Renovation Project 2016: Part 13

When you remodel a home that has not been lived in for a long time, and you don’t know the history of the house, you may have some surprises along the way! Some good and some not-so-good! We found that we needed to replace the hot water tank. Ugh! That was not planned, but necessary as the overflow continued to keep flowing out of the house. So March 2, 2016, was a big day for us, as the hot water tank was replaced and the appliances from Lowe’s were delivered! Busy!

After having the installer look at the hot water tank, we found out that there was so much sludge in it from sitting for so long with the water off that it could not be drained out while in the house. What a job it was to get it out! The plumber had used a dolly, but needed our help to get it out of the sliding door in the master bedroom as the tank is located in the master bedroom closet (strange location for it, at least in my mind). It was heavy! Just thankful to have it out. We went with Rheemโ€™s Electric Water Heaters with the EcoNet Wi-Fi module. It allows controlling it from anywhere with Internet access. After the tank cost, the fee for the permit and the plumber fees, it was quite a lot more than we had thought it would be. The tank was around $500 and the total was about $1500! Oh well! It had to be done! ๐Ÿ™‚

While the plumber was in and out with working on the hot water tank, the guys from Lowe’s Home Improvement pulled up with their truck and unloaded the new appliances. Yay! They also hauled away the old appliances that came with the home and were very outdated. As I talked about in part 11, we went with Whirlpool appliances in the stainless steel finish. So, it was nice to see the new stove, dishwasher and refrigerator in place! We chose to go with a bottom-freezer refrigerator. It wasn’t my first pick, but because the location for the fridge was not conducive to many other choices, we went with it, and I am happy about it now. It works great for the home!


On March 6th, Clayton III and I got in the main bathroom and painted it. It was the only room in the home that hadn’t ever been painted, and we were glad that we only had to put one coat on it! I let our son pick the color, and he chose Ocean Whisper (Valspar color 6001-9B) in Valspar Reserve paint in a semi-gloss finish. I love it! Lots of blue tones in the house, and it looks so great. My favorite colors are pink and blue. They make me happy! A new light fixture was installed above the sink in this bathroom as well. It looks super cute! I still have to get back in there and scrub the toilet, sink, floor and tub. That will be a job!

I am super happy with how everything is coming together. Thanks again for reading!! ๐Ÿ™‚