Bathroom Reno, Week 1

At the end of Week 1, some of the plumbing lines are in and most of the electrical work is done.

More lath and plaster, original to our 1913 home, was uncovered at the northwest end . . .

nw corner, prepping for shower
Northwest Corner

. . . in preparation for the shower. That rectangular frame is for a product niche.

At the opposite end of the room,  the west wall has been framed for a pocket door:

sw corner, framing pocket door
The West Wall


We’re using the bathroom’s original five-panel door, I’m happy to say. The door used to swing to the inside, toward the north wall. Converting to a pocket door is really going to open up that side of the bathroom.

It’s a little hard to see in the next photo, but the south wall is now wired for three sconces:

south wall, wired for electricity
The South Wall


The biggest challenge so far has been keeping our little black cat Theo away from the site. At the moment there are openings in the walls and, over where the tub used to be, a large open space between the subfloor and the downstairs ceiling. Theo is insatiably curious and would like nothing better than to investigate every nook and cranny in the bathroom. She is tiny — she weighs just 6 pounds — and can wiggle into extremely small spaces. This is the cat that’s already used up one of her nine lives by going down the hot air vent in the kitchen and coming up the one in the living room — via the furnace.

Theodora, May 2012
Empress Theodora — Theo for short






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5 Responses to Bathroom Reno, Week 1

  1. Empress Theodora’s one white whisker is just sublime. What a cutie!

  2. Dawn says:

    Thanks, Bill! Black cats are pretty special (as you well know!). Theo was a stray we adopted about 15 years ago. At the time the vet thought she was about eight months old. Even though she’s a senior kitty now, we refer to her as “the kitten” because she’s so small and still acts like one.

  3. Ian West says:

    Was the furnace on or off?

    • Dawn says:

      It was off, thank heavens! Charlie had taken the grate off the vent in the kitchen to clean it and must have turned his back for a few seconds. The opening is only 4 1/2″ wide but down Theo went. Hours later he heard her meowing in the living room. It sounded like she was under the couch but she wasn’t. That’s when he realized her cries were coming from the vent behind the couch. It still scares me just to think of it.

  4. Pam Raby says:

    Happy birthday to your house Dawn! You have a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing the remodel photos with us. It’ll be fun to watch the progress. And Theo is adorable!

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