Cottage Bathroom Underway

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THIS IS THE EASIEST RENOVATION I ever lived through. More accurately, the gut job on my cottage bathroom in East Hampton is the first renovation I ever didn’t live through, the first time I’ve had the luxury to be elsewhere while dirt, noise, and inconvenience were taking place.

DSCN1125I’m hours away in Brooklyn, while Miguel, the contractor/carpenter/ tile guy, and Charles, the plumber, both of whom I trust implicitly, do their thing. In another 10 days or so, all will be fresh and new, the very picture of a cliched cottage bathroom.

I chose and ordered the materials, and left them to it. I have no desire to micro-manage this or supervise it in any way (also, there’s no water). No designer was hired, no plans drawn. I had two 20-minute meetings with Miguel in which I waved my hands about and explained how I visualized the project, throwing in a few terms like “clamshell” and “quarter round” and “bullnose” so he’d know I’ve been this way before.

The demolition is done, and the tub installation is happening this week, with tile work to follow. The friend who’s keeping my houseplants alive this winter peeked in to check progress and captured the scene, including the 1940s flowered wallpaper behind the medicine chest.

I’ve never been so relaxed about a renovation either. However it turns out — even if a molding is a couple of inches off, or something is not quite as I envisioned it — it’s going to be just fine.

About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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5 Responses to Cottage Bathroom Underway

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love that 40’s wallpaper!! Think you should leave it!!

  2. Elke says:

    INTERESTING HOW OFTEN FLOWERED WALLPAPER IS FOUND DURING A RENOVATION……I HAVE SEEN WHERE PEOPLE CUT OUT A SECTION OF THE WALLPAPER TO KEEP AS A DECORATIVE ELEMENT IN THE ROOM WHERE IT WAS FOUND. PERHAPS THIS IS DONE MORE IN ENGLAND THAN HERE.

  3. cara says:

    i have a picture of the flowered wallpaper — that will be enough!

  4. A.C. says:

    From the looks of the flowered wallpaper, that room might have been a bedroom. Maybe the bathroom was an outhouse — why not, in a summer cabin in the 1930s or ’40s?

  5. Raphael says:

    The picture is awesome. I say you find a place in your new bathroom for a little white lacquer float frame to hang it. If I saw it in there I would have assumed you snatched it up in chelsea.

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