Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Demolition Day

Two weeks ago today.


Looking at the shower (and closet door) from the reflection in the mirror.

From a distance (in a picture) the bathroom is rather pretty.  Up close.  Yuck.

David's biggest complaint?  The non-removable scum.  Within a few months of living in the new house, the (cheap fiberglass) tub and shower floor grew down right disgusting,  unable to be cleaned.  We tried everything; regular shower/tub cleaners, bleach, and even oven cleaner.  (At which point I told my husband to stop trying because he would probably end up with cancer if he breathed any more fumes!)

My biggest complaint?  The tub in general.  What a waste of space and water!  It took a TON of water to fill it, ( we never ever filled it up completely),  and one would freeze while in it during the cold weather.  We had to bring in a portable heater.  (I had nightmares of a kiddo accidentally electrocuting himself!)


A giant walk-in shower.

Our brains started turning when we saw my mother's new walk-in shower this past April.

(Her shower was put in time for her to recover from her very extensive back surgery last fall, and will now allow her to live in her house for many more years, God willing.)

Being 45 years of age, David and I thought if we were going to remodel the bathroom now, we must start thinking about long-term use.


Shower end from reflection in mirror.

I thought this part would take two days.  He had it completed in 3 hours!

(We decided to demo in stages, keeping part of the old tile, cammode, and the vanity/ sinks in until we absolutely had to remove them.)

By that Sunday night, David had capped off the plumbing to the tub and installed the new plumbing for the shower, and roughed in the threshold for the new shower and soap shelves.

(Underneath that mound of concrete is the old drain to the tub.)

(New plumbing in place for shower controls.)

The next day, Monday morning, the cultured marble guy was out measuring for the new shower base and walls.


Before tearing out the vanity and sinks, David purchased and installed a wall cabinet for the powder room.  This would be temporarily housing all of ours and Stan's toiletries.

Then out came the vanity, top, camode, and tile.

(He cut out some dry wall behind the vanity since he will need to move the plumbing for the new sink.)

Oh my goodness!  David has been working so incredibly hard on this project while juggling his customers.  I am so grateful for the handi-man gifts that God blessed David with!  It is saving us a fortune.

He built the new vanity.  Take a look at its early stages...

Cherry wood.  It's lying on its back, (the unfinished part is the bottom.)  It has all draws.  Wait till you see what we do with it!

Things are starting to go back in now.  For our scrapbook purposes, I'll be taking pictures along the way and post them later on.

Until then...

~  Patty  ~


  1. Hi Patty! You are so unbelievably blessed to have a husband who can do all of this himself! Wow!
    I can't wait to see the finished product, but I will follow along with you too :)
    We had our shower and bathroom redone some years ago, but it is so hard to keep that grout clean. My least favorite job is cleaning that shower! I'm looking forward to seeing what you finish yours with.

    Congrats to your Mom on her successful surgery and independence. That is such a blessing. I'm sure she loves her home, and is so joyful to be able to stay there.

  2. Oh my goodness, I am so excited to watch this project take shape. I know, that's weird. I appreciate watching others' creativity and hard work turn into an amazing finished project. I bet you all are going to so enjoy it. And, seriously, David does plumbing??!! Reed is so handy and can tackle just about anything, but has a fear/hate relationship with plumbing. Which means when we try to finish that basement bathroom (hopefully) soon, we'll contract it for a ridiculous amount of money. I so wish we were neighbors and we could just hire David to do it. He looks like he's doing a great job! Be sure and tell him I said so :)

    Keep up the good work and keep us posted!

  3. It's gonna be awesome!!! Can't wait to see it all done!

  4. Oh, I can't wait to see it!! Are you going to put a seat in the shower?

  5. Wow! Sounds like everything is moving so fast. You are married to one talented guy! That vanity looks beautiful so far.
    Looking forward to seeing the finished product.


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