Wednesday, March 27, 2013

bathroom support/cold storage - part 1

jambaloney here!

i did this project a couple of months ago - good winter project!

helga:  this is grand river, on the way to st peter's

our bathroom is halfway between the old cottage and the new cottage (Framboise Manor is about 700 square feet, but made up of a tiny cottage with another tiny cottage tacked on)... the back half of the bathroom "sticks out" into the basement....

there is no "bottom up" support  -  it just hangs there and, yes, the back part of the bathroom is sagging downwards... you can see our current cold store - those are potatoes in the cardboard boxes with towels over them. the basement is about 3 deg C - perfect for cold storage... the arrangement leaves a bit to be desired..

so, 2 mints in one - i bought these slabs for support in the basement a while ago - this is the first step

the next step is to buttress these railway ties that hold up the whole floor in the older cottage on a couple of phone poles... it works, but help is needed, just not today...

i cleared out all the stuff in the cold storage area

you can see the uneven crawl space - a nightmare to insulate and get under...

vapor barrier and pipes and wires... and spiders ;-))

along the NE wall  is wiring for the hot tub and the heater in the bathroom... plus boards that were used to pour the foundation that were never removed - a real moisture and rot magnet - they have to go pronto!!

SPECIAL ADDED BONUS!!!!! there is concrete that never set and seeped out where the boards were - foundation alert!!

another looksee..

 NEVER let this happen to you - rotten boards out!!

well, i'll use a couple for the cold store - the dry bits anyway..

emergency repair -  i filled in the gap with rocks and gravel..

- and then buttressed it with more gravel - it hasn't collapsed yet  and this will keep it from doing so until i can fix it the foundation starts to sag now, it will bite down on stone instead of air.

 looks better now!

there is a lot of extra gravel - i need it for the basement steps so out it goes!!!

special added bonus #2 - i did more work on the steps into the basement!!!

back to the cold storage - i cut out a square area  in the crawl space

and lined it with gravel!!

stay tuned for part 2 - night everyone!

and cheers as always!

(Edited by Rip Van Winkle (also known as kymber) - jeez louise - has it really been a month since i posted anything?!?!?! i think it has just been a long, long march and i have just been waiting to get my seeds started. jambaloney built us a new seed starting tray as we haven't been able to get the greenhouse built yet. we'll still be on schedule...especially once the greenhouse is built! i can't wait for the rest of the snow to melt - it's been a tiny bit depressing this last few weeks. but spring is coming - i can smell it!!!! i'll do a post in the next day or two....ya know, the usual sky pics for Helga and the girls and food pics and cat pics for Winston and of course....seed pics!!!!! xox to all of you!)


  1. Jambaloney, you are amazing!! What fabulous work you are doing on your home. No wonder Kymber loves you!! I love all the posts of the work you do. Again, amazing!!

    1. tana50...

      thanks for the big kudos.. i am really trying to make this little place work!

      cheers and best wishes!!

  2. Hectic - but seems as though you know what you're Doug - well done :)

    Quick question - it looks like you steps lead DOWN to the basement - doesn't that direct rainwater into it?

    1. hey dani!

      i am pretty certain i know what i am doing ;-)

      the steps do direct the rainwater into the basement, but it used to be a muddy hill, so the gravel steps are an improvement!

      hope you are well!

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    1. tnx pp!

      some of the the snow you sent back is still here ;-)

  4. Jambaloney,

    Looks like you have your hands full with working in the basement and supporting the bathroom. I must say nicely done my friend!!! It will take time to get the setup the way you won't but when you're done it will be exactly what you and Kymber want.

    I'm glad it's starting to smell like spring up there. It still looks mighty cold to me. Today, the temperatures reached 60 degrees but it's to windy to plant anything. And the weatherman here keep saying wait another week or so before planting because were expecting another snow storm.

    Please check your mail every now and then for something square, lol....

    1. Your friend,

      P.S. Give Kymber a hug for me

    2. hey sandy!!!!!

      it wasn't too bad a job - thanks for saying it looks good!

      i took those pictures in feb, so it was cold looking... still is, we had a major storm 10 days ago and it dumped a TON of snow... almost all gone now.

      i am really glad you are having nice weather - anything in the ground yet??

      i gave kymber a hug and am stalking our mailbox...

      all my best to you!!!

    3. Jambaloney,

      Okay, I've checked the post office and they show the package went through customs. Did by chance you recieve a package????

  5. I've worked underneath houses before. It AIN'T fun!

    1. gorges:

      i agree it ain't fun, especially the parts only 1 foot high!!

      hope you had a rewarding Easter !!

  6. Jamie, you always do such good work. kymber, sweet lady, I know how you feel. My writing has taken a back seat to work and life. Take care, it'll be August, tomorrow.

    1. stephen:

      thank you my friend - you are too kind. hope things are settling down for you a bit... take care!!!

  7. A hanging bathroom? Who on earth were these people who built this?

    1. linda..

      my thoughts exactly - there are many more examples of that kind of "workmanship" ;-))

      take care and cheers!

  8. Wow- all that plastic! It looks like one of those boy in a bubble movies.

    Wake up Kymber Van Winkle!

    1. you gave me a laugh... that plastic was my quick and dirty way of insulating the bathroom floor and wall... the insulation is under the plastic... no too attractive ;-)

      cheers to you!