Sunday, January 24, 2010

Week 5 - Master Bath & Dressing Room: Gut/Reno

Well, time is ticking by and the reno is, as usual, going slowly. Life has a way of throwing you curve balls. Remember when we were kids and wished we were grown ups cause we thought life was soooo much easier for adults?

As an adult...I wish I could get a do over on the whole kid thing.

Week 4 of the reno was a bust due to a death in the family, health issues, MRI's, Neurologists and Opthamologist appointments. All of that is hard enough to juggle but throw in two kids under 6 with way more energy than I remember ever having and it makes for a very busy week! No way we were getting much done on the reno.

The majority of this week has been spent trying to make last minute arrangements for my elderly ailing parents in an assisted living community with siblings who don't believe communication is a good thing (pounding my head on the key board) at least not with me. Two days of driving to North Eastern Ontario and back, then my throat closed up... stress does it to me, which took me and my doting husband out of the picture for 24 hours...then there are the kids (always) and now another death in the family.

Over the past 2 weeks the rewiring and replumbing is just about all in. We've run 3/4" copper to the bathroom (yay).

I selected the tub spout and handles from different manufacturers to get the look I wanted. The chrome Ritmonio Waterblade spout is sitting here beside me along with the Rubinet H2O handles and diverter also in chrome. I am so HOT to get them in!

The toilet is the best you can buy...Toto of course. You can pay more for a toilet but nothing flushes better than a Toto. 'Nuf said.

This is the Toto Nexus. Reminds me of a cruise ship. I love the base but not so much the pill box top. I picked the Nexus because of the height of the seat I'm sad to say. Now a toilet is a reminder that I am NOT getting younger. This is the first time I've thought about aging in relation to design for myself...other than getting my bed off the floor 4 years ago but I could argue that was only to move in a direction away from 'university chic'. I'd be lying of couse.

Steve listed the old tub, doors, sinks, faucets, lights etc. on and everything sold quickly. We got $280 in total and it had cost us $270 in dump fees and kept all that stuff out of the dump. Happy happy.

We also go a really good laugh when Igor a 'contractor' came to get the old 5' x 5' corner tub. He said he had a work van and knew the dimensions. He showed up with a family van...with the seating taken out. Igor made sure there were no scratches in the used tub. He was putting it in to a 'flip'. He was satisfied it was in good condition, paid and then the fun started.

It didn't fit in to his van of course. But he and his buddy sure tried. I almost peed my pants I was laughing so hard watching through a window. I wonder if they got pulled over for trucking it down the highway on the roof.


  1. Excited to see the finished bath!! Love your propsoed choices!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Gina!

    I can't wait to see the finished bath either...husbands vacation is over so it will be a slow go since we are doing it ourselves. DIY'rs here!


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