What we are doing:

In what spare time we have, we decided to spend it (and our savings) on remodeling our rowhouse in South Philly. When we purchased our casa it was a 3 story, 5 bedroom, 1 bath that hadn't been touched in 50+ years. It's currently a 4 bed, 2 bath construction site with so much more to do it's hard to believe.

We use this blog to mark progress, say hi to friends and family, rant about the process of remodeling, and try to have some fun along the way.

- Bryan and Christina

Monday, September 29, 2008

And we thought drywall was a MIRACLE!

So, when the drywall (well the first day...not the results or the work we had to put in ourselves) went up we were so happy to see the great progress. Well, that has been bested! We now have working lights, and working plumbing. Definitely a huge milestone, and one that I honestly wasn't sure would ever happen!

This picture should help explain the tub location at the stair landing, also we did have a casualty today, the marble ledge in the picture didn't make it through the days activities. The feet of our blogged about tub might be a little wacky, and thus gravity took it's toll. What can you do? If that's all that came out of having people working on our house today and not (for once) royal screwing us...it's a TOTAL win.

So for the recap: on Friday we paid the extortionists their money to finish the electrical, which was done 90% right, but I can actually turn the lights on to close the windows at night, and not feel like I was going to step on a saw, nail, or weird metal item. (btw we got our green sticker for a pass on our FINAL electrical inspection today) Then we spent the weekend working on the floors, which look really good, and also solved another previous problem, of being able to see into the bedroom below through the subfloor gaps, especially in the dark while closing the windows. Kind of unsettling at times.

Then today we had a new set of handymen/plumbers install the plumbing. The sink, toilet, tub filler, tub, and shower are now all in place. Notice the water filling up the bathtub (ignore the lack of window trim, that's on the list)?

The picture on the right is the shower fixture we created. And before any eye rolling begins, yes this is another shot of the shower, but at least it's something new. Anyway, the main part of the fixture was purchased at an architectural salvage place here in Philly. We fashioned the connections up from chrome pieces and threw on a rain head just to make the thing even more antique/industrial/modern.

We should wear black framed glasses and refer to ourselves in the third person. It looks that good. Believe it.

So yeah, I suppose that's it for now. the bathroom is ready to roll with just some misc things left like window trim, the missing marble and new radiators. But hey, it's not winter, trim is overrated and marble?!?! Whatever. All will be solved in the next month or so we hope.


Niki Fenwick said...

Is the idea that you will be able to take a bath right in full view of anyone walking up and down the stairs? This seems a bit exhibitionist. Or I am confused.

Bryan and Christina said...

Oh no, you're not confused at all. Christina had a grand vision of the bathroom being open to the world...for now. The whole thing will be interesting when we have guests staying in the room at the bottom of the stairs. What can you do, I'm just the help. - Bryan

Anonymous said...

We tried the "open" bathroom concept and it gets mighty cold with those wintery drafts slipping up on you! Aunt Marilyn