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Bathroom remodel. This is a bath on the main floor with a laundry area. I seemingly don't have any detailed before-pix, but let me assure you that it was, how shall I say it, 'outdated.' The hardware was mostly gold or brass colored, there was textured seagull wallpaper, blue (padded) carpet, and the toilet was on a three-inch raised platform. I'm telling you, it was in desperate need of attention. This is the pictorial of the whole project, including a new tile floor, fresh paint, new hardware, and even a new washer and dryer (which was not part of the original plan, but the old one started leaking as soon as we reinstalled it).
floor A shot of the floor at an early stage of construction.
floor vanity corner This is a straight down shot of the floor between the vanity and the door immediately after the blue carpet and pad were removed. Thinking about carpet in any bathroom is a little sickening, but actually removing it, getting under it, is breathtakingly frightening. I'm sure I don't have to explain. But aside from the foulness of bathroom carpet, it was covering up some pretty interesting carpentry. This hole to the basement was sealed from the bottom and then filled with thinset before the backerboard could go down.
toilet hole An early stage of construction preparing the floor around the toilet area. I removed the toilet from its moorings, but there was a 3-inch raised platform the toilet sat on. The oddly-shaped outline of the platform is visible. You can see the platform at the right, or at least some part of it. I'm not sure just why this was installed, maybe to make it a bit easier to stand up. I assume sitting down is handled mostly by gravity, but it would indeed be an awkward place to be incapacitated. In any case, the platform had to go.
toilet hole Wide angle, same hole.
toilet hole After the subfloor was installed.
Mark, ooh la-la Here I am holding a bit of construction material.
toilet in truck We had to remove the toilet to do the floor. It sat on a rubber mat in the living room for a few weeks, then I had the idea to really get it clean while it was accessible. I figured I'd haul it out into the back yard and hose it off, but that's thinking small. Instead, I brought it to my local do-it-yourself quarter car wash and power washed it. The folks at the car wash thought I was pretty much certifiable, but it really, really got the gunky out of every crack and crevice. I highly recommend this if you have the chance to do it.
Tricia with the toilet Tricia did some finishing touches and polishing on the back patio. It's sort of like Where's Waldo to find Lingo in these pics. He's not in all of the pics, but most of them.
toilet at the wash Power washing the toilet.
toilet at the wash Power washing the toilet. Notice all the soap. We didn't skimp on that step.
lingo on cement board Lingo on the partially done subfloor. We screwed cemetitious backer board to the floor as the substrate for the tile installation. The first feet to test everything out and inspect always belong to Lingo. He is relentless.
half tile About half the tile is laid.
stool hole This the mounting and hole for the toilet, after the tile is done. The plumbing has yet to be connected (the flange is sitting behind the hole). If you look close, you can see six small holes in the tile. I burned out a Dremel high-speed drill going through the new tile to mount the fitting for the toilet. Needless to say, this is an important connection, and I'd never done it before. The project used up two masonry bits, and the Dremel itself eventually gave up the ghost as I was finishing the last hole--but I sent it to the kind Dremel folks in Wisconsin....and they repaired it for me at no cost. Thanks, Dremel! A real upstanding company, to be sure.
tile feet Tricia's socked feet on the new tile. Tile and feet go well together.
tile Lingo-Dingo As mentioned, Lingo is always involved, so here he is testing out the new tile.
dining room light A new fixture in the dining room. Obviously not a bathroom project, but it's the first thing you see when you leave the bathroom. The previous fixture was a hideous chandelier with plastic beads draped over candelabra bulbs. We were at the (Habitat for Humanity) ReStore in Omaha and this fixture was only $20 so we couldn't refuse. I like it very much.
curtain open We managed to change out or paint pretty much all of the gold-colored fixtures and hardware, but it wasn't reasonable to install a new set of shower doors just to change out the color. So Tricia has the idea to put a (redundant) shower curtain over the gold doors. This new Gold-Covering System (patent pending) is a clever--and cheap--fix.
curtain closed A shot of the closed Gold-Covering System.
painting Almost done. The floor is done, but this is mid-painting. It's basically a shameless shot of the dog again.
old washer This is the washer and dryer. We can only fit the upright stacked type in the space. This unit came with the house and worked fine. It was wheeled out into the living room to put the new floor in, then, the very last step of the new bathroom project was to wheel it back in, hook it up, and do laundry. We were pretty pumped to finally do laundry after a few weeks of no washer-dryer in the house, so we piled in a bunch of dirty clothes and fired it up. A fairly substantial river of water proceeded to pour out onto the new floor. I'm the curious sort, so I decided to try to figure out what the problem was (see below).
washer It took me a few hours, but I managed to get it pretty much all apart.
washer again Another pic of it apart. I was able to get it apart, but I couldn't really know why it was leaking, and in any event couldn't really be confident that any repairs I might make would hold up. I was kind of hoping to find an obvious hole or worn out bolt or something, but nothing like that was obvious.
washer yard These are the inside drums in the South Lawn (hey, the White House has one, so why can't I, too?). Unlike the toilet, these didn't require powerwashing, so we just scrubbed them in the yard. Nonetheless, it was pretty remarkable how utterly filthy some of the inside parts were. We're not particularly hard on it, and everyone who uses it has an office job (except Lingo, who has no job to speak of), so we don't really get our clothes stinking filthy. There was dog hair, various chunks of dirt, a large machine screw that didn't belong to the machine, and even a little plastic army man (which could not have been introduced to the washer since I've owned it). I figured the inside of the washer would, well, wash itself as it did its business. The dishwasher is pretty clean inside (so far as I know). But, be warned, your washing machine is not as clean inside as you might think.
washer dryer The new washer and dryer. These are front load type, which are apparently better because they load from the front and they spin faster. I didn't even know those were features that I cared about until the saleswoman explained it several times using differnt words to say the same thing. It does offer the store the opportunity to charge more while claiming that you're getting something new-fandangled. Maybe I'm a sucker. (Note: it is also claimed that these use less water, which is good, but unlikely worth the cost since water and sewer in Omaha costs less than $75 per annum at our house--and we water the garden, have dish- and clothes washers, and shower nearly daily. I don't have a pic of it anywhere yet, but we also have an above-ground pool. The pool is about 4 feet across and 8 inches deep. So far Lingo is the only creature who's tried it out. I store it in the garage in the winter.)
the sink is done The finished sink and door area. Notice the new light fixture and hardware. Everything is silver, per Tricia.
toilet area An apparently slightly fuzzy pic of the finished toilet area.
vanity floor The floor area around the vanity.

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