Hip Hip Hooray…? We Have Asbestos…

The most dated part of our whole house is the bathrooms. Seeing as we had never renovated a bathroom before, we decided that we would start with the main bathroom, and then do the master ensuite…

Elliot started demo-ing the first bathroom and quickly learned that there was a high chance we had asbestos in our floor. There was some pretty sketchy looking old laminate underneath the tile…

We quickly halted what we were doing, called in the professionals, got the whole house tested, and boom whatta you know, we have asbestos (gah!). Asbestos can live in flooring, drywall, paint and more. Thankfully we only have it in our bathroom floors. Could be worse!

Asbestos abatement (the removal process) is not a big deal, it’s just costly to sort out. We bit the bullet and quickly and have booked the removal. In order to save a bit of money, we chose to have them remove the asbestos in the bathrooms in the same visit (meaning, one trip over to the island).

The negative of that is that we’re about to take both bathrooms down to the studs… meaning, we’ll have no bathrooms until we can get the asbestos out and the bathrooms rebuilt. Thankfully it’s summer? (Yes, we’ll likely be using the outhouse at the beach and showering outdoors with the solar camping shower bag. Wish us luck!).