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Master Bathroom Done…

16 Aug

When we were looking at the house initially we loved the floor plan of the master bathroom; it was spacious with large closets for each of us.  The vanities were evenly sized.  My husband complained that a lot of houses had bathrooms that catered to the women, meaning that one of the closets and one of the vanities was usually larger and somehow that one always ended up belonging to the wife!  In this house they’re equally sized.  We had a lot of work to do here though because the bathroom needed major updating.  The shower was large but the door to it was small and just did nothing for the look.  We were limited in being able to enlarge the door because there was plumbing for the dual shower heads on the vanity side which precluded us from doing a glass wall there and electrical for the closet on the other side so we were not able to glass anything but just the door.  We raised and widened the door opening by about a foot.  That’s all we could eke out, but at least it was something.  All the white tile was replaced with travertine and the shower was accented with a border of brown marble.  We put dark brown granite on the vanities so that it would pick up the brown vein in the travertine.  After the blog voting, the high-tech tub was ruled out and we went with a classic white jacuzzi bath (I do think that was the right decision!).  We replaced the light that was above the bath tub with a vintage chandelier that had been in my home where I grew up.  The matching one to this is in our butler’s pantry.  These chandeliers have been in my family for about three generations or so and hung in my childhood home, our previous house and now this house!  Here are the before and after pictures.

Tile work is Complete…

17 Jan

The last of the tiles have been selected.  This is what I picked for the master bath.  All tile work is now complete except for tiling around the jacuzzi tub once it arrives and is installed.  The solid white jacuzzi bath won out over the high tech tub by the way.  It was a difficult choice, but plain white it is!  It took about three weeks total to do all the bathrooms.  Our tile installer was just phenomenal.  He was so meticulous and he and his crew worked really diligently.  I never had to stay on them about anything.  In fact I felt like it was me, at times, who was holding them up!  I am going to start a list of preferred contractors on my main page for “Home Renovations”.   One of the most difficult parts of a renovation is finding good contractors and it’s always prudent to use someone who has been thoroughly vetted by someone you know and to be able to look at the quality of work first hand.  Watch for that list to be built and added to as we go through the process.  Hopefully it will help if you need someone for work in the future.  The minor roof repairs are complete.  I have chosen the contractor to do the gutter work and am working on scheduling that.  According to my project plan though I need to do my stucco work first so next up is to schedule the stucco repair then the gutter work.

Woo hoo, Bath Tiles have been Selected…

12 Jan

I have spent so many hours in Floor and Decor trying to decide on tiles for the bathrooms that I think I know half the employees in there and they know me when I walk in the door.  I’m sure they’re all mumbling “Great, there’s that indecisive lady that loiters in here for hours dragging out all our tiles while she mulls over everything only to leave without buying anything!”  The people in Floor and Decor are super friendly and very helpful.  With all the time I spent they never were irritated and answered all my questions and stood around with me as I compared everything and would gladly hold up heavy tiles over and over to the grout samples as I couldn’t decide between Classic Ivory and Colonial Beige!  I am proud to say that now all choices for the bathroom tiles are made!  I went in about three times and made my preliminary lists of about 20 – 25 different choices.  I went in two more times and tried to weed it down.  Finally I ended up with seven finalists and bought samples and took home for my husband to weigh in on.  So here you go, the decisions are…..

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