Looking from the bay into the bathroom. Walk in closet on the left that will have a pocket door. Shower on the right with the window in it. The red and blue “pipe” are the water lines. You can see one of the cadet heaters in the closet wall. There will be another over on the wall under the window to the backyard.
There are like 10 or 11 can lights or some such number in the addition. There will be loads of light. All the can lights in the bathroom itself and in the shower, two lights plus a light tunnel in the closet, and two sconces over the sink. We don’t mess around with our lighting. That doesn’t even include the huge bay window and the other two windows in the room.
Our last bridge in our six bridge Providence Bridge Pedal oddyssey was the Freemont Bridge. Most recognizable and never traveled by bicycle except for this once a year opportunity. We cruised up to the top of this beauty and stood looking at the views for awhile. So cool to be up there and so much fun riding down, fast, on the other side.
This bad boy is like 6 feet something by 6 feet 9 inches and something. It’s huge. So huge we won’t have to have a door. Two separately controlled shower heads with valves right inside the door on each side so you can turn it on without getting in and a hand held shower head by a built in bench. It also has it’s own window. I’m cracking up. Is this REALLY our bathroom? Is this REALLY our shower? Yep. chuckle chuckle and he he he It is.
This weekend was all about clean up. Well… food and drink with friends and clean up.
Our place has been a mess. The construction of our master bath addition has created some of it, but seriously, we were in trouble way before this. I think it all really started last year when we were in the rental buying and fixing up mode. We had to concentrate on getting these houses we bought fixed up into rental condition, which meant many many hours working, painting, dry walling, cleaning, moving, etc. During the course of all that things at our own house got out of hand. The yard started to get overgrown. It was like some weird prehistoric land. Plants growing and taking over the world. I could be exaggerating on that a bit, but not much. Then there was the shop… all the supplies in and out of there. Piles forming. Stuff just sort of thrown in because we didn’t have time to put it away or were too tired after working our regular jobs and then working at the rentals after work. It was a disaster. Embarrassingly so. Finally… our house. Cluttered. Much for the same reason… being really busy so you put something down instead of putting it away. We became somewhat ashamed. Which, thankfully, came to a head this weekend.
We decided (thankfully we have pretty much the same clutter tolerance and we’d both WAY over reached it) to clean this weekend. We’ve been working on the yard a bit. Though with the construction much of that will have to wait until our yard is no longer a tool storing dirt pile.
Saturday we went to breakfast with our pal Maggie… nice noshing with you Maggie… at Java Vivace. Lovely crepes. So tasty. Afterward we went in search of plumbing supplies for the bathroom which had to be purchased this weekend so they’d be there for the plumber this week. Then… then folks… we started cleaning the house. A few hours later… ta da!… clean. Spiffy. Lovely. We didn’t clean our room, which is now pretty much a small closet (There are clothes piled everywhere and a huge piece of black plastic acting as one wall. This photo was taken after they’d broken through the little closet door, but now the whole thing is open. No wall. Framing, but no wall). The cleaning of our room will have to wait until AFTER the bathroom is a room and we can put clothes back in a closet. We are now sleeping in the guest room. It sort of sucks, but it’ll be worth it. I’m not really complaining.
Sunday… We met our friend Genine, hey Genine, for coffee. We had to drop off the disc of wedding photos I’d taken for her and her man at their wedding (there were 705 photos on that disc… yeah, really), as well as a book I’d made for them from the photos. It was great. Both the book and the visit with Genine. The book turned out really well. I was pretty proud of it. After meeting Genine we went to REI to pick up our vests and t-shirts for the Providence Bridge Pedal that we’ll be participating in this coming Sunday. Pretty cool, can’t wait (6 bridges, 14 miles). We then headed home for more cleaning. First we picked up all the dry wall our construction guys has removed from the house. A big pile of debris. We are taking care of the removal ourselves to save money, but let me tell you… picking all that up, working our butts off in the high heat on Sunday afternoon… not fun. We did it though. We did it and then congratulated ourselves on being two tough babes. We got back from the dump and went to work on the shop. What a mess in there. A year of yuckiness. A year of filth and clutter and tossing things in without real regard for where things should go. It was terrible. Plus, we had a mouse issue. Ew. We got through a lot of it, but still aren’t done. We feel better about it, and also like we’ve actually done something in there, so it’s not too bad. We’re motivated now and so we’ll finish it.
Ah… the joy of home ownership and construction. The joy of rental work. The joy of having a clean house. The joy of going to the dump with huge loads of crap. The joy of ending the weekend by taking a hot shower and having a fantastic barbecued steak and corn on the cob after working so hard. The joy of being absolutely cognizant of the fact that ife is truly wonderful.
Next step in the remodeling process… which happened yesterday, was the start of the framing. These guys have been working in this heat. Granted they are getting to our place early in the morning… like 6:30, but they are still working in it until 2:00 or so every day. I don’t think I could do it. Wow.
In this photo you can see the framing in of the small rectangular window on the wall behind the ladder. That’s the window in the shower. The window on the wall to the right is the one that will be near the toilet. The bay window will be on the wall that isn’t framed yet in this picture. Pretty cool to be able to really see where things will be.
The back side of the Gerding Theater. Love this building. LOVE it.
We walked from the Castle and Priory on one hill through downtown to the Ashton Memorial and butterfly house on another. There’s a fantastic view of the city, Morecambe Bay, and the surrounding countryside from up there. We went into the butterfly house, the small beast house, the small mammal house, and wandered the grounds a bit. It was a gorgeous day. We passed a nice cricket game, all gents dressed in white.