Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bathroom Reno: Day Two

This was a short day, a continuation of the demolition work of yesterday. It was interesting, though, to see what it looked like when they took down part of the wall of the closet in James's room. We're taking about 10" from the closet (which is right behind the pipes in the tub enclosure), and lengthening the enclosure to make room for the larger shower. This is what we saw when we went into James's room:
It was so enjoyable to be able to look THROUGH what used to be a solid wall, and see into the next room! I don't know why, but I kept going back just to experience it again. It reminded me of an essay by C.S. Lewis, where he describes the thrill of being able to catch a glimpse of backstage while watching a play. This is something we're not MEANT to see - that gap between the drywall, the bare wood beams, the plywood underside of the roof. Suddenly having it exposed, and better yet, being able to see a real room AND the "behind the scenes" reality at the same time, gives one a wonderful moment of jarring surfaces.

In the bathroom, a bit more wall was taken down, and the copper pipes that so disquieted antique have been removed:
The water pipes are going to be moved some 10" back, so they're behind the new, extended wall. And this time around, we're going to have shut-off valves installed in all the taps. I hadn't realized it, but we had NO shut-offs in our bathrooms, except for the toilets. So if a pipe had broken in a sink or shower, the only way to stop the water would have been to run to the basement and turn off the main water supply. Maybe that was correct for standards of the day, but it sure seems to be taking a risk.

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