I’m starting big with the most complicated, most expensive, most functionally significant portion of the remodel – replacing the shower faucet. As I mentioned in a previous post , the tub/shower handles have been a real pain for some time. They are hard to turn, and it’s difficult to make small adjustments so that the water isn’t too cold or too hot (and that’s when the cold water isn’t turning itself off). I have previously replaced the faucet stems, but it was only a temporary fix because they wore out after a couple of years. The long-term solution is to replace the valve inside the wall. For that, I need a plumber… and that’s why this will be the most expensive portion of the remodel.
My total costs have been estimated at 24. I was a bit taken back at that price. Price includes tile floor with heat under it, tile walls, new shower. keeping old bath, replacing the cabinets with store bought type, replacing new toilet. My bath is large with 2 sinks and good cabinet space. I asked to have some time to consider cost. Will discuss with Cook mid next week. He estimates work to be completed by Christmas.
Before this travel trailer, I had never towed anything. At under 1,500 pounds and with a smallish profile, the Compact does not overburden our ride. One thing to know however, is that these trailers where built in a time when speed limits didn’t exceed 55 mph. Today’s highways where people regularly push 80 mph are a whole different ball game. I quickly realized that our travel plans were going to be a bit more limited to closer radius and secondary routes.
Wood Quality: Most often, the cabinet face frames and doors are made of solid wood, but it is generally Russian Birch, even if they advertise it as Cherry. Some manufacturers offer real Hard maple, Oak and even Cherry, but the quality of the lumber is below our domestic select grade. They are basically using the least desirable cuts of lumber that the domestic cabinetry and furniture markets can’t or wont use. There is nothing wrong with this approach. Just be sure that if its Cherry cabinets you are after, its real Cherry cabinets you are getting!
I’m a nature lover. As proof, I’ve sustained injuries chasing the recycling truck down the alley on a slippery winters morning. I’m in a CSA to help support local small farmers and I buy organic milk. Vanning is where I’ll have to take a raincheck on natural resource preservation. At 10-15 mpg, I’m undoing a lot of Prius owners good works… and this was a challenge to overcome.