Our House - Fall 2007

…is a very, very fine house…..Well, actually, it’s somewhat of a work in progress.

Those of you who know me, know that J and I recently moved to a new house in a new town. And although our new life has been enjoyable, it hasn’t been without its obstacles. The most recent of which has been the first floor powder room. It started simply enough. We decided to replace the very worn toilet seat with a shiny new one, only to find out, after much searching, that our particular model of toilet was discontinued over fifty years ago, and the very peculiar seat type has to be special ordered – at a cost of about $130. Not exactly my idea of money well spent.

Then, while we were weighing the pros and cons of purchasing such an amenity, we began to notice an unpleasant odor emanating from the room. After several calls to the plumber and a few self-tests, we discovered what appears to be a problem with the toilet’s seal (although there is no apparent leak), and the best solution is a brand new toity, one with a much less expensive seat.

So, problem solved, right? Not so much. You see, since the old toilet had to be removed, we, under a spell of unprecedented optimism, figured this was the perfect opportunity to replace the grungy vinyl flooring with beautiful new tile. So we looked around for the perfect tile, called several tile installers, invited them to our stinky house to work up estimates, and soon realized that the perfect tile was far out of our price range. But somewhere in that process we discovered that the two inch height difference between our entryway and powder room is due to many layers of plywood and vinyl (or maybe linoleum?), underneath which lies the original hardwoods! So now we are attempting to remove all of those layers in the hopes of salvaging the hardwoods. Who needs tile anyway?

Ultimately, the goal is to have the whole thing finished by the end of the month. Then it’s on to the next room! Maybe the office? Or perhaps the kitchen? Although the basement could use a good sprucing….

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