Saturday, September 12, 2015
The new House: An update
Slowly but surely the new house is moving from being the home of two 85 year old Quakers into a house fit for Cookie and The Husband.
The husband and I were sitting in the second floor bathroom - which is literally the smallest room in the house wondering how these people ever raised FOUR children with a second floor bathroom the size of a handicap stall.
It's a small room to begin with, but making it even smaller is the GI-NORMOUS bath tub with is very narrow but also very long. Think Abraham Lincoln sized bathtub. To modernize this, elderly couple paid Bath Fitting gawd knows how much to come in and update their bath tub. Big mistake. The key to bath fitter in that mold a sort of plastic condom that get dropped over the tub. When they did this, they created a one foot lip that one has to hurdle to get into said tub. And because the tub walls are so high and narrow, getting out is chore.
Adding to this oversized tub is the 10" toilet (measured from the mid point of the discharge pipe to the point where the wall should be) sitting on a 14" offset waste pipe. This places the toilet in the middle of the bathroom with four inches of space behind the tank. When you sit on our pot your knees jam into the tub.
Then there is the sink and the sink base. The sink base is 30", which is too large for the room. The vanity top is (and you have to say this the way Gloria Grahame spoke to Jack Palance in Sudden Fear) "cul-chured mahble" Again, this doesn't fit snug to the wall.
Add in bad lighting (pull chain light over the sink and a ceiling fan light), and two windows, and 1950s blue tile floor and you have my nightmare. Oh, wait; I forgot; yellowing wall paper that is peeling.
Now I have three ideas for spending my husbands money to fix this:
The more expensive alternative is extend the bathroom out six feet (which would take it out over the breakfast room) and redo the place with new tile, tub, toilet and sink. This would eliminate one window while making the other window larger. Approximate cost $38,000. Our realtor is pulling for this because when we do decide to sell, this will be one of the "sexy" things that they can feature.
The less expensive alternative is keep the same foot print, remove the tub and replace it was something modern, new tile, toilet and smaller vanity and better lighting. Approximate $10,000.
And the el-cheapo route is keep the tub as is, replace the vanity with a euro-styled one and the toilet. Approximate cost $1,000.
Doing nothing is not an option, because the room is beyond foul.
Thankfully it's not the only bathroom, just the worst.