I love the charm of my home most of the time. I definitely play it up when people ask me about my house, and I do like looking at it myself.
But painting all that fancy moulding? NOT fun. Dealing with the super bumpy plaster walls? Also not fun.
The newest bit of 'charm' on the list are the two sets of extremely narrow stairs.
Yep - it isn't even the nasty carpet that is bothering me about these bad boys.
It is the fact that they are causing issues with our bathroom renovation!!
Case and point - we are hoping to get a really lovely freestanding tub like the one Sarah Richardson used this week on Sarah 101:
Thanks to the 'charm' of our house, we have a few issues. First, we have to fit this (or a similar) beast upstairs. As we have learned from the washer/dryer fiasco, we have at the very most, 27". Most tubs will fit just fine if we turn them on their sides, but all of the tubs that go up on the ends (like the one above) seem to be over 27".
Second, these tubs are BIG, yo! Their capacities tend to be 75-100 gallons (which is SO much water!), but our hot water tank is only 50 gallons.
That should be easy enough to fix, right? It isn't.
Thanks to our extremely narrow stairs down to the basement, the 50 gallon tank is the biggest one we can get. Amazing. We had someone come over to look at whether a tankless unit would work for us, but it sounds like there are significant venting issues thanks to our charming house being a charming rowhouse.
So now I don't really know what to do. I honestly can't live with a tub that I can't fill with hot water to soak in. I love taking baths and a lukewarm soak doesn't work for me.
I don't want to say I'm back to the drawing board, but I think the 100 gallon tub that I finally found a good price for is probably out of the question.
So there you have it - old houses definitely have lots of charm :-)