We recently wrapped up another bathroom renovation, one that I thought would take about half as long as it ended up taking. But...sometimes it's the smaller rooms and spaces that take the longest time to redo.
This bathroom renovation was a full gut remodel, and included the addition of a ceiling exhaust fan, insulation, updated wiring and pretty much new everything. Stuffed into an older house, this bathroom was built in the fashion typical of most bathrooms its age: TINY.
While we couldn't do much to expand the bathroom in any direction, what we were able to do was tear the thing apart down to the studs. That meant the old tile, the wallpapered plaster, the rotten subfloor...it all came out.
Once the framing was shored up, subfloor replaced and insulation added to the exterior wall, we installed a ceiling exhaust fan and reconfigured the existing wiring, which not only consolidated a variety of wiring additions and remodels over the years but allowed us to put all the switches and receptacles in a single, accessible location (instead of behind the door as had been the existing layout).
From there, with only minor work required on the plumbing, it was business as usual: new tub, drywall, tile, fixtures, paint, etc. Unfortunately, although the square footage wasn't much, it seemed like it took forever to get the work done as a result of working in such tight quarters...but as the saying goes, the work can be done fast, or it can be done right.
Sometimes construction work is fairly seasonal, and/or cyclical. Some years are busier than others, and for a variety of reasons, the months between April and October always seem to be busier than the winter and spring months. And every now and then...things get downright hectic. We've been going through one of those periods lately;being swamped with work is a good problem to have, but it's a problem nonetheless.
One of the projects we recently (mostly) wrapped up was a bathroom renovation in Webster Groves. The project entailed nearly fully gutting the bathroom, mostly to get rid of the dated sea green tile covering the walls and the lame, non-original tile on the floor. Many, many hours of work later...offset subway tile replaced the sea green tile, a fancy weave pattern marble tile replaced the cheapo 80's floor tile, a bigger, more user-friendly pedestal sink replaced the tiny original one, the walls got fresh paint and, in short, everything old had become new.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that we're still in the midst of two other bathroom renovations, a kitchen renovation, a residential tile job and we're about to begin a large commercial framing and drywall project. Being too busy is a good problem...