All the house plumbing was changed from galvanized pipping to copper pipping to increase water pressure. The basement galvanized water pipes (white) were replaced with copper.
Tommy told us our water heater was bad and needed to be replaced, $550. Ugh!
Once all the copper pipes had been installed from cellar to the first floor the cast iron stack was removed from the basement to the top ceiling of the first floor. This was the only functioning bathroom we had since the upstairs bathroom had been completely demoed.
This was our bathroom for over 2 weeks in 90° weather.
The upstairs framing began and the new bathroom framing went up. Our bathroom will be 7×9 in front and 11×4 in back (9×11). The rafters have been raised to cathedral height. Click here to see the the ceilings before. The bathroom floor didn’t require was in good condition (except for sanding, staining and sealing).
The closet framing (old bathroom area) was installed and the back wall removed to open the area for the new plumbing. When The wall was removed something else was uncovered and it wasn’t money!
The area right behind the closet (attic space) had a ceiling joist that was cut? The white arrow shows a full ceiling joist but the joist by the back arrow joist had been cut. This was probably done back in the 50’s to run the plumbing for the old bathroom. This doesn’t look bad but there was only 1 floor joist holding up the main floor bathroom ceiling up..ugh!
The ceiling was secured by adding more framing which be strong enough to hold will be holding the new plumbing for the bathroom.
Insulation was placed in the upstairs walls and will certainly help control the weather better.
The flooring reconstruction was the next step..
The hallway and new closet oak flooring was in really back shape by years of damage by remodels.
Half the flooring was burnt during the fire in the dressing/guest.
Once the oak flooring was removed “live exposed wire” were found. How that didn’t start another fire is beyond us.
The hallway and master bedroom flooring was repaired with the salvaged oak flooring. Tracing the hot wires back added more to the budget. The living area is located under the floor joist and electrical.
Also, after ripping out the entire floor (oak and pine 1×12’s) they left this area open with just exposed joists. On the far left is our closet…we had NO access to our closet for close to 4 weeks….If we had stepped on the rafters and lost our footing we’d fallen down into our living area. No matter how many times I let them know I couldn’t get to my closet NO action was taken.
The oak floor after being patched, because the floor is this old and areas of bad shape, its never going to look perfect. The flooring will look like a batch 90 year old floor. The entire upstairs flooring will be sanded, stained and sealed.
The new oak flooring was finally laid in the dressing/guest room floor four weeks later…
I’m standing in the new bathroom taking the photo.
In a smaller area, left of the dressing room, sitting outside our walk-in closet had several floor joist were missing which was a result of the fire which were never replaced. The floor was secured when we added a few more joist.
In the 20’s the upstairs oak flooring planks were individually nailed to each floor joist that spanned across and sub-flooring was not used. To keep all the floors level upstairs the new oak flooring was laid the same way.
The closet door is open and we left the green carpet since it would be costly to lay oak flooring. This is the smaller room off the dressing/guest room and closet.
Standing in bathroom you can see where the dressing rooms new oak flooring meets the hallway vintage oak flooring. The original stain (gunstock) is still on the vintage flooring.
After six long weeks we’re so happy to finally have access to our closet.