March 25th, 2008

Its over! Lets tear some sh*t apart.

Escrow closed last week and I now have keys. My agent asked me how it feels to be so very much in debt as well as informing me that this was the lowest priced house he’s ever closed on…shazaaammm. I’m a little sorry I was such a maniac, sorry real estate guy. Good thing I fired my first agent after 3 months of house hunting, and you only took me out for 1 day! Commission earned.

For the past few days we’ve been destroying everything in sight. Mostly I’ve focused on the kitchen floor, but what a pain in the ass that turned out to be. One layer of stuck-on vinyl, three layers linoleum (the original is still there and looks like it used to be awesome – white with red, turquoise, yellow and black speckles) and one termite spot. Three days and three people scrapping and theres still a lot of crap stuck to the floor.

The hardwood refinishing company is coming Tuesday. I can’t imagine refinishing the hardwood myself after the hell that is the kitchen – my hands are still bruised from the scrapping. The price is right and I hope they will do a better job than I ever could.

The Brick House is in destruction and construction mode, the family and friends are helping out in a major way (praise jebus) and I will post more in depth about each project shortly.

Thundercats are go!

Escrow delayed, yet again.

March 17th, 2008

Never use Stewart Title of California.

The REO bank (who is selling the house) chose them as the escrow agency. They have been nothing but useless, ill informed, and sloppy. Escrow is delayed again because they can’t seem to get their crap together.

I’m so tired of their ineptitude.

I called seven times and was hung up on seven times. They don’t know where my paperwork is, they have no idea what the rest of my closing costs are, and they refuse to call me back.

I hate them.

Adding a shower

March 17th, 2008

The main pink bathroom has a tub – but no shower. I love the tile and want to keep the bathroom as authentically retro as possible, but we NEED to add a shower. I am not a bath taker. Sitting in a tub of tepid filthy water makes my stomach turn.

There is a closet located to the right, behind the faucet and plumbing. So hopefully we can access the plumbing from there – but that means we will have to tear the closet and drywall apart. The costs keep adding up…

So how to add a shower? I’m still not very sure but I found a few useful tips and links. The DIY network has a brief step by step instruction for adding a shower to a pink 50’s bathroom.

I wish the step by step was a little more in depth, as most of the terminology and equipment are pretty foreign to me – plus the list of materials is a bit overwhelming…


pipe wrench
pipe cutter
safety glasses
shop vacuum
plumber’s putty
reciprocating saw
drill with a 1-1/2″ spade bit
utility knife
tile bit

I’m wondering if it may be more cost effective to buy on exterior shower unit. Yahoo answers had a similar question. One answer was the “Add-a-Shower”.

This one is made for built in tubs, and at only $92.28 plus $5.90 for the face bushing to customize with a different shower head, it may be the cost effective winner.

I hate to loose the old faucet and replace it with something so unattractive and utilitarian (I mean they can’t even post
a picture, just this dreary drawing?). I can always take it out later…(these will be my famous last words for every crappy compromise).

Does anyone have experience with these type of converters, or possibly a better solution?