It took a while yet the water-proofed bathroom is finally finished, transforming a cramped space into a spacious wet-room with safety bars designed for some future Valhallans who may have physical disabilities. And unlike most bathrooms, this one even has a very stately name: The Dennis & Dianna Marquis Wet Room, in honor and recognition of all the beautiful tile they donated to Valhalla for this project:
The duel-flush toilet (1.1 gallon and 1.6 gallon flush options) will undoubtedly save a lot of water over time and we were able to buy it for less than $100, thus matching Valhalla's resource conservation and frugality purchasing goals. Although a few more accessories are needed (storage baskets, a shower bench to sit on, and a mirror to mount above the sink) we are very impressed with the end results!
Keith Hurst and Charles Jefferson were constantly on the lookout for creative ways to save on materials costs without sacrificing safety or quality. They came up with a really neat idea: salvage the old bathroom sink and move it into the bunkhouse on the other side of the wall. That way, those who are staying in the bunkhouse (previously a recreation room) can still shave or brush their teeth if and when the wet room is occupied:
|The salvaged bathroom sink in its new place in the bunkhouse. |
It needs a little more work and the room has to be painted, yet
it will be a nice option for when the wet room is occupied soon!
|Will the painting never end? Valhalla President|
Gordon Cucullu putting the finishing touches on
one of the bedrooms while knowing there are many
other rooms that need work before next spring.
The house isn't the only place where preparations are continuing: the property had a number of abandoned vehicles that not only posed a health and safety hazard (they were all contaminated with inches of rodent droppings), they also had undoubtedly dripped oil and other industrial chemicals into the soil for many years. Removing them meant bringing in a lot of heavy equipment, and it was also necessary to cut down some trees to extract the enormous dump truck that had been swallowed whole by the forest.
|Steve Nelson had to make many many trips to|
apply lime over Valhalla's pastures.
Bottom line: a great deal of progress is being made yet the Valhalla to-do list remains very long. How does one eat an elephant? One bite at a time!