I think my Dad and I need to take another look at our builder’s guide because after looking at the images from this past weekend, it certainly seems as if we are building this bathroom backwards. As images from the previous update will testify, the new upstairs bathroom looked nearly finished with the nice new floor and fixtures in place. Those images were very deceptive as the floor was in no way adhered to the underlay and the fixtures were not connected or anchored. Actually, this weekend we took a last look at the end-result and decided to raise our standards. The argument we gave our wives for removing the “perfectly good wall and ceiling” was that there were just too many benefits to NOT remove them. Now we have access to outdated electric wiring that can be replaced, specific light fixture locations, the ability to install proper blocking for sink mounts and electric boxes, location to conceal (and later access for service) new plumbing supply lines, and most visually apparent, the new wall and ceiling will be flat!
As you can see in the before and after photos, there were actually two separate toilet rooms that were previously demolished and the ceilings were joined as simply as possible using a multitude of “molding” pieces. (Often in old homes like this the term “molding” can be freely interchanged with “scrap lumber”)
This weekend we also managed to select light fixtures to replace all the outdated fixtures on the second floor and finished framing the ceiling so that it is ready to receive some nice flat sheets of drywall.
Other Bathroom Updates: Bathroom Update, How to Move Back in with your Parents: Step 1 – Build a new bathroom