I’m so excited about my new (used) computer and ability to shoot a video and share it immediately that I took my clothes off!
To give us a conditional occupancy permit just before Christmas 2016, the City of Maple Ridge required us to have somewhere to bathe. We installed the Master Bath, but not the Master Shower. They inspected the shower pan to make sure it was water proof and I assisted our Master-mason neighbour, Ron, installed the floor tile.
The bathing area has not changed much since then. No shower. Red walls (sealed with Red Guard roll-on sealant). No curtain or barrier between the bathing area and the rest of the bathroom.
How can we possibly live?
This is a video Leanne shot with me last night to answer that question. In it we talk about the where we are, how we got there and where we’re going with the bathroom. I also demonstrate how we bathed when we lived in Japan and how that colours how we bathe now. You can tell I’ve forgotten how to talk publicly at the beginning of the video because I can’t seem to finish a sentence.
**WARNING!!! The following video contains middle-aged semi-nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.**
After we moved into this house in 2007, we updated the kitchen and bedrooms. The bathroom then became the focus of our discussions. It was the reason we started looking at a more ambitious renovation.
It was in this room, when it looked like this:that Leanne inspired me to dream bigger. We were talking about what changes we would like to make while standing between the old sink and the old bathtub.
I said something like, “wouldn’t it be amazing to have a Japanese-style bathroom where you can get the floor wet, bathe outside the tub and then have a nice soak in clean water?”
Leanne said something like, “Why can’t we?”
I said, “Wha-huh? Whaddaya mean?”
“There is no reason we can’t have the bathroom we want.”
I’m paraphrasing, but that conversation led us to ask Annabel the Architect to draw the generous bathing space we have today.
Even though it is not finished, I remind myself every day that we have achieved that dream.
Credits and Thank-yous for the bathroom:
–Ron the awesome neighbour for donating his time and expertise. He taught me how to use his tile saw, advised me on everything from framing the tub surround structure to how to create a slope for the shower drain and how to mix sand and cement to pour over the heating pipes in the floor. He lent me his big tub o’ Red Guard, tools, and so much more.
–Meadowridge Plumbing and Gas for all the plumbing.
–Splashes Bath & Kitchen Center who supplied the shower fixtures.
-Ron’s friend Andy who custom-made the new window sills for all the new windows in the house.
-Our neighbour Sue who supplied tonnes of storage advice as well as furnishings like the shelving unit in the bathroom.
–Craigslist for helping me find the toilet, sinks, taps and the dresser I turned into a bathroom counter.
-Our friends who gave us their old bath tub.
-Leanne for giving me inspiration and partnering with me on this crazy journey.
Renovating a home is not easy, but by telling our story, I hope it becomes easier for you.