Somehow, people have found out about my construction skills. I thought I had kept them hidden. It was not intentional but just a slip of mind. I was an apprentice at one time to make some extra money. It all went into my blues collection! Ha! When I first got into the blues, I couldn’t get enough of Stevie Ray Vaughan or B.B. King. At that time, people were buying CDs and not just downloading music online from iTunes. I like having the physical presence of these “albums” on my shelf. It has been growing steadily even though I have given up my ambitions. I still know how to wield a tool or two. I have a great set in the garage. Tools never wear out!
It was therefore no surprise when a friend asked me to help him remodel his bathroom. He knew it would take a couple of weekends, but I didn’t know that he had a special surprise for me in mind. With or without compensation, I was happy to help a friend and exhume my former skills. It didn’t take long to get the knack back. I was in my prime once again. In fact, I could add “bathroom remodeler” to my resume.
I think we are getting good results. It is all about putting in the best fixtures: a white porcelain tub big enough for any guy over six feet tall. The toilet has to be low flow if you have any sort of conscience. In new construction, this type of unit is required. One of the most enjoyable jobs is selecting the faucets. I immediately went to the American Standard page on Kitchen Faucet Depot (https://www.kitchenfaucetdepot.net/american-standard-faucet-brand-review/) due to the variety of styles at every price point. My friend selected something in between so he would have quality, durability and reliability without breaking the bank. Having me help saved him a bundle but his choice was perfect for his style of home. A faucet these days is practically for life. They are so well made and feature the finest materials. The chrome shine never tarnishes. Water flow is regulated, just like the toilet, so you are right on track as an environmentalist. Give him a pat on the back!
He chose American Standard for the tub and sink so they would match. Décor is of primary importance for resale, or so they say. It is also vital for those who reside in the home and use the facilities. In my own bathroom, I must twist hard on the knobs to turn them on or off. When I loosen them, they leak. It is a no-win situation. I would love to make an upgrade. I know my friend would be first in line to help. I also have water conservation on my mind. Speaking of faucets, who wouldn’t want a new touchless model in the kitchen. They are so cool. They appeal to someone who has been struggling with tight knobs for years.