Tuesday, December 30, 2008

This Old House, Part II

We returned from Solbakken to find that Charlie had removed the old upstairs bathtub and toilet. We are temporarily a one-bathroom family again, as we were for our year in England. In the photograph above, you can see the hole for the toilet drain in the foreground, and then the space where the tub used to be. The bathroom was evidently once a closet, or perhaps even part of the upstairs hall that was framed in to make a bathroom. On the far wall, behind the framing for the tub, you can see the old blue-gray wallpaper and the oak baseboard that runs throughout the house. On the left-hand wall, you can see insulation. Here, the lath had rotted away because of water leaking from the shower. It's a good thing we're having this work done!

Charlie tells me that the date stamp on the tub was October 1929. The bathroom was originally constructed as the country crashed into the Great Depression. It's being deconstructed and remodeled in the midst of another economic crisis of historic proportions.


Jim H. said...

Yor bathroom is an economic bellwether!

Christopher Tassava said...

Surely someone can think of a pun about installing toilets when everything's in the crapper.

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