Reality check of the day


Today I stopped by to see how the house was going. It is going well but glacially slowly, as usual. But hey, the glaciers are speeding up, so maybe my contractor will, too. I live in hope. Or  maybe my workers are frozen. Check out this photo.

This will be the utility room — coats, boots,  muddy dogs, miscellaneous detritus. Every house has or wants one. Right now, this is the worker’s bathroom. Yes, they need the shower. They spend a lot of time here. They need a heater too and no, it’s not just out of the frame. Privacy screen around the toilet? That went during demolition. Even the door is gone so even though they do generate steam in the shower — note the water heater — it doesn’t stick around long enough to get them into their clothes. I would be so cranky but of everyone I deal with on this project, the guys who depend on this room are the cheerful ones.

There is a life lesson here but I have no interest in learning it.

6 thoughts on “Reality check of the day

  1. I vividly remember going to the loo in our previous house during the renovation. We had blasted a hole through the wall where the original doorframe was, and I ended up with a magnificent view of the church porch from my perch on the ancient pink ceramic throne. hang on in there, and make sure you whistle or cough loudly before you enter the house 🙂

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  2. Is this the only toilet/shower facility at present? I have vague memories of an earlier photo with a pink bathrooom….?

    Will the water heater be separate from ground source thermal heat pump thingy? Have I totally missed something?


    1. Well, yeah, Gill, this house is totally uninhabitable right now. I don’t even have mice. This is indeed as close as the place gets to a bathroom. The toilet was and is the only one in the house. Some day there will be more but for now, you’re looking at it.

      That pink bathroom? It never had a toilet; we are adding one. All the pink is gone, replaced by shiny silver-lined insulation. When the plumbers get around to putting in the geothermal system — the to-do list between now and then is pretty long — the water heater will be banished to the basement.

      This is a temporary patched-together system, just to keep the workers going during construction. They put it together themselves, at no charge to me. When the “real” bathrooms go in, they will pull out everything, put in a new WC, new tile and all. I was just struck by the look of it all and the whole idea of using this setup in the freezing weather we have now.

      With a geothermal system you still need a water heater; what changes is that most of the power to run it is generated from the ground — strictly speaking, in this case, from the ground water. I’m looking forward to a next-gen system, one that needs a little outside push to get started but then powers itself.

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  3. At least the loo roll is colour coordinated.
    We live in an old farm house, in the winter we spend our time in the dinning room, because it is warm and the bedroom because we need to sleep somewhere. If I need the loo in the middle of the night The following conversation always happens

    Where are you going?
    Shhhh go to sleep
    Loo!! go to sleep
    Put your dressing gown on and your flipflops
    Uh huh
    PN did you put the dressing gown on as I asked
    Why do you never listen to me?
    Shhhh go to sleep

    Love eh!


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