164 year old house. 1/2 bath on first floor, in the kitchen. Literally 1/4 of the kitchen is this little 6.5 x 6.5 powder room.
Now that's okay, especially if the house is short on space... but this house isn't short on space and about 12 ft. and around the corner away is a 6.5 X 9.5 foot storage room.
So my dream, 30 years ago, was to turn the store room into a bathroom.... and add 36 square ft. + to my kitchen.
|Happy, casual author on phone... :) This must be a few years old because I had to replace the appliances three years ago!!!|
Well add in lost jobs, college, six kids, weddings, more college, hairnet and nametag jobs galore and all the stuff that goes on with raising six kids on a shoestring budget....
I was going to say "fast forward 30 years" but there's nothing fast about it!!!
We are adding the bathroom... a full bath in that 6' x 9' plus-a-little space.
We tore down walls. And by we, I mean someone else. Like my son-in-law Jon....
Like husband Dave....
And when the floor had to be torn up, it was son Seth...
A real family project! :)
But the install was all hired... I hired wonderful electricians.... wonderful plumbers... Check out those old wooden beams that frame this old place... and the old 2X4's which aren't really 2X4's... but it works!
and a great wood-man/finisher.... The roughed in plumbing got done... the electric got done, with a new panel box in the basement! Fewer circuit breakers tripped!
Such beautiful construction... and we (meaning I) decided to leave part of that corner beam visible so folks can see it...
This new wall was added around 1950... Look how perfect that wood looks for almost 70 years old??? The electric will be switches for fan, mirror light, overhead light and outlets. We were ready to get started! YIPPEE!!!
And then the tub came in damaged....
I had to send it back.
Only there were no more in stock and while they thought more would come in... they didn't.
So I switched to another tub.
Waited anxiously because now the finish renovator is ready to work.
It comes in!
We happy dance!
We cheer! We yell! We whoop it up!
Nice plumber returns and installs tub.... Shows me that it works and that it's happy and that it's level, a nice whirlpool tub that will be great for Farmer Dave at the end of a busy day in the fields.
Spider crack appears in top and spreads...
Tub must be removed.
Home Depot will come and pick up tub. Will send another tub.
Nice contractor loses a week of work time.
Ruthy sighs... not because of the tub, the tub can be replaced, but all this lost time is lost money for a small business owner and Ruthy understands that small business owners NEED ALL THE LOVE THEY CAN GET.
No one has a replacement tub to fit in stock.
Home Depot doesn't have a fiberglass repair guy....
New tub is supposed to come in by next week....
And that's my story.
And I'm sticking to it.
Because the tub is big, it needs to go in before the tiling and wainscoting can be done.
Project on hold.
Pass the beer nuts.
Reporting to you from the site of the second damaged bathtub, this is Ace Reporter Ruthy the Meisterburger. Returning you now to your regularly scheduled programming!
(note to all... this is because I thought I was soooo organized, but now I know that no matter how organized you are, stuff happens.
IT REALLY HAPPENS!!!!
And the world won't end, but our sweet buddy Peter is now twiddling his thumbs because our messed up time frame messed up his time frame. Except I have him building me a window seat for my office... Trying to keep the poor man busy because his next job is about 90 minutes south and there's no jumping back-and-forth from there to here!
Next week is Holy Week. We should have kittens. We should not have as much snow.
We'll see if that prognostication holds true!
In the meantime it's been ridiculously cold here (12 degrees at 3:45 this morning)... but with bright, sunny days which should mean a great maple syrup run, and there's nothing like real maple syrup from the Northeast woodlands!