Since I was going to the trouble to fix the floor structure and plumbing, I ran in new wiring as well. Mainly, this consisted of replacing the old 2-wire, cloth-wrapped cables with new Romex. We moved the location of the sink receptacle and made it a 2 gang, something I typically do now. It seems that every bathroom had endless plug-in appliances, so having two receptacles provides enough space for all the electric toothbrushes, face cleaners, hair dryers, curling irons, etc.
I also added a new exhaust fan and ducted it to the outside. The house probably didn’t have fans originally, and when they were retrofitted, they never did a roof penetration for an exhaust, so the ducts were simply “steered” toward a soffit vent and left there. In other words, venting moist, warm air directly into the attic.
These are the pictures that our home inspector took before we bought the house.
I really like the Panasonic recessed light fans. They are quiet, easy to clean and look much better than having a big square grille on the ceiling. I opted for a LED model. The only thing that sucked about it was getting it to fit in the ceiling. This house has a low slope roof, so when you get close to the eaves, there isn’t a lot of headroom. There was room for the fan, just not for my 6-foot frame crawling around in the attic.
We also put a small recessed light in the shower, which has to run off the load side of the GFCI at the vanity. Finally, I installed a light bar for over the vanity mirror to finish up the wiring.
Now I was ready for drywall repair and tile. There’s not much of a story to tell with the drywall repair.
The tile however, is a big story. I actually thought that I could fit it into this post, but I think now that it really should stand alone, so I am going to stretch this post out to 4 parts. Sorry if you were waiting with bated breath for this project to finish up.