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The demo is done, man.

Major Projects, Master Bathroom

We just finished up the type of work weekend you can only pull off a few times a year….. one where you get more accomplished in two days than you usually do in two months. And even though my lungs are full of drywall dust (despite the safety gear), my snot looks like dirt, and my muscles are screaming from all the odd things I made them do, I’m feeling all sorts of revved up because we made a HUGE dent in our master bathroom. The demo is done!

This is no small feat when you consider that we actually had to gut 1.5 rooms down to the studs – the bathroom AND a portion of the craft room next to it. We blew out a section of wall between the two rooms so we can have a bigger bathroom. The north side of the craft room was a small kitchen when the house was a two family. So in addition to removing a bathroom vanity, tub, toilet and two wall sections we also had to remove a whole bunch of kitchen cabinets and nasty linoleum. We got everything into the dumpster by chucking it through the stairwell window – including the tub!

Our plan, illustrated somewhat roughly in diagrams below, is to bump one side of the bathroom out about 3 feet. We’re going from 8×10 to 8×13. The craft room, which acted as a kitchen/dining area when the house was a two family, had room to spare – it was 10×21. So it will lose 7 feet in the back – but 3 feet of that will become a closet. A closet I cannot wait to fill!

Here’s the bathroom, before and after demo – click on the thumbnails for bigger pics.
Bathroom before pic Bathroom before pic

bathroom demo bathroom demo
And here’s the craft room, before and after demo – click on the thumbnails for bigger pics.
Craft room - before Craft room - before

craft room demo bathroom demo

The picture on the right (the one with Nero sniffing around) is taken from the bathroom, looking through the new hole in the wall into what used to be the craft-room-kitchen area.





Now that everything is out, we have a clean slate. We took the lathe out so that we could put up insulation. This is the north end of the house, so it should be very beneficial to have something in the walls besides mice!

Our next step is to start running new electrical lines and move the plumbing around to where we need it. We have our work cut out for us, but we’re excited to finally get started. Hopefully this energy lasts a few more weekends…
For more fun photos, including some really scary bathroom “before” pics from two years ago, check out our Flickr photosets:

Master Bathroom

Craft Room

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Eilis had this to say on 11.27.06:

You two really are amazing. We played video games and ate ice cream this weekend. I wish I had an ounce of your productivity!

Kristin had this to say on 11.30.06:

What an perfect plan! I love floorplans, don’t you? Now, where’s my graph paper? I need graph paper!

Of course, I will die of disappointment if you guys finish your master bathroom, while ours is still an empty shell.

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