Ack! I missed writing yesterday. It's not all my fault. I have a lot going on...
Look at what I found...
Yup! That's mold. In the bathroom. Needless to say, we are now in the midst of gutting it.
The "funny" thing is that I've been smelling must/mildew [mold] now for almost two years. I could only smell it in the summer time though and it was very faint. I always assumed it was coming from the basement. We've searched and searched but never found anything.
I turned on the whole house fan the other day and got a big whiff of it. The search was on. Again. I narrowed it down to the bathroom. Hubs came home and tapped the wall next to the shower and there it was. Yeah! (Sarcasm much?).
We've wanted to redo the bathroom for quite sometime now. For starters, I'm not a huge fan of the flooring - so YEAH! that's gone. As much as I would like to say we can bandaid it by pulling out the damaged floor, shower and wall, it would just be that; a bandaid. Our vanity top cracked a few years a go. Hubs patched it back together but now there are stress fractures so it's just a matter of time before we'll have to replace it.
Although I've been wanting to redo the bathroom, I hate being forced to do it. We aren't financially ready to take on this project. We won't be able to design it the way we were dreaming of. So, we'll just have to make do and pick things that are important to us and then skim in other areas.
As for now, I am still waiting for a call back from our plumber. Hubs is trying to get rid of the mold so we can at least use the bathroom until the plumber can come to get us a price so we can start gutting.
The "good" news is that we have another full bath in the house. So, for now I have this one (which is the primary one we use) blocked off. The kids are hating it, so are we but we're dealing with it the best we can.
What I've learned from this? Trust my gut. I had a feeling something was growing somewhere. I should have listened to my instincts but what is done is done. We have to deal with this hand and move on.
Now that the shock and horror has worn off, I am getting excited about the remodel. Don't get me wrong, it's a bit overwhelming but we'll be happy when it's done.
So, there you have it. That's what I've been up to and will be up to over the next few weeks. Fun times.
Hope you have a happy and healthy weekend.