You may get a couple of rapid-fire posts as I have a little time between the exterior renovations – sort of a min-vacation for me. So I spend it writing this blog. I’m trying to get caught up on the blog with all the projects – but the truth is, I’m all over the place every day. I’ll work upstairs, then sprint outside to work on the exterior, then down to the basement to do a couple of chores in the new ‘Woman Cave’ something you haven’t seen yet.
So for now, let’s continue with the reno of the bath. This is a long post with lots of pictures, so hang in there.
I had already gotten the tub for the upstairs, well actually two tubs. The first one is in the crate, as it was damaged when I received it – the second one is just about ready to go on a little two-story journey. Speaking of story – there’s one behind this tub – I’ll post the story sometime.
The large master bath window is prepped with Protecto wrap and with sill guard. This is way overkill. It’s now one big opening. A new header was added above. Previous owners seemed to have forgotten that structure is important.
Now don’t be alarmed – this is the kitchen, not the bathroom. But the kitchen is right below the master bath. I spent a lot of time repairing the kitchen ceiling (we’ll have detailed posts later). But the bathroom floor joists were just too undersized to make a 450 pound cast iron tub with 40 gallons of water and a person or two feel happy. So we gotta do some structural modifications – and that means we have to say goodbye to the kitchen ceiling.
Speaking of structure, upstairs we have to move the wall and the point load of that steel beam that helps hold up the roof. The wall is now directly over a wall below and transfers the load all the way to the basement footers. I feel better now.
Then every other floor joist will be sistered with an lvl or another dimensional wood joist. All will be glued and lag bolted together. This will make a nice strong floor system that will allow me to put a tile floor in properly.
My wife gave me one of these fancy digital levels for Christmas. I had to stop using it, because if it wasn’t 0.0 on the level I’d spend hours getting that .01 degree to read zero. Anal retentive, I is.
Somebody help me….