Today we dug really deep and managed to finish gutting the bathroom. It turned out to be a pretty difficult task as there were some obstacles we faced while breaking down the walls and the flooring. The first issue we encountered was the shower drain falling through the sub flooring and into the crawlspace. The wood had become so warped and damaged due to water and old age that when we pulled up the surrounding floor, it just broke off completely. We encountered a few surprises along the way, such as the patched window that was located in the same place the old vinyl shower insert had been. The wiring we found throughout the bathroom had obviously not been changed since when the house was built, circa 1940. This is evident in the prehistoric electrical configuration we found behind where the sink used to be. The main drain pipe supplying the house had been hacked into numerous other times, whether it was renovation or just fixing problems, it became a problem for us. The pipe had been vented correctly, but you can see where contractors had cut beams almost in half trying to correct spacing issues, rather then fixing the problem correctly. If you take a look at the overhead pictures, you can see where the vent is still located. We realized that the vent had been covered in insulation and was actually a pretty major fire hazard. Also due to the insulation coverage, there was no circulation in the bathroom, cause a massive amount of mold to develop throughout the entire bathroom. I consider us lucky because I truly felt as though we were going to find leaking pipes, and worst case scenario, a leaking roof, but all it turned out to be was an insulation smothered and covered fan. Pure Luck. We got the entire sub flooring up and realized that the drain pipe servicing the sink had been slowly leaking. It ended up not being a big deal because we had decided not to keep the old tile due to the preexisting warping that told me there was water under it in the first place. Stay tuned for more updates as I take you through the complete renovation process of the Brookhaven Property.
Cary Daniel Blumenfeld
Harry Norman, Realtors