RENOVATING. That one single word can bring up a whole variety of emotions. Frustration, anger, panic, confusion or happy, thrilled, eager, excited. Frightening words like; gutting, ripping, tearing down, become triumphant words when pertaining to renovations. I am ‘gutting’ my main floor, ‘ripping’ up the old hardwood and ‘tearing down’ the wall between the kitchen/dining room. Some people would find the gutting/ripping/tearing down thing very upsetting whereas others may think “OMG, you are so lucky!” Whatever your situation or the size of your project I find the best way to handle the ‘upheaval’ is to always keep the end point, the ‘after’ picture in sight. Keep the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ always emblazoned in your mind, even when you are about to lose your mind! I can say this honestly as I speak from experience, a lot of experience. My present house has been renovated from top to bottom and front to back. (Necessary when owning a 100-year-old home.) Some renovations by choice, some from necessity. I like to think that at this point I am a pro at dealing with drywall dust, preparing meals on a Workmate, washing in a bucket and quick trips to the neighbour’s toilet late at night! We recently renovated our bathroom, the only bathroom in the house. We did not have the benefit of living somewhere else during the 6 week project and therefore we had to be very ‘inventive’. We took much-needed space from the adjacent bedroom so the bathroom and the bedroom were both turned upside-down. But I did not care; I was getting a new bathroom. This was going to be my first new bathroom and one that did not have pink or blue or mint green or brown fixtures! I have had all of those colours at one point but had never had a white toilet/tub/sink. The room was gutted and the wall between the bathroom/bedroom was torn down. The sink and toilet were left in place for as long as possible. (See 1st photo) The bathtub was removed each day (see 2nd photo) and then put back in place at night.
Everything went along okay until the one time the bathtub drain was not connected properly for the night and my entire bath water ended up on the kitchen floor below! I can laugh about it now but back then…. #@!! After that incident bathing was done at the local rec centre or kind friends’ homes. Finally the light at the end of the tunnel shined real bright and the bathroom was finished. I now have a lovely new bathroom. And guess what? We installed the second bathroom soon after!