We bought the house in March 1983 and by Christmas we were living in the cellar and had a kitchen that almost functioned and a bathroom that left everything to be desired. The Man had bought an MFI kitchen -- which he proceeded to put together himself with the sometime aid of my 12 year old son. We also had installed a gas cooker/stove but how we were able to connect it all up -- that I can not remember. Initially our water supply was a cold water tap outside the back door! I had two washing up bowls. One in the sink and the other directly underneath the drain, on the shelf of the cupboard, where the drain pipe would eventually go! An electric kettle provided the hot water. In the beginning I dumped the dirty water out on the driveway, until shortly after a neighbour complained that we were a sanitation risk. I can't remember what we did with the water after that. Anyway, the kitchen sink soon had running water and by the time the photos below were taken the hot water heater had been hooked up in the bathroom so we were already 'civilized'!
The problem was that we had to figure out how to locate the pipes so that they would have enough of an angle to drain away, but also we had to do some outdoor excavation to enable the flow. There were pipes in place, but they were too far above the level of the bathroom. The big question was would we be able to get the right angle deep enough to be able to flow into the sewer? Luck was with us -- it could be done. But there would be a huge amount of digging out -- first to expose the existing pipes and then to access the sewer with the new ones.
On the upper left is the original back door. This is before the old steps had been replaced and moved and the earth around the house had been removed to expose the old pipes. On the upper right and lower left some of the earth has been exposed to reveal where the pipes to the old kitchen sink had drained. In the picture on the lower right the window on the window would be replaced with a new window into the bathroom. The pipe you see here would be taken out and buried underground. This window was opposite the stairs.
Below shows the bathroom almost finished. Soon there would be a cupboard around the water heater, made with louvred doors.
The Man built new stairs and the retaining walls. Eventually the house will be dug out all the way around. As you will see ... soon!