Waiting for my porcelain luxury

I wanted to call this bathroom update, “Slowly Making Progress” but then I thought, who am I to judge the timeline and the speed of the work? I’m not the one really doing the work. And more importantly, it’s not like we don’t have another bathroom and I’ve been standing with my legs crossed doing the pee dance for several months. That said, there are times recently when I’ve caught myself wishing we had a second bathroom, like, “Ugh I cannot wait until that bathroom is done.” And then I think OMG YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE BATHROOM, ISN’T THAT ENOUGH? WHO ARE YOU? WHAT’S NEXT ON YOUR WISHLIST? A HOUSECLEANER? A GARDENER? A KEURIG?!? And then I roll my eyes at myself and continue to ignore my very full bladder until our one lone bathroom frees up.

Now and then, I stop into the up-and-coming third floor bathroom and stand in generally the same place and take a photo. At first, this was just something I did, but then I realized I could document the evolution of the room from the same-ish spot and make a time-lapse thingy! You’re thinking “duh.” Sadly, this realization did not make me take better photos, only take them semi-consistently and then write this post.

First, the original bathroom at the time we bought the house.

original third floor bathroom

Now, a not-super-well-produced animation from the time the bathroom was torn down to the studs plus a few new boards, to the fully framed room (that’s the part lou did), to the insulation (that’s the part I did), to the latest and greatest plastered walls (that’s the part we paid someone to do). You may have to click the image to make it replay. derp.



That’s nice, you say. A grayish box full of angles. I can totally see it! So I guess you want to know what the bathroom will look like? Me too.

It starts with a grey cork floor. What does that even mean? Well, it’s grey. It’s got a slight pattern to it. It’s smooth, not like actual bumpy rubbery cork (looking at you, winos) at least not the finished surface that you walk on. The cork is in long boards that will run across the room (like large wooden planks). Cork is lightweight, so we didn’t have to worry about reinforcing the old joists or a lawsuit from when the bathroom comes crashing down on the bedroom below it. It’s no penny tile but hey, it doesn’t cost or weigh as much as tile, or take the installation work of tile. And it’s grey, so really, what more could you ask for?

From there, we have white walls going up to the sloping ceiling. That’s not Lou’s modern architecture, just the eaves of the house. The walls that wrap around the shower area will have subway tile on the bottom half (the vertical part, not the upper angled parts). A glass partition and door will separate the shower from the rest of the room. We wanted it to be open and to be able to just walk into the shower, but flooring issues. I’ll leave it at that.

There will be a few light fixtures. On one end of the bath (opposite the shower) there will be a sink and countertop with an open shelf down below. In the center of the bathroom, a wall-hung toilet, thus saving several inches of space in front of it for people on their way to the shower. And two windows, both with new glass that is not cracked or foggy. All of these items are still works in progress, or being discussed, or sitting in their boxes in the adjoining bedroom waiting to be unwrapped.

Finally, in classic Deep Eaves style, this bathroom was probably an add-on between 1940 and 1960, so the door opens out into the hall, instead of into the room like a proper door. Long story short, we aren’t tearing out the doorframe to redo it so it’s just going to be called character. That’s what people pay good money for, right?


About Lynn

Attempting to renovate a house and keep a blog alive.
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