Ever since we moved back here to my Grandfather’s old home there have been a few noticeable problems. Nothing unexpected in a home that’s nearly 100 years old but problems, nonetheless. For one, the toilet wasn’t seated properly and therefore oozed a thin line of crap (and by crap, I mean feces) that needed wiping up fairly often. It was utterly disgusting and I finally had a breakdown and told Mark, “You say you’re going to fix it. FIX IT then or I’m calling a plumber tomorrow morning and I’ll have it fixed by tomorrow night.”
He took the afternoon off of work and came home with the plan of replacing the wax ring seal on the toilet but what he found was that under our house all of the wood had rotted away and the toilet was being held up by concrete flooring and floor tile. I’m very happy that I did not end up sitting in the mud under there, potty reading in hand and a shocked look on my face.
So the toilet is gone. So is the sink, the tub and most of the bathroom floor. My grandmother’s cedar closet is on it’s way out, too. But there is good news! We get a new bathtub and shower stall, separate units because sans closet we suddenly have room for them. This will make for easier cleaning of both. We will also be turning ‘Martina’s alcove’ into a walk-in closet where we will be able to hang our clothing and I can have a dressing table in front of two windows where I can dress and put on makeup (when I wear it) using natural light (provided it’s daytime!)
This is exciting news because if you’ve ever lived in an old house you know there just isn’t much closet space. We like to have much more clothing these days than folks did back then, apparently.
We will reuse the toilet and the sink and fixtures. We have also saved the wall hooks for reuse. Whatever can be salvaged from the cedar closet will go to my son’s woodworking shop for him to use in toy making. This is such a startling and necessary remodel project than finding ways to make it green is going to be a challenge…but I’m working on it.
Below are pics, though I don’t have any of the bathtub. It was white porcelain and about 62″ long. The ends were square to the bottom and this made it impossible to recline for a leisurely bath with a book. I look forward to the day I can soak my arthritic neck in a hot tub of water and am hoping that it will be soon!