For 10 months we have made plans to visit Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to see a college friend of ours get married. We have secured passports for the kids, paid for resorts/flights/dog sitting, and talked up the beach until we finally got our shark-scared kids excited for snorkeling.
Then, we decided to do both a bathroom remodel AND the destination wedding vacation within two weeks of each other.
Smart? No. Not at all. Especially since we decided to hire a contractor to redo the bathroom, but we would save some money (and have some fun!) by demolishing it ourselves. Three days before we were scheduled to leave for the DR, we began knocking down walls and pulling off tile.
|Give me all the sledgehammers!|
It was so.much.freaking.fun.
It was also The Hubs birthday, and he just happened to open a shirt from my parents that morning. Perfect timing!
If you ever get to demolish a piece of your house (or your friends house), DO IT. I want to now tear down every little piece of my humble little abode.
If, on the other hand, you ever get to book a Caribbean vacation during hurricane season, DON'T. Hurricane Irma was headed on a straight shot through the islands, and our flights were canceled. Our plan to head off to the DR for some much needed rest and relaxation was, sadly, also canceled. The upside is that it gave us more time to finish the bathroom demo, but let's be real, that's not much of an upside. I would rather be on the beach.
|Oh yes, this is much better than a rum drink on a Caribbean beach that also offers day care.|
Besides taking down a few walls here and there, this is my first crack at a big demo project. I was surprised at how relatively easy it was. I mean, there really isn't much to a house when you knock it down! (Rebuilding it, though, looks to be much more difficult.)
|Even the littles helped! Or at least one of the littles. Safety goggles on!|
I was pleased to find that behind every wall and under each piece of wood was NO water damage or leakage. I was expecting to find something that was going to cause us major headaches, money and delays, but so far we found nothing that concerns us!
|So classy on our back patio.|
|My 'grocery getter' can haul major trash!|
|I think the house was originally built around this tub. Cast iron. HEAVY.|
Also, I had no concept of how long it would take. When The Hubs mentioned that he wanted to work all day, quitting at 4 to shower and head off to church, I thought he was nuts. It was 10 am and we were almost done! Of course it wouldn't take until 4! Little did I realize that once you remove the mirrors and the cabinet, your work is NOT done. Apparently, there are all sorts of other pesky things you need to do, like remove two inches of concrete from the shower all. (Yes, CONCRETE. Not cement board, but two inches of concrete on chicken wire.)
|The bathroom lost about 500 lbs with the tub and another 500 with these concrete tiles down!|
But we finished 90% of the demo in one day, and the other 9% took four days of half-assed finishing it up. The last 1% is taking FOREVER - we get to pick out and purchase all fixtures, tile and finishing pieces. Apparently I don't get to just buy whatever I want. I keep hearing something about "compromise" and "no, that's too girly".
Keep tuned for after pictures. I can't wait for my new bathroom to be up and running! (And not just because one bathroom for the four of us has me driving to Target for bathroom use when ours is occupied!)
I tried everything I could think of for tonight and can't seem to get these pictures to turn the right way. You'll just have to turn your head.
|So pretty, right?! I think even the towel rack is original to the house.|
|Oh, yellow tile, I won't miss you. (But I did save some pieces for creative posterity pieces!)|
|It's not an awful closet. But it's about to get so much better.|