One thing that I have learned as Britt and I are going through this process, is that it’s hard to do good work and also have good content. When I get into a groove during a project, the last thing that I want to do is take off my gloves and try to get some decent photos. I sort of had to choose between having crappyish content or crappyish results on the house. I’m opting to let the quality of the content suffer for obvious reasons. So apologies to the reader for that. As a result, this post contains a few weeks worth of demolition footage that I have cobbled together into some lo-fi videos. I’m terrible at narrating, and the partially covered mic on the go-pro doesn’t help matter. But hey here they are anyway, haha.
When we bought the house, we knew that this bathroom was going to be one of the hardest projects. I knew going in, that we were going to have to replace at least part of the subfloor based on what I had seen from the crawlspace. But I don’t think that either of us expected that we were going to be tearing it all of the way down to the bones. There were a couple of very difficult milestones. One was getting the nearly 800 pound cast iron tub out of here.
Another was tearing out the floor. Under the shower, there was a concrete slab. Under the slab, was another shower floor.
Under all of that was the regular tile, cement board, one layer of 1/2 inch OSB, and one layer of 1/2 inch plywood. The tub was such a feat that we gave it its own video. I didn’t really get many stills of the process. But it was pretty easy to have the gopro shooting time lapse the whole time. The photos here were taken after we got the walls and floor out (the back wall in these photos came out later). We were initially inclined to leave the ceiling intact. But I think that we are going to be tearing that out now as well, as there are two layers of drywall everywhere except over the place the old shower was. Our logic is that: we came this far, why not just do the whole thing fresh and new?
Here are a few more videos and photos. Not perfectly in chronological order. But they do show the process pretty well, in my opinion.
Here is a longish video leading up to moving the tub and tearing out the floor. Never mind the corny music:
Here is a video of getting the tub out of the house (it was very difficult and could have gone terribly wrong):
Finally, here is a lengthy vid removing the OSB and subfloor. The upside: no segments of me mumbling to myself. This is the final demolition vid from the downstairs bathroom: