The Home Depot Bathroom is Better than Any Showroom Floor!

There is no line or wait time here with four glorious options for washing your hands in the Home Depot bathroom!Yes, the Home Depot bathroom is better than a Floor and Decor, Ferguson or any local fancy showroom floor. Any Home Depot bathroom is better than those found in Saks Fifth Avenue, a penthouse in NYC and Ritz Carlton, too!*

#1: I love Floor and Decor (and I would *love* to use any of the functional bathrooms in the paragraph above).
#2: I absolutely drool over fancy bathrooms.
#3: Floor and Decor is full of fancy bathrooms.

However, I don’t give a shit about bathrooms that aren’t functional when I’m peeing in a pot during work nights for months on end because the only toilet in a full house remodel is not installed. When you are in the middle of a full fledged remodel a daily trip to Home Depot is almost guaranteed. Or a maddening half dozen trips. One side benefit is easy access to a REAL bathroom with running water and attached plumbing!!!!

A welcome sight when you have taken out the only toilet in a full house remodel for months on end.

#4: Home Depot has fully functional bathrooms with multiple stalls which are rarely used so that you can race into them the minute you run through the front door.

There is no line or wait time here with four glorious options for a #1 or #2 in the Home Depot bathroom for women! It is a most welcome sight when you have taken out the only toilet in a full house remodel for months on end.

There is no line or wait time here with four glorious options for a #1 or #2 in the Home Depot bathroom for women!

I know it was self imposed. I know my engineer mind was totally OK with no toilet due to optimizing the order of operations, making the remodel go faster. A faster remodel means the patiently waiting tenants get in there faster and I get to stop an insane commute of 1200 miles to the jobsite.

If you have lurked here a while you may recall this picture:

Stained, rotten and squishy subfloor.

Stained, rotten and squishy subfloor.

And this one:

When Dad removed the only working toilet to fix the rotten subfloor and floor joists it was not going back anytime soon. In a one bathroom house this is an issue. However, I was not keen on putting the toilet on a lead pipe that looked like this.

The old outgoing plumbing setup for the solo toilet in the house.

The old outgoing plumbing setup for the solo toilet in the house.

Old lead pipe connection from the toilet to the cast iron drain.

I’m going out on a limb here and say it probably was not the best toilet to plumbing connection ever in the history of pier and beam bathrooms.

So the toilet had to wait. It waited while I finished the kitchen walls and tile, which were already in progress…

Installing Hardibacker over the brand new floor joists and subfloor in the kitchen.

Installing Hardibacker over the brand new floor joists and subfloor in the kitchen.

Installing tile over the brand new floor joists, subfloor, and Hardibacker in the kitchen.

Installing tile over the brand new floor joists, subfloor, and Hardibacker in the kitchen.

It waited for the new bathroom walls, ceiling and flooring…

New bathroom walls and ceiling with an emphasis on how much "fun" it is to sand down joint compound on a ceiling.

New bathroom walls and ceiling with an emphasis on how much “fun” it is to sand down joint compound on a ceiling.

It waited for me to install the travertine surround in the bathroom including the wall behind the toilet…

Backbuttering 18" travertine tiles for the bathroom surround.

Backbuttering 18″ travertine tiles for the bathroom surround.

Then, months after it was removed, a plumber was called to put in a new pipe and install the toilet in all its glory.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! An in-house, functioning, personal relief throne also known as a toilet. After months without one it can be summed up in one word: LUXURIOUS.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! An in-house, functioning, personal relief throne also known as a toilet. After months without one it can be summed up in one word: LUXURIOUS.

I have NEVER enjoyed using a toilet so much!!!

It also took years to stop walking into a Home Depot and immediately feel the urge to pee. I know where every last bathroom is in the handful of Home Depots around where I live, where my parents used to live, where they retired and, of course, where the rental property is located. It took awhile, but even after I overcame my personal issue, I still laugh on the inside and feel gratitude every time I use a Home Depot bathroom.

 

*There is no Saks Fifth Avenue, penthouse or Ritz Carlton in east Texas either.

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2 Responses

  1. Thomas A Richey says:

    Oh MY! Yeah. Those WERE the days. The problem KINDA went away after dark and that shed out back blocked the view from the street. I recall a home remodel up in NE Nebraska with a similar issue.

    • Margaret says:

      Heh, mum’s the word. 😉 Do what you gotta do…

      That is another instance! It’s true–there is no way there was a toilet installed when we did the tiling death march that Easter. Somehow I don’t remember that being a problem. Maybe we worked too hard to have to go to the bathroom?

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