I am very happy to report that work has officially begun on my new house! I have been incredibly picky and stubborn in finding someone. I want to at least watch some of the work and put more of myself into this than just directing a contractor on where to put what. Not many have been too happy at the idea of letting me help, believe it or not.
But of course, there is Ryan. It helps having so much trust into a person to care for my forever home as much as I do. He began demo on the formerly flooded wash room and bathroom that is at the end of the house. Things were starting to look really bad. Way worse than I expected.
When demo first began, a hole was accidentally pushed through the floor. Seriously, the floor was so rotten that when Ryan tapped on it with the heel of his boot, his foot went through. At first glance of the hole, all we could see were a couple of rotten 2×4’s. The worry was that the floor beams were all 2×4’s instead of 2×6’s. Everything as far as we could tell from that small spot was ruined. He was not very comfortable having me back there with him and was mostly afraid of us getting hurt because the floor was giving to weight really badly after that hole was made. So we both tried to see what we could from a safer distance.
Fear not! This story has a happy ending! Ryan pulled up a larger piece of the rotten subfloor. He started at a safer distance, to go ahead and have his feet on the ground rather than end up there by accident. Once he could see much better, there were in fact 2×6’s under the subfloor, and just a couple of 2×4’s as extra supports. The 2×6’s are all very solid, not rotten, and in great shape. He will replace a couple of the 2×4’s that rotted to put the extra support back, then new mold-resistant subfloor is going down!
I was almost ready to cross my good, fancy tub off the list. The floor support is way more important than bubbles. But as of the time of me writing this, that fancy tub is still on the list! I have a feeling that once this project is finished, I will need that fancy tub and bubbles. I kind of already feel like I do. It’s coming together everyone! Please enjoy pictures from the underside of my new house and the not-rotten beams!