Thursday, October 16, 2008

The major remodel project of 2009

I have too many projects going on but this one i've been putting off for a long time. Its one of the last major remodels and one of the last rooms in the house we haven't touched yet. I've been putting this project off for a while because A. its huge, B. its a lot of plumbing work (and i don't like plumbing work), and C. its HUGE.

I've been taking pictures thus far but have not blogged yet so here is a quick update as to where i am on the project thus far.

Here are some little before pictures:

Chara came home one day to all of our bedroom furniture distributed throughout the house and thus began the great project. she was not happy with this surprise.

our very tiny bathroom

Here is our tiny bathroom before. i need a wide angle lense
took the shower door off and gave it away on craigslist.the shower
and i started tearing into the shower

removed all the tile on the floor and unhooked the toilet
dismantled the vanity and removed italso gave this away on craiglist
and here we started tearing into the walls
all the tile and drywall removed from the showermore drywall removed and shower pan removed
that thing was heavy
old bathroom shower area gutted
old bedroom gutted. carpet gonethe dog helping

removed old shower wallmoved the toilet water feed. Yes i'm moving the toilet on a concrete slab.

and now the big fun of the project and one of the big reasons why i put it off for so long. moving a toilet on a concrete slab is not fun at all. at all.

I rented this beast. gas powered concrete saw. super loud, super messy and the exhaust fumes almost made me pass out every time i used it. so much fun.
first cuts
more cuts
after many hours of cutting and taking breaks to breath fresh air i got the main area cut for the toilet. those concrete chunks are heavy!

I have a video of me cutting i'll try to put it up later. But this was definately the hardest part of the project. The saw hooks up to your hose to allow water to the saw. but the water feeds were broken and had holes everywhere so water sprayed everywhere but the saw it seemed. I was a complete mess.removing the concrete
I'm also moving the sink so i had to make way for a new drain line. that means more cutting.took it out in one big heavy piece because i was tired of cutting
a sledgehammer in the right place broke it up
and here is the final trench
here is the re-worked toilet and sink drain plumbing

framing up the new shower/bathroom wall
moving another wall for the new sink area
moved the wall switch to accomodate for the new wall location
installed a new light/vent for the water closet area
and here is a random shot of the new wall in place with some of the old wall removed.

and thats mostly where i am to date. I got the lights installed in the shower. Today i am finishing the plumbing of the toilet and sink drain and filling in the foundation with concrete. then i'm finshing moving the second wall and getting the new sink area wired in with electrical and move the water lines to that area as well.

Lots of fun thus far. More pics to come i'm sure.


Health Habitat said...

I am calling code enforcement as I know you do not have permits on this job.

I can not believe that you would take money out of union workers and do it yourself.

Apparently you do not know how the economy works.

Great Job. I now know who you are voting for.

How dare you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trev said...

Is there any way to get you to take more pictures?
seriously so well documented I wonder how you have time to do the work.
By the way each picture it is misleadingly tidy. I have never done any kind of work with the materials your using, without making a crap load more of a mess.