Now what it looks like once removing the 2 layers of vinyl floor to reveal the hardwood...
Since I've pulled up the layers of bathroom vinyl flooring, I had some unpleasant surprises. There was a patched area under the left corner of the bathtub and the hardwood was crumbling due to it's poor condition.
Over around the toilet, the floor was extremely weak and also had water damage. I had my handyman look at it and give me some quotes on the repairs. As I kept thinking about that floor and the fact I needed some other floor surface on it, my mind kept going to tiling it. I really would love to have that a tile floor for several reasons...one it keeps water out of the subfloor, two it's attractive, three it's easy to keep clean and four it adds instant value to the property.
After alot of thought, I called my handyman last night and asked him instead of repairing the two issues, how much he would charge to remove the existing hardwood and replace with a smaller thickness of plywood to allow room for me to tile the floor. The original quote for the repairs was $350 but to do the entire floor? $400! And, that includes adding shut off valves to the toilet, hot and cold water supplies for the sink, removing the old vanity and toilet to make way for new ones.
This floor change will allow me to lay the tile (which I can do myself, as I've done that before) and then it will be much more or near level with the floor that goes into the hallway. If need be I can use a landing strip there to offset the difference. Now, I don't have to try to graduate the decline to the hall which would be very tedious and time consuming...plus I have a level clean surface in which to do my tile project for only $50 more. I'm so glad I thought it through before he got started!! The carpentry work begins tomorrow!! :)