So, with the move and every spre moment of my life used up on unpacking, decorating, not to mention bleeding money, I have fallen behind on posts. I have a lot coming up for you, and I even have pictures on the real camera. But, the system where I can plug in the camera and download thos pictres is just not n place in my life right now. Kimd of like the system for trash and recycling, or where we keep the extra towels. We have no systems. We are in full-on camping mode. We exist, we survive, but we are not efficient.
So, coming up I will regale you with tales of:
- Replacement vent covers
- The mysteries of track lighting
- Birds, roofs, and why it's important that the former stay on the exterior of the latter
- Rug shopping
- A blinds success story
- Murphy bed installation reveal
- Closet makeovers to beat the band
But, for now, because I have these images on hand...I will jump to the most exciting of all with no real lead up, and tell you about the master bathroom reno. It's happening. We got a third quote. It was closer to the first quote and a lot, lot, lot lower than the 2nd quote. So we are moving forward on a feasibilty and desgin study. It's very exciting. I will share with you all the pictures of the products (tile, faucets, etc) that I preliminarily selected. But the real key was the floorplan breakthrough. I had several floorplan ideas in my head when we moved in, but after a few weeks in the space I had a total Eureka moment.
Let's back up: this is the current floorplan: (warning, it's very odd)
A) is the door from the hallway, since this bathroom is technically not a master, but is shared with the other bedroom (den) on this floor. We plan to use that room for guests, so we need hall access.
B) marks the doors on either sied of the closets that you walk through to access the bathroom from the master. Except that pocket door at the end of the longer arrow does not exist. The only door is the one on the bedroom size. Which never gets closed. Which leads me to
C) the line of sight from my head laying in bed to the person on the potty. Yeah. No. This is a bathroom with a private shower (?) and a loo that is in full view of the bed, the closet and the neighbors house (see the window?). Odd.
D) is my teeny, tiny laundry closet. So tiny that my 24" deep stackable washer and dryer cannot even have a door in front of them. The plan shows a door, sure, but we know now not to trust the plan.
So, that is the current state of affairs. The fact that it's gross in myriad other ways is not relevant. It's just gross. Ok? Trust me.
Moving on. The lightning bolt of inspiration that hit me was that I could totally get away with ONE door into this bathroom. Viola!
I get a side-by-side laundry, I get a linen closet (teeny, but whatever) where the door to my bedroom once was (and a bedroom door NOT at the top of the stairs where every visitor to the Bun's room can peer right in), and I get a big bathroom.
The contractors came over, they loved my plan, and then they suggested a tweak to save money. This is their tweak.
They also don't think I need quite so many pocket doors. I might agree, but the way I see it is the hallway one gets closed when we are in Master Mode but have other people in the house. When we have guests, the bedroom and bathroom ones are in play and the hallway door is tucked away. Perhaps I do not need one on the closet, especially if the doorway to it does not line up with the main hall - we would jog it to the left. I could use a curtain there. Dunno. Might just go door crazy (and some of them might just be with frosted glass panels to let the light shine in). The reason they tweaked my plan though, was not about the doors. They said it would be cheaper to move/make smaller that window on the bottom left than it is to move all the sink plumbing. And moving the shower plumbing a few feet is cheaper than moving it all the way across the room.
Ok, I can be down with that. Put the savings toward doors! (hee!)
Soon I will have more to report. But I'm already picturing my new fancy bathroom/laundry area/linen closet life!