It's looking like the tub will be waiting quite a while.
I've been trying to come up with a realistic time frame for the work on the house. So far, I've got this: We'll finish the kitchen this year (2005) and the bathroom next year (2006). For a person who likes instant gratification (me), that sounds like a loooooong time to wait. But I would rather wait and have it right than do a quickie job and be unhappy with the results.
One issue with the bathroom is the layout. We haven't quite figured out where we want what to go. I've drawn numerous potential layouts on graph paper, napkins, scraps - anything lying around handy. But nothing has felt just right yet.
We know we'll be expanding the bathroom into the 6 x 4.5-foot nook in the hallway outside the bathroom. But what we'll be doing with that space is still a matter of debate. I had the idea recently that we could make it into a walk-in closet instead of the walk-in shower we had originally planned. Then we could make the clawfoot tub into a shower.
But there are issues with having only a clawfoot tub for a shower ... like where do you set all your washing gadgetry like shampoo, razor and three different scents of shower gel? And what happens when we're old (in 30 years) and can't hike our arthritic legs up over the edge?
The main benefit of the walk-in idea is that it would allow us to rip out the closets that were added into the master bedroom in the '70s. These added-in closets change the shape of the room, take up valuable wallspace and have small amounts of usable space anyway. But demolishing these enormous structures that stretch all the way to the 12-foot ceilings adds more work onto our already-large pile.
At this rate, we'll be lucky if we can decide what to DO with the bathroom by next year.