Jenson asked me to insulate around the pipes in the floor and get the bathroom walls supporting the shower up this week while he was away. I began by using spacers to keep the pipes from lying flat on the ground. Then I sprayed the foam around the pipes…and it really did double in size. I put a piece of wood with a rock on top of it in a couple of areas, just to make sure that the pipes didn’t rise up out of the holes as the foam expanded.
While I was looking online for inexpensive wood to use for building, I came across some old barn wood that was super cheap/free. I LOVE the way old, weathered barn wood looks….long before it was in style or would have cost money for old wood, I was deeply in love with it. I was contemplating using barn wood for the walls behind the toilet and the walls around the vanity. My only real concern was the fact that it might be stinky or come apart easily. Then I got to thinking about the tongue and groove Brazilian cherry wood that Matthew in Provo, UT gave me for a whopping $5. While 30 sf may not be enough to cover the kitchen/dining area and it was too thick to use there, anyways….
And, if I can find someone who knows how to install laminate counter tops, I will definitely use these pieces that I bought for the counter tops in the bathroom. Hmmmm…wonder how that would work for the ceiling. The possibilities seem endless sometimes. 🙂
Once I began piecing it together, I started thinking more about the floor in there. I knew it would be getting wet quite often, with a shower and 8 people using it on a regular basis, so I had wanted tile in there. I had some beautiful lavender slate that I had gotten for free (thanks to Kristan in Sugar House, UT) and some more beautiful green/yellow slate that I had purchased, for less than $1 a piece, later on (when I was still thinking I might tile the entire bus).
I knew that Daniel is the guy to ask about using tile, as he has had over 30 years experience in the business. I called him and asked him if he was going to be available to come by and help me decide if it would work. He came by a few minutes later. Talking with him about it, I realized that it would be a mistake for me to not use tile. He told me that he had installed some tile in a motorhome for a friend of his and it is still in great condition. He has a few secrets to his application. I told him that I would love to do it myself and he said that he would be willing to help me out with whatever I need, and not charge me anything for his help….the world needs more sweet men like Daniel…really. I can’t tell you how relieved I was to have him give me advice and offer his service. I can’t wait to see what the floors look like with him guiding me along.