The bathroom is original to the house, just a little something we learned over the weekend. We’ve been a little skeptical as to whether the room was something they remodeled in the 1960’s or early ’70’s; we’ve heard that maroon tile wasn’t yet trendy, and separate standing showers were not especially common for construction in 1952.
As documented in the above invoice, the installation of all of that tile only cost the original owners $680, thousands less than it might cost a homeowner today. Without taking you on another tour, trust me in saying that there’s a lot of detail work happenin’ in those tiled walls. The tiles and paint colors themselves, we already know trace back to Romany and Hechinger; piecing together the history of this house has become one of my favorite activities, from exploring different paint colors hidden behind wall outlet covers to finding trace remnants of shag carpeting lost behind baseboard heaters. And the blueprints obviously, if you didn’t see these these blueprints, you might enjoy knowing what else we’ve learned so far about our home’s design.
Back to the bath, we’re really lucky that the majority of the tiles are still in great shape, especially in areas like the sink and around the tub. The shower stall ceiling, how should I put it, I’m afraid to poke or scrub at vigorously, and some of the floor tiles, pretty cracked, scratched, and lacking their glossy top coat, but we’ve been doing little repairs along the way that should hold us over for awhile longer while we figure out what upgrades we want to make to the space.
Anyone else find and save original construction receipts from their home?