Saturday, September 24, 2011

Rub a Dub Dub

Our bathroom...we have two! Well, technically we have three. As it stands; we are a three bathroom, two bedroom, cap cod home. We also sleep in our living room and never venture upstairs. We also will be living in our house for one year come this November. We don't own a couch or a dinner table; we don't even have house guests, but we do have plenty of serving ware and glasses! We have an oven that burns things; a stove that clicks annoyingly when turned on; a microwave that is plugged into an outside wall; from the inside. Our front door leads to no where, our closets are in the weirdest spots ever, and we have no shower. But we have three bathrooms.

Our house came with two bathrooms; one full and one half. The upstairs bathroom has a bath tub, this bath tub has a half wall. This half wall leaves absolutely no room for a shower.

See, no shower. 

The water also always came out rusty/iron colored and was in general, very gross. It also filled up the bathtub to a very pretty shade of blue. Why the bathtub water was blue; is beyond me! (Funny story, left two cats alone while at work. They plugged up the bathtub, played with the knobs, came home to a bathtub a half inch away from over flowing and a very steamy room.)

The second bathroom has a toilet; a vanity, a sink, and is about the size of a very small closet. My husband has always asked if he could sit on the vanity and pee into the toilet, I have yet to let him. What he does while I am not home; no clue, not my problem. The bathroom also has no ventilation; well it does, sort of. There IS a fan, but it is under a wash cloth that is taped to the wall and I've never had the nerve to untape it. For two reason; number 1 being I'm scared and assume that something will magically harm me and number 2; there is a wasp nest in there somewhere which actually confirms fear number 1. The only good thing about this small can wash your hands while doing your busy. Kill two birds with one stone. Granted, you'll have to wash them again, but hey, it's the easiness that counts.

World's smallest bathroom. 
And then we got the brilliant idea to turn the old pantry;

Which wasn't very pantry-esque. Upon ripping off the paneling; the husband found a few interesting aspects to this "pantry". On the left side of this photo there is paneling, behind that paneling are studs, directly nailed to those studs are more paneling which makes up the one wall of our living room. Why? You might ask. Because there is also a door way in these studs that leads to the living room. Instead of putting up drywall; they paneled it and called it a day. Interesting note number 2 is when the carpet and such was ripped up; the floor told a story of how this "pantry" used to be a....BATHROOM! 

Our idea to turn a pantry into a bathroom wasn't so far fetched once we knew what had been there before. So the room was taken down to it's bare bones;

A window was taken out (not the one pictured; that one is staying), bath tub walls/supports/dohickies were being built, light switches were being put in, and insulation was going up as well.

At this point; both sides of the bath tub are framed out; the piping is in for the hot/cold/shower head, the bath tub is bought, the recessed lights are in, the fan is in.

And then, like all great things; it too came to an end. We sort of, kind of, ran out of money! So now we wait!

The next steps are to fit the bath tub, cut out for the piping, buy a toilet, pick out a vanity and cabinets, build a cabinet to get to all the plumbing, lay tile, and make it look like a real bathroom.

I have high hopes for this; I found a lovely stone tile and I want to do a color scheme of greens, browns, and whites.