Bikes are on the Backburner

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Photo credit: oxherding.com

My posts on this blog have once again become scarce, and will remain so for the next few weeks at least. It’s not because riding season is effectively over for many of us (not all of us though, check out this guy! ), or because I’ve run out of ideas. It’s because I’m currently in the middle of renovating the bathroom in my 84-year old house.

When I bought this house five years ago it was a bit of a fixer-upper, but still quite livable. So my procrastinating nature took over: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That attitude is fine for cosmetic stuff, but the more I thought about the aging copper and cast iron, the more I realized that the plumbing in this house is a time bomb.

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Notice how the sink drains out THROUGH the vanity door into the cast iron stack. Also notice how the box around the stack was built too large, taking away valuable space in the bathroom.

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Mark is cutting out the section of ceiling in the laundry room, directly under the bathroom.

So, for the past week or so myself and Mark (ok, I’ll be honest..mostly Mark) have been doing some demolition in the existing bathroom in preparation for a plumbing contractor to cut out the old cast iron pipes and replace them with modern, polymer-derived pipes. Once this is all complete, we’ll go ahead and remodel the bathroom ourselves…a sizable project as the cast iron removal has left holes in the ceiling and floor. As I type this I’m at home while the plumbers complete their job, and instead of my usual internet browsing on sites like A Vicious Cycle and RideApart, I’m on Home Depot’s website looking at vanities and tub surrounds…it feels a little strange. Once the existing bathroom is complete, we plan to transform the two bedrooms in the front of the house into a master bedroom with ensuite…but of course if this project runs into prime riding season, it may be put on hold for a few months!

Since this IS a motorcycle blog, I’ll try to make this post relevant. Our eventual plan for these renovations is to turn the bedroom on the back of the house into a “motorcycle room” (we don’t have a “real” basement so we can’t build a rec room like you see in modern houses). I’ve realized that we have a LOT of motorcycle apparel, luggage, magazines etc, and it would be nice to have it all together so that everything is easy to find. Plus it would also be…awesome.

So that’s the reason why I may not be posting much for the next few weeks. It’s only a bathroom reno but honestly it is a little overwhelming. Mark says that this will be “the winter of our discontent”. I just keep telling myself that all this will be worth it in the end!

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Posted on November 28, 2013, in Behind the Visor and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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