House Update

I’m probably jinxing myself by saying this, but the house remodel has been moving along at a smooth pace of late. The bathroom floor is done except for one small section that I can’t do until I put in the framing that will enclose the chimney. I also unpacked the tub and cut the hole in the new floor for the drain.

I do have a problem with the tub, though.  Well, not with the tub, per se.  The bathroom floor isn’t level, to the tune of almost 1/2″ drop from the foot of the tub to the drain.  That doesn’t sound like much, but it is more than I am comfortable just living with.  I have to repair the wall where the stringer will be mounted, and after I see exactly what I’m working with, I’ll make a decision.  I bought a metal tub instead of fiberglass so I wouldn’t have to do a mortar bed, but I might have to do one anyway.  That, or fashion a huge shim, probably from plywood, to go underneath of the styrofoam support pad.  Either way, the bottom must be supported.  I can’t just level it with the stringer and supports in the opposite corners.

I also have to repair the opposite wall where some genius cut out sections of two adjacent studs in order to install a medicine cabinet.  Mostly because one of the missing sections is exactly where one of the electrical outlets needs to go.  After the wall repairs are done, I can string the electric, hang the drywall and tub surround, and run the plumbing.

That just leaves the vanity, toilet, and floor covering, and the bathroom will be ready for finishing touches. It will be a huge relief to have a functional bathroom.  I know it sounds like a lot of work still needs to be done, and it does, but finishing the floor was huge for me.

Then the real fun will begin – the kitchen. There are floor issues there, too. I don’t think they are anywhere close to as serious as the bathroom, but it is a much larger area. Electrical will be more complex because of the additional outlets and circuits that will be needed.  Then comes the plumbing.  After that, I get to hang drywall and cabinets. I just know I’m going to fuck that up.

Best friend is coming to help replace the entry doors in a couple weeks.  I’ll try to recruit him again when I’m ready for wall cabinets in the kitchen.  In other words, next year some time.

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6 Responses to House Update

  1. Jin Chiang says:

    I had imagined you’d augment your house with radiant floor heating as well as a Russian oven. That way, Old Man Winter stays outside. And you’re toasty inside.

    I’m going to ask the big guy up there for good remodeling juju. Remember to measure twice and cut once. Good luck with the remaining work!

    • alaskan454 says:

      Nah, it ain’t cold enough here to need all that. All that is necessary is good insulation, especially in the many cracks that come with a 50+ year-old house, and a decent heat pump or similar. The problem before was that the entire ceiling is gone in all but one room (and part of it is gone there, too), and there were holes in the floor, so all heating efforts were for naught.

      Thanks for your thoughts and requests to the Almighty on my behalf. I still have a very long road ahead of me.

  2. hilljohnny says:

    don’t settle for a heat pump, get gas as well. N.C. is known for long power outages. having gas heaters and cooking can be a lifesaver and may well be cheaper than electric in the future. and if you’re weird enough you can get a refridgerator that works on gas. or a backup generator that runs on gas.

    • alaskan454 says:

      Believe it or not, gas isn’t at the house. I think it’s close, but I don’t know how much it would cost to get them to bring it the rest of the way. I’m checking into it. Thanks for the recomendation.

  3. Larry says:

    Let me know when you’re ready. Have tools, will travel.

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