Sunday, May 27, 2007

what's in my bathroom?

We've had kind of a busy week, what with K graduating, bubblewench being in town and Mr. Kaos being on vacation, but we managed to sneak in some bathroom work. Just a little. Kaptain Kaos did the last of the demo, the heavy stuff that required sawing through pipes. I don't trust myself with a power saw.

With everything stripped out we excitedly prepared to put the insulation in the walls but thought first we would do a 2nd test fit of that shower surround we purchased at Grandmother's House of All Things Home Improvement Related. We test fit it the day we brought it home and we were good to go... well guess what?

No really guess.

Yeah, so it turns out that we fitted it before Kaptain Kaos replaced the window.

The window.


Umm yeah, so... It fit on the back wall of the tub. It fit to the left wall of the tub. It didn't fit on the right wall. The wall where the lovely new window is. It didn't fit. It was always going to be a tight squeeze but now? NO.

No shower surround for you.

So what does that mean for all of you? Nothing really unless you commonly use my bathroom. Or unless you were anxiously awaiting pictures of the finished remodel. Or unless you were really vested in my kitchen getting ripped out. Soon.

If any of those apply to you it means you'll have to wait a bit longer because...

We're going back to plan A. The one where we tile the tub surround. Or should I say "I" tile it.

That's okay. Good actually. I was beginning to question the logic of the 3 piece shower surround because we are putting so much hard work into the bathroom and I want it to be REALLLLLLLY nice.


So yeah. More work. More Cami hours. We'll have to install that special dry wall. I thought I had to use a vapor barrier and cement backer board but then I learned that there is special drywall just for this. One step. Instead of 2. I'm still going to talk to the people at Grandmother's House of All Things Home Improvement Related to see which of those two methods is more sound.

Any of you know? anyone? anyone?


mielikki said...

No. Color me clueless. You speaka the home improvement talk well, though. I'm impressed.

mielikki said...

PS tell BW I say hello!

julie said...

I have no idea... but I wish I did. Renting makes it hard to do any good home improvement projects! Good luck! I bet it'll look great.

Jen said...

My dad (jack-of-all-trades and remodeler of my own bathroom) says that the special bathroom drywall is the way to go. So there you go, some advice from the father of someone you've never met.

CamiKaos said...

jen: sometimes that can be the very best advice... especially when it supports what you WANT to do. Thanks!

sybil law said...

I am so excited, even if I have nothing to offer in the way of advice!
I cannot wait 'til it's done, though. 'Cause you will make it ROCK.
Hurry! I want pics. :)

Mr. Fabulous said...

You are so much braver than I am. I am skeered to try any home improvement stuff like that.

Kristen McD said...

Please please please get a tub with a tile flange. No matter how much caulk you use - where the tile meets the top of a regular tub, it's gonna peel. And mold.

Tile flange.

CamiKaos said...

mr. fab: we're either brave or stupid... it's really hard to tell. did you ever get your toilet fixed by the way?

kristen: THANK YOU. We hadn't even thought of a tile flange. We aren't replacing the tub (it is cast iron and not moving) but I found a tile flange kit that we can install in house and Mr. Kaos is thrilled. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

See this blog is oh so educational, for me anyway.