Thursday, February 16, 2012

Goodbye to the Cave

It was time to say goodbye to the cave in the master bathroom. We'd redone the upstairs guest bathroom 4 years ago, now it was our turn. Being old and fat made it doubly difficult to get in and out of that tiny bath/shower combo, and with no light to speak of able to get into the cave, any shower after dark was an exercise in showering by Braille. Plus, the huge, pink cave literally appeared to eat all the space in the already tight quarters. So at the home show a few weeks ago, I saw and fell in love with a shower system by Bath Planet, and signed up for a free estimate. Sherry came out a week later, we talked over options, picked it all out, and a few weeks later, Adam and his crew arrived and started the project. Three days later, and just as Sherry had predicted, we were wondering why the heck we waited so long! Next, the ugly vanity/pink sink and the gawd-awful pink toliet are headed for the chopping block, along with the fronts of the two storage cabinets, about to get a make-over by local cabinet-making legend Jesse. The flooring will come first after the toliet and vanity are gone and the walls painted, and we've already found the perfect vanity/granite top/undermount sink combo along with matching mirror from Jerry's of course. And finally, the master bath will be done, almost 6 years after we first saw it and said, 'THAT'S gotta go'.

Can't say enough good about the whole Bath Planet team. From Sherry the salesgal to Adam the installer and including the plumber and electrician, everyone was friendly, professional and absolutely determined to make sure we were happy with the entire job from start to finish. Adam and his team were working with a 133 year old house with multiple updates, shoddy wiring and worse plumbing, walls, ceiling and floors out of plumb, and yet they never complained once, just made it all work. If you're in the market for a bathroom make-over, these are your guys. It may cost more than the one-day guys, but you'll get a bath that will last a lifetime and look as good the day you sell your home as the day it went in.



The cave, when we moved in


The cave, cut out and ready for the recycle heap


More cave pieces on the way out the door


With it all removed, it's already feeling like a breath of fresh air




New Pex piping, courtesy of Andrew, master plumber for Bath Planet


Old, crappy plumbing


And we said, 'let there be light', and there was - finally


New tub portion in place, with new walls properly installed and plumb




First acrylic panel goes up


Second panel up and Adam done for the day


On the home stretch. All panels up and hardware in


So much brighter, lighter and roomier!




Finished! Well, that part of it, anyway. Obviously, the flooring and trim and such is still to be done along with everything else


Spiffy trim and new Delta fixtures


Caddy and trim


Just wonderful!


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