The first-floor bathroom was in sad shapel. In a few areas, the
tile was being held on with duct tape. The floor itself was plywood and unfinished for over 20 years. There was an actual
path worn in the plywood from the umpteen trips to the bathtub. To top it off, an apparently, long undiscovered
roof leak behind the wall in the shower area was the reason for most of the mildew in the room.
our contactors over four-weeks to rebuild the structural integrity of the room and to make the plumbing legal. While
the work was in progress, a major rain storm came and the "hidden "roof leak became apparent with a loud crash. All the
new sheetrock in the shower area came down.
The silver lining was that this took place two-days before the
tile was to be installed. To prevent further debacles, we laid a tarp on the roof and did everything over again.
The roofing contractor was finally able to come in about a week.
The roof rebuild was an entire
new story. Nine roof-lines to deal with and the removal of four layers of old shingles as well.
The tile was a special Italian tile obtained from Cortina Tile located on Riverdale Street in West Springfield.
Cortina has the best selection and the most knowledgable staff in the vallley. Hands down. Fiorella, in particular, was a
great help in giving Kathy some workable ideas that obviously came together in a grand way.
Captions for Pictures
Top Left: Shows the ruined shower area and soaked insulation that greeted us
before we started to rebuild the room.
Bottom Right: This is the
outside of the two doors that enclose a huge built-in closet that is over 6 feet long. The photo only shows a hint of the
unbeleivable mold and mildew that was inside. The closet itself took over 25 solid hours of hard work to restore.
Specialized fugicides/mildewcides--each requiring specialized breathing equipment--followed by some specialized
paints were the protocol here. It was worth the effort because we were told that the unique cabinetry inside couldn't
be duplicated for under $3,000.
Upper right and lower left: These views show the finished bathroom.