Saturday, June 14, 2008

Pantry to bathroom: Before

We have recently completed another home improvement project. We have five people under our roof. We had one bathroom. That wasn't enough for us. We decided to move my walk in pantry and turn it into a small bathroom. We chose the closet at the top of our basement stairs to be the new location of the pantry.

Over the course of a few weekends we emptied the closet and Richard took the shelves out of the pantry and moved them over to the closet. We had a handy friend come over and remove the door to the closet and replace it with a door at the very top of our basememt stairs. This makes the new pantry much more accessible and still keeps the stairs safe from little people.

Richard filled all the holes in the walls of the new bathroom and painted. We then spent a romantic evening at the Orange Square hardware store buying new fixtures. Once we bought fixtures we played phone tag with a plumber for THREE weeks. Richard finally tracked down another guy and after three more days and a broken faucet, we have another bathroom in our house.

Due to the fact that we have an elderly home none of our walls are square and the floor is not at all level. The plumber felt he couldn't attach the sink to a less than perfectly plumb wall. For that reason he screwed the new sink to an ugly piece of lumber that I plan on tiling in the near future. He complained bitterly through the entire installation process about our floors and walls.

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