Besides the invasive stand of bamboo in the yard that has, to date, gotten the best of us, we've discovered another invader and this one is a little "closer to home".
The house is surrounded by trees and plants that are buried in parasitic ivy.
Ivy is pretty wily - it looks pretty on the outside...
...but when you aren't looking, it starts sneaking up into the siding.
And then, when an old radiator is removed to expose the original plaster wall that had since been drywalled over,
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Here's the next shot with the wall (and sink) removed:
Although it looks therapeutic, removing tile and morter and then carting it downstairs and outside to the dumpster, bucket by bucket, is actually darn hard work.
By the end of this project, we were both thanking our lucky stars that this was the only bathroom in the entire house that had been tiled!
The end result - a cleared landing. The lighting is spectacular and the open upstairs now feels like it's an integral part of the house instead of a closed-off and separate living quarters. The remodeled landing will make a nice reading nook (sans the bathtub!). Our current plan is to relocate this second floor guest bathroom to an existing very small bedroom on the back side of the house. Whether we tile the new bathroom or not is an open question....