Let there be light!

Each day after work we have a little routine. It’s called “Let’s go see what happened in the bathroom today.” Sometimes the changes are a challenge to spot — some tweaked electrical, an inspection passed, a bit more drywall. Other time they are downright dramatic. Like this week when we came home to a bathroom flooded with light! Our dark little cave is now a different place thanks to a picture window over the bathtub nook and a skylight above the shower-to-be.

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Bathroom progress: lights and action

Two weeks since the official start of construction, and here’s where we are now. Most of the rough plumbing and electrical is complete, as well as framing of new openings. This post is just a brief show-and-tell of construction progress. We have some additional in-depth post in the works covering riveting topics like why is it so damn hard to order doors, and how custom cabinetry is awesome.  Onward to the photographic evidence!
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Bathroom guts

Operation new master bathroom has officially begun. And like all good projects, it begins with tearing up what was there before. Here’s the state of the bathroom, looking towards the East, after the first day of construction. I especially like the remnants of our atrocious upstairs heater lying on the pile of debris.

And here’s looking West, towards what will eventually be a bathtub with a window above it. Can you picture it yet?
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Bathroom is a go!

After months of design and delay, this week we received the green light on our master bathroom remodel! Tuesday – permit approved. Wednesday – contract signed. Today – Internet shopping spree. Nothing like buying toilets and bathtubs and plumbing fixtures and hoping they turn up in time and with all parts account for. This weekend – clear out the upstairs. Monday – construction begins.

For old times sake, here’s what we found when we moved in.
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Master Bathroom Designs – Sneak Peak

So, we’re two months into our bathroom remodel and we are still in design mode.  We got fairly delayed by making the decision to hire a designer because I was too busy to do it myself.  Well, after a couple rounds with the designer who was planning on taking us way over budget (note to self – don’t work with designers who are also going to be the vendor for the products, their goal is to sell you stuff) I ended up taking matters into my own hands and doing the designs myself.  I will admit that I am taking some of the designers ideas, but most of the materials, etc, were chosen by Cristina and myself.

Anyway, here are some 3D renders straight out of modo, plus a photo of some of the actual materials.  Hope you like it.

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The balcony that this blog forgot . . .

Wow, it’s been more than a year since our last post. Back then we left you with a cliff-(actually balcony)-hanger, as we tore off the sagging balcony that had haunted us since day once. With the passage of time, I don’t think I can provide a detailed account of the construction that followed, but needles too say we have a new balcony. Here’s a picture from just days after it was finished.

Since then it has weathered a bit, gained some snazzy red chairs, and become a part of our daily life. It’s been fabulous, worth every penny. On sunny days there is nothing like hanging out on the balcony looking at our view. The cat perches on the railings, the toddler runs his mini bulldozers up and down its length, and we often leave the door open just to enjoy the breeze.

We’ll dig out the construction photos again someday. In the meantime, care to have a drink and watch some fireworks?