2012 in Review: The Big Bathroom Project
We both got sick this week, which has been lots of fun. A nice way to round out what has not been our greatest Christmas season ever.
This year we got about halfway through the Big Bathroom Project. That's not totally unexpected: we both have full-time jobs and I'm a perfectionist who cannot do things the fast and easy way. But we did make quite a bit of progress. And we have an awesome new deck.
Build the deck on the back of the house
Then we could start installing boards on the raft, going through a learning process on doing screwed and plugged connections with ipe. Installation went pretty fast all things considered. We had to pause to finish up the framing for the upper stairs.
Installing the railings seemed to take a lot longer than it should have. After many delays on getting the things, we got the posts in in time for our deck-warming party, then after a brief delay with canine oncology started installing the railing panels. There were even more delays with the wrong panels. Then we had the fiddly fussy work of installing rakes, which has halted with the need to get some welding done.
2. Rebuild the side stairs that were removed during foundation replacement
This one is going to happen this summer, probably along with some repairs to the side porch in general. We've been thinking of reroofing this summer and if that happens we might have to rebuild much of the side porch roof at the same time.
3. Replace the siding removed from the house during the foundation replacement
We really just need to order the custom-milled siding and get it done. After doing an ipe deck this will seem like child's play. I do want to do some real flashing around the many penetrations in the basement wall (mostly from the irrigation), which will be the fiddly part.
4. Add an electrical subpanel upstairs
Part of rewiring the upstairs to remove the last of the knob-and-tube. After we get this done we can insulate the attic, which will be very pleasant.
5. New plumbing, electrical, and ventilation in the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms
So far it's been mostly demolition. We need to finish framing before we can start installing things like electrical and plumbing. (I did a longer writeup on this for the Ten Year Plan post, so I won't repeat it here.)
6. Finish cleaning and repairing the plaster in the hallway
I finally got back to working on scrubbing the hallway this year after a very long hiatus. I already went over this on the Ten Year Plan report, but basically it was what seemed like endless days up on scaffolding scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing. And it's not quite done yet.
7. Build a new coat closet in the hallway
This is part of the framing of the downstairs bathroom, which we haven't even started yet. But I am looking forward to getting the coat rack out of the parlours.
Replace the window over the front door
Another horrible experience with a window company. I mean WTF.
Noel took the trim off around the opening of our old window, then the first window was not the right size. Nor was the second. And the window they finally installed? Not right. That's a story for some time when I calm down about it. Anyway, the window is replaced for now.
Take down collapsing kitchen cabinets and replace with cheap cabinets
This was a fun, quick project. Of course, when we took the old cabinets down they were concealing a pile of bizarre and insane stuff, but the new cabinets installed nicely. We haven't gotten knobs for the cabinet doors yet (IKEA keeps being out of them when I go there), but they work fine without.
10. Finish the top of the arbor in the side yard
Yeah. Did not get to this. Maybe this year?
posted by ayse on 01/06/13