TLH: Project Bathroom Continued…

On September 6th I began the latest project around this little house: Project Bathroom. Check the start of that out here. 

I have been prepping for this renovation since I moved in four years ago. From thinking about design, to picking up a few things here and there, to talking to my dad about it to looking at lots of pretty pictures on the internet. The same people that built my deck, and built my new bedroom are also working on my bathroom. This guy is a phenomenal carpenter who builds beautiful kitchens, you know from wood, not boxes bought at a store, but from scratch with… equipment and stuff. (I don’t know the names of those machines) ANYWAY, tangent.

In the few weeks leading up to Sept 6th I picked up my new bathub (and stored it temporarily in the middle of the living room) taps, a medicine cabinet, tiles, misc plumbing…things, a bath fan and various other items. The guy came, we walked around the basement, checked things out, talked about what I wanted and agreed on a date. They called me the day before, they showed up and ripped out my bathroom in about a morning and it was pretty much the disaster I thought it would be. I showed you a pic of what it was like in my last post.

Here’s a reminder of the PREVIOUS layout:

Window to the left, sink yellow, closet space blue with the door swinging in and hitting the toilet every-single-time

And this is what’s going on now. I didn’t get pics of the bathroom without drywal, since I’m in class during the day they were too fast for me and by the time I got home I already had a wall and a roughed in tub. YAY for progress! As you’re standing in the door way:

View from the door

Then when you look towards the right corner of the room you see this, tub with roughins for the fixtures, pipes for the pedestal sink right next to it:

Are you excited for this new bathtub or what?

And then when you step into the room and look into the corner behind the door:

the toilet

Yes, that is a toiletroll on the floor. This is a construction site (you should see my livingroom right now)

So I’ve mentioned before that the floor underneath that toilet had rotten, because of leaking issues in the past, etc. etc. and that it was sitting on a beam and leaning against the wall, remember that? So two and a half days into this renovation it was time to pull up that toilet. Wanna know what was beneath it?


That entire square of floor that’s gone had rotten, as in… stick your finger through-it-soft-like-egg-rotten.
I knew this from the getgo, that’s why it was time to get this project started, before that joist started to get affected. So now the problem is tying that castiron pipe into the new toilet. Special fittings, hurray. I’m so glad I’m not trying to figure that out. I had to do that with my kitchen sink, walking into a store.. not knowing the names for everything.. just knowing what the part I needed looked like and trying to describe it to a non-plumber sales associate, yeah that was fun. This is why you hire pros for some stuff!

Here’s a short time-line of everything happening so far:

Friday: Gut & waste removal, planning & talking
Saturday afternoon: Remove cast-iron tub, run new plumbing lines
Tuesday: Installation of bathroom fan, tub roughin, some gyprock, some electrical, jacking & bracing of joists underneath tub (previous owner cut a joist, guys, DON’T CUT JOISTS, EVER)
Wednesday: Walls gyprock, framing for closet behind bathroom, wiring for heating run, potlight installed & lines run, toilet ripped out, tub pulled out, reshimmed & now basically permanently stuck in place (it was moved slightly because Dad The Tiler had some tiling-requirements)

This is not a straightforward bathroom reno where a contractor just measures stuff, orders supplies, installs it and done. I’ve spent a lot of time sourcing parts for this bathroom myself, saving time & money. Even though that’s saved me a boatload, because this is an older house I’m in constant touch with what’s going on, trying to find solutions for things we run into etc. So on one hand I’m saving money by doing stuff myself, on the other hand it’s still not easy because I’m bossy and particular and also because old houses come with arthritis that needs careful treatment and consideration. Like… cut joists, a mixture of cast-iron, steel and copper piping, un-level floors, design issues etc. I think when I mentioned the two-week time-frame I was spot-on.

Here’s what things look like as of Wednesday afternoon, you can now see the framing up for the storage behind the bath on the left side:

Progress! Isn’t that a wicked tub?

Since I’ve been shower-less for almost a week, I was told I could use the tub if I was careful. It had to be tested for leaks anyway, all the plumbing is done. I just had to be careful not to splash the gyprock (which is the aquastuff, not regular stuff, huge difference). So I did! And it was wonderful! I’m not usually a big bathtubfan, this tub is more for resale value than anything but I love it and there will certainly be more baths when this bathroom is finished.

(If you are wondering if I didn’t shower for a week; no I didn’t go around smelling like a pig-farmer but I certainly had to improvise and thankfully my parents live very close, outside of that I washed my hair in my kitchen sink every morning which is super deep and has a nice tap so that worked out reasonably well) (I have blonde thin hair, no washing = staticy craziness or limpness, neither I prefer so, hair washing daily is a must!)

So that’s where things are at now, I can’t wait to have this room back and my living room cleared of renovation mess!

Running costs [UPDATED with corrections]:

American Standard Low-flow toilet (display model): $75
Tank to toilet gasket & bolts: $10.39
Wax ring; $9.99
Pedestal Sink: $89.00
Tap for sink: $55.43
Medicine cabinet: $139.99 (not sure yet if this is a keeper)
Mirolin soaker tub $279.00
Hex tiles for floor: $173.20
Border penny-tile for tub-surround (special order 3 sheets ): $13.14
Over tub potlight: $38.10
Baseboard heating unit with built-in thermostat: $89.99
New shower curtain rings: $9.97
Rug: $2.88
Wash cloths: $6.97
Toilet paper stand: $7.26 (Wicker Emporium)

Subtotal: $950.96

Costs not yet finalized:
Shelves above toilet
Toilet paper hook: already owned (came with house)
Hook on back of door: already owned (came with house)
Toilet tank connection hose: $x.xx
Subway tile/bullnose tile for tub surround: $xx.xx
Shower taps/shower head: $xx.xx
Misc supplies drywal, plywood subfloor, wainscoting, misc plumbing fittings, wiring, window trim, chair-rail: $xxx.xx
Labour: $xxxx.xx
Waste disposal fee: $?
Bathroom fan: $xx.xx
Shelving: $xx.xx

Items already on hand: Insulation, plastic, bathroom mirror, overhead light, paint

Published by Renée

I write about my life, travel and my financial up and downs on my blog, Nickel By Nickel, while contradicting myself daily. ;)

4 thoughts on “TLH: Project Bathroom Continued…

  1. Yeah, with all that rot, I would hire someone too. I re-did our jack and jill bath last summer, but almost all changes were cosmetic. The hardest thing I did was rip out the tub surround and drywall, then replace both. Good luck with the rest of the work.


  2. Wow, it's going to look great when it's done !I love reno posts. My boyfriend is a carpenter so I love seeing his before and after pictures. That rot was probably not good for your health either.


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