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Master Bath: Demo Day!

The master bath was always on our list to renovate – it was by far our least favorite aspect of the house. In fact, we almost didn’t buy the house because of the weird layout of the vanity/sink being in the actual bedroom. Of course, things have a way of working themselves out and in April, we realized the shower tile was buckling off the wall and that our bathroom renovation would need to start sooner than planned (by about a year!). No point in doing a temporary fix if we were going to tear it out anyways. 

Oh, and while we’re at it (my husband loves it when I say this) we decided to re-do the floors to match the rest of the main house and so we could rip out the gun safe in the corner of the master. Doesn’t everyone want a gun safe in their bedroom taking up a corner that could otherwise have a fantastic piece of furniture? No? People are weird, y’all. 

In the master bath, we took out the wall separating the vanity from the water closet and then built a wall, separating the bathroom from the bedroom. Completely understand why people would want to keep the tub/toilet separate and this was something I debated as well. But in the end, to make the most of the space, and to widen the shower (it was pretty narrow at 27 in.), it made more sense to make it all in one room. We have another tub in the hall bathroom so this will be a walk-in shower with a bench. 

This week, we’ve got the plumber, electrician and dry wall guy coming. It’s not too bad losing a bathroom for a few weeks since we have two others, but I do miss our King Size bed! 

Have you done a bathroom reno? What was your least favorite part? What was your favorite part? 

Bogey & Camelot’s House

It’s really their house. We just live there. Camelot is our 10 yr-old Lhasa Apso. He’s a typical Lhasa – proud, smart, sweet and an excellent alert dog (his bark is much louder than you’d expect for a little dog!). Bogey is the new addition to the family – a slight smaller, and younger, Shih Tzu, he is a ball of fluffy energy. They both have their issues – Cam had horrible separation anxiety and in his reign of terror, ate 8 sets of blinds, two door frames and one window sill. Bogey is cute as a button, but gets threatened easily and can bite (we’re working on it!). Favorite spots in the house are either our bed, or keeping an eye on the backyard for everything from scary neighbors to birds and squirrels. 

Bogey’s sleeping preference is in our bed, between our heads, or sharing our pillow, but both he and Camelot manage to take up as much room in our king size bed as possible. 

The Unexpected Fixer-Upper

We hadn’t intended to buy a fixer-upper. The plan was not to renovate since we were buying a house and planning a wedding at the same time. But things happen. Instead of moving into our move-in ready house 3 weeks (mold/drainage issues!) before our wedding, we bought a 1970s contemporary ranch and moved in two weeks before our wedding. And tore apart the kitchen two weeks after we got back from our honeymoon. 

What drew us to the house? It certainly wasn’t my dream home or my personal design taste. But it had potential. And a fantastic backyard entertaining area. It had space – 3 bedrooms/2 bath on the main floor and a bonus room with another full bath upstairs. The master could fit a king bed. And, key to my husband, a two-car garage. So we went for it. During the past year, we’ve transformed the house, starting with a full kitchen renovation to make better use of the space. Replaced the ugly tile floors and laminate. Scraped the popcorn ceilings (it was so bad!). Painted everything that could be painted. And next up, a complete overhaul of the master bathroom. Stay tuned! Demo-day is June 1.