Most of the illegal plumbing here had been removed, along with the walls it destroyed…

So, all we wanted was a new floor and some kitchen cabinets, and now this. We now literally have just an empty shell of a box, filled with rubble. Hopefully though, it was all carted out yesterday.

So, we’re looking at a gut renovation at this point. It sounds horrible, but considering we live in such a small studio apartment, it isn’t all that much, in the scheme of things. What’s irksome about it is that we live in a co-op building, and this past renovation was done under their watch (circa 2000). Of course, they do not wish to accept any responsibility whatsoever for the building violations we’ve uncovered, which have ranged from stupid to downright illegal. Which brings about a serious question: with all their rules, regulations, and insistence on scrutinizing all our building plans, what is the point if they don’t scrutinize the work that was done? What does their inspection and “approval” of a completed job ultimately mean? If it’s nothing, then what is the purpose of this co-op board and management company? Regardless of the philosophical rights and wrongs here, we steadly tread ever forward. It’s our home, and we love it.

In anticipation of your next question, oh yes, I have found more artifacts from ghosts of contractors past. Feast your eyes on this:

That’s the back of an electrical socket. It was just sorry of plastered in there; no box or anything. Note the vintage newspaper for support.

So… Many… Layers… Of… Wall…

“Let’s see… We need to build a shower. What should we use to build that? Oh, I know! Untreated wood!” *Facepalm*

Check out this state-of-the-art premium plastic grocery bag window insulation!

This is what was found *under* the lead shower pan. They liked the baseboard tile so much, I guess they wanted to keep them…

We also found out why our toilet kept clogging…

And there more. I won’t bother you with all that now. We need to keep some for later, right? Anyway, if you want more late breaking news please feel free to follow our renovation adventures on Facebook, The Mystical Temple of the Immaculate Renovation (@RenovationNow). It’ll be swell.

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