Not long ago, I mentioned that Mr. R. and I are embarking on a brand new adventure, home renovation on our 1986 quasi-Mediterranean house. We bought it as a foreclosure five and a half years ago and have been blessed to see it rise in value. Recently, we refinanced with plans to use the money to do serious updates on some sad, mid-eighties builder-grade fixtures, namely, the kitchen and both bathrooms. We’re also replacing the cheap carpet we put in when we first moved in, opting for wood flooring in the living areas of the house.
We had not planned on replacing the carpet in the bedrooms. Until…
Remember Hurricane Matthew? Here in south Florida, we seemed to be in the very cross-hairs of the storm so, like all our neighbors, we launched into storm-prep mode. We put up shutters, stocked up on non-perishables and drinking water, and made sure we had batteries for the flashlights.
Where we live, we have our own well rather than city water. The well pump runs on electricity, which the television weather people all assured us would go out in the storm. Having been through previous hurricanes and gone without electricity for two weeks at a time, we took this warning seriously.
And so it was that we decided to fill the bathtubs, saving water for flushing toilets for the duration of any power outage we might experience. Mr. R. was in charge of that part of the operation, first filling ‘his’ tub in the second bathroom. Once that was finished, he started the water in ‘my’ tub, the master bath. He started the water.
Sometime later, I entered the bedroom and felt a splash as I walked in. The bathroom is on the opposite side of the room from the door–the overflowing tub had completely flooded the bedroom.
We spent the next several hours using the steam cleaner to suck up as much water as we could. When the storm had passed, and the power never even so much as blinked, we trotted out to our good friends at Lowe’s and picked up a dehumidifier, which sucked up a lot more water.
But with the padding completely soaked, we’re opting to replace the whole shebang to avoid mold and mildew issues.
Take a trip with us to Lowe’s as we shop for carpet.
As far as reno proper, we met with Bob the Bathroom Guy and Ray the Kitchen Guy last week and signed contracts. We’re slated to start right after the New Year. But before that, we’ll have new carpet in the bedroom. Yay!