Shortly after the first of the year, I mentioned to him that we should do something about it. His response was, "So long as it's done by planting time. Once that hits, I'm out!" Take it from me, if this thing drags on through planting and calving season, I might just be out!
The project started out with quite a bit of internet research on customizable shower remodeling inserts. Let's just say that options are limited, and the inserts aren't manufactured here in Nebraska. We found a product that seemed like something a do-it-yourself-er could install and a nearby home improvement store distributed, so that's where we set our sights. We started taking measurements and making a list of the supplies we would need to get started.
Then, we made our first trip to the home improvement store, which shall remain unnamed, to start getting some more ideas and prices. The only thing we came home with that night was defeat. So many things to pick from, yet nothing in a complete package. Everything would need to be retrofitted or pieced together to work properly due to the abnormal size of our shower and the complicated network of pipes, electrical wiring and duct work hiding in our basement ceiling. We were back to the drawing board to decide what we needed to do to make the master plan pan out.
By the next weekend, we had regrouped and regained some confidence after going over our options and gathering ideas from our resident handy-people. Off we went to the unnamed home improvement store to buy our supplies and get this thing started. Thinking that we had everything figured out, we started in the plumbing and bath section to get the shower ordered. Fun fact: did you know that a plain white shower insert costs far more than one that is supposed to imitate travertine? Neither did we. Our simple plan to buy a plain white shower insert was then turned into a 20 minute debate over which design to special order. Plus, you have the buy the shower kit. And, the trim kit. And, the adhesive kit. Attention product manufacturers: When something has "kit" in the name to start with, put everything in the "kit" rather than making three other "kits" to go with it! Ridiculous.
From there, we moved on to the lighting section which killed another hour picking out which type of recessed lighting to put in the basement. Fun fact: did you know that recessed lights cannot be purchased as a "kit?" Neither did we. First you have to pick out the style of cans that you want to use, then you pick out the inserts/trim to go with them, and then you pick out the lightbulbs to go with those. But, be careful, my friends. Some of the trim inserts come with built-in LED bulbs these days.
As a saving grace, we started demo this past week, and my husband is already liking the added space in the bathroom from taking out a large closet that he used mainly to hang up his towel. Nonetheless, upon opening up the side of the shower showing evidence of the water seepage, we found that the hot water line is leaking in addition to the shower walls. Removal of the sheeting behind the toilet also revealed evidence of seepage from some secret surprise still buried behind the moldy sheetrock that is not only nailed, but glued onto the studs as well. It's as if the builder was thinking to himself, "Good luck to the schmucks that wanna tear this wall off. Muahhahahahaha!" Everytime I remove sheetrock at our house, I feel like Kathy Bates in Fried Green Tomatoes as she takes a sledgehammer to the bedroom wall and yells "Towanda!"
At this point, I can't make any guarantees the neighbors won't hear some yelling throughout the course of this project, but so long as they hear "Towanda," rest assured everything is going OK. Welcome Home.