Little bit of a lull, eh? Sorry. Life, four children, homeschool, tomatoes, poultry, blah blah blah.
Oh yes, and yesterday, we started a gut-to-the-studs remodel of our lower level bathroom. The one we were not planning on remodeling (beyond paint). This is what happens when WORMS CRAWL OUT OF YOUR ROTTEN WALLS. You can bet I ran straight for the crowbar and cancelled any fun plans for the holiday weekend. (And to be honest, I handed the crowbar right over to Jason, who donned his super special hazmat mask, taped off the downstairs with blue tape and polyethylene sheeting, and got to work. Thanks, honey. We miss you.)
It’s complicated, but essentially, the bathroom shares a wall with an under-the-stairs utility space that houses the well tank, water softener tanks (three, it’s kind of a complicated system), and lots of copper pipes. This area was drenched, all the tanks and pipes were sweating, and the water was seeping under to the bathroom. That part is all condensation. We bought a dehumdifier, pipe wrap insulation, and bubble foil (for the tanks) and plan to go to town with the duct tape to cut the condensation. We have fans blasting, too, and the water issue is greatly reduced now.
But like I said, it’s complicated, so there’s more. The previous owners of our house did some very terrible things in the name of DIY (and are the perfect example of what DIY should NOT be), and basically this whole bathroom was shoddy from the start. The prefab shower was leaking, and everything around and underneath it ended up moldy (which we discovered after we started yanking things out). Some of the studs are moldy, not much, but we might have to replace/sister in something to get rid of the mold there. Everything else that was moldy is yanked out. The drywall in half the bathroom and the entire ceiling is gone, too.
The new plan: clean up the water and mold, clean it some more, run the dehumidifier and fans non-stop for a while, and take a deep breath. We did not budget for this, so there really isn’t any extra money for a new bathroom, but with a family our size, a second bathroom is very handy. So we’ll see what we can scrap together. We may use the pedestal sink we bought for our upstairs bathroom remodel (*sniff*), re-use the toilet, and buy an old cast iron clawfoot tub and have it re-finished.
The first thing we will do, however, after cleaning up all the water and mold, is INSTALL A VENT FAN. The previous owners never did, and we put it off because we don’t use that bathroom very often. It will have to vent out the front of the house, which is not exactly in line with my exterior decor plan, but whatever.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to this merry Labor Day weekend! How about you?
(School is fine. Great, even. We’ve been at it for two weeks, in preparation for a vacation that is coming up, and the girls are loving it. The boys are…challenging. Especially that “baby” of mine, who is nearly 20 months old and is SO MUCH TROUBLE. I feel like I say that a lot about Cal, but gosh it’s true. So mischievous, that one.)
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