Monday, August 30, 2010

Famous Last Words

"I'll update tomorrow"....right....

So, I'm not so great at blogging everyday! But, I'm working on it :)

Well, our wonderful friend Jon came out to the house and assessed our toilet situation after the quote came back at a whopping 3K. We (he) pulled the toilet and looked at the subfloor underneath. The verdict: not rotten. Whew! So, after some fanagling with wax rings, we are leak free! We still need to replace the 4 tiles that surround the toilet, as they got damaged in the process, but it's much better than replacing the ENTIRE floor, as the HEP guy wanted us to.

So, people keep asking me what project we're on now, and the answer is....we're not. School started and life got MUCH faster then it was over the summer. We're barely making it through the workday, let alone jumping into a project every night. I guess this was one of those "romanticized house fantasies" yours truly may have indulged in before we bought this place. I guess I envisioned myself happily scraping paint every night while, I don't know, the cats lazed by the fire? Yeah, not so much. But, I'm determined to get back on the house. So, here are my 2 choices:
1. Finish scraping the paint around the front door and refinish the wood underneath. Not gonna lie, I've given up the dream of scraping all the white paint in the house.
2. Knock down the old closet which is now the doorway to the guest bedroom. This will require some demo, and some drywall, which I have zero experience with and Russell, even less than that, if possible :)
3. Replace the broken tiles around our bedroom fireplace with new, sexy blue glass tiles.

Whaddya think?

Monday, August 2, 2010

My little money pit

Our laundry room ceiling has always (well, since we've moved in), had a water stain on it. Obviously there was repair done at some point,because it's a small drywall patch. But over time, it's become water stained. This is not good. We assume it's from the toilet in our only bathroom (There is a 2nd toilet, but it's on Damien's side)

So, we called in a plumber from "Hep" and found out that instead of a minor plumbing fix on the toilet, we're in for a bit of a renovation. He suspects this leak, whether existing or previous, damaged the subfloor beneath the toilet, 'causing the tile around it to crack. This means we'll have to replace the subfloor and the tile. Worst case scenario is the floor joist underneath has been compromised and we'll have to replace that too. Let's hope not, eh? :) His actual words to me: "If you put someone fat on there, they'd fall right through the floor!". Grrrreeat...

Which, brings me to my Christmas list this year:
1. Money
2. Money orders
3. Visa giftcards
4. Cash
5. Checks
6. Foreign currency to be exchanged
7. Winning lottery tickets
8. Credit cards in my name, billing address: yours.

I'll update when we hear the verdict tomorrow!