If you have ever remodeled an old house, you know the amount of dust, dirt, and downright nasty messiness that occurs. I wanted to take today to give a little progress report on our Bathroom Makeover. After weeks and weeks of work, I am happy to say that I can see the finish line now!! That means you get to see it soon too!
Our home was built in 1954. Just that fact alone means we are going to find surprises when we open up the walls and tear things out. This is the case for sure with this bathroom remodel. It is a complete tear out job. All the old is out. Our original plan was to have this ready to shoot in 6 weeks, styled and all. So, today you are going to see some of the behind the scenes reality photos of this remodel.
Well, enter surprise problem #1 | SUBFLOOR ISSUES
We have this gorgeous Carrera marble tile we have installed for our flooring. It is a showstopper, trust me. Before we could do that though, we had to address our uneven and mismatched subfloor. After talking with tile experts, we finally came up with a plan to fix it and level it. The floor is installed, the tile is gorgeous. I’ll be sharing the process so you can fix yours too. Phew! I thought, okay, let’s get rolling!
Then, enter surprise problem #2 | PLUMBING ISSUES
We moved our beautiful custom Kohler vanity into the bathroom to get ready to install it. We knew we had to convert the single sink plumbing to double sink plumbing. No biggie, right? Not out of our range of expertise. Plus, we have no problem asking our plumber friends their two cents. Then, we opened up the wall and realized something major was up. All the plumbing was not only installed wrong and really old, but we needed to replace the entire vent line too. That’s the big cast iron one. Ummmm…not in our area of expertise. Time to call the plumber and cry because that isn’t cheap.
It took over a week to get a reputable plumber over to do the work. With all of Northern Illinois becoming a frozen tundra, the plumbers were BUSY. Like real busy taking care of busting pipes and all kinds of cold weather plumbing emergencies. We took some quotes and went through the selection process. We finally got an appointment and all the plumbing is shiny and new AND it came with a shiny and new bill too. Ouch! Oh, and then we had to wait for the inspector to come approve it, before we could drywall and close the wall back up. Bonus. But, it is done and paid for. I mourned the shower fixtures I cannot afford to buy right now that went on the chopping block. Moving on.
We are finally back on track. We have run all the new electrical (when I say we, I mean Dave because that’s his jam). We have almost finished our DIY wall treatment. The countertop is at the shop getting professionally cut for the vessel sinks and faucets. I feel like we can finally start to see the finish line! Hallelujah!
I just wanted to share this today, because I think we watch our favorite DIY and home shows and it looks like all the problems that arise get fixed right away. There is just a professional right there in a heartbeat. Most of the time, that is not the case. When you are in DIY mode, some of these problems are hidden. You don’t know the real issues until you rip things out and open up walls. Some of these problems you can’t fix by yourself. You need to call the pros. You have to hire out the work and wait on other trades to fit you in. It can push your timeline by weeks. It also can really hurt your budget.
Just know going into a big remodel on an older home, you will always have to spend more money, you will have surprise issues. We just know this going into things from experience. You just hope that those issues won’t break the bank. Even with this in mind for this bathroom makeover, that hefty plumbing bill was a surprise.
With all that said, I am so excited to shoot the finished space for you all to see! As long as there are no more surprises, we are hoping to have all the work done by the end of the weekend and then I can do my favorite part– style and shoot!
You can follow the behind the scenes of our #BHbathmakeover on Instagram.
See our bathroom plans here.
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