Out with the old, in with the new (shower)

Finally, the post you’ve all been waiting for, the one in which I introduce you to our new shower unit! Okay, so maybe you haven’t really been waiting for it, but here it is. Enjoy!

As I’ve mentioned before, our house needs a lot of work. One of the things that’s been bugging me the most since we first moved in is not having a working shower on the same floor as the master bedroom. That’s not to say that there wasn’t a shower unit in the master bathroom; there was, but it leaked, and was therefore unusable. This is what remained of the old shower:


Demolition started in our bathroom on October 11th. The first step in this project was to tear out the old shower. Since the shower walls were simply made up of tile affixed to sheet rock, this meant the whole wall had to come out.


Once we could see what we were working with, we went to the hardware store and bought the necessary plywood and durarock we’d need to replace the walls and flooring we had just ripped out. We cut the plywood to size and made a note of where the drain hole should be. That’s where we hit our first obstacle.

The old drain didn’t line up with the drain hole in the base of the shower unit we bought. This revelation threw a wrench into our plans, as it meant another trip to the hardware store to buy the piping needed to reroute the drain.

After another long day of work, we were able to successfully fix the drain issue, and lay down the base of the shower unit.

But not so fast! In order to lay down the base, we had to have the durarock walls in place, but before we could do that, we had to cut holes in the durarock for the shower head and knob. That’s when we realized that the shower head and knob attached to the wall didn’t line up with the holes in the shower unit.

So, we got to spend another day rerouting pipes, only this time, we got to play with a torch and soldering wire.


Dan, hard at work.

Once we got that piping issue sorted out, we were finally ready to install the base and walls of the new unit.


With the hard part over and done with, we just had to install the glass walls and sliding door. Easy, right?

Not really, especially if the directions that came with the shower unit had all the parts labeled wrong and some of the diagrams upside down.

But we prevailed and ultimately ended up with this:


After six long work days spread out over four weeks, we finally had a working shower unit! I no longer have to make the long journey from the 2nd floor down into the basement just to take a shower. Yay!

Though now the hard work really begins – picking a paint color for the bathroom walls!

Paint Swatches

Any suggestions?

* Special thanks to all our friends who donated their time and manly strength to this project. We love you!

Around the House

It’s now been over 3 months since we left Brooklyn and moved back upstate. In that time, we’ve gotten a lot done around the house. We:

  • Installed faux hard wood flooring in the master bedroom closets, painted the inside walls of the closets, and added wire shelving for clothes and hangers,
  • Replaced more than 60 missing outlet covers in the house (where did they all go?!),
  • Replaced two electrical outlets in the basement,
  • Set up a mini recycling center outside,
  • Set up our entertainment center in the living room, complete with a new 60″ TV,
  • Set up a dog run outside for our pups,
  • Switched the king-sized bed that was in the basement bedroom with the full-sized bed that was in the master bedroom,
  • Successfully combined two full sets of kitchenware, and threw out or donated old dishes,
  • Set up my home office in the master bedroom, complete with two bookshelves, a printer/scanner/copier/fax, a filing cabinet, and a desk,
  • Picked out paint colors for the master bedroom (though we have yet to paint!),
  • Applied a frosted glass window cling to our bathroom door (so that it’s no longer completely see through),
  • Fixed the lock on the front door (so the dogs can’t come and go as they please),
    and, drum roll please……..
  • Installed a new shower unit in the master bathroom (more details on this coming soon!).

The inside of my new closet. The only thing on the list that I actually took a picture of.

Before we moved, I made it my goal to fully document all of the home renovation projects we did once we got to the house (à la Young House Love). Obviously, I’ve been slacking. But no more!

As much as we love this house, it needs a lot of work and we’re slowly giving it the attention it deserves, room by room. As we continue to make progress, I’ll be sure to keep you posted here with pictures and details. I’ll also be tracking our progress on the Around the House page, so feel free to visit for our complete project list.

Anyone else tackle any DIY home renovation projects lately? Tell me all about it in the comments!