All posts tagged: home renovations

I have a new bathroom, y’all!

Soooooooo, you may recall we’ve been working on a full bathroom remodel (like, the down to the studs, I could see the dirt under the house, city permit kind) and it’s ALMOST DONE. We’re being kinda lazy/slow about it right now, since we’re able to use it and it’s lovely and glorious in there, but will wrap it up fully soon. So, here’s the list from a while back with lots of new lines crossing things off. Master Bathroom To Do List: Obtain permit from city. Demolish everything! Install all new plumbing/fixtures.  Update electrical & add outlets/lights. Install sheetrock & paint. Build new shower. Tile shower, walls and floor. Replace door, including new hinges and knob. (Need to install knob!) Install new window.  Install vanity with sink & cabinet.  Hang mirror. Install toilet paper holder.  Hang hooks. Pass all city inspections. (One more to go!) Add finishing touches! As you can see, we’ve mostly cleared the original list. So, what’s left? Touch up the wall paint. Install baseboards and paint. Paint door and window trim. Install …

Front of the House: Updated To Do

In an effort to keep myself honest about progress around the house, I’m sharing an updated to do list for the entire front of the house (minus the kitchen). I originally shared the list last November here, when I first made it. I’ve since added to it and recently have crossed several things off. Seeing this progress happen (the living and dining rooms are soooooo close to being totally done!) while also working our way through a full master bath remodel feels great. Even when the bathroom is stressing me out, at least I can look around other parts of the house and feel good about the work. We’re making great progress and I love my house more and more. So! Here’s the list… Living Room: Add sectional. Finish up & paint built-in bookcases white. (Finished, now paint!) Install & paint trim around small doorway. (Installed!) Install & paint baseboards. (Installed!) Add new rug + rug pad. Move coffee table & TV stand into living room. Set up TV stuff & surrounded sound. Put books & things on …

Master Bathroom: Picking Everything Out

The house is looking a bit like a bathroom showroom right now with everything arriving but not having a bathroom to go into yet. We’ve settled on the white faceted subway tile for the shower walls and halfway up the walls all around the room, and maybe 2″ marble hex tile for the floor (pictured here). We’re going with Moen fixtures in wrought iron (very dark grey/almost black), so it’ll be a nice contrast from the bright white all over. It’ll definitely be an improvement from where it started, but whew I underestimated how much it would stress me out. I’m excited to see it when it’s done though and I’m hoping that’ll be soon!

Master Bathroom: Before

Since we’ve officially started ripping apart the master bathroom and gotten the permit from the city to keep things legal, it’s time to share some before photos so you’ll be sufficiently awed once it’s done. So, here it is: It’s about 5’3″ by x about 8′ and used to have doors to both the master bathroom and our office, which almost collided when both were open. (Basically: yikes!) We’ve already closed off the door into the office, which was an instant improvement, and we’re adding in the square footage of a hallway closet to make it bigger. It’ll be closer to 5’3″ x 11′ when we’re done. All of the extra space will go to the shower, which leaves the whole current bathroom for the vanity and the toilet, making everything much less squished. We haven’t used this bathroom at all since we moved in because the hallway bathroom is larger and in better shape (although it’s also still mostly original too). The shower in this one is very tiny. (See that little white stall to …

Bye, Bathroom!

Y’all my bathroom is a DISASTER. We started ripping it apart today and let’s just say it’s gotten a whole lot worse before it’ll get better over the next month or two. In true renovation fashion, we discovered an unexpected expense about twenty minutes into demo. That’s home ownership! Oh well. But, look! The sheetrock is gone from the back wall and we can see into the closet that’s being added into our bathroom (and will be our shower). We’re also working on our bedroom at the same time, but thankfully that one’s much less messy. (Although it still requires us to move into our guest room, which we did today.) I shared some ideas/plans for the bedroom here a while back. I’m still finalizing the details of the materials going into the bathroom, so I’ll post about those as soon as everything’s settled. More demo tomorrow. Pray for our old bones. Everything hurts.

Master Bedroom: Plans!

We’re wrapping up our living room re-do right now (finishing painting the new built-in bookcases & installing trim and maybe a door), and our dining room is moving along nicely, so later this week the demo on the master bathroom will start. We’re going to also fix up the connected bedroom at the same time, since everything will be dusty and we won’t be able to sleep in there for a while anyway. Here’s the barebones plan of what we’re going to do in the bedroom: We’ve got the wood floor installed and will continue the trend of white walls & trim in the bedroom. We’re going to get the electrical updated (including adding some outlets in the nightstand area and making old ones safer), move the air conditioning vent from the wall into the ceiling, and have new windows installed. One full wall of sheetrock will have to be replaced, since it connects to the bathroom and has water damage (and we might tear down some others for better insulation purposes), then we’ll have …