Recently, this has been the soundtrack at our house, less soothing than the drumming of rain on the roof. And because wasting water is a cardinal sin, I collect it all and give it to the plants.
When we bought the house, the inspector pointed out that our tub surround lacked the reason for a tub -- a spout. There was a shower head, but the hardware to draw a proper bath was sadly missing. Since my Charles and I are both shower people, we shrugged our shoulders and went on with life.
This is when the maniacal bathtub spirit began to rub its tubby hands and bwa ha ha in a deep, burbling voice.
When we took the handle off, we discovered that plumbing actually needed to be replaced, and that required removing our Disco Stu version of a tub surround. We'd been dreaming of something more updated since this fiberglass wonder with its amazing accents became ours, but we only have one bathroom, so it wasn't on our priority list. Usually after doing reno work, we appreciate a shower. Fixing the shower means not having a shower for however long it takes to get everything back together, and as long time readers will know, nothing is ever quick in Our Little House repairs.
Since I love me a shower in the morning, here's the game plan:
- We're going to buy a new surround. It's the cheapest option, and while upgrading the bathroom to a stand-alone tub would be swell, the house's value doesn't support it.
- We're going to stage everything on the deck first, so we have everything on hand and know how to put it all together before we're tub-less.
- We'll demo as quickly as possible. Since our bathroom is so very, very small, we're going to have to remove the vanity before we remove the surround. We'll need the room to maneuver, and even though we're planning on cutting the tub apart in order to get it out of the door, we won't be able to get even the pieces out with the sink in the way. This means we'll be without a shower and a sink.
I think I should leave some sort of offering for the house gods on this one. I sure hope it goes smoothly! We'll all soon find out.