I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break! It was nice to spend a little less time behind a screen and a little more time with loved ones and stuck between the sheets (getting at least 8 hours most nights has been heaven). I wanted to finish up the tour of our new home today and also get your thoughts on something, so even if you’re skimming this post I’d love if you could take a minute to answer a question I have at the end. These answers will greatly influence how I blog about our home in 2015.
Milly’s room is in good shape, but definitely a space I have ideas for (other than the obvious ceiling scraping and fan replacing). It’s spacious and I’m happy to report she has slept great in here since night 1.
Xander’s room is the attic space above the garage. I love the shape of the ceiling there’s no popcorn! and it’s a blank space to start with. It’s the only room on the main levels that has carpet which is fine except…
…they put it in the bathroom too. Yuck. This space was a later renovation, and it’s obvious by this bathroom. The shower walls are FRP, the material you find on fast-food restaurant walls, and other elements aren’t up to code or are head-scratchers. Xander loves having his own toilet and place to wash his hands, but he won’t be showering in there until we can remodel.
The hall bath isn’t bad at first glance, but like most of the spaces in this house, at a closer look there are some dated elements like shell-shaped sinks and soffits. I’m guessing the tile step-up to the tub is to try and keep water off of the wood floors, but it’s not working for me.
Next we come to the master. Prepare yourself for A LOT of blue.
In between the bedroom and the bathroom is this really strange space. In talking to the neighbor, it seems like this may have been the bathroom at one time.
And that what is now bathroom used to be a sitting room. I’ve never in my life thought wood floors should be removed, but they don’t make sense in any of these bathrooms. And the current solutions to try and keep water off of the wood are neither esthetically pleasing or practical. Don’t be too jealous of our 80’s lighting. I now know why makeup in the 80’s was so severe – they couldn’t see what they were doing! If mine is terrible for the next year or two, you’ll know it’s because we haven’t renovated our bathroom yet.
There is a good-sized closet off of the bathroom, but through some french doors in the bedroom is the fourth bedroom turned into a second master closet. At first I didn’t really like this. We wanted a 4th bedroom upstairs in the likelihood of having another child. But once we realized how easily it could be converted back (the door to the hall is still there) we decided it wasn’t a deal breaker or anything. And I have to say, I absolutely love this room now. I haven’t had all of my clothing in one space since I was a kid – it feels like a total luxury to get ready in here.
Through the other set of french doors is the upper sunroom. This will be where I create and blog. It’s perfect because it’s right above the playroom, so I can hear everything that goes on down there (the stairwell only amplifies it) and holler accordingly. Kidding. Kind of.
This is one of the rooms that I haven’t had a clear design vision of yet, but I’m hoping that will happen sooner than later, as I am certainly more motivated in a space that inspires. But I know I’ll need to work around this window.
So that’s the majority of the house. Now as we get to work on it, I’d appreciate your thoughts on how you’d like me to document it. I know that some of my favorite blogs share the renovation process with you – taking you step by step with them – and I love that because I think it gives you more information on how someone thinks and works. But there is also something so great about a full blown reveal. A total surprise: where you may have gotten a few sneak peeks, but were pretty much unaware until the end. Do you have a preference? And if you have problems commenting you can email me too: themakerista(at)gmail(dot)com.