When we last spoke the second floor bath was a jumble.  Now it’s a shell.  It looks enormous, by the way – spa worthy – though I know once the tub and the sink and the…well, you get the idea.

This was not supposed to happen, of course.  But suddenly here I am looking at the original framing of the house, through the ceiling and into the rafters of the third floor above.  I talked to a designer friend today who said, “I know this point exactly.  You’re terrified you made a horrible mistake.  You think you’re going to the poor house and you’ll never set foot on that new tile, but I swear you will.  It’s worth it.”

I was oh-so-ready for this project.  I was so ready that the fixtures and plumbing and tile for the third floor were long ago signed, sealed and delivered to my entry, where they’ve been for the last few weeks.  These are now the plumbing and fixtures for the second floor, which will need them sooner and new plumbing and fixtures are on the way for the third.

We adjust.

Until Sunday the old sink was sitting on top of this pile of boxes.  I don’t know why. In some sort of fit (or, honestly, a need for control) I moved the sink to the basement.  I thought that without the sink this would look like the well-planned order that it is.  It would look like the well-planned order that it is every single time I walk in the door. Straight into it. Reminded – again and again – that things do not go as planned.

I thought that without the sink, every time I walk in the door I’ll be reminded that sometimes plumbing and life throw you curve balls and you have to just breathe and walk around it and remember that nothing is permanent.

Except dust.

All of this product is Kohler.  You cannot see the name because they are a sponsor.  They are not.  I like their product and this is how the boxes were sitting.  Just in case you were wondering. 

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3 thoughts on “Studs

  1. You’re not re-using that wonderful old pedestal sink? It’s such a beauty!

    I am far too familiar with the plumbing and electrical problems that pop up when renovating an “old” house, and mine is only 70 years old. To me, anything post-WWII is “new” not old! But as I remind my 74 yr old self, 70 IS old!

    That 3rd floor is going to be a wonderful space. I wish I had a 3rd floor…

  2. I am not yet through with what has become a whole house remodel ( 3 baths and a kitchen are done) that involved taking down walls and putting up walls, taking floors down to joists, walls to the studs, redoing all electrical, I know this truth to be bluntly obvious: there is never a stud where you need one!

  3. I know exactly what you mean but your designer is right…it will be worth it. And once everything is in all the headaches will be forgotten. Good luck and looking forward to seeing everything put back together again. I am sure it will be lovely.

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