It's true the renovation is a little slow around these parts. This time we are stopping each other from demolishing first and planning later. Unlike the basement suite, where we ripped the whole thing apart in a weekend, then spent 6 months ripping a little deeper and putting it back together.
Ok, I should try not to lie in the blog. I, CoolJ want to demolish the bathroom. And LL is stopping me. But I want to get going! Even though we have no materials on hand, no plan, no schedule, no budget, no idea what the condition of the plumbing is. And importantly, no second bathroom.
Plan, schman! Let's get smashing & figure it out as we go. Only then will we see what we have to work with! LL thinks this is nuts, but I come by it honestly:
My Mémère (french grandma) once sent Pépère (grandpa) out for a haircut and while he was gone, smashed a huge hole in the north wall of her house in order to expand the kitchen into the back porch. Permits?! Structural integrity?! Keeping out elements! Ce n'est rien! Mémère wanted a bigger kitchen, and sometimes you just have to get started.
Though I often feel her fiery blood coursing through my similarly wiry body, unlike my grandmother, I missed my chance! LL just got her hair cut a few weeks ago & I could have gotten the project moving with my favorite short-handled sledge hammer & Big Red the pry bar. But then I may have risked becoming the lucky recipient of one of LL's famous custom breakup songs written just for me!
You see, we at Lez Renovate are partners. You know, as in "my PARTNER and I have been together for several years", "my partner and I spent the weekend trying to figure out why our siding is leaking" and "I should talk this over with my PARTNER" and "my partner will be pretty cheezed if I go ahead and smash out the bathroom when we agreed we would not be reduced to months of sponge baths and pooping in a bucket in the yard".
I suspect that I'm neither the only lez nor the only renovator that tries to sneak the old sledge hammer through the wall while the partner's out getting a haircut. Do you 'accidentally' on purpose get a major project moving by devious means? How long have you gone without a shower because you jumped the start gun on an bathroom reno?
Stick with us people, we are about to take a bath on this loo reno...