Can I use it yet?!

By , March 19, 2016 6:44 am

My bathtub is sitting there, just waiting to be used! Eek! Soon, my lovely.


Our carpenter found some interesting stuff when he was demolishing the bathroom:


That octagon shape? It’s likely framing for what used to be a window, like this:

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Octagon windows on our garage (this picture also features our new gutters!)

The bathroom wall is suspiciously thick, so we’re thinking what is our foyer now used to be an exterior patio or porch. That would (kind of?) explain why the storage room below the foyer is so odd, and all the elevation changes (steps) in the house.

I wish we had more of the history of the house! Finding clues like this is fun, too, though!

12 Responses to “Can I use it yet?!”

  1. Beth says:

    Oh my gosh, LOVE that bathtub! I wouldn’t expect an ugly bathtub from you, but I am simply in love with the look and design of the tub! Mayve I’ll come over and take a bath. 😉 Loving all of these little mysteries and turns from your house renovation. You should be on one of those HGTV shows!

  2. HoHo Runs says:

    I’d like to renovate our bathrooms but don’t have the space for one of those ginormous tubs. That one looks perfect. Not too long but big enough to soak and relax in.

    • kilax says:

      Yeah – we had to do extra research to find a soaker that was only 5′ long – most are longer. It’s out there though!! I bet you can find one 🙂

  3. Karen says:

    Progress 🙂
    It is nice you can start from scratch and pick out new things!

    • kilax says:

      Yeah! We had to match the existing floor – but I wonder if it would have been more stressful to add picking out a floor to the mix, too.

  4. Erin says:

    So interesting!! And it’s great that you’re documenting all of this. I do wonder if anyone had to file plans with Zion or anywhere when the house was originally built. Did you have to get city/village permits to do all this work?

    • kilax says:

      I don’t think anything was filed with the county originally – anything useful, anyway (we didn’t find much – but we could look more). We had to get a permit for the bathroom work.

  5. Lauren says:

    That’s so cool the secret old windows! Would you consider adding that window back in? (Or does it go to the interior?) How old is your home? It doesn’t look super old, for having had some of these funny mysteries!

    • kilax says:

      I won’t add it back in – it looks in to an interior foyer now 🙂 And it’s where the bathroom mirror will go. We think our home was built in the early 70s? 🙂

  6. Mica says:

    Maybe it’s just this photo, but your bathtub looks shorter but deeper. Is that right? (In Japan, I noticed that all the bathtubs were pretty short but had really deep sides. I kind of liked that style!) I hope you get to use it soon.

    • kilax says:

      Yeah, the room is only 5′ wide so we couldn’t get one of the long ones! It’s really deep though 🙂 And basically still looks the same, in that room.

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