I’m still in the process of disentangling myself from all of the red-tape surrounding buying a house at auction, so in an effort to feel more in control of things, I’ve been fantasizing about things I can hit with a hammer. Apparently the law frowns upon taking those tactics with appraisers and people who improperly winterize houses, so I’ve turned my attention to this little problem area instead.
That is the master bath in Liberty House, and from this angle doesn’t look quite as horrifying as it should. Hold on…
Oh yeah, there we go. Basically the only way you’re going to get me to step inside that upright coffin is with a haz-mat suit and a sledge hammer.
This was a part of the remodel done to the house in the late 80’s, and comes fully equipped with a leaky skylight, huge fireplace, randomly placed cabinets, The Mother of All Jacuzzis, oddly dark mirrors, and one very awkwardly placed toilet.
The toilet, by the way, is in that little nook located off the hall to the bedroom. Here’s a shot from the other direction.
You may notice a couple of things here.
1.) IT’S ON THE CARPET. People, no. Just no. No carpet in bathrooms. Definitely no carpet around toilets. Guys, bless your little well-intentioned hearts, but nobody aims with 100% accuracy all of the time. I’m not looking forward to ripping out that carpet, but I sure will be glad when it’s gone.
2.) There’s no door to the bathroom. Which means if anyone is actually using the facilities, the view from pretty much anywhere in the bedroom is going to be a pair of legs sticking out from the wall with pants around their ankles. So that’s… awkward.
For the most part the Liberty House is in great shape, actually. I was a little bummed there wasn’t a good excuse to tear a few walls down, however this bathroom definitely makes up for it. I plan to take her down to the studs almost immediately.
Here’s a little look at the current layout:
I haven’t had enough time to really poke around in the walls, but the big question for this room will be whether or not to keep the fireplace– which is really just the worlds biggest candle-holder since it’s hooked up for gas and yet the house runs on fuel oil.
I do plan to keep the wood burning fireplace in the pink parlor below this room and they are somehow tied into each other, so if worse comes to worst and I have to keep it, I think there are still some better options for the layout.
The better option would be to remove the fireplace altogether, which would give me leeway for a couple of other layouts.
Either way, you can expect I’ll be putting in some of my favorite bathroom features like a heat lamp and a floor heater under the tile. And I may even build another one of these awesome vanities, if the mood strikes. In the meantime I’ll be “waiting patiently” (and by that I definitely don’t mean throwing tools at people) for the red tape to clear.