Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hot tub room before...and more importantly...AFTER!

The house we bought in 2006 had many additions to it including this hot tub room.  Sounds great right?  Did I mention the tub was put in place... and then the room was built ArOUnD it!  It had one tiny window and insufficient ventilation that caused the tape to fall from the seems of the sheet rock on the 8 foot ceilings.  The tub itself is FaBUloUS...I was told it was the cadillac of hot tubs in its day.  And did I's HUGE!  Here's a look at it.


The first thing we did to make this room more functional and appealing was to bump out the wall 4 feet to match up with the new trusses on the sloped roof.  That allowed us to remove the 8 foot ceiling and raise it up to 12 feet. 

We also took out the chimney on the wall that had previously been the outside wall which allowed us to shift the tub over a couple of feet and make a walkway to the new 8 foot by 6 foot french doors.  These doors will provide a way in the future to replace the tub if needed.  Gratefully we were able to plan for plenty of ventilation by putting in 3 large windows, a ventilation fan and ceiling fan as well as providing 3 doors in and out of the room.

The headers above the doors and windows are actually salvaged pieces from the Frontier Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We picked them up at a architectural salvage yard in Vegas and the man said he bought them when they tore the casino down! 

It was just the rectangular section with the detail work that we bought.  There were 3 of them and we bought them all for $60 TOTAL!  You should have seen us driving home (8hours) with them stacked between us touching the windshield and back window of our small SUV.  Thank goodness we didn't need to hit the brakes!  I designed the columns and crown moulding, and a friend helped me hang it all.  Thanks Norm!

Below was the original outside wall where the chimney used to be.  We removed it so we can lean the cover there when we are in the tub.  Notice the 102 on the door.

I was lucky enough to buy 29 antique doors for $30...yes $ an auction and this was one of them.  I have the the library entry door.  These doors were from a local hotel.  How do I know which one? 

Because the sign was still on the door!!  How cool is that?

And that window and table...they have a story as well.  The window was given to me by a cute little old lady (think 85ish and about 4'10" tall)  It came from her home which is a garage converted to house.  She told me I could have it but I was concerned that it was not hers to give away, since I knew she rented the home.  She proceeded to tell me the young man that took the window out wanted to know what to do with the window.  When the owner replied, "Just throw it away."  Peg said, " Over my DEAD body!"  You go girl!!!!!  And THANK YOU PEG!!

The table was found locally just hanging out in the weeds, where it had been for WHO KNOWS how long.  I just added the top board from an old OUTHOUSE from which I salvaged the wood.  I think it fits right in!   Don't you?

Keep Pickin'

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