Guest Bath Update

Hello Everyone!

It has been a while since we posted about updates on the house!

During our big renovation, we were able to finish out the majority of our guest bathroom, but had this dirty little secret behind the shower curtain:


From afar, it doesn’t look that bad and we took amazing efforts to keep it clean and as mildew-free as possible for our Airbnb guests.

In April, we had guests (luckily all dudes).  One of the guys went to turn the center knob from the bath setting to the shower setting and it literally fell off into his hand.  Um… getting the wrench out to turn the knob so the guys could shower was not embarrassing at all! [sarcasm]

We quickly ran to the hardware store for a “universal knob”.  The “universal knob” didn’t work because an old, plastic component was so stripped that even the new knob wouldn’t stay attached.  I took photos and went to several different hardware stores and even one specialty plumbing store only to have them spell it out for me: S-O-L without a plumbing re-do.  No plumbing re-do without re-tiling.

SO… we mentioned it to our Airbnb guests for the next few months and made it work with only a shower setting.  We decided to get a quote from a friend at church who is a contractor and it was far less than we had anticipated. We also found a multi-color travertine at a good price, so we went for it!




The soap niche is a little larger than we thought, but it is the framing from an original window (with an added shelf), so that’s pretty cool!

This was one of the only projects in which we were not “hands on”… which was weird.  Apparently we both struggle with watching others work!

We feel extremely fortunate to have been able to make this update and can’t wait to have guests now!  Come stay with us, friends… and use our shower!


The Big Dig: Sewer

Welcome back, everyone.  It’s been an active week at the Rader pad!  Aaron was on Spring break from teaching this week, so we decided it would be a great week to have the plumbing replaced- including the sewer line.  Here’s a brief tour of what we’re calling “The Big Dig.”  This is, by far, one of our least glamorous posts.  While other bloggers are posting about their cute Spring decorations, we’re posting about gas.  Well, kind of…

Here’s what we started with:Before

I cannot say enough good things about our plumber(s).  They spent three days personally digging the sewer line out by hand (yes, shovels).  The sewer line ran under our mostly gravel driveway.  It was a crappy job, but it had to be done. 😉


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