9.27.2005

master bath - day 0

we decided when we started pricing that if we could only afford to do one of the bathrooms, that it would be this one. fortunately everyone we talked to was eager to cut us a deal to knock them both out at the same time, passing a 2k+ savings onto us. this bathroom is where the real "fun" is. pictures can't do it justice really, but i took them anyway. the layout is pretty much the same as the other one, just mirrored (sink/tub on opposite wall), so these shots are basically highlights of what's so much fun. let's move right past the choice of pedestal sink that doesn't hide the pipes. what no picture can show you is that at the base of that pedestal sink is a hole roughly the size of the base that goes DIRECTLY OUT SIDE. not to the basement, but to a crawl space. it's big enough that it took us a couple of raggedy t-shirts to plug it properly. perhaps at one point the hole had been properly plugged, but it wasn't by the time we moved in (more on that in a bit). we didn't discover the hole until winter when the room was so cold water froze in the tub (which, as it turns out, the base is also directly exposed to the elements that make it into the crawlspace). another thing you cannot really tell in this picture is the craptastic patch job that runs from about the towel rack down the side wall, and wraps around behind the exposed pipes at the sink. you see, when the bathroom was originally built, they used some textured paint to cover up the bad dry-wall job they did. when our inspector checked out the plumbing he discovered about $4000 worth of no-nos that they had to repair before we'd take the house. it was ... extensive and chewed up that drywall. when they went to patch the holes, they made a feeble attempt to blend the patchwork into the existing wall. it's painfully obvious in person. speaking of bad dry wall, the seams in this room are a-TRO-cious. here's a good example, but keep in mind that it all looks like this: you see how it almost looks like piping? it's also shinier than the rest of the wall. i guess the paint didn't stick to it as well or something. next on our tour is a shot of the shower nook itself. you can see that here they did edge the insert before putting tile around it. they did not seal around the tub however. remember how i said that wasn't a huge deal in the other room cuz there was tile behind it? yeah. well. there's not even green board behind this (greenboard==water-resistant drywall that you put around things like tubs/showers). it's just drywall. know how we know? because it's rotting out from under the unsealed shower insert. see how it looks lumpy and there's some black stuff along the edge? yeah. that's the wall coming out in bits and rotted pieces. it was perfectly flat when we moved in because they never used the shower in this room. know how we know? cuz along with the plumbing we discovered that the spigot for the tub wasn't attached to the plumbing. if you tried to use the shower, the pressure would pop the spigot right off. so, by now you have to be wondering why we bought this money pit? much of this stuff was new enough when we looked at the house that the problems hadn't manifested well enough to be an issue (but god bless the inspector that caught both the plumbing and electrical problems). we also knew there was a lot of cosmetic work that needed to be done because the people who lived here before us (who did all of the shoddy repair work) also had no taste. mostly, though, we saw the issues, knew we'd get around to polishing them up when we got around to it. this is a "first home" house. nobody moving into it next will expect a better homes and gardens house, either. your final picture on this tour is for reference. this should look pretty darn different by the time it's all over. muka says "please don't take away the drippy water. i love it so."

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