The 1/2 bath that’s taking us 1/2 a century


Ok, maybe I’m a bit dramatic with that title. And maybe it’s because we have project ADD and tend to jump from project to project. AND, (I’m giving this reason MOST of the credit) we had to make sure that our foundation leak was fixed before we even considered moving forward. I think that after 20 months of no foundation leaks, we can say it’s fixed…

So, today, here’s where the bathroom progress is.


Yes, these are technically the “after” pics. Today, they also became the DURING pics too though.

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See that window? The one that looks out at nothing? Yeah, it gets on my nerves too.

If you think these pictures are pretty, here are a few blasts from the past when we discovered mold and mildew and other beautifully colorful shades of nasty.

And I present, the collage featuring Shades of Nasty.

And, since I am going in complete reverse order, here is when we suspected we had a problem.

We had wrinkly walls. And, we’d been noticing water on the floors around the edges. And, the trim was starting to pull away from the wall- on its own. Apparently rusty nails do that. So, when we’d had enough we cut out where we thought there was a window. We hoped that was the problem. It wasn’t.

We had A LOT of rain that summer. Our yard looks like this at one point. (and this wasn’t the worst). It is feet deep down there.


It just so happens, that the same day, inside our house looked like this. Note that the rug is not, in fact two-toned on a normal day. All of that was water. Lots and lots of water.


Enter in lots of stuff we didn’t plan on… like jackhammers


And backhoes


And a big trench in our backyard


We filled it with gravel and this pipe (that I can’t remember what it’s called…..) And, NO LEAKS.


So, now we are back to square one with out itty bitty, under the stair case half bath that has taken way more time and money than its square footage should allow! :)

IMG_5931*did you notice the water and the towels? Dustin capped off the water lines today. Hopefully it stays dry! 


PS- this is the short version of the leak and flood situation we had in 2009. HERE is the rest of the story. We also had to rip out our entire laundry room and our kitchen flooring.


  1. ouch! sure hope you're on to drier days now! best of luck on the bath.. look forward to seeing your 'after' reveal! {whenever that is} ;)

  2. Isn't that the way of most home projects? I feel for you. Hopefully your water worries are over!

  3. Shannon- I agrea with Devonay... that's the way it goes, twice as long and three times as much money as expected.
    I am glad that you are about to see some light at the end of the tunnel!
    have a great weekend!

  4. Isn't all home repair like that? Ugh, but just think how awesome it will be someday:)

  5. Ahhh the days of running two shop vacs to suck water out of your kitchen carpet...oh wait, that was when Dustin broke the water main...nevermind =)

  6. It'll be done someday and it'll all be worth it!

  7. I read your blog frequently and I just thought I’d say keep up the amazing work! learn the facts here now


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