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Like most children with Angelman Syndrome, Owen loves his baths.
He loves splashing!
Now that he’s getting bigger and stronger, he can really flood the bathroom. And he has. Time and time again.
It’s hard to keep him from doing it no matter how hard I try. He’s very strong!
Over time, some of that water found it’s way underneath the flooring. It caused dry rot.
Yes, that’s as gross as it sounds!
So tonight, Bryan pulled off some more of the flooring so we could assess the damage. It’s definitely not as bad as it could be.
But, it still needs addressed. So we’re spending the next few evenings and Saturday doing bathroom demolition and repairing.
We’re trying to leave our bathroom as usable as possible throughout this process. It’s our only one, and there are a lot of us who need to use it!
Tonight, Bryan took out the sheetrock around the shower. We’ll pull the shower/tub unit out later to remove all of the rotten floor board.
He also got a good portion of the floor exposed.
It’s amazing how much progress can be made on a large project in one evening after work! I love having a man who isn’t afraid of hard work, he’s such a blessing.
Here’s Our Plan for Keeping this Project as Inexpensive as Possible
- Do the work ourselves
- Reuse all the big components–tub, toilet, sink
- Lay solid laminate flooring (like we did in the kitchen) to prevent future damage
- Purchase the wood locally so we don’t have to drive the truck to Spokane
What’s Our Plan for Getting This Dry Rot Taken Care of Quickly?
Well, honestly, we’re playing it a bit by ear still. We won’t know the extent of the damage until we pull out the shower.
Our goals are to:
- Finish tearing the damaged part of the bathroom out tomorrow
- Leave the toilet in place as long as possible
- Make a run to Spokane for everything but wood on Friday
- Hit it hard on Saturday, taking everything out
- Hopefully get everything reinstalled by Saturday evening
- Paint once the weather warms up a bit and it’ll dry faster
But sometimes our plans don’t go like we plan. So we’ll just do the best we can.
I’m thankful that my parents, right across the road, have two bathrooms. We’ll be using them at least on Saturday!
Why Did We Start This Now?
What made us jump into a bathroom project right now? Honestly, it’s because it’s a good time to get it done.
My Dad, who lives with us, is away for several weeks right now. That’s what finally made us take the plunge.
You see, none of us mind running over to my Mom’s to use the bathroom. But, asking Dad to go to his ex-wife’s house just seemed too strange.
So tonight it was. It’s good timing. It’s time to get rid of the dry rot.
Yes, it’d have been easier over the summer. But, easier isn’t always the right path!