March 29, 2010
Having just bought the house, the owners’ pre-move in priority was to give the soggy bathroom a make over. They wanted an eco-conscious make over on a very modest budget. Sustainability and attainability are two principles Reason always strives for, but this project added a third variable: a tight schedule. We had a month to pull it off.
After a day of considering the cost of attempting to work with some of the existing finishes, we realized that it would be best to start from scratch. Demolition alone was much more than we bargained for. On day one we discovered three generations of finishes under the exposed drywall. By day two we had taken 2900 pounds of finishes out of the 8′x8′ room. Then, of course, deliveries were lost en route (only to eventually arrive damaged) and electrical, plumbing and infestation issues were unearthed.
We pushed through the rough work, fixing all these unforseens. The finish phase depended on affordable fixtures that were immediately available, necessitating the difficult task of designing through Home Depot and Ikea. Looking for a happy union between a conservative southerner and a progressive scandinavian can be tough, but a careful mixture of the two allowed the suppression of the predominance of either. Trim milled from salvaged oak handrails was the finishing touch that lends a subtle distinction that definitely can’t be bought in a retail warehouse. We drove the last nail the night before move-in.