My Latest Adventure…Part 2

By on 22 July, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments
Hole in floor leads to bug in bed!

Hole in floor leads to bug in bed!

Note: This is the second in Sandra’s series about bathroom renovation. Read the first part here.

I am the eldest of four children. Until I was nine, we lived in a 2-bedroom, 1-bath house. So you’d think having to work out a bathing-and-necessarying schedule among just 3 adults would be a piece of cake. Not!

Brother Frank and I had originally planned for the commode to remain in place and functional for all but a day or two of the remodel. We both reasoned that it would have to come up for the floor to be tiled and guessed that would be little inconvenience. Alas, it was not to be. The fixture has been sitting on my patio for over a week now. We three adults are trying just to be flexible.

In the meantime, work has continued at what feel’s like a snail’s pace. It’s obvious that retrofitting an old house bathroom for modern materials takes some real doing! Thank goodness my brother the remodeler is both smart as a whip and tenacious, too.

Being a one-bath household has not been the only challenge. Far from it. One evening as I was getting into bed, I noticed a sizable “palmetto bug” (polite term for large brown roach) marching smartly across the covers. Thank goodness it happened before I went to sleep! And that’s what you have to expect when you have a gaping 30-inch by 24-inch hole in your floor that provides an unobstructed view of the dirt in the crawl space below!

And then there’s the invasive nature of the thing. Our 4-foot bathroom vanity is now on display in our living room. Why not the extra bedroom? Why, that’s home to the huge wheelbarrow and a plethora of tools.

When Frank is not hard at it, he can be found hunched over his computer searching online for the source of things as he needs them. This week’s hunt is for a 30-inch by 6 foot piece of shatterproof glass thick enough not to break if someone bumps up against it. We’ve already inventoried 12 boxes of subway tile and enough hex tile, it seems, to floor from here to the beach!

We had both estimated that his stay would be 4-5 weeks. Last night he opined that 8 weeks was more likely. You see, when he finishes the bath (and that’s hardly near completion yet), there’s still the privacy fence and kitchen bookshelf.

Ah, well. It just proves that my usual advice to all would-be remodelers is pretty darned accurate: always allow twice as much money and ten times as much time as you originally plan!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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