The master bathroom tiling is dragging on. And on.
I really want it to be over with.
The contractor occasionally hounds me about it because he wants to do the finish work on the plumbing so he can get a final payment (although apparently he just realized yesterday that the plumber he sub-contracted didn’t include finish work in his original quote, however our contract with him specifically includes finish work, and I’m going to hold him to it).
We progressed slightly, however the area around the shower doorway and over the threshold is painstakingly slow because of all the necessary tile cuts. It’ll probably take us another full day or two to finish the wall tile alone.
The floor tile shouldn’t be too difficult because it’s all 12″ tiles, but we’re installing a Nuheat radiant heat mat, so there will be some prep work involved with that.
We weren’t able to work on the bathroom at all on Sunday because we spent the day with some of Pete’s siblings cleaning out and organizing his dad’s condo. It looks more and more like we’ll be putting it on the market soon, as his dad will very likely move into long-term care.
He has improved quite a bit over the past few months, but he’s not as self-sufficient as he was, and his sight has become worse (and it wasn’t good to start with).
To start staging the condo for sale, we put a lot of his personal effects into storage, including family photos, and started to pare down the furnishings. They had always used the smaller bedroom as the master bedroom, and the larger one as a TV room, so after tearing up the carpeting and revealing the oak parquet flooring, we moved the bedroom furniture into the larger room to stage as a true master bedroom. The smaller bedroom will become an office.
The parquet floor has some damage, but is overall in really great shape. We’re getting estimates for repairing that.
It looks like I may have a lot of painting to do — it’s in dire need of a fresh coat of paint — but the place is already looking brighter. It’s a little bittersweet, but his dad will be much safer in a retirement home that can handle his needs, and I’m really glad we were able to accomplish so much just in one day.
If only the timing were a little better and we weren’t pulled in so many directions right now. But that’s life, isn’t it? We’ll do what we can, when we can, but if needed it’ll have to be family first.
The bathroom will still be there, beckoning to be finished. And that first, long shower will feel that much better once the hard work is done and you know you’ve done your best to see that your family is cared for.