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Well I knew it might be too good to be true......that vacation house we rented is slowly slipping away......we had plumbing trouble last night and it will require digging up our garage, storing all the collector cars in the process which may mean a HUGE storage building to store 7 cars maybe an airplane hanger would work will have to check on that we are close to an airport, and we had to have our bathroom GUTTED today....there is nothing in the room right now but the tub, no floor, nothing.....well fans and dehumidifier.....the cost for this disaster just a mere $6200 at this point!!!! and we still have to buy new flooring and so on..... insurance will come out when the bathroom is dry and tell us if they will cover the $5000 for the garage part of the deal......I swear it just pours here......I was posting recently about how things were settling down now this....the dogs didn't even get lunch today nor me, due to opening gates for repair people, monitoring the door for anyone who wanted to escape, catching cats, monitoring the workmen, and talking with the insurance company all day... Ben was a trooper greeting everyone and keeping them in line, hahahaha....if I am lucky insurance will cover it, then we can still go to the beach, and I might be able to rearrange the bathroom for better function and leg room which I have wanted to do for 15 years but have to see what moving all the plumbing around will cost, it's a tiny room since it is a 1954 house bathrooms were functional back then not resort spas.....but there is room for a reconfiguration that would allow two sinks instead of one and I would love to do that much.....means kinda swinging the bathroom 45 degrees to the left, we shall see......but I just had to vent about it cause who would have figured that kind of cost for one drain collapsing....it collapsed under the garage of course...of course....so I am tired, tired, tired, the repairman will be here again tomorrow and Thursday and insurance hopefully on friday....I will need that beach vacation after all this.....but after this I have to find out how much I owe on taxes so it will be a costly week ahead.....only then can we figure out if we can still go to the beach....keep happy thoughts for us!!!!!

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Aw Tal, I am so sorry.  You guys have had more than your share of trouble lately.  Take a deep breath or two.  Now the fun part.  I run a kitchen and bath showroom.  Get online and look at all the cool new stuff for the bathroom.. Kohler has a shower head you can sync with your i-pod so you can have music inthe shower.  They also make a tub that uses sound waves instead of jets.  Moen makes a hands free bathroom faucet.  I don't like it, too modern for me.  New tile, new paint, maybe a new hanging plant...if you have good light.  Yipee, you get to redecorate.  If you want a laugh, check out kohler's Nuvi, their newest toilet.  Did I mention I work in a kitchen and bath showroom? hahaha. 

I know how hard this is for you, I am not making light of it.  Just offering, if I can help...pm me.  (and I  love new paint)

Chris

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Wow Tal.. "When it rains it pours" has never been more true.

So so sorry. Your insurance company should cover at least part of it.. but it's still $'s out of your pocket and the waiting game for reinmbursement takes a bit of time doesn't it..

ICK!!!

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Wow:( I am so sorry this has fallen upon you at this time, remodeling can be aggravating and worse , but look at the good side: if you get to change things around that will be in the long run, and a week at the beach is only short run. But YOU, Tal, DESERVE BOTH. I designed a mexican tile bathroon into a bedroom in our house, and never looked back, but what a battle. TRY to envision what you want and go for it. Only the stubborn owner designer will get the prize! Definately talk to CHris B!!!!!! Fantasize and then resize, and remember change is hard.

Glad to hear that Bennie is up and about and defending you from all these contractor and insurance types that are trying to help;;;;

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Princess... what a gorgeous bathroom.. Having flipped a couple of houses in our day.. we're always looking for ideas.. and this is amazing. ( Of course I'm especially smitten by the Mexican tile.. is it Talavera?)

There's a place here that sells COPPER tubs like the one shown above.. amazing huh?

Tal she's right.. nothing puts me in a better mood than designing possible rooms.. you can just let your imagination take you away...

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Lady Kate,

 You and I are so much on the same page.

My house has been completely re-envisioned and remodeled into a (poquito) Mexican Hacienda. I scavenged and did all the woodwork, 5 coats, on the cabinets and trim.

There are Talavera Style tiles throughout! I am so into this tile and love to share more photos, heres another... next project tiling the back doorways stairs which we just had 65 bags of cement poured in by hand{":{___)(

 And dont forget almost every material including lights faucet sinks tub was purchased recycled on  Craigslist including the tiles!

 

Thanks for looking

 Julia

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Love the bathrooms!!! ours is tiny it's a 1954 house so things were really small I think ours is 8 feet from the door to the wall in front of you and only 7 feet side to side...I will get on the bathroom remodel asap and let you guys know how it goes.

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Smaller only means the details can be more special:) Our original BR was 5' x7 1/2'

Good luck, thinking of you

Bella and Julia

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8x7 sounds luxuriously huge to me.  >.<  I think ours is about 5' wide, if that (exactly as wide as a door and a small wallmounted ceramic sink, or alternatively as wide as a small tub), and as deep as said sink, toilet with about 2" clearance on each side, and a small tub's width.  Two people will not fit in at the same time.

I really hate this house.  :(  Tiny bathroom, tiny kitchen, TINY pantry (the width of a skinny door, and about 5" deep, not quite enough for two cans)...  and the washer is inside (in the back of the house), but the dryer is outside!  So I (with major back issues) have to cart all the heavy wet laundry through the whole house, fiddle with two doors...  then guess when they're done since I can't hear it, and get them back inside before they freeze or get all damp again from the humidity.  -.-

Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of renting options in this horrid little pothole in the road that we live in.

 

Not very happy where we are, can you tell?  >.>

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Oh my Tanna I feel for you I have seen houses with those tiny spots in the house, we have several of the houses here like that, our neighborhood used to be "THE" place to be for the summer so the person who owned the land began building vacation only homes and there was a pool with a stadium thing so they hosted the Beach Boys, Frankie Avalon and all the big names of the day (50's/60's) when the owner saw how profitable this area was he then began to build year round homes which is what ours was, but the original homes that were vacation only they had itty bitty baths and kitchens so there are always construction people around someone is always doing a remodel or an expansion.....originally my neighborhood had sidewalks, streetlamps, and beautiful landscaping all around it really was a picture perfect place. But time takes a toll and it has gone through numerous phases of ups and downs since we have been here for the past 20 years it has been on a constant upswing until last year when we decided it might be a good idea to have a deterrent dog like Ben, not because it's unsafe but to keep kids and others from climbing on our fence or just being annoying.....remodeling is tough though....our mobile home back in 1985 had a much larger bath than we have now kinda funny when you think about it.

As for the remodel: got the pricing on the fixtures, tub, and all today - frightening.....just because the cost of MOVING the plumbing is the most frightening part which means that we will have to decide if we can even do any of this, moving the plumbing is costing $4500!!!! I don't understand that one truly, I know I want to move the toilet over 24" inches and stub up new lines for a double sink and stub in a new tub/shower line but dang it is a small space it's not like running pipes 10 feet we are talking inches......but we have an issue with going back with the original setup - the pipes being 1954 pipes have corroded and cannot be used they will break off if we try to grab onto to them again meaning that regardless we have to have new pipes, so do we tear into the wall where the pipes ARE and replace those knowing that sometime down the road we will tear it out for a remodel??? or do we max ourselves out totally to get it done now and be done with it??? I am at a loss, we have to pay taxes next week, at least we got the vets paid in full, but Ben still has to see the oncologist and they are sneaky they will not let you out of the exam room until you have paid in full.....and his cost usually is around $500 a pop or more......so I am struggling with this mental challenge I am trying to have fun but dang......I did find a wonderful tub for the "disabled" it is a tub not a box with a chair that allows water to sit around you like the step in thing they show on TV it's not that one this one was actually a tub that had air jets and a nice sloped seating area like you would find in a hot tub lounge seat and the side wall, the whole side wall raises and lowers and seals like a drawer dishwasher would, but you can relax and stretch out some so you are not in a sitting position you are lounging - oh my what a great tub it sits at the height of a normal chair so you can just slide into the sloped area - it can be yours for a mere $10,000!!!!!! thank goodness I have at least one leg to get in and out of a tub, I was stunned.....oh well I got to get in it and dream for a minute.....then back to reality......I did find a whirlpool tub but I would like to find a 32x72 tub I found one on amazon just don't know the brand it's a Sea Spa never heard of it.....right now the one that is the one of choice locally is a 60x32 but has the floor basin size of the 66" tub cause it doesn't have the huge slanted ends of the 66" so the floor space is the same.....I want a tub to stretch out in fully......this will be a hunt....I also can't spend alot.....obviously.....wish me luck......

Tomorrow they come to replace the pipe under the garage, the bath inside is now waiting for the tile guy to look at the floor and tell us our next step......Ben has been the gate greeter for everyone, today he flipped his lips up and grinned HUGE and shook his head side to side he looked scary but he was so happy to see so many men, he loves men......great watch dog right??? runs to greet them not bark at them ......