Marsha Canham's Blog

November 22, 2012

The Saga goes on…and on…

Filed under: Uncategorized — marshacanham @ 4:59 pm

After a week and a half, still no sightings of Kitchen Guy, though he has promised to show up tomorrow…Friday…23 November…you are all witnesses. Bathroom Guy has also been the Invisible Man, although he has an excuse…not much he can do until Kitchen Guy gives him the go-ahead to do the backsplash in the kitchen. Glass Guys showed up, five days later than originally planned, and the shower doors did go on, which is why I thought I would post a few pics. They won’t be “before and after” but more like “before and during” *snort*

First, my quirky little house from the outside. Some of these pics were taken by the real estate agent through a fisheye lens so they look a little skewed. But you can get the general idea.


Not to forget, my little plaque designating it as a heritage building:


And my only addition to the outside….an equally quirky birdhouse


This was the original bathroom on the main floor. I liked to call it the bowling alley bathroom because it was long and narrow and had fixtures right out of a 50’s bowling alley, including the spiffy pink sink and terlet, with matching pink tiles and pink streaks in the genuine arborite countertops. The camera lens makes it look deceptively wide, unlike the exterior of the house which looks deceptively small, but believe me, there was just enough room to get my hips past the washer and dryer *snort*


That would be the shower at the very back. Sort of a tiled closet with unique venting system…half a louvre door nailed above the shower door. The washer and dryer were puny apartment-sized, good for doing a single towel at a time, and since the dryer wasn’t even hooked up or vented, I suspect the former owners used the laundromat down the street.


The demo begins



Whilst tearing out the walls, they found two of the original windows and a farm door. I plan to save the one window by sanding down the frame and replacing the glass with mirror.


Here it is all gutted, bulkheads gone, closet shower gone and the wall opened up, ceiling raised about a foot and a half after taking out the goofy florescent fixture.



And here…new drywall, shower getting tiled…



And today, with terlet in place, the glass doors installed. Still waiting on the vanity and lights and cabinets, but at least it’s functional and awful purdy *s*


Tomorrow, after Kitchen Guy leaves…if he shows up…I’ll post some pics of that next.



  1. It is a lovely looking house. So glad another Historic Building is saved. When do you arrive here in Florida?

    Comment by Margaret S. — November 22, 2012 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

    • I’m planning to be down there by the 10th of Dec. Woo hoo, can’t wait. *g* It’s starting to get really cold here and the weathertwerp is threatening snow on the weekend. AUGH.

      Comment by marshacanham — November 22, 2012 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  2. Marsha- what a dramatic change- at least from the old shower to the new! Can’t wait to see how the rest turns out! Good luck with the Kitchen guy. Phhhhhht!! Some tradespeople are just worthless…….

    Comment by Karen — November 22, 2012 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Karen. I’ve always loved old Victorian houses and this was just soooooo different from my former house, I knew the instant I saw it that I had to have it. And yes, it’s a lot of work and there have been some unpleasant surprises $$$$ but in the end it will be worth it.

      Comment by marshacanham — November 22, 2012 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  3. What a lovely home you’re creating. I’d hate to leave for Florida after all the work was complete, but I understand the weather is a huge factor.

    Comment by Phoebe Conn — November 22, 2012 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Phoebe, I hate to leave too…but the snow, the snow….AUGH. Can’t do it. Just can’t do it. LOL

      Comment by marshacanham — November 23, 2012 @ 1:28 am | Reply

  4. I love it! I can’t wait to see it when you have finished (as, I’m sure, you can’t either). After living in LaLa Land (Los Angeles), and now living in a historic town (Gettysburg), I can really appreciate the beauty of a historic home. Simply lovely.

    Comment by caseykelly3 — November 22, 2012 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Casey. The house reminds me of my grandmother’s house, right down to the concrete basement, the fieldstone foundation, the grapevines hanging on the garage, even the sound of a train whistling by now and then. Most of the floors slant, though none of them creak, and they don’t all slant in the same direction. It’s just very nifty and I love it.

      Comment by marshacanham — November 23, 2012 @ 1:31 am | Reply

  5. It looks like you have a real beauty. I hope you enjoy many happy years there.

    Comment by Southern Belle — November 22, 2012 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Southern Belle. I hope so too *g* I’ve already given the grandkids permission to whack me upside the head if I even THINK of moving again.

      Comment by marshacanham — November 23, 2012 @ 1:31 am | Reply

  6. Looks lovely. A darkly hued shower is intimate and different, I think. And I love seeing the older homes stripped to the bones – construction was so very different once upon a time.

    Comment by Sandi — November 23, 2012 @ 10:41 am | Reply

    • Thank you Sandi. As for construction being different, just ask my Electrician Guy, who had to tunnel through 6 inches of “stuff” that was hard as a rock.

      Comment by marshacanham — November 23, 2012 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  7. How wonderful!! I love seeing before and afters!! Finding a window…how cool!

    I thought of your journey this week as I watched husband and son also known as’ Electrician Guys’ drill a hole into a piece of metal on my marble kitchen counter…I mean ON it because they were too lazy to take it somewhere appropriate…I held my breath asked, “you do have something under that right?” *sighs* from men and silence….”You do see all that metal flying every where don’t you???” more sighs and silence then …..”MOM!! We’ve got it!”…needless to say they left a mess of dust and such but the counter survived which is all I really cared about! LOL they are a universal trial these worker guys and gals!!

    Oh, son went to a job where customer was angry they arrived because they were leaving on a trip (of course emails had been sent and confirmed for that date)…I told my son that will be the last time while working in the trade that he ever hears the phrase “What are YOU doing here today…go away!” again! ROFL!!

    Please keep posting pictures as you go along, the property looks fabulous!! I am anxiously awaiting the next installment!

    Comment by CathyR — November 23, 2012 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  8. Wow. This bathroom looks great!

    Comment by Bathroom guy — November 25, 2012 @ 5:28 am | Reply

  9. Good thing you got that place completely re-worked… That bathroom was begging for a few hammers, can’t wait to see what it looks like in the end!!

    -Irwin Zinkin

    Comment by Long Island Shower Doors — November 26, 2012 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

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