We have our own drywaller, his name is T.  He is really great.  We really like our plumbers who have always gone above and beyond for us.  The company we were working will can do the vanity and flooring instal.  We need a tiler.

Yesterday, the plumber capped our lines and today the destruction phase begins.

Here are the before pictures:








After the Fair

August 7, 2014
by Erin B

IMG_0349 This year the fair was a bit of a bust.  Little Girl is in that completely unfair size range where she is too tall for most of the little kids rids (42″ and under) and still too short for the big rides (48″ and taller).  It was really hot and there was lots of walking and the carmel apples are less of a treat now that we can get nicer ones at Rocky Mountain Fudge Co in the mall.  We barely lasted four hours and there was no talk this year of going back after supper.  We even missed the SuperDogs.


You know it has been a tough day when there is a nap on the bus ride home.

Socks on the Beach

July 27, 2014
by Erin B


I did actually get a weekend off in July.  We went to the cabin with T’s parents.  It was lovely.  I need a few more days like this.


July 8, 2014
by Erin B

It’s 5:42 am and I want to blog, but I have to leave for work now.  Shift work kind of wrecks your personal life.

New Bathroom!

June 28, 2014
by Erin B

The construction people have come to measure my bathroom.  That was really exciting but also kind of weird.  They ended up asking me about all kinds of things I would not have considered.  Like tub height.

We have a standard tub now.  I was expecting a standard tub after.  The bathroom is tiny and the tub has to fit in the same spot, so the same tub size, right?  Nope!  They come in a bunch of different heights.  How high can a 5 year old or a guy with CP get into without hurting themselves?  We don’t know.  More research required.

Now, I have to figure out how to pay for it.

There have been some changes at all three of my jobs and I am now working every day that isn’t Wednesday in July.

Little Girl starts day care this coming week.

She starts Grade one in the fall.  Now we just have to teach her the whole bag of flash cards for the sight words she didn’t learn this year.  Yup.  Remember that thing I was worried about?  T and I have to teach the whole Kindergarten curriculum this summer.

It makes me tired just thinking about it.

Knit In Public Week

June 18, 2014
by Erin B

It’s Knit in Public Week and I shamelessly made my daughter pose with my knitting for a photo op.

Little Girl Knitting In The Park


When she gave it back she had knit five stitches on it.  I knit a couple of more before I thought to take a picture.  Can you tell which are her stitches?

Five of these Stitches are Little Girl's

Crippling Garden Build

June 17, 2014
by Erin B