Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just when you think... can start focussing on non-necessary, fun projects in your house, reality always seems to come back to remind you that it's just not going to happen.

I should know this by now as I've been through it enough. And yet, the optimist in my still holds out hope that one day we'll be able to replace the absolutely wretchedly ugly doors leading to our front hall and garage. Words cannot describe the state of these doors, but let me try. Hollow Core. Beige. Scuffed. Dirty. Broken glass replaced with plywood. Getting the picture? It is one of the intentions I hold closest to my heart to replace these doors, except it's not all that easy as we need to replace them with antique doors to go with the rest of the house, and this not only means hunting around for the right doors, it also means having the budget to purchase once they are located.

And that budget keeps getting diverted elsewhere. In the current case, to the upstairs shower room.

It looks all nice and innocent in the photo doesn't it? Well let me show you a different angle then.... You see where there looks like there should be a shower? Yes, there's the problem.

We left on holidays having a shower. We came back to a big leak coming through the downstairs ceiling. Wait, let me dig up that photo as well....Ah, here it is. Lovely isn't it.

The thing is, the leak isn't new apparently. It's years old. More years than we've owned the house. So another big old thank you to the old owner who thought it ingenious to trim the inside of the shower stall not with waterproof tiling, but with wood. A small note to anyone contemplating this small act of folly: DON'T DO IT!

Because this is what you end up with.... A big rotten hole in your floorboards and in your ceiling. And walls that are rotten and covered in mold (you can't see that here, we got a small peek this morning when the contractor removed the tiles). Oh, and sick children.

So we're at it again. Remodeling. But this time out of necessity rather than desire. On the bright side, I'll have a nice new shower and bathroom in the end. On the downside, I have to live with those horrid doors a while longer.....


Giffysk8s said...

Oh my word!!! Shame on those people. Maybe the kiddos will stop being sick. Go have a hot cuppa!!!

Pamela Angus said...

what a nightmare!!! and yes at least you will get a new shower :)

Duni said...

Gosh, that looks like a lot of work. Out bathroom certainly needs work done too, but more in a 'beautifying' way :)
I'm sure you'll have a splendid new shower and good luck on finding those antique doors!